“Photography is a language for me and I want to express myself in a creative way”, says Mohamed Azmeel (Azzu), photographer and Creative Director of Colour Profile, a photography and design studio that specializes in fashion, wedding, food and commercial photography.
Azmeel first started taking photos in 1999 when he was working at Idea Bank, a graphic and web design company. “We needed a lot of photos for our designs and found it hard to get good photos. We had a really good camera there, a Nikon D1, so I started taking photos from it and that’s how I actually started it and fell in love with it”, says Azzu. After working at Idea Bank, in 2000, Azzu joined FDI in order to continue his career in the field of photography.
“My first Love was canvas and brush,” says Azzu, whose passion was painting before he was enthralled by photography. “My first camera was a Nikon F5 (film) and then I got a Nikon D1 (digital). I still love shooting on film”, he says. Azzu describes his photography style as artistic, colourful, fun and dynamic. “I never follow any rule, I have my own style and you can see that in my photos. I believe I am still learning and everyday I learn new things”, says Azzu.
Azzu who finds his main inspiration from colours, nature and high fashion founded Colour Profile in 2006. The studio’s main customers are tourists who come to the Maldives for their weddings and honeymoons. While Azzu describes the company’s photography style as “editorial and photojournalistic with minimal staged images”, Colour Profile has provided photography services to many high-end resorts in the Maldives including Kanuhura Maldives,
W Maldives, Anantara Kihavah, One & Only Reethi Rah, Four Seasons Maldives, Shangri-La Maldives, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives, Ayada Maldives and LUX* Maldives etc.
In addition to the photography work done for top end resorts in the Maldives, Colour Profile has also provided photography services to various international magazines. “I started fashion photography in 2010 and till now, I have travelled to different countries to shoot”, says Azzu. Colour Profile has provided photography services at from Asia to Europe. According to Azzu, “we do not only work in Maldives. In 2012 we started Colour Profile in Sri Lanka. Colour profile has also provided photography services to companies such as HIS Japan, WM International and Bridal Maldives. “I believe I’m very lucky because I get really good opportunities. I love to travel and I love photography, and its my passion and profession” says Azzu.
In addition to Azzu, Colour Profile employs professional photographers who have extensive experience in the field. “We are an artistic family”, says Azzu.