The Wedding Kelechi Amadi-Obi offered to cover for $600


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So while discussing with a photographer colleague the other day, I asked him how much he enjoyed covering Celebrity X’s wedding. He laughed it off and went ahead to give a break down of the deal. Now before you proceed, please note that this is not fiction: it happened to people I (and perhaps U) know very well. We’ll call the photographer C & the celebrity X.

Photographer C first met Celebrity X earlier this year when he came seeking for the services of a professional photographer. C came highly recommended and the meeting was arranged. Upon arriving at the studio of C, X was shocked when he was given a bill of $500 for the session. “But it’s just a few soft copies I need” X exclaimed. “I know this one photographer J that can give me this same session for $80″, he continued. C explained that that was the worth of the value he was bringing to the table and that photographer J was probably also charging what he felt he was worth”.

After much discussion and pleading, photographer C decided to do the session for Celebrity X without charging a dime. Knowing that Celebrity X was very popular, perhaps it will go a long way in establishing a rapour that will bring more business in the future, he thought. The session came, the session went and over 30 soft copies later, Celebrity X was convinced that there are PHOTOGRAPHERS & there are photographers. He loved the pictures. I loved the pictures. The resulting pictures were so beautiful that I even considered going for a training session with Photographer C on how to use “studio” lights.

Fast forward to a few months later, Celebrity X came back for some more. This time he was getting married and required the world class services of photographer C for the wedding day. But first, Celebrity X needed a pre-wedding session so the pictures could be used to “advertise” to the world that “Lagbaja & Tamedo” are getting married.

Once again, Celebrity X was shocked at the bill that was presented him for the pre-wedding session. “Haba, don’t forget that you’re the one covering the main wedding”, he kidded. “Do you want to scare me away now?” After much pleading and nagging, photographer C gave a discount for the session. He figured that since he’ll be covering the wedding, he has little to loose.

Once again, the pictures that ensued proved to Celebrity X that photography was indeed the Divine calling of photographer C. The pictures were (according to the choice of words used by one of my clients) “tastefully finished”.

Alas, the wedding day drew nigh. It was time to finalize the photography details of the main day. Once again, Celebrity X shouted when he got a bill of over $2000. Now at this point, the gentleman in photographer C was already getting angry. “What does this man take me for?” he asked himself. What made matters worse was when Celebrity X blurted out that “even Kelechi Amadi-Obi has offered to collect $800 for covering the wedding”.

The indirect question being posed to my colleague was thus: “Who are you to charge me more than what Kelechi has offered to take?” To say that photographer C was furious will be an understatement of the year. He nicely told Celebrity X to proceed with using the services of Kelechi Amadi-Obi since his (i.e. Photographer C) bill is not favorable.

Now at this point you need to understand that Celebrity X is the type of client that although I would have turned down since the first meeting, many photographers would have considered it a privilege to be his official wedding photographer. He was well known. He’s still very well known.

Although I knew (just like photographer C) that Celebrity X was lying through his teeth, I decided to call and confirm if indeed Kelechi covered the wedding. I called Kelechi Amadi-Obi’s studios 3 days ago (June 25, 2012) and discussed the issue with them. I wanted to confirm if it was indeed true. His project Manager laughed me off and said “that is a BIG LIE”. He told me that the minimum Kelechi takes for a wedding coverage and delivery of soft copies on a cd is $6000. (WoW. When I grow up, I definitely want to be like Kelechi.)

So what lessons are to be learnt here? You be the judge. But whatever it is you’ve learnt from this, please make sure it includes not being ridiculed or tossed to & fro by a potential client that might look or talk like Celebrity X. I eventually met a photographer that saw the wedding pictures of X (let’s no longer call him a Celebrity): the pictures were “nothing to write home about” for a person of his class.

Buttom line is this: know your worth, price accordingly and don’t take sh** from anyone that seeks to ridicule your great work (assuming ofcourse it’s great) by comparing you to another photographer.

By the way, if you were Photographer C, what would you have done in each scenario of meeting X. (This is definitely an interesting simultaneous equation in which it isn’t necessary to Find X).

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3 Photography Print Labs You Should Check Out ASAP


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So here’s a short list of 3 printing labs that come highly recommended as at June 26, 2012. I’m not asserting that they’re the best of the best; it’s just that they go the extra mile in making sure their customers are satisfied enough to smile almost every time they’re serviced. Kindly note that none of them have paid me any compensation for any endorsement herein and this does not guarantee that if they disappoint me tomorrow (especially when it comes to customer service), they wouldn’t end up on my list of “Photography Print labs you should avoid at all cost”. So here we go

1. Picture Works. 9 McEwen street, Sabo, Yaba. 08023849970 or 018992865. I discovered this company shortly after my bad customer service experiences I had a few week back (When Bad customer Service is Good). Right from the phone, the customer service experience that I had was enough to recommend them to anyone. My photographer colleague Babz Bamiro (www.babzbamiro.com) recommended them to me and now I’m recommending them to you.

I was surprised that there were still print labs that delivered the quality that my Canon Pro 9000 is used to churning out. I printed the album for American International School Lagos and the quality I got was exactly what I saw on my screen: something that seems unachievable by many print labs nowadays. I was further shocked at the prices they printed the pictures that I wondered how they make a profit.

One thing you should note before going there is that they seem to be getting a higher number of orders recently so don’t expect to get your pictures printed in a jiffy. Budget a couple of hours for waiting for your print jobs or just consider sending an assistant while you do other productive stuffs. Either way, they come highly recommend. And if you have any issues with any of the staff, the MD is one that longs to settle your case in your favor before you leave their promises. Check them out

2. Duduprintz Media. 08124514317 or 08028668014. 9,Ilupeju bypass, Ilupeju (www.duduprintz.com). They’re relatively new in the industry but don’t be deceived: they have what it takes to deliver good quality prints. They’re my print partner of choice for printing the sample copies of the photography magazine we’ve been working on. With a company like this, you are inexcusable for not having your own complimentary cards. At N2500 for 100 copies of professional looking cards, they’re few deals that are as sweet as that. They’re presently running a promotion: Professional 25spread 12by18 and 9by18 photobook at N13700 & N11850 respectively. I’m yet to print my photobooks there and was skeptical whether they’ll deliver to my satisfaction. Upon contacting them, I was assured that I’ll be satisfied with the photobooks or “my money will be refunded”. Now I just love it when a company gives a money-back guarantee on their product & services. Try them out and if they disappoint you, I’ll be your advocate on the matter.

3. Solid Art Frames & Photographic Materials. 42, Adetola street, Aguda Surulere, Lagos. 08035804405. Based in Surulere, I was particularly over-impressed with the quality of customer service they rendered me. I was treated like royalty (the same way I’m hoping they will treat you too) and although I felt their prices could be a little more competitive, I guess that’s what I have to pay for good customer service. I framed a couple of pictures with them and upon getting back to office, we discovered that one of the frames was scratched. I immediately returned the frame to them with the hope that I would be charged for a new one and I was surprised when the frame was replaced at no cost to me. Now that’s not a common trait in the industry. Now I’m not saying you should start “scratching” your frames with the hope of getting it exchanged: it’s just obvious that they really want to give customers a good reason to come back for some more. I was impressed and you should be once you check them out.

So that’s it for now. Like I wrote earlier, this is not an exhaustive list of great printing labs to use. If there’s a great lab (great in customer service and quality prints) out there that you can recommend, don’t hesitate to drop a comment & let us know. I’ll check it out and get back to you. Reporting live from Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi, I remain your loyal “photojournalist”.

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Following an unprecedented growth in Nigeria that has shot past the firm’s continent leader, South Africa, the makers of the smartphone have announced plans to formally open an office in Lagos, the Nigerian business capital.

Disclosing this at the recent BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida, the United States, Mr. Robert Bose, head of RIM for Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, said the proposed new office in Nigeria will seek to position the country as a specific target market.

Sales outside North America make up 70 per cent of total revenue, and regions making the biggest contribution to that chunk of income include South Africa, Indonesia, and Mexico.

BlackBerry is already the number one smartphone brand in Nigeria, but in a tiny smartphone market, which comprises less than 5 per cent of the phone market. And that is without having direct representation on the ground.

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Photographers not appreciating Photographers


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I’ve been recently getting an unprecedented amount of reports of how photographers are being “mistreated” by fellow photographers and I felt the need of attempting to address the issue. In most cases, the scenario has been centered around how much a photographer was paid to assist his/her colleague in the coverage of a job. In the last 1 month, I’ve received at least 4-5 complaints from photographers that felt cheated when it came to being compensated for helping out.

I strongly feel that if a photographer calls a fellow competent professional photographer to help cover a wedding or full-day’s engagement, the photographer asking for the favor should be ready to pay a minimum of N20k (or $130) per day for the assistance. This is true especially if the assistant will be using his/her equipment. Considering the fact that the assistant will not be able to use the pictures taken for his/her personal use, it is only fair to compensate in a way that will motivate him/her to be creative. I’ve even had to deal with a photographer that got his equipment damaged while helping another photographer cover an event and no compensation was given.

If you know u can’t afford to pay the photography assistant well, let them know upfront. I feel it’s also not too fair to give a client all the discount in the world and then pass on the discount to what you’ll be paying your assistant. The fact that my client is not paying me for the job shouldn’t mean that I won’t pay my colleague for assisting me. If a photographer is known to behave this way, he or she will soon run out of photographers to call on for assistance because the word will eventually spread.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that we cut our throats in an attempt to settle someone that’s helping us out. My fight is to be sure both parties know the complete details of what they’re getting into before embarking on a job. I’ve had to assist great photographers like Michael Adebiyi, Halima Abubakar & Tunde Ogunjobi (Jobi Photos) with their photography assignments without getting a dime. But that understanding was made clear to both parties before the shoot started.

If you can’t afford to pay a photographer well for assisting you on a job, let them know upfront instead of during or after the job. It will be duely credited into your “Integrity” account. If you’ve contacted a photographer to help you cover a job for which he/she was not well compensated (or not compensated at all), I feel it’s important not to hire the services of such assistants again. Ofcourse there are exceptions under which this will be permissible (e.g. If the photographer being hired does not mind at all or if he/she is still under apprenticeship). Either way, charge your clients well enough to afford the assistant of the creative hands that will be helping out to capture the moments.

It’s not about “liking money too much”: it’s about being adequately appreciated and compensated for one’s creative efforts. If we don’t appreciate ourselves, why should we expect otherwise from our clients. Besides, that’s one of the ways we’ll grow as an industry.

And if you’re a photographer in dire need of my assistance, I’ll gladly help you cover a job for a minimum compensation of 20 Twix chocolate & 20 Snickers (with emphasis on “MINIMUM”).

I sure hope I haven’t stepped on someone’s toes but feel free to let me know if I’m wrong. Or what’s your take on this issue?
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The Maiden Edition: PICTURE THIS Magazine


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Wow, its been interesting and challenging so far. Transitioning from being a photographer to being a publisher is not a small task for me. Attached is the front cover of our maiden edition, a glimpse of what will soon be a reality in a few weeks. Your input, advise and contribution are still welcome. Let us know what you think. Thanks to the team at Kelechi Amadi-Obi’s office: it was no small task attempting to give a photographer a photo shoot. However, Dipo Odetoyinbo (Black Child Photography) specializes in photographically dealing with such challenges. Thanks to Dipo and his team, we’ve been given a glimpse of what it’s like when the tables are turned around and the photographer becomes the “photographee”.

Also you can still send in you company details for a free complimentary listing in the maiden edition. Most of the responses we’ve gotten so far are from photographers. There are still other businesses in the industry that have not been listed. Print labs, photo equipment stores, frame sellers, etc. Spread the word. Make it your blackberry dp. Place the info on your social media network. Let’s help preach the gospel of photography and let the world know that plenty good can come out of Nigeria.

Kindly send any contributions/suggestions to info@elophotos.com & we’ll really appreciate it.
Remember that listings should have “NPD listing” and should be in the following format

CATEGORY: PHOTOGRAPHERSNAME:OMODEE
PHOTOGRAPHYOFFICE ADDRESS:SUITE B28,
PRIMALTEK PLAZA,PEN CINEMA, AGEGE,LAGOS.
TELEPHONE:08023542111.
WEBSITE:www.omodeephotography.comE-MAIL:funke@omodeephotography.com

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The Day I became the 1st Nigerian to drive a BMW Active Hybrid 5


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It happened yesterday June 17, 2012. I just got delivery of my BMW Active Hybrid 5 (2012 model). After 3 months of placing my order in the Germany office, my dream ride has become a reality. From my blackberry dp & wallpaper to the parking lot in my office. I was ecstatic. I was excited. I’m still excited.

The agent that delivered it was even more excited than I was. “Oga, this car no be normal car o: na space ship.” I laughed at his comical gesture and continued analyzing the features of the car. If anyone thought my reward was in heaven, then my heavenly experience just started. I called the sales manager in Germany, Barry Silverstein, to thank him for all his help during the negotiations.

I hurriedly got into my new baby to see how fitted and soothing it was and WOW: it was like riding on heaven’s street. Every thing seemed exactly as I had envisioned it to be and even exceeded my expectations. Now, finally at last my dream car has become my real car. This was physical proof that “if you can dream it, then you can achieve it”.

My wife whom I intended to surprise with the news was amazed at the differences between her BMW 318i series and the $72000 540i series. Imagine your car having a function that generates electrical power to run itself from the battery. It’s automatically activated each time you come to a junction or traffic congestion and has the capacity to go as far as 60 miles per hour without consuming your N97 per litre petrol.

Did I mention the “proximity alert” feature it has: it alerts you when you’re about to hit something or someone (although you’ll need to input the minimum distance you would like to keep for it to be active). Excited, I took my newly found love on a ride. I had to test this baby. Just at the time when I was cruising on Ikorodu road, a 89 year old man (I would later discover his age) was about crossing the expressway and was in collision course with my baby.
The alert given me by the car simultaneously helped the car come to a complete halt without tumbling (a stunt only seen in James Bond films). Wow, that was close.

Imagine my testimony that I killed a n old man on my first ride. I felt tensed. I felt hot. I began sweating. It was at that point I realized that I had not put on the air conditioner in the car. I was sweating profusely. Thank God I did not hit the man. What would have come of my $70,000 investment. I decided to park off road to calm myself down. As I was about to put on the AC to cool me down, I received a hot slap on my back. It was my wife: “WAKE UP, WAKE UP…you’re sweating profusely & it is making me uncomfortable on this bed….”. And then I woke up, and realized it was all a dream…… A dream from the very first sentence of this write up.

……..Here’s just to apologize to all my fans reading this for the silence on my part for slowing down on the publishing of my inspiring articles. This is just to test and see if I’ve not forgotten how to write…. So what do you think? If I write a book, would you purchase a copy?

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Busayo & Omotayo’s Wedding


Photographs taken by Busuyi, Bright, Favor & Tosin


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Take your photography business to the next level


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Come learn what it takes to move your photography business to the next level.

Date: wednesday June 13, 2012

Time: 9am – 1pm

Venue: elophotos studios office
12b fagba crescent, off acme rd,
agidingbi, ikeja

Fee: N500

Facilitator: Seun Akisanmi

Send SMS to 08101590358 to confirm attendance. Txt should include names of participants and photography business. Registration closes June 10, 2012
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Exhibition Pictures of Dsap Set 8 Photography Students


So we rounded up another 2-week training program for a fresh set of 54 photography students at Daystar Skill Acquisition Project. As usual, it was fun & fulfilling working with a bunch of people that have never worked (for the most part) with a professional camera. Below are the interesting pictures that was churned out by the set. Thanks to Mr Leke Adenuga (QF), Dipo Odetoyinbo, Segun Alawode & Chyder 5 for helping to facilitate the training. Get ready for the manifestation of these photographers. Which of the pictures do you like the most?
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