Meet Karim Iliya

Karim Iliya is a professional aerial cinematographer (drone pilot), underwater photographer, filmmaker, and whale swimming guide based in California and Hawaii

Pursuing a variety of types of photography, Karim lives a nomadic lifestyle and travels the globe with a focus on photographing and
filming wildlife and marine environments using free diving and drones. Karim’s passion is in documenting whales, elephants, big cats,
and other threatened animals in an effort to create appreciation in order to help protect our delicate ecosystems on Earth.

In his free time, Karim spends half the year in the Hawaiian islands free diving, windsurfing, flying drones, camping and photographing the
the world around him. The other half the year, Karim travels internationally and on the US mainland working a variety of photo & video projects.

Karim spends much of his free time pursuing personal projects to document underwater marine life and ecosystems and has been published in
National Geographic magazine for his humpback whale and aerial photography.

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Karim Iliya Studio

Karim Iliya studio is a full production house that creates photo and video content on land, from the air (using drones) and underwater.

Karim Iliya began as a photographer and has since expanded his team to create full production photoshoots and videos.  We have Experience in extreme sports, wildlife, commercial, architecture, and documentary  and specialize in capturing content in complex and difficult environments,from the air, underwater, in the arctic or deserts.

We are based part time in Maui, Hawaii, and California where we have a large variety of ecosystems and the resources to execute large or small productions

We shoot Photo / video:

Aerial (drone)
Slow motion
Virtual Reality 360 - Land, Underwater, Aerial (soon)

Please see "Our Services" page for more info and feel free to contact us for inquiries and questions.  

For large scale projects occurring across multiple countries simultaneously, Karim is part of a
15 person international film team of women and men called What Took You So Long