How a NEW Photographer Became Usher’s Photographer (INSPIRATIONAL!)

This is the story of Walid Azami. While on stage with me at FlynnCon, he blew me and the audience away with an amazing origin story about how he became Usher's personal photographer on tour. It starts with something in his gut telling him to buy a camera – something he had no idea how to use.

He's since gone on to photograph celebrities including J Lo, Madonna, Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey and many more. Also, his fashion and beauty photography is off the charts, and I highly recommend you check out his work below:

He also helps the photography community become better photographers at:

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Thank you, Walid, for teaching us to listen to our intuition, and just put ourselves out there, because the world has an amazing way of making things happen for us.

And thank you, Team Flynn, for watching! I hope you enjoyed this video, and if you did, hit that LIKE button, and leave a comment below for the community. Love you all!



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  1. Bolton Ebikes on January 28, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Haven’t watched and am excited already since I know his story! Thanks for posting this.

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:51 am

      Oh wow, that’s an honor! I hope you enjoy your chat.

    • Bolton Ebikes on January 29, 2020 at 4:54 am

      @Walid Azami your story was one of my favorite things from FlynnCon1. πŸ™‚

  2. The Gera Vargas on January 28, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing Pat, very inspiring! If you were to attend a video creator conference, which one would it be? And any one tip for a newbie YouTuber?

    • Pat Flynn on January 29, 2020 at 12:59 am

      I’d check out VidSummit, it’s by far the best one I’ve attended thus far. (Not to be confused with VidCON, which is very much full of YouTubers and their huge fan bases, although there are some creator tracks there, too. Way too overwhelming for me)

    • The Gera Vargas on January 29, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      Pat Flynn awesome, thank you sir!

  3. John Pullum on January 29, 2020 at 12:00 am

    What a great and hilarious story.

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:47 am

      haha DURING it was terrifying but after the hiring, yes was pretty funny πŸ™‚

    • John Pullum on January 29, 2020 at 11:46 am

      @Walid Azami I’m sure it was terrifying at first. You are a great storyteller and I loved your story. Many years ago I told the Discovery Channel I could do something that I had never done before and they bit. It ended up turning into a couple of dozen hosting jobs with them within the next 4-5 months. It’s good to step out of your comfort zone and give things a shot. I wish you continued success.

  4. Nikolaus Steven on January 29, 2020 at 12:11 am

    Morale of the story: keep pushing, moving forward, be consistent and dare to take increment improvements day by day even if each step is a small step. Thank you Pat and Walid for the video.

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:54 am

      Thank YOU for watching it

  5. Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Hey Pat, this was great to see!Β 

    I’ve sat on that story for so long (out of shyness) but I realize it helps people feel better about their own situations and to hopefully, take a chance and lean on those instincts. I’m thankful that I decided to share that story just minutes before we went on your stage for the first FlynnCon haha… and I suppose that too, was our instincts to just go with it.Β 

    I hope that everyone has the opportunity to work with people who can recognize raw talent and allow it to develop on their projects. I’ll be forever grateful to Usher for realizing my potential early on.

    • Pat Flynn on January 29, 2020 at 12:30 am

      Love you man! Thank you for sharing your story with us man! You are an inspiration!

    • svntrs on January 29, 2020 at 2:36 am

      Congrats on your success. That was so God leading you and I’m glad for your shyness/humbleness – shows us all a thing or two! So happy for you and I know your parents are proud.

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:45 am

      @svntrs Thank YOU! I agree about who was leading me. πŸ™‚

    • Frank Mendoza on January 29, 2020 at 6:31 am

      This had to be one of the top stories at #FlynnCon1. My jaw was on the floor throughout the story. INSPIRATIONAL! Never underestimate yourself.

  6. CreditFast on January 29, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Walid’s story is awesome, only in America!

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:49 am

      Land of opportunity, if you take a chance!

    • CreditFast on January 29, 2020 at 5:09 am

      @Walid Azami My parent’s immigrated from two different countries. So as a kid, I grew up knowing that America was unique, a place that offers opportunities with hard work, and a little luck doesn’t hurt along the way. So funny that YouTube tutorials saved the day while you were learning on location! Congratulations on your success and future!

  7. C on January 29, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Great lesson; go with your instincts! Enjoyed the light-hearted, honest interview.

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:52 am

      Instincts are the roadmap! Thank you πŸ™‚

    • C on January 29, 2020 at 5:24 am

      @Walid Azami You are welcome.

  8. Chris Davis on January 29, 2020 at 12:54 am

    This story is incredible! Something else!

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:47 am

      Thank you Chris

  9. Free Spirit on January 29, 2020 at 1:51 am

    Talk About Inspiration Through Despair. Your expressions were priceless as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:53 am

      aww…. I’m so happy that I shared the story then. I just wanted to help others with my own story.

  10. That Photo Guy on January 29, 2020 at 3:14 am

    Great interview, Walid linked this to a group of us on FB, and glad he did.

    • Pat Flynn on January 29, 2020 at 3:24 am

      Welcome to the channel! Thanks for the comment!

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:51 am

      Thank you for watching!! Pat’s channel is awesome

  11. blight exe on January 29, 2020 at 3:39 am

    this is beyond inspiration! please bring Walid back for more! awesome series btw (:

  12. Araceli C on January 29, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Yeeeesss, Walid!! That standing ovation was very much needed. That standing ovation to me meant that you don’t need to know everything about photography, but as long as you are learning something new everyday you will break through. It’s so inspiring to know that even when you were nervous you kept going. I personally do hold myself back and say, “oh I don’t know how to do that yet, I won’t get the job.” But seeing this is like WOW. This shows me to follow my instincts and shut down those fears! Thank you so much for being my mentor! Thank you Pat Flynn for your great content. πŸ™‚

    • Walid Azami on January 29, 2020 at 4:48 am

      Thank you so much Araceli! Always, always follow that voice. Seems you’re already on your way.

  13. Arf Arf Bark Bark VID Dog Training on January 29, 2020 at 4:26 am

    That is a story of intuition…trust…following our instinct and dream. Walid’s shyness is inspirational. Thank you, Pat…another reason your videos help people succeed!

  14. Samiullah Khan on January 29, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Full points to his story and story telling, but why I am thinking he could be a good comedian.

  15. Paul Baarn on January 29, 2020 at 7:40 am

    When desperation meets a great heart magic happens. Truly inspirational!

  16. Ellen Pham on January 29, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Thanks for sharing, Pat. It’s a great reminder of how trusting our instincts and being willing to learn can lead us exactly where we need to be.

  17. Dream Catcher on January 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Brilliant @Pat Flynn! An amazing story!

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