I usually cover politics and society.
When I was at high school, I loved taking photos of people on the streets of Sanaa with my film camera.
I learnt to photograph mainly from day-to-day experience and by reading photography handbooks and magazines.
My first assignment was the trial of some al Qaeda suspects in Sanaa back in 2004. I remember it was difficult for me and the other photographers to get access to the courtroom in the state security court. However, after we got in we were surprised that the defendants were keen to be photographed for one reason - some of them said they wanted their families to see their pictures in the media to know that they were still alive. They said their families hadn’t known anything about their whereabouts for several years, since they had been kept in custody by the intelligence services before being put on trial.
The 2011 uprising in Yemen was the longest and most dramatic assignment I have covered since I joined Reuters. I learnt a lot from it.
I get really excited when I shoot pictures in tribal areas. I like the customs and the gatherings of tribesmen with their traditional dress, daggers and weapons.
My most important lesson – and one that I have learnt several times – is do not to go out without a camera, either a professional one, or even a small compact model.
I respect my father. He has always backed me up and he is a source of inspiration to me.