Today we introduce you to Robert Mburu, a photographer and a businessman. He runs businesses from different fields i.e. photography, film making, and online shopping platform.
Before starting photography business, Robert, who was born and raised in Malindi spent three years as a Brand and Digital Manager at an organization based in Voi and Nairobi.
Growing up, he wanted to be a pilot but as fate would have it he ended up to be a photographer. He can still be a pilot at the end of the day, a DRONE pilot .
Robert enjoys traveling, taking pictures and taking part in community-based activities.
1. When did your love of taking pictures begin?
I’ve loved taking photos since I was in Primary school. My mom bought me a camera when I was in class 7. The first time I used a digital camera was in 2013; since then, it has been a journey of growth.
2. Were you formally educated in photography, or are you self taught?
No, I’ve learned all this by myself and had a lot of practice.
3. Did you have a career before this? What made you change direction?
I was a Digital and Branding Manager at the Sote Hub then at one point I decided to follow my passion – I have always liked visual art and telling stories using pictures, and you know; photography will take you places you’ve never been to.
4. You mentioned that you are a businessman, do you mind telling us more about that?
No, I don’t mind (laughs). Well, apart from being a photographer and a filmmaker, I’m a co-founder at an online shop called Beetuza where clients get to do shopping then we deliver to their doorsteps. We also do distribution of products in shops in Taita Taveta.
5. Who have you learned the most from?
Different Kenyan & International photographers including Osborne Macharia, Kate Woodman and Brandon Woelfel
6. What makes a good photo an outstanding one?
It depends on a lot of aspects but to narrow down to something specific, I’d say the position at which the photo was taken from; it’s all about shooting it differently.
7. What camera do you use the majority of the time?
It depends on the task given. I use Lumix GH5s for filmmaking and Nikon D5300 for photography.
8. Is gear important?
In still photography, gear is not that important but in videos, yes.
9. If you were to have only one lens for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
Sigma 35mm F/1.4
10. What was the proudest moment in your photography career so far?
When my work was published on True Love (EA) Magazine and on a Slovakian Magazine, being shortlisted on the top list in the Global Landscape Forum (African competition)
11. What advice would you give to someone wishing to get into photography?
Practice and keep on learning.
12. What kind of camera would you advise an up and coming photographer on a tight budget?
Nikon D3300 is a good starter camera. Generally, Nikon has affordable gears. In fact, there are companies that already have very cheap or rather more affordable gear in the market.
13. Are you dating?
Yes I’m dating