“My name is Jamila Hassan and I am a creative. I do blogging, photography and social media management. My blog is called Life in Mombasa, I showcase Mombasa in a positive way. I recently quit my job to start a Digital Marketing company, Muse Digital and also pursue my passion in photography and blogging.”
By show of comments, how many of us would quit our full time job to pursue our passion, getting out of the comfort zone that is employment to grow a business that of course poses challenges and aim to drive it to success that you desire. Well, Jamila Hassan popularly known as Jammie or Mombasa gal on twitter or life in Mombasa on Instagram did just that.
I first met Jammie in February when I was at the coast and the thought of one quitting their job sounded absurd until you get to hear why.
I talked to her recently to find out what’s up and what the pioneer of the brand “Life in Mombasa” had to say about her brand.
Jammy: Every time you heard news from the coast, it was some bizarre story of a cat turned into ghost, most of the news was negative and or politics in bad light. That really upset me because coast region is beautiful and rich in History, at that time Kenyans were embracing Instagram I saw the way Mutua Matheka was showcasing Nairobi I decided to do the same about my region.
Buni: Thus far what has been your biggest challenge as a photographer creating a brand and how do you overcome these challenges?
Jammy: At first I was just posting through a personal page, and a blog, then I started getting feedback from ‘Coastarians’ abroad who loved the pictures because it reminded them of home, people in Mombasa started asking on locations that I posted. I decided to create a brand for Life in Mombasa,so I can share the memories with others about Mombasa.
“The biggest challenge is that art in general has not been embraced in Mombasa, people think it is a waste of time. Photography is seen as just to capture wedding and events, they don’t see the other unique venues and that has been my challenge if I try to take a photo people always ask me why I am doing it and that I am wasting my time. With time I hope this will change.”
Buni: Where have you had your best photography escapade until today?
Jammy: I had an opportunity to go to Wasini Island with a charity organization; the island has a beautiful scenery. I had just gotten my camera a few weeks prior to the trip and I enjoyed capturing a new environment with a new camera.
Jammy: I love shooting at Old town because of the rich history the area holds. Every time I go shoot I find a new hidden gem.
More about Jamila…
I use a Nikon D3100 and recently I got an IPhone 5s which I use to take photos as well.
I would really love to Meet Ben Kiruthi from Nairobi, I love his wedding photography.
Buni: What are your dreams for Life in Mombasa?
Jammy: I want life in Mombasa to be the site people go see to get all info about Mombasa, from the hotels to restaurants and marketplace. To be the sort out hub of the coast. At some point I hope to get content writers and ambassadors to lead the success of life in Mombasa.
Jammy: Organizing and tidying up- I can organize a room to make it neat and organized. My pet peeve is seeing a disorganized room/office, because there are so many products to be used to keep a room/office organized and clean.
Buni: Tell us one thing we do not know about you.
Jammy: I am a vegetarian. I don’t eat meat, or fish nor chicken. I was a picky eater and my parents just never forced me to eat. Sometime I try to eat but I get sick so I stopped eating.
Buni: And lastly any advice to budding photographers?
Jammy: Pursue your passion, find a niche and go with it. Do a research of different photography themes and think of how you can incorporate into your photography.
“Don’t be afraid to try new things outside the norm, you will be surprised of the pictures you take. Anyone can be a photographer but to succeed and be a good photographer, you must have the passion and also find a different theme for your pictures that will capture the attention of others…”