Omar Shaker (born February 15th, 1982), is a well-respected British photographer best known for creating the sultry look that has been hugely popularised by some of the UK’s best-selling Men’s magazines. Born and raised in the heart of London’s East End, Omar is the youngest of two siblings. The son of a Spanish retired child minder, Maria and renowned Egyptian, celebrity artist & nightclub owner (Jazz After Dark, Soho, London) Sam. Omar’s first foray into the media was at the tender age of 16, when he pursued his childhood passion for acting by featuring in numerous popular national television commercials for companies like Kellogg’s, McDonald’s and Rover as well as TV programs such as ‘The Bill’ and ‘Casualty’. As his upbringing was steeped in music, arts & culture, soon after he turned 21, and inspired by the same entrepreneurial spirit that drove his father, Omar decided to set-up his own entertainment business and became the managing director of a Soho talent agency representing some of the UK's most promising actors, models, dancers and later on even un-officially advising what would become one of the world’s most influential talents, close friend and confidante, Amy Winehouse.
In an effort to sell the talent on his agency’s roster, Omar quickly realised the commercial value of great portrait photography and soon found himself behind the camera taking the very pictures he previously commissioned. In 2006, Omar closed the doors of his talent agency to pursue his newfound passion for photography. After working as a freelancer for two years, he rose to prominence in the UK men's magazine arena, by shooting some of the country's most glamorous young starlets in his signature sultry style. His images have since been published in best-selling magazines worldwide and, as a result, he has become synonymous with both Commercial Fashion and Editorial photography. His credits to date include; MAXIM (UK / Spain / Italy / Czech Republic / Russia), Picture Magazine Australia, Nuts, Zoo, FHM, Loaded, The Sun Newspaper, The News Of The World and London X to name but a few. Omar’s ultimate goal is to build a global audience and have his work become the centrepiece for one of the most iconic style brands, such as Calvin Klein or Swarovski.
In 2011, Omar rekindled his passion for moving picture as he stepped into the role of executive producer and voice over for the feature film '24 Lines' - written and directed by Jake & Helena Astbury, as well as the producer and lead actor in 'Day Will Fall' – another Jake Astbury production, amongst many other IMDB acknowledged roles. Later that year, while needing to take some personal time to mourn the untimely death of his close friend and Jazz legend, he began to pen all the experiences Soho life had ever exposed him to. After spending the next 4 years writing and perfecting his works, his first novel ‘The Dealer Diaries’ was close to completion and had already attracted the attention of established production companies who expressed a keen interest in collaborating on the film adaptation of his written work. Omar plans to combine the release of ‘The Dealer Diaries’ novel with the trailer in mid 2016