Freelance videographer offers free service to struggling small traders, entrepreneurs

KUALA TERENGGANU: The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic is seeing more caring Malaysians of various backgrounds coming forward to help those in need with whatever skills they possess.

One such person is freelance videographer Mohd Fais Hafiz Mohd Ismail, 27, who is offering free photography and videography services to traders and small entrepreneurs who have lost their livelihoods due to the pandemic.

“I see the community is really affected by the movement control this time. More and more people are losing their jobs or having pay cuts. Many have turned to selling home-cooked food (to earn a living). Yet they don’t have attractive photographs or videos of their products to attract customers.

“So, I thought I could use my expertise to help boost their sales through photographs and videos that I can help produce for them,” he said when met by Bernama, here, today.

Mohd Fais Hafiz, who previously produced many corporate videos, music videos and product videos, is also assisted by three friends, namely Mohamad Fazrul Azril Abdul Muhayidi, 28; Muhamad Arif Asyraf Mohd Naim, 26; and Khairul Na’im Zaiki, 34.

Although Mohd Fais Hafiz had only announced the offer of free photographs and video shoots on his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages about a week ago, the response has been very encouraging, including from small traders and entrepreneurs living outside Terengganu such as from Perak and Kuala Lumpur.

He said more than 40 individuals had contacted him for his complimentary service but he could only choose 13 of them to maintain quality control.

“Due to time constraints, I don’t want to take too many products which may affect quality. So far in a day, I only take photographs and videos of two or three products because I need time to edit them for good results.

“I only choose new and unfamiliar products. Apart from that, I also choose products from sellers who are really affected by Covid-19 (pandemic) and cannot afford to produce quality photographs or videos of their products,” he said, adding that most of the products he received were food items.

He also said the traders and entrepreneurs involved could opt to have 10 pieces of photographs or a 30-second video that could be used to promote their product.

“They just need to post the product to me and once their photographs or videos are ready, I will provide the results via the Google Drive link. After that, they are free to use the photographs or videos for promotional purposes anytime and anywhere,” he added.

Mohd Fais Hafiz, who holds a Bachelor’s degree from Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Faculty of Film, Theatre and Animation, said apart from using his free time to help do this service he also hones his skills this way as his filming projects were disrupted due to the implementation of the movement control. – Bernama