A few years in, Ali found out about Disney Fine Art Photography and applied, but wasn’t needed at the time. Two years later, fate brought him back to Orlando and he gave Disney a call. He started working his way up to weddings by learning the ropes.
“When I started they only had me doing group shots. Groups of kids for competitions, conventions, for such. Groups of 50 up to 400, 500 kids.”
Eventually Ali was given more and more responsibility, covering weddings as a second photographer, and then as the primary. With such a large group of photographers covering events all across Disney World, it could easily become overwhelming and isolating, but the community formed between the photographers keeps them engaged.
“It’s a close circle; we always share ideas between each other, so we’re constantly learning from each other and inspiring one another. I’m very fortunate because there isn’t a photography job out there like this where you get this many kinds of jobs coming through, so because of that, the experience that you gain is invaluable. One year at Disney Fine Art Photography is equivalent to like 3-5 years of experience on the outside as a freelancer.”