Ali D

Ali Dewji is the co-founder of I_AM Self Publishing – an independent publishing house that makes printed and digital books.

I photographed Ali and his sister Leila (the other co-founder) in the members room of the Tate Britain – a room with high ceilings and lots of natural light.

Going in I knew that the photos were going to be used for professional purposes, so my aim – as with all the portraits I take – was to try and capture the person I know, but do so in a way that would inspire confidence to any potential client.

Having known Ali for over three years I would say that he has a positivity and energy that suffuses everything he does. I’ve chosen this photo as the one that represents him best because he is smiling, happy and confident – not your usual serious work photo, but definitely one that I can connect with both personally and professionally.