The Light Within - Part 01: In conversation with Fatima Arif

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Despite all the odds and handful of opportunities available; women of Pakistan are breaking all stereotypes, proving how much capable they are. Gone are the days, when women were considered good only for professions like teaching and medical, but now they are proving themselves in every sphere of life.

The Light Within is a three-part series wherein Laiba Zaman, a writer at Perspective, interviewed three successful women entrepreneurs of Pakistan about their business, journey, and struggles. This is the first part of the series featuring a super inspiring and talented Pakistan-based photographer, Fatima Arif; her answers are really awe-inspiring and a proof of "where there is a will, there is a way".

Q 1: A brief introduction about you and your business?

Hi, my name is Fatima Arif. I’m a self-taught artist pursuing my love for art by capturing moments & people. Currently catering wedding, corporate and fashion photography. Fatima Arif Photography was officially launched in December, 2020 and within such a short span of time has become a family of people admiring our art for which we are forever grateful.

Q 2: How/Why did you start Photography? Who was your inspiration?

I’d say I always wanted to be an artist but never had in my dreams I thought I’d pursue art in the form of photography. It was just a passion unintentionally turned into a profession and here we are today.

It definitely was a surprising turn in my life. I am a travel enthusiast and have loved taking pictures for as long as I can remember so it was just something I have always loved doing, that made me happy so turning it into a profession was not a difficult decision to make.