Mali Azima was drawn to photography in the 7th grade through year book staff. She noticed her photos were different than most. Later, in high school photography class, she had an epiphany that she would become a photographer as she took pictures of her friends. When college came around, she enrolled at the University of North Texas - a school known for fine arts, to major in photography. Being a quaduprle Sagittarius and excited by “possiblities,” she took as many fine art classes as she could - except photography. With every semester, there as a new career pursuit, sometimes two, until finally, she landed on fashion design.
Fashion design proved to be long and lonely for the philosophical people-loving Sagittarius, so she moved on to an assistant stylist job at Neiman Marcus Advertising. Being behind-the-scenes of well-executed fashion shoots by top photographers proved to be priceless. She knew styling was not her forever career, so next she followed her path on to interior design.
Lauded designer, Paul Garzotto, gave her a crash course tutelage as his design assistant, making her read Edith Wharton's, Decoration of Houses, and then it finally happened - Mali took some photos to advertise Paul's table top store in Elle Decor and the rest is history. Clients came looking for her. Her first editoiral interiors shoot was of Michelle Nussbaumer’s famous multi-layered personal home in Dallas.
Mali has worked with numerous talented and creative people, in many different disciplines, and loves collaborating to produce artistic work that is beautiful and inspires. She sees challenges as opportunities to be more creative.
Her client list includes Veranda, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, Luxe, Lonny, Country Living, BH&G, GQ, Elle, Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s, Bloomingdale’s, Shaw Contract, Jaipur Living, Interior Define, Schumacher, The Shade Store, Currey and Co., countless brilliant interior designers and architects, and more. She lives in the vibrant, tree-covered, city of Atlanta with her teenage son, Moncie, whom she absolutley adores, and travels worldwide for shoots.