I have been following Irfan Junejo on Instagram and Youtube for a while now and absolutely love his art of story telling. I initially noticed him when I watched his vlog on Naran, Pakistan. He is obviously a great photographer and videographer, but I really like his editing style. He is so good at engaging the viewer, and keeping them interested, as he tells his story - you feel like you are right there with him, sharing his experiences.
Irfan was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule (especially considering he is getting married very soon!) to allow me to interview him. I hope you enjoy his answers just as much as I did.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I have always been fond of football. I actually wanted to be a footballer when I was younger. Football has helped me discover who I am and gave me a medium of self expression as well.
How did you start vlogging?
I used to make snapchat stories and was already into cameras so I thought why not combine these two and start a proper vlog.
What was your first camera?
Do you enjoy photography more or vlogging?
I enjoy doing video work more than photography. Not just vlogs only.
What was your breakout moment?
I think there have been a few - My Naran video, Lyari underground video and the PSL series to name a few.
How do you think your vlogging has evolved over time?
People are more into storytelling now than flashy lifestyle vlogs.
How do you deal with filming in public? Do you ever feel self conscious?
I do feel a bit weird vlogging in public but I am used to it now. I just tell myself that I probably won’t ever meet these people again so there is no need to care about what they think.
Do you plan your vlogs before hand or do you shoot footage and then turn it into a story in editing?
Sometimes I have the whole vlog planned and sometimes I figure out the story in the editing phase.
What advice would you give amateur photographers/vloggers?
Just one thing, recognition > reach.
What is your dream location/country to vlog in?
Iceland and Tokyo
What do you dislike about being a vlogger?
The lack of privacy. Also, at times you just want to be able to put the camera down and enjoy being in the moment, but you can’t always do that.
And that's it.
Lots of love,