We had the good fortune of connecting with Taj Nahar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taj, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I see myself as a traveler, explorer and storyteller. I was born with the travel bug in my veins which has fueled my desire to turn this passion into something more than just an idea. After years of producing commercials, corporate videos, and feature films it was time that I turned my focus towards what truly makes me happy-traveling! As much as traveling brings you happiness is also provides other people’s lives meaning too; by sharing your experiences on social media platforms such as Instagram all these followers are able to live vicariously through your adventures! Not to mention the added benefit of promoting these incredible destinations to others around the world. This is where Empyreal Films was born. Making premium quality, short, social video content more available to more hoteliers and vacation rental owners worldwide. After staying at some of the top resorts in Southeast Asia and shooting some content for fun during a trip in January 2020, I knew I had something special and just had to go for it!
What should our readers know about your business?
We focus on short, social, videos, HDR photos and virtual tours. As F.A.A. certified drone pilots, I take pride in providing exceptional aerial videography and photography services while maintaining the highest safety standards. With a fleet of industry-leading drones, we can fly anywhere in the world. Whether you’re located in the city, on the beach, in the desert, or deep in the jungle, we have you covered from high above. With transparent pricing and clear package offerings, we deliver on our promise of providing a premium service without the sticker shock. Long gone are the days of inflated production budgets and oversized production crews. We guaranteed a 72 hour turn-around time from when we film until when we deliver your video. You don’t have to sacrifice quality and efficiency for a budget.
I am most proud of the work itself. I truly love what I do and every project is different. Every hotel or property has its own unique qualities an d characteristics, so my job to bring that unique essence to life can be equal parts challenging and rewarding! I am also proud of our growing network on clients around the world.
The one thing I want people to know about Empyreal FIlms is this. A high-end cinematic video doesn’t have to be expensive and intimidating. Empyreal Films is here for the people who want their work done right. We offer affordable packages that are sure to satisfy and meet all of your needs, not just what’s on paper. With us, there are no limitations or boundaries.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First off, I would highly recommend they come in summer. I love summers and there’s nothing quite like summer in colorado. For a week-long trip, I always recommend renting a condo or home (depending on the size of the group) in the mountains for 4 nights first, then finish this trip with a weekend in the city. If they chose not to stay with me, I always recommend they stay at one of our top boutique hotels downtown. The Crawford at Union Station, The Ramble, and the Art Hotel are some of my personal favorites.
As for activities, I am a huge foodie so hitting all if not most of my favorite restaurants is a must. On that list are, Kachina Denver, Barbed Wire Reef, Mizu Izakaya, Jing, Max Gill and Grill, and Citizen Rail. The city is amazing so we would walk everywhere, hop on the 16th street mall ride for fun, grab coffee and ice cream at Union Station and definitely check out the Denver Art Museum.
Lastly, well probably most importantly I would force them to go to a show with me at Red Rocks. No explanation needed. I’ve taken over a dozen friends from out of town to shows at Red Rocks over the years and they all agree is the best place on Earth.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First I want to thank my girlfriend Hayley for always believing in me and encouraging me to just go for my dreams. I am always my own harshest critic and she is always there to lift me up and reassure me that Im on the right path. I also want to thank my friend and business partner Kieth who shared my vision for what Empyreal could be from the very start and was willing to invest in that vision and take this journey with me. Empyreal Films would not exist if not for these two incredible people in my life.
All photos taken and edited by Empyreal Films