Mali Azima was drawn to photography in 7th grade while on the year book staff. She noticed her photos were different than most. Later, in her high school photography class, she was taking pictures of her friends and had an epiphany that she would become a photographer. She enrolled at the University of North Texas - known for fine arts, to major in photography, but being a quaduprle Sagittarius 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. The experience proved priceless, especially being behind the scenes of well-executed fashion shoots by top photographers, but this 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 interiors and editorial 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.
Her client list includes Veranda, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, Luxe, 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.