Unequal Yokes


Decided to do a shoot that depicted that verse in the bible. 2 Corinthians 6:14. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?
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Sickle Cell is Preventable


Am excited about this project. Many entrepreneurs would rather GIVE when they get BIG enough. I encourage my clients to GIVE so they can get BIG enough! “FACE IT!” is a CREATIVE CAMPAIGN against SICKLE CELL. We’ll be needing the help of over 1,000,000 friends to help spread the word over the next 2 months. Thanks! “FACE IT!” is an eloMakeup/ EMMAgination Initiative. COMING SOON! Spread the word by sharing this on your social media network.

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Photography Bootcamp for Kids (Ages 6-19)


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In this course, your children will learn how to:

* develop technical proficiency with a compact camera
* create impact with photography
* compose pictures
* develop a photography “style”
* effectively tell a story with photography
* effectively photograph people
* know the right equipment to use for any situation
* edit images using Adobe Photoshop CS5 (FOR AGES 11-19)
* correct tone & color using Adobe Photoshop CS5 (FOR AGES 11-19)

DATES
Set 1
July 23 – August 3, 2012 (10 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 10 students in a class
Course fee: N60,000
Registration closes July 16, 2012 or when class limit of 10 students has been reached

Set 2
August 13 – August 24, 2012 (10 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 10 students in a class
Course fee: N60,000
Registration closes August 6, 2012 or when class limit of 10 students has been reached

VENUE
eloPhotos Nigeria Ltd
12b fagba Crescent,
off Acme Road,
Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Send an email to info@elophotos.com to get a copy of the application form. Download the form, print, fill and bring it (or fax) on the first day of class to the venue with 1 passport photographs along with the teller of the bank deposit.
You can also visit our website at http://www.elophotos.com for more information
Refreshments & Course materials will be be served. However children will be required to bring their digital cameras for the course. Contact us for details on the type of cameras to get.

Payment should be made into our Stanbic IBTC account 7200147969 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises) or our Guaranty Trust Bank account 211744703110 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises)

For further inquiries, contact us on 234-8101590358, 234-8120129149, 234-8191474348, 234-8023008873 or info@elophotos.com

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The Mercedes Benz Client


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I met him on a sunny afternoon on March 10, the day Wiz Kid made me cry. Although his composure didn’t look like one that could afford our services, I had developed a mindset of not judging a book by its cover. He asked for our complimentary card and I gladly gave him adding that our minimum package for home service family portraits was $625. He said it was ok by him and that he would call us when he was ready.

I would eventually get his promised call 13 days later. He was calling to book a session for April 1. I reminded him what the minimum cost implications was and was a bit surprised when he told me it was expensive. He asked me if I could “reduce” the price for him and I “nicely” told him that I couldn’t. I explained to him that I’m sure he was well aware of the fact that there are photographers that can do the session for him for $200 or less. I reminded him of the quality of the jobs he saw at our exhibition stand 13 days earlier. My persuasion didn’t last for more than 20 seconds and I was surprised when he said “no problem”. I explained to him the importance of me getting his email address so I could send a “mini-agreement” or summary of everything we just discussed. He gave me the address and I sent the following message a few days later:

Hope your family is doing great? Just wanted to confirm Saturday’s session and give u a summary of what to expect. We should be arriving at your place by 10am and will be coming with a makeup artist to help do the makeup of your wife. The session would last about 2-3 hours after which we’ll upload the pictures to a pass-worded folder on http://www.eloclients.com by Tuesday afternoon. We usually prefer a cheque payment of at least N80k to be made at the end of the session. The framed pics will be delivered 1 week after you’ve made your choice of 3 pics of 13by19 frames. 10 edited softcopies of your choice will also be given upon delivery of the frames. We look forward to making you a satisfied client. Kindly confirm if 10am is still ok by you. Thanks

I instantaneously got a call from him telling me that I made a mistake in the message: the session was supposed to be on Sunday not Saturday. You see, I was a little nervous writing a client I had never dealt with before and demanding that he pay me 80% of my minimum package before he even dreams of getting anything delivered. I have had clients in time past who gave all manner of excuses just so they would delay in making a deposit. I was glad this client was going to be different. Or was he? I was about to find out.

April 1 arrived in a jiffy and I was all set to shoot the family. One of our assistants that was supposed to follow us changed plans at the last-minute. Because we had planned to go in his car, we found ourselves running 30 minutes behind schedule because we were looking for a taxi. The client had called to ask us to come by noon because there was a chance he could still be in church. I told him we should be there by 12:30pm and was able to get there 10 minutes earlier than planned.

The house was one of the biggest & FINEST houses I’ve been to in my life. We pressed the bell but got no response. We hit the “armored” gate but knew that it was almost impossible for the inhabitants of the house to hear us. It was blistering hot outside and I called my client over 28 times to let him know we were outside. No response. If this was a prank for April fool’s day, it was working quite alright. My colleagues were already getting tired of this client that had chosen to disrespect the 2 beautiful assistants on this sunny day. We laughed, almost cried and proceeded to buy 8 pure water sachets to hydrate our fast-dehydrating human vessels.

1:29pm. Still no response to the multitude of my calls. I was getting angry. I hate dealing with clients or colleagues that don’t know how to keep to time. Could it be that he had forgotten? For Christ’s sake, he called me the night before to confirm.

Time check: 1:45pm. I asked my colleagues to wait for me while I go look for a taxi to get us back to the office. I couldn’t handle the waiting under the sun anymore. Suddenly my phone rang and our client was on the other end of the line asking if we were at his house yet. He explained that he was held up in a meeting and just finished. He then proceeded to call his wife (who had been at home all this while with the children) to ask her to open the gate for us.

WOW!!!!. That was the 3-letter word that proceeded from my mouth when I entered the compound. I have never met someone who had so many Mercedes-Benz cars. By the way, how many does one really need. According to this client of mine, 4 is a good start. I began trying to estimate the total costs of the cars alone and guessed it wouldn’t be less than $375,000 (about N60million). WOW!!! Just for cars. How much will the house and the contents be worth. It is well with my soul.

E350, G55, GL450 & S550 were the models I saw. Mercedes will probably have him on their list of “Priority” clients. I’m sure they send him birthday cards also. Either way, I was glad to be reminded that the type of clients I love to serve still exist in Lagos, Nigeria.

Enter the house. I immediately discovered that I had made the terrible mistake of not finding out how many children the client had (and their ages). If I had known that I would be dealing with 4 children between the ages of 6 years & 3 months, I would have read more books on children photography. For some reasons, I don’t know why I thought he had just 2 children in their teens. I would soon discover that having 4 children is one of the ways God imbibes the virtue of “Patience” in the life of a parent. It was something else working with the wonderful children: patience was definitely a necessary virtue.

A bigger surprise awaited me when the wife of my client finally came down to meet us in the living room. I was shocked. I would have sworn that she was the daughter of the client I had been chatting with. In her early thirties, she will prove to be one of the most beautiful mother-of-4 I have ever met. She was beautiful. She is beautiful. I guess it is impossible not to have a beautiful wife when you have enough money to be one of Mercedes top customers. Only God knows the type of soap and cream that she uses to get such flawless skin. Perhaps, I would discover the soap when my wealth manifest.

All this while, the husband (the one I had been liaising with all along), was not even at home. He left a message that we should begin the session and that he’ll join us when he arrives. He finally arrived as we were setting up our lights and I would later discover that 4 Mercedes-Benz were not the total number of cars he had

On a serious note, my 2 thumbs are aching me so much that I’ll have to conclude this by 11pm tomorrow evening (i.e. 11pm April 23, 2012)
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Apparently the car he drove in with was a Range Rover Sport. This gentleman was living life well. The scenario made me wonder how many cars I’ll end up having in 5 years time; I don’t think I’ll have up to 5 though.

I found him to be one of the most humble rich men I had ever met. Sometimes its a little hard describing what “humility” is all about but this man was definitely a humble gentleman. Watching how he talked gently to the wife and scolded wisely the children, I felt like I was in a “Family Affairs” class.

The session started and I had to explain to the couple that it is important they do not scold the children during the entire session of over 2 hours as this will seriously affect the countenance of the children in the pictures. The only thing they should strive to do is to pamper the children as much as possible for the duration of the shoot; punishment for misbehavior can always be given once the shoot is over.

One thing that struck me about this family was the fact that there wasn’t any single picture of any of the family member in sight; this was going to be their first family portrait session. I was surprised. I was humbled.

They changed into 3 different outfits and we moved from the living room to the swimming pool area and we were through by 5pm. After the session, the gentleman offered us some refreshments. I usually refuse to be entertained by clients until I’m done with the shoot because I’m always eager to get the job out of the way; besides I can always “refresh” myself once I leave the client’s place.

I asked him if he’ll like to review the pictures and was surprised at the response he gave. “I do not have the mental capacity at the moment to view the pictures.” Wow. This wasn’t just a client with too much money, this was a client with a lot of grammar. Apparently, the shoot had worn him out and he was being beckoned by the wife to come eat at the dining table.

“What name should I put on the cheque?” I usually like this part of the day. Few minutes later, I was holding in my hands a 6″ by 2″ rectangular paper that had figures written in it with the power to make me SMILE. He seemed to trust me that I would deliver the pictures on my word.

The question I then ask myself was whether this client was worth waiting for under the sun for as long as I did. With that rectangular piece of paper in my hand, you can’t guess wrong what my answer is. This was one scenario where it pays to be patient. It pays to give your client the benefit of a doubt because there might be a good reason why they showed up late or did something that pissed you off. It’s up to you to determine how much you can take but like the Yoruba proverb says “He who is patient will successfully cook a stone.”

The only challenge I have however with this client now is that he refuses to pick my call or reply my texts. I uploaded his pictures to http://www.eloclients.com and have been calling him to let me know the pictures he would have us frame so that we could get it over with. I realize he is a busy man but feel a little guilty that I’ve “eaten” his money without delivering the “goods”. Ok, maybe I’m not guilty. But if you were to put yourself in my shoes, what will you do to get the attention of this Mercedes-Benz client to choose the pictures he wants framed. Help me out.
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Taking my Photography Business to the next level


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Remember that nursery rhyme we all sang as children: Twinkle Twinkle little star/how i wonder where u are/(pls dont give me that eye, you were once in kindergaten, and I put it to you-YOU SANG THAT SONG!). Seems, we were always looking for stars. Lol! Jokes apart, I found some. Not just small stars but great ones too and each one of them was a SHOOTING STAR! You guessed right. Yes, I met PHOTOGRAPHERS!!!

A couple of weeks ago, I saw an interesting post about a workshop on how to improve on your photography business. I thought to myself, ‘well, it wouldnt hurt, i’ll just attend….precise time, relevant topic discussion….whats there to lose?’ Then, simultaneously, the other mind bugger came, ‘that means you have to wake up early to beat traffic and get to class on time…are you sure you want to do this? Why don’t you just stay at home, wake up late, you really need the sleep you know, plus, the weather might even change tomorrow…IT MIGHT RAIN!!!’( Hmmn…that moment when you’re between the really deep blue sea and a tempting island!)

Apparently I decided to fight against those odd thoughts,(lai, lai! Laziness will never take control!) and give in to the priceless virtues of determination and sacrifice. I told myself, ‘it doesn’t matter what I go through, as long as I can acquire relevant knowledge and can be in the gathering of like-minds”. I decided to go for the class. With this decision in mind, to my utmost surprise, down came pouring the rain the next morning!!! But NO SHAKING!!! With a steady umbrella in hand and a song in mind (i have decided/ to go to the workshop/I have decided/ to go to the workshop/I have decided/to go to the workshop/ no turning back/no turning back/) I stormed out of my house. Talk about determination.

That’s the attitude that brought me to the workshop. I gave this synopsis so you won’t run away when I start to talk about the priceless lessons I learnt from that workshop. The workshop was organized by eloPhotos and facilitated by Mr Seun Akisanmi. The class was fabulous!!

What stuck me most was the simplicity of explanation and practical guidelines given on how businesses can be improved upon (most of which are overlooked by photographers).
The class diversified from a lecture, into a discussion forum, to a talk show and ultimately into a cinema hall. LOL! As I reminiscence on the happenings of that day, I can’t help but giggle at various responses given and some situations we photographers find ourselves (trust me, I have had my fair share too!).

Thus, with my benevolent heart, I’ve decided to provide a memoir of the high points of the workshop for the benefit of those who could not attend. Plus, in a pithy way, I’ve included lessons I learnt from cartoons (YES, CARTOONS) played at the class.

The gists below are the respectable inputs from both the facilitator and photographers at the workshop. Travel with me on a juicy journey into the land of photography business. Fasten your seat belts because it’s gonna be a jolly ride!!!

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TIPS.

 PLANNING: this entail a lot of details. Any photogapher that wants to be and remain relevant needs to be a succinct planner.

 What is your 2-5 year plan?

 What is your marketing strategy?

 Who are your target audience(s)?

With the influx of various camera technologies and indiviuals into the industry, it is so evident that a photographer without a relevant plan would simply be flushed out . Your plans would tally on the ropes of your VISION. What is your vision in photography? Where do you see yourself going?

 AGREEMENT STRATEGY: This served as one of the high points of the workshop. Most photographers do not have documented terms and conditions upon which their business transactions are pitched. This issue causes a lot of squabble between photographers and their clients on payment grounds. It was discussed and advised that every photographer should have a business contract guiding operations and payment processes between them and their respective clients.

 VALUE: every photographer should know his/her worth. Sincerely, value should be attributed to you as a photographer. According to Mr Seun, “know exactly what do you bring to the table”. Know your worth!!! It cannot be stressed enough. Equally, patience with your clients is key because they are your main marketers. Make them leave with a good impression with every picture. Trust me, they’ll tell others about you. It’s reciprocal!

 APPROACH TO BUSINESS AND FINANCES: Photographers were advised to have a separate account from their personal funds. This would enable them to monitor their profit, give their tithe (if they’re Christians) and not mess up their book-keeping. Even though professionals such as accountants can be approached, it is not so much of a task to do one’s book keeping. To tidy up records, a system can be strategized, whereby you allocate a salary to yourself just like your workers i.e. personal salary scheme. Save at least 20 percent for future use.

 BRANDING: Corporate branding was encouraged. Every photographer should have a registered company name and logo (one of which I was advised upon) as well as suitable complimentary cards. Social media was highlighted upon as one of many ways to brand & market one’s business. Websites and blogs are equally good branding tools.

This led to our cinema discussion. YES, the cartoons(#rubbing my hands now#). Lessons learned from these cartoons can be embedded in our daily lives and relationships with people. I hope you learn something:

 Discover you vision and your style and never lose it.

 Presentation and packaging matters. With your presentation, people tend to trust you with their pictures & their confidence is released.

 Learn to work with what you have. Never borrow or paint a false image. Be professional and look comfortable with what you have.

 Life is Not a competition, hence photography is Not.
Find your niche

 Dream big and Plan to execute it, no matter how ridiculous.

 Be positive and always celebrate even the seemingly little successes.

 Show passion and remain motivated.

 Never lose your enthusiasm.

 Always be a good leader & try as much as possible to remember your staff by name. This increases loyalty.

 Always talk as a company by using words like “WE” instead of “I”.

 Learn how to communicate with people.

 Be an avid reader and keep learning. Never stop because life is a longtime learning process. Never misplace the place of learning.

 Resilience is key alongside preparation and courage.

 Be on the lookout for opportunities inspite of discouragement. Always have your complimentary card with you wherever you go.

 Be an observer.

 Integrity is essential. Be truthful and willing to accept your mistakes.

 Most times in life no one will applaud your little steps. But be rest assured, they would applaud you when you make that grand entry.

 Savings is key

 Always have a good relationship with your colleagues

 Family members can be your best promoters or discouragers. Whatever comes your way, never be discouraged or feel too proud. Keep moving forward.

 Despite discouragement, keep motivating yourself. Find one person that believes in you and if you cannot find that person, always try to believe in yourself.

These comments were exclusively rendered by participants at the workshop. Lessons like these, sums up my approval of this workshop as a successful one. I say a BIG THANK YOU to the eloPhotos family for a wonderful initiative. God bless you all with more creativity and inspiration. You guys are set to break new grounds in Nigeria. By God’s grace, this is just the beginning.

I had fun all through this ride and hope you enjoyed the journey of this article. To all photographers reading this, note that there is no perfect photographer: every one has a weakness. No matter what happens, keep improving upon yourself.

Written by
MORAYO IYAOMOLERE
The Voice Photography
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How To Give Your WIFE The SURPRISE Of Her Life


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So your wife’s(or babe) birthday is coming up and you’re short of ideas on how to surprise her….here’s where I come in. Follow the suggestion in this writeup and you’re ALMOST guaranteed (hey, I can only give a 99% guaranty) to have a stress-free relationship for at least 2-8 weeks depending on the type of woman you have (or the type of man that you are).

It helps if you start the process at least 2 weeks before her birthday. Start a quarrel with her about anything. Complain about how there’s too much salt in the stew, or how …..well, I’m sure you can come up with something. About 1 week before her birthday, tell her you’re going on a business trip to Abuja (or 500 miles from wherever you are) on the afternoon of her birthday. She’ll probably get mad at you for wanting to travel on her birthday but let her know you’ve finally gotten the appointment you were seeking for from a top executive that wants to give you a BIG contract. This should be the only situation where you’ll have to “lie” to her though.

On her birthday, pretend as if you’ve forgotten it’s her day only to be reminded at about 11am when her friend pops in to give her a birthday present. She’ll probably be angry that you were not the first to wish her a happy birthday. Let her know you didn’t forget but that you were so engrossed in the trip to Abuja (or Iraq as your case may be) you’ll be making by 3pm.

You finally start heading to the airport by 3pm and she’s still upset at you for deciding to “travel” on her birthday. Meanwhile, unknown to her, you go to an arranged location where you meet with your faithful cousin that just brought in a BMW 3 series that you ordered for your wife. Your plan was to give her as a birthday gift. 2 things have been on her “to-get” list for 2 years now: a new house and a new car. You could only afford the later and its enough to make her have the best birthday of her thirty-something years on earth.

You call her at your location at about 6pm to ask if she has gotten to her choir rehearsals. She replies affirmatively and you tell her happy birthday again & that your plane is just boarding. Unknown to her, you had been plotting this scheme with another member of her choir who will help coordinate the surprise at the choir rehearsals.

You arrange for the co-plotter to pass around post-it notes for people to write their birthday wishes on. You then place each note on the dashboard of the car. By the time you’re doing that, you ought to have arranged for the car’s makeup (assuming your wife is a makeup artist) so that everyone that sees it will know it belongs to a makeup artist.

The time for your presentation arrives. Its 8pm. You’re a little nervous because you’re about to appear in front of 50+ people to give a speech that will embarrass and surprise your wife (who by now thinks you should have landed in Abuja). You gather all courage and walk into the hall. Some of the people are surprised because they hardly get choir lessons from someone who knows nothing about music. You calm them down and begin a speech that looks like the following (while your wife sits in the corner, with her head down and a big smile on her face because she senses something is about to go down):

I’m here because today is my wife’s birthday. I’m here to say that I’m sorry. I’m sorry for always pinching my face even when you tell me not to. I’m sorry for making you think that I love my job more than you. I’m sorry for not giving you a listening ear when you needed one. I’m sorry for the times I ignored you and made you feel insignificant. I’m sorry for the many times you’ve had to enter okada when heaven knows that beautiful people like you should be driving BMW 5 series. I’m sorry for lying to you that I was traveling to Abuja when I knew I was coming to meet you here. I’m sorry for not having enough money to buy you the beautiful house you’ve dreamt of. But with the little I have, please accept this small offering as a token of my everlasting love for you.

It is at that moment you give her the church’s offering envelope where you hid the keys to the BMW 318i. By this time, she should be covering her face with her beautiful hands and crying. She would then rise to give you one of the best hugs you’ve ever gotten in you life. She would then end the hug with the words “I LOVE YOU” while simultaneously wiping the tears from her eyes.

She steps outside and sees the beautiful beemer that you’ve presented. Every one in the room hails you for being the most romantic husband they know and you’re happy because you just succeeded in giving your wife the surprise of her life.

At this junction, if you happen to have any children it might be a wise idea to have dropped them with grandma for a 2-week holiday. This would allow you to fully savor the bedroom romance that will begin from that very night. Your life will never remain the same. If your wife is not grateful for such a delicately planned surprise, either something is terribly wrong with her (or you) or you married the devil. Come to think of it, even the devil will be surprised and grateful.

Now to the ladies. If you were the one whose husband surprised you in such a glamorous way, how will you respond or retaliate? Be honest
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To Refund or Not to Refund?


Regarding my last write up on the fiancée that was requesting a refund of money deposited, please understand that it actually didn’t happen to me: it was just a scenario I played in my mind. The real scenario that happened to a photographer was posted on my facebook page on March 5th and read thus:

A client pays 50k advance payment for a wedding she was charged 200k for photography. She calls a month b4 the wedding to say her mum already got anoda photographer so ur services will not be needed again. She’s asking for a refund of her 50k deposit. What will you do if you were the photographer

The following are the responses I got from a mixed-emotioned audience. 1. Refund her money of course

2. Depends on the terms of the contract, if it is a non-refundable deposit…
3. That’s not a good reason, ask her d major cause of changing her first decision, if d cause is from you apologize…
4. You build a good brand and trust worthiness if you make a refund of the money. Except otherwise stated in the company’s terms of payment. In some developed countries 100 percent refund is allowed. This may be challenging here but that simple act of refund will add feather (honour, trust) to your profile and such client can freely refer you to others or come back another day for bizz deals.
5. She might eventually change her mind, if not refund her. But still keep d relationship…
6. umm… did you give her a reciept? do you guys have a signed agreement? but being my self i’d refund her 40% of her payment but i’ll let her know she made me tick my calendar also, she made me loose another job. but on another hand, i will not refund. i might just charge her abit lesser than our initial arrangement (150k) just 2 keep the link strong. but if she do strong head, she aint gettin nothing!
7. WELL A MUSICIAN WILL NOT REFUND SUCH MONEY, BCOS HE MUST HAVE CANCELLED OTHER APPOINTMENTS FOR THE SCHEDULED DATE, …..HMMMM FOR YOU AS A PROFESSIONAL PHTOGRAPHER , PLS REFUND 100% OF THE MONEY AND SEND AN APPRECIATION NOTICE FOR CALLING OFF THE DEAL. YOU HAVE RETAINED AND MAINTAINED YOUR PROFESSIONAL AND SOCIAL INTEGRITY
8. I believe you should refund since the business has not been carried out by you. This has happened in my business in time past: we had to refund to maintain our name. Remember that You loose some sometimes to win most of the times.
9. I think it is safer to always have a signed agreement when money is involved….it might be peaceful to refund though but it is a serious loss on the service provider when appointments like that are cancelled @such critical hrs-u must have cleared your table/turn down other things to accommodate the day….
10. The thing is, she has told people about the charges & got negative response dat its 2high. She didn’t want 2use d word “HIGH” that’s why she’s using her mom as an excuse, cos if dey can afford it then d family is “RICH” she dnt have 2call 4a refund & who says u have 5photographers in ur wedding takin all d moves?
11. Some customers sef… Refund if you hav not used the money to set up for your plans as per giving her d best for the job. Its impt to set up a terms of service document. People need to really make up their minds before contacting vendors. I feel bad if it happened to you Mr Akisanmi knowing that you have a deadline to meet for the purchase of your “new bride.” (Winks)
12. Every business has agreement terms e.g. no refund after payment or 50% refund after payment. If there is such, then there is a ground to stand on. If not then there is need for improvement for future occurrences. If i were the photograher here and i didnt have such agreement, i will have to refund the deposit 100% for integrity purpose.
13. no refund, cos its in bad taste. ordinarly u should refund but in this case tell her u will still do do job for 150 or 120 but no refund. my mind tells me its no refund.
14. Customer is always right, try †̥O̅ get her closer A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ reduce d former prize.but •̸Ϟ•̸№ refunding
15. Pay. That is your tuition fee in learning how to state things explicitly in matters of business, love and money.
16. If you signed a contract already, you shouldn’t return all of it depending on what is stated in it. You probably crossed out that day on your schedule for the year & rejected other offers, so let her understand the implications of her cancellation.
17. Well… Its all depend on u, I’m writing from xpres… Wen de guy called mi and ask me if can refund I said no for de moment and I xplaind why and he asked me to forget de cash… Dats why I said it depend on u and de client… I pray ur is well to do… De person get cash well. astral
18. Don’t give it back cos it’s a non-refundable fee for the contract. Don’t forget that it’s going towards the downpayment of the BMW lol!!
19. Although its earier said than done…I will suggest u give her a timeline as to when the funds will be return (installmentally)….then make effort to update your refund policy to have a good ground next time
20. ok almost forgot , lookin @ it from a lawyer’s pespective, she has to pay damages n compensation for the logistics already put in place, for occupying a date that could hav been used for other business dealings etcetera d list is long
21. Last word in – GOOGLE HAS D ANS

22. There ought to be a retention fee of 10% of total sum charged that is nonrefundable. Thus 10% of 500k is to be deducted from the 50K.So in this case the client forfeit the deposit. Of course, this would have to be signed in an agreement form that ought to be registered in the law court to prevent pecuniary damages that might occur to the photographer in case of failure on the part of the client for whatever reason, including post-phoning of date, to live up to the term of contract.This will be a reasonable thing to do in the estimation of ‘right thinking person’ as the law would posit
23. If d client gets 20k out of 50k,He/She shld count Him/Herselve Lucky.Wht if I’v dropped other client cos of dat date?Wht abt my mindset n Logistics 2wds d date.That is Y We shouldn’t be allowed 2 be played upon.It has happened 2me b4 n dt’s exactly wht I did.

24. If there is a legally binding agreement that permits one to retain a fraction or all of the deposit then you are good keep it but there are no legally binding documents then it is only expedient that u pay. We are all talking about our nation moving forward until we as individuals hold ourselves accountable in regards to doing what is right no matter how painful or d “emotional logic” attached to it we will never achieve our goal as a nation.

25. blow her head off!!

26. Hmmmmm. If my contract with her states 70% upfront and 30% non refundable. I will just calculate d 30% frm the 50k n return d remaining kobo and frm this variables, d 50k is not even up to d 30% so she gets nothing.
27. It all depends on the agreement before she paid…if no agreement on ground I would payback her 50k without complain.
28. Let’s be serious here and distinguish between an advance or a deposit payment. The former is part payment, while the later is hold the money for me and when I need it back I will collect in full.(As in bank deposit). If the contract (if any) says advance within a time period you can with hold say 20-30%. But no case in the later. We need to know what the law says and get your contract signed. Truthfully, outside of what I said above you should at least with hold like 20k…..dats why you either collect 80% advance or full payment. Outside of dat is unacceptable.
29. The principle as I implement it, is that, a part payment ties you down on that date. That means you are obligated to turn down other offers that clash with that date. If she cancels within a few days of payment, or at least a month before the event, she gets her money back minus administrative charges which may be almost negligible. If she cancels a few weeks before the event or more than 3 weeks after signing the contract, her deposit is non refundable. The KEY thing is spelling it all out before signing any contracts!! Once it is spelt out no problem.
30. Well sincerity is key & integrity should be our watch word! If i will be frank i think if no clear agreement was made… Calculate ur running expenses on the job, such as calls etc… And give her the balance. And another way around it to charge her inconvenience fees… Let’s assume Ɣ☺u called off a job for her’s. And should go as good as 30%… Depending on ђã† the other job would have fetched. Just my opinion anyways…
31. This is why you need iron-clad contracts before you take on weddings. If you both signed a proper contract, she wouldn’t even have the gall to ask for a refund. That said, there are courts in the US that may still insist you refund her because you did not provide a service, and the burden of proof will be on you to show that you incurred opportunity costs.
Also, you might want to make some allowance (not all, some) for a client who could make your professional life miserable, or one that could really bring you lots of business in the future. Or a client who would visit you in jail 😛
32. Tell her to give you her mothers number, This next part is Critical, Find the oldest person in your family and have them call her mother and ask what did you do to offend her that she wants to take food out of your mouth. That it is not about the money, and she should please forgive you and let you complete your work. It helps if the person is over 80. I find that We respond well
33. Many times, it’s not about you. The mother doesn’t know you. She calls in someone she knows and/or trusts. Someone who probably covered HER wedding back in the day. Man, I know that when my bride clients are mothers of brides, I would expect them to choose me again o! I expect them to choose me over some younger generation photographer out there, using devices as small as a pencil, to create larger, clearer images than I’m doing with my DSLR!
34. I think that is the importance of agreement. For me if she’s coming back to me because som1 else want2 do it for 5k, 10k or for whatever reason she’s going to forfeit some part of the money. You’ll be Godly to keep 20k for inconvenience and give her back 30k.

35. I think its more of 100% business ethics to state all your terms and conditions in the agreement between you and your clientele,if that is sorted even the client wont have the gut to mention the above statement

36. Incidents like this make for businesses to have clear cut policies. Like some have said, if there was no agreement, it gets sticky. Personally, if I were in your shoes, I’d give the money back. There was no agreement and my names is worth more than 50K. Also, I typically don’t make any expenditure on deposits. It’s a principle I learnt doing business with many Naija folk. Now with that said, make sure you have terms of payment and what is covered in all your dealings. Make things official. If someone give you a deposit, give a receipt and let the terms be reiterated in the receipt as well. When your name is known for good work and trustworthiness, there is no need for clients to be fearful of making a commitment. Besides, clients that are serious have to deposit to concretize their interest and gain your commitment. You can have a non-refund policy or a partial one which the client signs. This gives you latitude and all parties are in agreement. If you have to lose business, lose business. Not all business is good business. If you have a good product delivered well, your clients will find you out. for daily photography-related tips and articles, visit http://www.elophotos.com

a GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER’s birthday


“Great photographer, Mentor, Entrepreneur, Father and always open to nu ideas & looking for how to help people.” Those are the words this gentleman describes himself with on his twitter handle (@olusegunyemi). His name is Olusegun Ogunyemi and he celebrated his birthday yesterday.

I normally don’t write a mini-thesis to wish someone a happy birthday but I’ll make an exception in this case. Reason being he’s one of the few people on earth to have blessed my 2012 life with packs of TWIX chocolate bars and I’m forever grateful for the kind gesture. He comes across as a passionate photographer but I’ll leave that up to you to be the judge in 5 years time. As for the moment, I’m grateful that our paths met: the TWIX has made more impact in my biological life than you can ever imagine. More grease and oil to your shoulders.

Happy birthday once again to a GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER
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AN EXPERIENCE WORTH REMEMBERING: eloPhotos Academy


Its quite amazing how dreams come true so soon.
Exactly six months ago, I had prayed and panted (just like the deer pants for water) to be under the tutelage of a personality I met and highly respect. Since my encounter with the CEO of eloPhotos Studio (Mr Seun Akisanmi) at the D-SAP photography training last year, I had dreamt of having an advance training under him so has to equip myself with more knowledge in the field of photography and most importantly to learn the right attitude and dispositions to clients and the photography business which an average Nigerian Photographers tend to neglect or lack.

The long awaited training kicked off on Monday, 19TH March, 2012 at eloPhotos office situated in Ikeja. With so much anticipation and determination against all odds, I left the city of Abeokuta and crossed the border of Ogun State to Lagos State to participate in the training. Before now, I knew I wasn’t going to be the only trainee so I was not disappointed when I got there and met other trainees from different parts of the country well sitted at the reception (which was well decorated with frames of creative pictures and a bookshelf stacked neatly with books on photography business and I was like WAOH! This is a serious venture.)

The first day was more of an introductory and interactive class where we got to meet ourselves, share basic life information and ultimately share our passion for photography. Our instructor was not left out as he did the bulk of the talking sharing his different experiences from how he decided to follow his passion (Photography), the need to read books to getting the right mentor for one’s area of specialization in photography. He also stressed the importance of having the right business mindset in photography. Interestingly, every of his words were an eye opener in one way or the other and my passion grew the more for this high calling.

The days following were devoted basically for learning and handling the camera, our “weapon of warfare”. The technicality of the camera was taught & justice was done with regard to different shooting modes, types of lenses, light meter, exposure value compensation, Depth of field, white balance, business photography and so on.

I realized right there that photography and taking pictures was beyond pressing the shutter button. It entails a wide range of things from the technicality of it to creativity, composition, being friendly, honest, & humble with clients. At this junction I began to have a clearer understanding of how the few pictures delivered by some photographers are not WAOH enough while some on the other end are great. It all boils down to having the right composition for your subject and knowing the right settings for different exposures.

It seems the week tends to end faster when you have creative stuffs like this going on for you or maybe its my notion but honestly, friday arrived faster than the speed of light. Another week of training surfaced and was devoted to the DIGITAL DARKROOM. I especially loved the MAGIC that Photoshop was capable of creating. Kudos to the inventor of this software. I mean, I love Photoshop! But like my instructor said “try as much as possible to get the best picture from camera because you will save some time in Photoshop”. I totally agree with that because a bad picture from the camera cannot deliver the best not even after serious editing with the magical Photoshop.

At this point, I cannot but draw attention to the rapid developmental changes occurring in the digital photography industry. There’s still so much to be done in the industry and I sincerely want to be among those that will keep the flag flying. One of the most crucial things I learnt at eloPhotos Academy is the importance of giving your picture a voice of its own.

As we approached the end of the training, it dawned on me how much I was going to miss my colleague photographers who just like myself had sacrificed a lot to attend this training. We were about to go back to our various destinations transformed to becoming greater photographers who will impact the world photographically. I am definitely convinced we will meet at the top where the Kings dine and wine.

In conclusion, I will like to extend my sincere gratitude to the able organizers of this training especially to the CEO of Elophotos Studio for allowing himself to be used by God to pioneer one of the best Photography training Institute in Nigeria, giving room for a person like me to have an in-depth knowledge in the field. My heartfelt gratitude also goes to his beautiful wife and his supermodel daughter Anu , who voluntarily posed for my practice sessions. Much thanks also goes out to other in-house photographers (Afolabi Oloyede & Adetunji Oremosu) who did so well in putting us through whenever we were “stranded” with the camera settings. Love you all and God bless you.

Photographically yours,

Oluwatosin
Set 10 eloPhotos Academy
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The $100 Photographer vs. The $10,000 Photographer


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Going down memory lane, I am reminded of an encounter with a photographer 5 years ago. In his early fifties, I met him at a print lab. He was complaining & murmuring about how his client was yet to pay him the balance owed. After a few minutes of successfully eavesdropping on his discussion with a fellow photographer (stop looking at me like that as if you don’t eavesdrop on people’s conversations also), I was able to gather more info about the job in question.

He had covered his client’s wedding in Enugu where he spent about 3 days for the detailed coverage of the celebration. He was angry because the couple were yet to pay him the balance of what he had billed them. I was shocked when I discovered that his total photography bill for the wedding coverage was $100. How can a “professional” photographer charge that and survive. I was shocked because this “gentleman” had been in the photography business for over 20 years.

At that time, I was still billing wedding clients $400 – $600 for a day’s coverage. Yet he charged $100 for 3 days. He was angry at the client & I was angry at him.

The fact that he was using a film camera was no excuse. What profit will be left over to take care of his family. What type of education will he give his children. When will he be able to afford a good car for himself. Which vacation will the profit afford him. I was angry.

Fast forward to 7 days ago. I was in a workshop organized for photographers. One of the speakers, Ali Baba, talked about how a “PROFESSIONAL” photographer called him in January to “thank” him for a referral. A few weeks prior to the call, Ali Baba had contacted the photographer to ask how much it will cost for a portrait session for a “high profile” client. The photographer gave him a bill of $12,000 for the session after which 32 high resolution softcopies will be delivered on a dvd. He replied the photographer that the client only had a budget of $10,000 & they both settled for $10,000 for 30 high resolution softcopies.

As if that wasn’t shocking enough, the bigger shocker came when Ali Baba mentioned that the reason the photographer called him was to thank him because the client ended up ordering a total of 142 high resolution softcopies. Whichever way you do the maths (even if you got an “F” in your Maths SSCE or SAT), you’ll still end up with a whole lot of zeros that should make any photographer happy. Well this photographer was happy, hence the “thanksgiving” call.

My question is this: What’s the difference between these two photographers? Seriously, what is it that will make a client offer to pay $100 to a 50 year old photographer while another client will gladly pay over $10,000 to a 35 year old photographer. There are many answers to this question one of which I can already hear echoing in your mind as you read this: THEIR DESTINIES ARE DIFFERENT. I’ll leave this one to you to digest.

As for me (& my house), I’ll like to be like the later photographer when I grow up. I’ll like to be perceived as a photographer that adds so much value (albeit intangible) to a client’s life in 2 hours that they’ll deem it fit to pay me $10,000. I’ll like that. Trust me, I’ll really like that. Besides, how else will I be able to afford the Harvard University school fees that my 3.8 year old daughter wants to go to. No, you tell me. I know it’s not all about how much you make at the end of the day but its important to make enough money that will provide the kind of lifestyle you desire.

The other question is this: What “value” do you as a photographer bring to the table? The conclusion might not be as appetizing as the BMW series write up but whatever you do, make sure you’re building solid foundations for you photography business & brand. Neglect doing that & your end will be predictable in 20 years time.

It’s your call
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Lessons learnt at eloPhotos: Afolabi Oloyede


My 9 months apprenticeship recently ended at eloPhotos and the following are a few of the important lessons I’ve learnt.

1- GATHER THE WASTE- It was funny sometime ago when Mr Seun Akisanmi told me to keep some paper that no longer seemed useful. His maxim is “we don’t waste anything here“. Behold, the day finally arrived for the usefulness of the things I thought were wasted. For example, we do our photo printing in-house and order the printing paper from U.S. We never throw away the cartons and boxes used to package the printing paper and atimes I wonder why we keep all the “refuse” in the store. He proved me wrong the day he discovered we could use it for the production of our photo books. Prior to that, I never think twice before disposing anything but my story has changed

2- NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE – I heard this word from my boss (Seun Akisanmi) on my first day at eloPhotos Academy. If you really want to motivate him, just tell him that he can’t do something; he gladly prove you wrong. As a student at eloPhotos, he imbibed the same mentality in us: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

3- READING CULTURE – What he detests most is for us to be gisting while there is no work at hand. His advice to us always is to read books from the eloPhotos library instead of gisting.

4- WRITING CULTURE – He encourages us to imbibe the culture of writing. As a good leader, he leads by example. He writes almost everyday. It is never easy but I have to write also.

5- EMPOWERMENT – This is not to hype my boss but I can bet my all that 90% of elophotos student can testify to it. I don’t regret each day of the 9 months that I spent at eloPhotos.

Afolabi Oloyede
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The Proposed Shutdown of Alaba International Market


On our way to covering an event, I saw a troop of people with protest banners but i didn’t know who they were until the bus I was in got closer to them. I saw one of the banner with ‘SAY NO TO PIRACY’ inscribed on it. Immediately I told my colleagues that we needed to capture this moment. Fortunately, I was the one beside the car window and had the clearest view. I opened my bag and set up my trigger swiftly because the bus was still in motion.

As a photographer, there was no good excuse for me to have missed a moment like that especially when I had a camera with me. The following pictures were the best I could come up with in the span of 30 seconds that our bus passed by. Let’s see how the proposed “shot down” goes.

Pictures & writeup by Afolabi Oloyede
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My experience at eloPhotos: Adetunji Oremosu


A couple of years ago, probably in my most assuming and uninformed manner, I did not expect taking on the standards of running photography business to be any more challenging or thoroughly tasking than anything I had already tried my hands on. I mean, I had already experienced running an online magazine where we paid for the services of a few photographers. I had even accompanied some of them on field jobs and was even present at photo shoots. Photography? it was all fun and just a breeze-through, I thought.

More than one thing was skewed about this thinking as I was soon to find out. Although I was paying photographers to do what they knew how to do best, I never really gave much thought to what it entailed. At that time, there was little to nothing to guide me into the that intangible yet indispensable entrepreneurial thinking that seemed to reverberate through all the interactions I had with photographers like it was some unmapped code in their DNA.

Fast forward to today. It was no less than 4 months ago my enlightenment journey was about to commence and in no better place than eloPhotos. I had walked in sure-footedly that day in November. So confident that after the two weeks in Daystar Skill Acquisition Programme that I participated in a month before, I had what it took to have it made as a photographer. What I discovered has made me more than a little wiser! In summary I found the following truths:

1. An entrepreneur can never do away with the priceless leverage that mentorship from those who have gone ahead provides. By the day mentorship was never in short supply neither was the opportunity to put into immediate practice what needed to be actualised for it to have its maximum impact. We were not just ‘hearers’ but ‘doers’ of the insightful instruction we had benefited from. By so doing we had accelerated learning that, though it was not exclusive of mistakes, (and mistakes are part of learning) but they certainly were not doomed to be the kind of mistakes that wise counsel from those who had threaded the path before us can seriously help to avoid.

2. There were the reminders that apart from your technical skill (and mind you a lot of that is required at the next level of photography), your stamina and physical ability is not left out either. As ‘gladiators’ in the photographic arena, even if you had the know-how, you still needed to know how to be up and doing if you were going to get great work done and achieve great results. It did not let up as the standards of client satisfaction and the accompanying demands for levels of service grew. You did what had to be done and like I once said, we don’t give up, we go on!

3. Equipment handling? Oh piece of cake right? Wrong! If you had the privilege of being in the midst of this calibre of photographic equipment, you had to take time to know the rules of their care, appropriate usage and storage. Clearly I learnt how lenses and lights are more than just that; the are like your eyes and how well you treasure your eyes is how well you treasure the equipment. So neither they nor their environment could afford to be dirty! Nor could areas for handling workflows from all aspects to the ‘digital darkroom’. What about client-accessed areas? You probably guessed! So well it’s cut and dry that maintenance culture and cleanliness standards will improve (and they did) even if you have managed the British Monarchy’s royal cars in your previous life.

4. You are your own best marketer. The point is your persona is very much part of your unique selling point. If you didn’t know, the emphasis on adequate personal “best” dressing and the occasional use of stylized costumes on some outings would convince you. At least on one occasion the costume did make the job easy for an introvert like myself to introduce concepts in conversation with persons I would otherwise have not had the temerity to approach.

Then of course, there was and still is the impact of engaging the cyberspace and as a lot of blogging skills and social media marketing is required, we found ourselves inundated with trainings and opportunities for training in both! Did I mention that my erstwhile magazine publishing days was in cyberspace? Well I rapidly discovered how little I knew including how foolish I had been to be conned by a web designer who did little above what I now learnt by myself in the process of marketing my photography.

Ah, on a lighter yet important note, I learnt one more thing about brand consistency – from ensuring to always type eloPhotos with a small case “e” and a capital case ‘P’

5. I did not know how making youtube videos could literally be an asset to your photography or any business and not only did I get involved in making them more professionally, I learnt from Google (yes – youtube came to Nigeria and courtesy of eloPhotos, I was at the launch-out event) the ways and tips to ensuring that they get seen, engaged with and possibly yield the kind of results (leads) my business needs.

6. Outings, outings, outings – what is a photography training (or trainee) without the outings to go get some good practice on? Ok so I have quite a number under my belt (courtesy of my stay at eloPhotos) like wedding photography, event photography (like When I shot Wizkid and Banky W), sports photography, even children photography, naming ceremony, and environmental portraiture and fashion/model shoots. The list is endless.

7. If you thought you had printing locked down, you really need to see it done to know what it takes. And so I am already hoping one day to still undergo even more training still. But the foundation was made solid at eloPhotos. Everything made sense and all came together to form this crystal thought, ‘what you think you see is what you think you edit, but may not be what you see in print’. And so I have learnt to be even more discriminatory when using a print lab. I also ensure that I use monitors with best color renditions for my editing & not to let inexperienced hands even at (reputedly) great print labs handle my print jobs anyhow.

8. The commandments of Client Satisfaction are all summed up thus: “the client is the one who pays the money”. And doing everything to satisfy, delight and retain a client (who in turn will be my best marketer) has become my ultimate goal. Working on that part of me is still in progress because anything I do should be of the highest possible quality. I wont stop at satisfaction, my goal is to delight & retain the client even if it means taking certifiable courses on Interpersonal Interaction Psychology. Buttom line is I don’t mind becoming like my boss at eloPhotos who seems a master of this science (or art)

So in nutshell, I can’t finish telling you all I have been able to do in just four months at eloPhotos, but if you meet me outside on the streets please stop me and ask me for more!

Adetunji Oremosu
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Basic Course in Photography (June 2012 – December 2012)


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At eloPhotos Academy, our ultimate goal is to raise world-class photographers. We do this through a series of workshops, trainings, and internship programs. You can visit out youtube channel (www.youtube.com/elophotos) to watch videos on a few photography topics. Contact us to learn more about our other trainings.
In this course, you’ll learn how to:
* develop technical proficiency with your camera
* create impact with your photography
* compose pictures
* develop your style
* effectively tell a story with photography
* be a master of “light”
* effectively photograph people
* know the right equipment to use for any situation
* make a good income in photography
* edit images using Adobe Photoshop CS5
* correct tone & color using Adobe Photoshop CS5
* produce outstanding printed images
* effectively market and brand yourself as a photographer
Set 8
January 23 – February 1, 2012 (8 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes January 16, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached
Set 9
January 21 – March 3, 2012 (7 Saturdays)
9am – 3pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes January 16, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached
Set 10
March 19 – March 28, 2012 (8 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes March 1, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 11
March 24 – May 5, 2012 (7 Saturdays)
9am – 3pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes March 12, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 12
June 4 – June 13, 2012 (8 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes May 21, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 13
June 2 – July 14, 2012 (7 Saturdays)
9am – 3pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes May 18, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 14
September 3 – September 12, 2012 (9 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes August 24, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 15
September 1 – October 13, 2012 (9 Saturdays)
9am – 3pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes Aug 17, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Set 16
December 3 – December 12, 2012 (9 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 20 students in a class
Course fee: N150,000
Registration closes November 23, 2012 or when class limit of 20 students has been reached

Send an email to info@elophotos.com to get a copy of the application form. Download the form, print, fill and bring it on the first day of class to the venue with two passport photographs along with the teller of the bank deposit. For further inquiries, contact us on 234-8101590358, 234-8023008873, 234-8120129149, 234-8191474348 or info@elophotos.com

You can also visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/elophotos for more information

For the course, it is recommended that you bring your laptop for editing your pictures

Refreshment & Course materials will be provided along with a professional digital SLR camera for each participant for practice sessions. Please note that the camera is for practice purposes during the training and would not be taken home by participants

Payment should be made into out Stanbic IBTC account 7200147969 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises) or our GTB account 211744703110 (eloPhotos Studio Enterprises)

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TESTIMONIALS

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The basic course in Photography is the best thing that has happened to me this year. When I decided to take the course, I didn’t know what to expect, but now, I must say it has been worth my while. I have learnt so much already I can’t wait to go out there and start making magic through pictures. Big ups to Emmagination, Damilola “DAMELL” Elliot & Shola Animashaun, they really inspired me. Please, keep up the good work.

Desi Okiemute

I have always thought of photography as a form of artistic creative expression. When I first began using a camera nearly 30 years ago, I always wanted to be able to take pictures that showed the beauty and variation that is the life experience all around us at all times. After the uncertain results that came out of my self taught efforts over the years, I finally got the opportunity for proper lessons with the Basic Course in Photography offered at eloPhotos Training Institute. After the first 3 lessons, I had already learnt some critical lessons that will enable me take the kind of pictures I have only previously dreamt of taking.”Painting with light”! That is a definition I have gained from the course.The course is a relaxed, practical and interactive one with several tips from experienced photographers. Very commendable training! Now it is up to me to decide to what level I want to take my photography – competent beautiful pictures as an amateur or as an artistic professional!

Dr. Olayinka Longe

I really enjoyed the business aspect of the training. The lectures on character, integrity, packaging, good customer service and branding were awesome. In a nutshell, it was a wonderful decision I made by attending the training because I absolutely got more than my money’s worth.

Oloyede Afolabi

eloPhotos is the place to be. Within the 8 days of the training, I’ve been able to acquire sound technical and theoretical skills in photography. The training package is so educative such that all the ingredients necessary for growth and development are included. I especially enjoyed the Branding and Marketing aspect of the training. In fact, I have decided to inform all my relatives and friends that they should not bother trying to get me a job in the telecommunications, or banking and oil industry; I’ve finally gotten a JOB.

Olumide Oshikominu

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