Every Photographer’s Dream Client


We covered their wedding in 2007. They’re quite an unusual couple. Usually we get a call from the bride-to-be asking about the different wedding photography packages we offer. In this couple’s instance, the call came from the groom-to-be. I was surprised & not too expectant. This was because ALMOST every groom-to-be that called us (and still calls) to make inquiries about our wedding photography packages usually DO NOT end up hiring us as their photographer. If you ask me why, I’ll attribute it to the fact that men are more logical in their thinking than women. The average EMOTIONAL woman does not see anything wrong in spending $20,000 for the photography coverage of her wedding. On the other hand, the average LOGICAL man thinks spending $1,000 for the same coverage is a blatant waste of financial resources. This was especially true for a large percentage of the clients I was meeting between 2006 & 2008. So you’ll really have to forgive me I was surprised that Deji called to ask what it will take (financially) to cover his wedding. Upon further investigation, I would discover that we came highly recommended by his bride-to-be, Yinka. Apparently she had inferred that it was either we cover the wedding or the wedding will not hold (at least that’s the version I choose to believe in my head). He was bent on pleasing his babe & after presenting a bill of N160k we covered the 2-days celebration in the city of Ibadan. I was awed at the high dignitary level of hospitality I received from their families when I got to Ibadan. I almost felt bad for charging them at all considering how well they treated me. Maybe I had met enough people that thought I was ripping them off by charging an UNGODLY amount for a wedding coverage. They proved to be different. They pampered me. Especially the family of the bride. I was overwhelmed. But what has overwhelmed me more is my relationship with the couple in the last four years. They’ve moved from just being “clients” to being “friends”. More importantly they’ve become my photography marketers; always quick to recommend me to their family members & colleagues that needed world-class photography services. Truth be told, I can’t tell you specifically what I’ve done to deserve all their referrals (over N430k worth of referred jobs if my accounting is right). From “CLIENTS” to “FRIENDS” to “MARKETERS”. They’re every photographer’s dream client. Their wedding clocked 4yrs on December 1, 2011. I was thinking of surprising them with a beautifully composed poem by midnight but I fell asleep. So this is the best I could come up with. Here’s to wishing Deji & Yinka Aliu many more years of joy & celebration. Its been great knowing you guys. Your friendship has made my photography career (especially) more fulfilling. Thank you for being every photographer’s dream client. Happy Anniversary

N.B. Yinka presently runs an event management company, OLIVE EVENTS. Serious enquirers can contact me for more details on hiring her services :>)

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3 comments

  1. Anonymous · December 3, 2011

    Thank you Seun,really appreciated,what is life without good friends like you?

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  2. Abayomi · December 4, 2011

    Really nice Oluwaseun. Another masterpiece.

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  3. adeola d photoposesideas · December 7, 2011

    wow! in did every photographer’s dream client! “CLIENTS” to “FRIENDS” to “MARKETERS”.

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