Reema: Freelance Photographer

Reema has the dream career of many, her beautiful pictures speak for themselves, which translates into +70K followers on Instagram and much social media presence.  What I love the most about successful gals like Reema, is that they do MAKE IT in those fields that often times we are told to stay away from, because in theory, they are not a guaranteed path to financial stability.  Well, guess what, with enough passion, dedication, and perseverance, it looks like it is not only possible, but pretty sweet! With the internet, social media and the speed in which information and images travel nowadays, careers such as these are more and more accessible. I am glad Reema decided to stick to photography and make her dream job a reality.  Ladies dreaming with a life behind the camera, GET INSPIRED!



You have the dream job of many.  What are 3 things you enjoy about your job and 3 things you believe people may idealize about your career?

I love the flexibility of my schedule, being able to meet new, interesting people every day, and being able to set the creative direction of my business and work. It’s especially great to know I can take a half day to see a friend that’s in town and make up my time later or go to an event, and meet other business owners that share the same struggles I do. And of course, it feels great to know you’re working for yourself rather than someone else, and that you have that extra bit of control in your work. Those three things definitely keep me going when things get tough!

On the other hand, a lot of people think that when I do travel work, I’m relaxing, vacationing, and generally not doing anything in terms of work. Travel work is wonderful, but it’s a challenge, and there’s often pressure added since you only have a limited amount of time to get the shots you need. On top of that, accounting, taxes, and invoicing are generally not much fun, and rather than working with one supervisor whose personality you learn to read, you essentially get a new boss with every new client.

Source: The Styleline by Reema Desai

Source: The Styleline by Reema Desai

Did you choose your career path or did it choose you?  That is, did you always know you wanted to be a travel, food & lifestyle photographer and worked towards that or did it naturally happen?

I think it chose me! My degree isn’t in photography but all through school I worked for photographers as an assistant and for my university’s paper. I moved to DC with the intention of working in international relations but always did photo work on top of pursuing that. I missed it way too much, and realized it was what I wanted to do full time.

What ONE tip would you offer to someone wishing to follow your career path?

Practice every single day and always strive to get better and learn more, but don’t become discouraged comparing yourself with others.


What hobbies do you enjoy? Do you have any routines, rituals or practices that help you keep focused and motivated (meditation, spiritual practice, affirmations, etc.)?

In terms of hobbies, I love hosting dinners and meals at my apartment, trying new restaurants, and pretty much anything art related from painting to visiting museums.

I do have a few rituals as well, and have found that since going into business full time, I value them even more. I have an oil diffuser that I love to have on while I work. Diffusing a mandarin oil makes me feel so awake and focused. I start my morning with a big green smoothie every day, and try to make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water a day so it’s unlikely that you’ll ever see me without a giant water bottle. Ha! It’s easy to let your health and wellness fall by the wayside when you’re busy with work so those little things help me stay health-minded. My fiance and I also like to walk our dog after our work days which I really enjoy and look forward to, plus it helps me remember to put down my work.



  • What would be the title to a book about your life? – Probably “Can I Pet Your Dog?” It sound silly and as much as I love photography, I would make hanging out with dogs my full-time job as I could.

  • What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self? Enjoy every moment, and don’t rush through it

  • Are you living your dream life? I don’t know if I have a dream life, but life is pretty great. I get to be creative in my work, live in a fun city, and I have great people in my life so there’s not much room to complain!

  • What is your favorite photograph of all times – This untitled image by William Eggleston


    Untitled-William Eggleston

What is:

  • A song that makes you smile – Sometimes by James

  • A place that makes you joyful – So many to pick from! London is probably at the top of the list. I get giddy just seeing the city from the airplane window!

  • An inspiring woman in history – Not quite history, but Michelle Obama is always inspirational to me.

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