Nadia Ebrahim | Social Media Editor at Refinery29 Canada + Photographer
Nadia is a Social Media Editor for Refinery29 Canada and a freelance photographer. She loves the beach, soul music and studied Fashion Communication at Ryerson University. Read on to learn more about Nadia!
How do you describe what you do?
Freelance photographer. I’m also the social media editor for Refinery29 Canada.
What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
I’m really grateful to be able to work with people who understand and appreciate my ideas. Collaboration is really at the core of everything I do and it starts and ends with people. My favourite thing about being a photographer is stepping onto a set where the vibe is just right. There’s a certain feeling I get when the team is about to have a really amazing shoot day. It’s that energy that fuels and makes me really excited to create.
During my time studying Fashion Communication at Ryerson, the majority of my classmates were women. The same can be said for the workspaces I’ve been a part of since graduating. Getting to work with so many different women has been a privilege and informs my creative process.
Is there a career (or personal) accomplishment you’re proud of?
In April 2019 I had a beauty client who was the partner sponsor for the first ever Forbes Under 30 Global Women’s Summit that took place in Tel Aviv. This was a big deal to me because it was the first time I was able to travel for work. I learned a lot from that trip and I’m excited to see where work can take me post-COVID.
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to become a creative/photographer/editor?
Just start! I realize that’s easier said than done but if you’re passionate about content creation or photography start working on your craft. At first, it might not be exactly what you had in mind but it’s definitely worth your time to experiment with different concepts and ideas. It might be hard to stay motivated especially going into another lockdown but take your time and go at your own pace. Remember that Instagram is only a highlight reel and doesn’t show our failures, so be kind to yourself and surround yourself with people who support and believe in you.
Also, it’s okay to ask for help. Photography can sometimes feel like a boys’ club but there are so many women photographers out there willing to help. Find your community and learn from others. Personally, I’ve met some incredible creatives who’ve helped me along the way. All it takes is one yes!
Where is your favourite destination in the world?
I don’t think I’ve been there yet.
Is there a place that inspires you creatively?
Definitely the beach. As long as it’s not Woodbine.
Is there an adventure that changed your life?
3 years ago I took a spontaneous trip to L.A. and it really shifted my perspective on freelancing.
What’s your favourite way to recharge/relax? Favourite way to stay active?
It’s the music and cleaning for me. I love soul, jazz, afrobeats and anything R&B. Every Sunday is a cleaning day. There’s something therapeutic about setting up for the week that clears my mental headspace. As for staying active, I’m trying to get back into yoga. I miss going to classes and feeling the collective relief of stress but my bedroom will just have to do.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
I’ll keep it real. Check my phone. Trying to get better at this since I’m usually on social media a lot for work anyways.
Is there a cause you’re passionate about?
Black Lives Matter. We need to support Black creators, art, and businesses. I recently learned that 0% is the reported number of Black Canadian women founders backed by venture funding in Canada. There has never been so much visibility for these issues and now is the time for action.
Do you have a piece of jewelry that’s sentimental to you?
I have two. The first is a solid gold necklace my grandma gave me as a baby. The pendant is heart shaped with my initial on it. The second is another gold necklace my mom gave to me. It was originally a wedding gift from her brother.
Jewelry Lightning Round:
Silver or Gold? Why pick when you can have both?
Chunky or Dainty? Dainty.
Chain necklace or pendant necklace? Pendant.
Huggies or oversized hoops? Both. What’s the point of having multiple ear piercings?
Signet ring or stacking ring? Signet.
Where can people find you?