My name is Farouk, but most of my friends call me ‘rouk for short (rhymes with Luke). It’s nice to (kind of) meet you.
What you can learn from me & why it’s important
I teach people how to shoot quality videos using just their smartphone.
This is extremely important in 2019 because we are all content creators with a studio in our pocket. There are even entire movies that have been shot using the iphone, so I want to show you how to use your device to create high quality content for your business or brand.
I mainly provide tips online, but I am hoping to do a few in-person workshops sooner than later. If you might be interested in attending one, click here.
In case you’re wondering how I got here, my road was anything but straightforward
Before SWYS, I shot videos for my blog and video production service Beyond The Eats. I shot and edited interviews with almost 50 people.
These experiences with Beyond The Eats led me to see how far I could really push my shooting, in every effort to make my videos better, I started finding tons of great tips and ways people were using just their smartphone to shoot videos.
This new fascination with smartphone shooting got a lot more serious after I read a couple of articles about the popularity of square videos. It’s clear that people love them, but it’s not common to actually shoot videos in a square like these…
My mom always encouraged me to do things differently whenever I could, and this was the perfect chance to explore.
Eventually, Shoot With Your Smartphone was born.
In my free time, I like to enjoy cocktails, working out, and general wellness
I spend a lot of time working on this site and Beyond The Eats, but in my free moments I do love to sit down and really enjoy a good cocktail.
I never cared about enjoying cocktails until one of my best friends became a bartender, so I always joke that the cocktail lover life chose me.
I also like to keep my mind sharp by staying in fairly good shape, so I workout anywhere from 2 – 5 times a week, and run about 6 miles per week to keep weight off.
But my overall personality lends itself well to this website
I like to get to the point, which is an advantage for you. Yes you reading this.
If you notice, none of my content is too drawn out and that’s by design. My goal is to get you the information you need so that you can quickly start creating what you need to and get it out into the world.
They say nothing in life is truly free, and that goes for this website as well
In the past people have asked me “Why are you doing this for free?”, “is there a catch?” and my answer is yes, there are two “catches”.
This website helps to raise awareness around my services as a video producer/videographer who specializes in shooting for restaurants, chefs, & entrepreneurs
I love to inspire creativity in others and see what they do with it, it inspires my own work when I see fresh and new ways that other people are using the tools that are available to them