Since childhood, Daniel Malikyar ’17 has seldom been without a camera in his hands, but it was at Chapman that he became an Instagram hit. Dramatic images captured atop buildings and bridges, on narrow ledges and trails earned him ardent followers, including brand managers and creative directors. In the past year, he has done commissioned shoots in New York, China, Thailand and Bali. Along with fellow business majors and soccer teammates Karam Gill ’16 and Reed Matthews ’17, Malikyar founded 23FIFTN Media, a creative content firm. Among those wowed by Malikyar’s work was Elite Helicopter Tours, which sent him hovering over iconic landmarks such as the Santa Monica Pier, seen here at sunset just before a hailstorm. His swift rise has been a wild ride indeed, Malikyar allows.
“There are a lot of talented photographers who aren’t able to monetize what they do,” he says, “My experience and studies are paying off at a quick rate.”