M.K Photography or Director MK is a Kenyan professional photographer hailing from Malindi.
His profession revolves around working with artists, politicians and famous public figures including current Kilifi County Governor, Amason Kingi, Hussein Dado (former governor of Tana River County), Shariff Athman (MP Lamu East), Brother Nassir, Badi Tora and Issa Timamy (former governor of Lamu County).
Born Shali Mohamed Shali, he started photography way back in 2019 when he had no camera or shooting equipment, he would rent from friends who would give him many conditions, which were very tough to meet.
“Nilikua nakodisha kwa marafiki. Ilikua nishida sanaa. Wenye camera walikua na masharti kweli kweli.
Wengine wanataka tugawanye pesa nusu kwa nusu, ukiangalia hapo kuna transport yakumtafuta mpaka umpate, bundles za kutuma pics ni zako, plus ukae chini u-Edit.
Saa zengine uagane nae vizuri kisha aingie mitini. Yaani ilikua ni dharubu sana,” recounted M.K.
“I used to rent (camera) from friends. It was very hard. Those with the camera had very hard conditions.
Some wanted us to split the money in half with them, not considering the transport money you used to get him, data bundles for sending the pictures, plus editing.
Sometimes you agree on certain terms and later they decide to avoid you. It was very tough,” recounted M.K.
Some of the works he is currently doing include photography and videography for film and music videos, video and photo editing and designing.
As an aspiring professional photographer, he aims at achieving a spot in the media industry and work with the big players, God willingly.
“Natamani sana kufanya kazi na watu wakubwa plus wasanii wakubwa. Natamani sana kuwa personal photographer wa msanii, natamani sana kufungua lebo na kusign wasanii,” stated M.K.
“I would like to work with famous public figures, plus popular artists. I would like to be a personal photographer for an artist, I would really like to start a label and sign artists,” stated M.K.
Currently M.K owns professional photography gear and operates filming equipment including BlackMagic Camera, Mavic Drone, gimbal, lighting soft box and a couple of DSLR cameras. He also has a full studio for photo shooting.