Africa’s 1st BLIND Photographer


Meet TV. A blind lady in her early 30s, she learnt to fend for herself at a very early age. Growing up in a poverty-striken neighborhood in Ekiti state, TV had a tough time along with her twin sister in a foster home without a father.

I met her for the first time on November 5, 2012. She wanted to learn photography. The idea of teaching a blind person photography was first introduced to me by my BRAND Consultant, Emmanuel Effiong-Bright. Although I was nervous at first, I gladly took on the challenge to groom Africa’s first blind photographer.

The first thing that comes to the average person’s mind is how IMPOSSIBLE the idea seems. And it so happens that I love facing challenges that seem impossible to surmount. Thank God I took this on. Although she has attended classes for just 8 days, the pictures she has taken thus far would be difficult for the average “seeing” person to believe they were taken by a blind lady.

I’ve learnt so much from her in just 8 days especially the fact that NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE when you put your heart to it and partner with a God that can do anything. Infact, the easiest way to unfriend me is to tell me how impossible you think something is.

Prior to her photography training, TV learnt how to bead and make bags. Her bags are more beautiful than some I’ve seen done by the sighted. The reason we only teach her 3 times a week is because she teaches people (who can see) how to make beaded jewelry and bags. I was inspired. I was challenged. And you should be challenged.

Enough of the story. TV is a photographer to watch out for in 2013. With an exhibition slated for the 2nd quarter of 2013, the photography industry in Nigeria and Africa is about to get to another level.

If by any chance you haven’t learnt a lesson from the life of this young lady whose heart desire is to get married in 2013, get this one nugget: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.
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Grace & Obadiah’s Wedding Album


4 years ago today marks the day Grace & Obadiah went to the altar. I received a text message from the bride asking us to upload the album we gave them then so the world will know how beautiful the day was. Happy Wedding Anniversary to one of the most adventurous couples we’ve been privileged to cover: Grace & Obadiah.

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A Picture Slide Show You’ll Love


Here’s an upload of a video slide show I just finished working on. Let me know what you think.

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Paying for the Services of a Fellow Photographer


So a colleague I respect sent me a few questions on how much he should pay for the services rendered to him by another photographer. I decided to share here because I know a few other photographers that need this info.

Q 1: How much will you charge per day if I want you to shoot a wedding with me?

It depends on the experience and expertise of the photographer that’s in question. The fee I’ll pay Shola Animashaun to assist me on a concert will not be the same amount I will pay a student that just graduated from our photography academy. I would also consider if the photographer would be using his camera or if it will be provided by the “employer.” I’ll recommend paying the photographer at least N10,000 extra if he’ll be using his camera and external flash. Consider that to be the cost of renting the equipment.

In most cases, I would consider paying a seasoned photographer between N10,000 & N40,000 per day for assisting. If there’s a mutual understanding between both photographers, you could leverage on goodwill and trade by barter. I’ve assisted a few photographers without being paid a dime and they’ve equally returned the kind gesture by helping to teach a photography class when I couldn’t make it. It helps if the photographer also is your friend.

Q 2: What if the job is outside your state of residency (eg Lagos state).

I would consider paying enough to cover the 1 or 2 extra days the photographer will spend to get to & from the destination. Sometimes it also depends on the type and location of event. I would gladly not accept a token if I was told to assist some photographers on jobs that might look like the type I eventually want to get.

An example will be the turbaning ceremony of the CBN governor we covered earlier in the year. The job was actually commissioned to Halima Abubakar (L’enigma Photos) shortly after she finished from our photography academy. As it is my custom, I went all the way to help make it work for her. Assisting her on the job was an opportunity to learn more about the culture in Kano. I had never met the CBN governor before and thought it would be an adventurous challenge to cover an event of such magnitude. Although I really wasn’t expecting to be paid, I blessed God for her life when I got a message from her telling me she had credited my account with money I was in dire need of at that time. I would gladly assist her any day.

That brings me to my second point. It also helps if the photographer is your friend. There’s likely to be more freedom in discussing money matters when the person is first your friend. Although, that should not be an excuse to take one another for granted. Although it can be quite difficult to put a price tag if the job is outside Lagos, working with a photographer who is also your friend would probably not cost you much.

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Q 3. How much will you charge if you’re responsible for taking all the pictures and giving me on a CD/DVD?

In this case, I would consider paying the photographer well especially if he would have no right to use the pictures for his portfolio. Sometimes it can be painful when you don’t pay the photographer what you both agree only for you to see the images on the photographer’s website or facebook page. This is one thing that I feel is wrong. If you’re assisting a photographer to cover an event, in most cases you’re actually relinquishing your rights to use the pictures for your portfolio.

There are photographers that do this and I don’t feel it is right. This is one reason why I wouldn’t bother stressing myself to call on some photographers to assist me on any job. At the end of the day, they usually go about posting the pictures online and claiming they got the job and all.

For a guide on a specific amount to pay, I feel it’s fair if you can pay the photographer a MINIMUM of N30,000 especially if you’ll not be providing a camera. In one situation, I have even collected N15,000 from a photographer friend for a day’s coverage and I understood I couldn’t use the pictures for myself. The photographer has returned the favor in more ways than 1 and I’ll gladly work with him again if I’m not busy on the day in question.

That’s my take on that. If anyone know’s of a better & more detailed guide to pricing situations like these, I’ll appreciate if you drop a comment so we can all learn.
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PHOTOGRAPHERS’ ROAD TRIP TO GHANA


So I got a travel agency to help put together a road trip for photographers. Date is February 3rd – 9th, 2013. We need a minimum of 15 photographers to make this happen. Cost comes to N85,000 per photographer and will cover transportation, accommodation and feeding. Deadline for registration is January 18, 2013 so start planning ahead.

SOME OF THE PLACES TO VISIT ARE LISTED BELOW

1. Ouidah (REPUBLIC OF BENIN)

Snake Village
It has a Snake Village where Snakes are Sacred and are being worshipped today. Pictures are allowed and you may hold and put snakes around your neck, if you are brave enough. There has never been any case of Snake bite reported. So, be brave! The Snake temple is still functional and Snakes are still being worshiped.
“Point of NO Return”
A memorial to slavery at the beach of Ouidah, one of the large slave-trade ports in Africa, a main departure point for those sold into slavery between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Slave Route
The Slave Route – a small 4km long road, is the route through which Slaves followed to board the vessels of the slave trader. They pass through the gate (Known as Point of No return) to where the vessels are waiting. The vessels sail and take them to the slave market.
The road is lined with fetishes, statues and small villages from the city to the fabulous beaches.

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2.Kwame Nkrumah Mesoleum

This is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, who was a famous pan-Africanist. The Centre consists of a museum of his life and works, the mausoleum, and his statue, which stands on the spot (the Polo grounds as it used to be called) where he declared Independence for the country on 6th March, 1957.

3.Independence square

The venue for many national celebrations, dominated by the independence arch and the memorial to Unknown Soldier

4.Culture and Arts Center

The Centre’s arts and crafts bazaar and traditional textile market is the best place in Accra to find traditional handicrafts from all over Ghana. You have to be prepared to bargain hard here, starting prices are inflated. Some of the interesting items to be found include, Kente items, woodcarvings drums, local leather bags, beads and imported items from surrounding countries

5.Boti Village

Umbrella Rock

The Umbrella Rock is about thirty minutes’ walk in the forest from Boti falls. The umbrella Rock is sited on a high land and thus, making it possible to watch nature hundreds of miles away into the green. The arrangement of the rocks are in the form of an umbrella. One rock lies on top of the other, relying on only a small pivot point on the one below. Other tourist who are willing to adventure lean a ladder to the rock on the top and climb to its top. From there, beautiful forest view is right in front not forgetting the nice air breeze

Three Head Palm Tree

The three-headed palm tree has a huge stem base and from this singular stem base are three separate stems growing into the sky. The diameter of the base is about 126cm and the three stems have a diameter of about 70cm each. The height of the trees or three headed tree is about 3.2 m. It has huge lushly green leaves like any other palm tree.

Boti Waterfalls (Twin Waterfall)

Boti Falls is a 30m high waterfall within the Boti Forest Reserve about 30 minutes east of Koforidua. A small hike down some stone steps takes you to the waterfall with a pool at the base, which is safe for swimming. Boti falls is actually made up of two waterfalls. According to the local people the big one is the male and the smaller one, a female. When the two merge, it is said that they are mating. The merging forms a rainbow.

6. Elmina Castle (Cape Coast)

It was built in the 1480’s and occupied by different Europeans and ostensibly fortified to defend their ‘territories’ and to enhance and protect their ‘gold trade’. The castles’ warehouse-trade, were later converted to dungeons to facilitate the slave trade, the last stop for slaves to await shipment to their destinations to suffer their fate.

7. Kakum National Park (Canopy Walkway)

This is Africa’s first forest walkway; the fourth of its kind in the world. It was commissioned in 1994. It is a bowel-loosening canopy which 350m long suspended bridge, seven in number and strung firmly unto 7 tall trees 30m above lush forest floor.

8. Aburi Botanical Garden:

This one of the most beautiful, peaceful and fascinating places in Ghana. Opened in March, 1890, and covering 64.8 hectares and overlooking the Accra coastal plain from an elevation of 370 to 460 metres above sea level, the Aburi Botanic Garden is a must experience for every Ghanaian as well as visitors to Ghana. Butterfly and bird lovers would love Aburi Gardens for the presence of many species of butterflies and birds that would come so near as if wanting to perch on one’s head. Another delight of Aburi Botanic Garden is the blossoming mixture of indigenous and exotic trees of global importance, aesthetics and medicinal properties

9. Mokola Market

One can obtain beautiful African Textiles, Foodstuffs, Traditional clothes, shoes, cosmetics, etc. It also houses a bank, restaurants, offices, etc. Because of its central location it enjoys a lot of patronage from residents in Accra and tourists alike.

 10.Dodi Island

The Dodi Island became one of the displaced settlements when the Dam was constructed in the late 1960’s. It covers approximately 55 acres of space. The inhabitants on the Dodi Island are friendly and accommodating. They normally welcome visitors with a traditional cultural dance, agbadza from the Volta Region. Their primary occupation is fishing. The Volta River Authority and the Hotel have plans of developing the Dodi Island into a world class tour site.

11.Labadi Beach

Is the busiest beach on Ghana’s coast. It is one of Accra’s few beaches and is maintained by the local hotels. An entrance fee to those not staying the hotels is charged. On holidays and weekends there are often performances of reggae, hip-life, playback, and cultural drumming and dancing

12. Next Door Beach

Is a rocky beach with purple sand and a great subject for Professional Photographers.

13.   Accra Metropolitan Tour

14.   Volta Region
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5 Reasons to Learn Photography at eloPhotos Academy


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1) We’ve helped to build the foundation of more professional photographers in the last four years than any other training academy. Just ask the following outfits for confirmation: La Royal Photography, Red 19 Photography, 4labi 4tos, Mint Photos, Oleku Photos, Made fotos, Lamzy Photography, Greenshots Photography, Kakadu Photography, Jobi Photos, Freeze Photography, Photography by Maximus, Living Memories Photography, Novo Images, Sazzy E Cre8tive Concepts, Eastward Eden Photography, la Belleza Photography, Nobis Photography & L’enigma Studios.

2) Our seasoned facilitators are good at what they do. Although it’s hard to believe one could learn so much in just 10 days, we go the extra mile to make sure you fully comprehend what is being taught. Let’s just say you’ll end up saving yourself 9 years of stress and failure if you heed to what we teach within 10 days.

3) If after the first day of class you’re completely unsatisfied with what you’ve learnt, we’ll gladly refund your money if you request. We’re just that confident of what we teach.

4) Our emphasis is more on the person behind the camera and not just the camera itself. We believe that a photographer should be so grounded that he can use any camera that comes his way (be it Nikon, Canon, Sony or Olympus).

5) I, Oluwaseun Akisanmi, am one of the best people to have as your friend and mentor in the photography industry. Although I’m yet to win any award in photography, my goal is to raise world-class award-winning photographers. I usually don’t rest until I’m sure I’ve done my best to address whatever question you bring my way. Like a caring father, I will not let go of you until you make it in the industry. I usually don’t brag but that’s one thing I’m known for. Attend our academy and you’ll be our photography friend for life…..except we end up separating due to one party’s character flaw. Either way, you have little to lose.

Go ahead, give us a call on 08120129149 or 08023008873 and let’s help kick-start your photography career.

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Killing your Photography Business Before it Starts


So one of the students I taught photography last year gave me a list and cost of the items she needed to start her photography business full-time.

Camera…………..  $1100
Lenses…………….   $940
Flash………………   $750
Charger……………    $62
Memory card…….. $125
Lights………………  $310
Backdrop…………  $125
Reflector………….    $62
Tripod……………..  $310
Ballhead…………   $310
Cable Release….  $310
Hood……………..    $125
Laptop…………..    $620
Blackberry……….  $620
Biz Card…………   $125
TOTAL…………..  $5894

WoW. I was shocked. This person wanted to start out in business as a BILL GATES: a multi-billionaire. Funny thing was she didn’t have any money to start buying the items; she was believing God for them.

I pointed out that how come there was no provision for training, marketing, books, & website. The items that I felt mattered the most were left “unlisted”. By the way, who needs a $310 ballhead or $620 blackberry to start out in photography. Or am I missing something here?

It’s amazing the increasing amount of photography newbies that think $600 – $1200 is too outrageous to dole out for photography training, yet they don’t bat an eyelid to purchase a canon 5d mark iii. It is well.

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With my help I was able to reduce the bill to about $1240. Infact if I have $10,000 in cash, I wouldn’t spend more than a third to acquire gadgets and assets. Call me an accountant but I’ll rather use $3000 to get the basic necessities and use the income that come from that small investment to purchase more gadgets as I grow in business.

Heck, I’ll even prefer to be an intern with an established photographer for at least 3 months before going all out on a spending spree. Better yet, I’ll get the book by Dale Carnegie (How to win friends and influence people) and see how I can make more photographer friends that will be willing to borrow me their camera (if I don’t want to rent from eloPhotos) whenever I have jobs.

But then again, I could be wrong. Bottom line is that I think we should focus more on how to get clients than on how to acquire photography gadgets that will supposedly help to
Massage our ego when no jobs are forthcoming. May God help us. May the God who invented photography help us all.
Or what’s your take on this matter? What will you advice someone with such a list?

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A Photographic Encounter with a Pastor’s Family


So I got a call on November 16 from a pastor I hold in high esteem. She needed our photography services for her daughter’s birthday party scheduled for November 17. I explained to her that I was already engaged for that day and would have to send 2 of my assistants to do the job. She insisted that the people I send must have the same level of professionalism I bring to the table. I assured her that they will not fall short of her expectations. We agreed that my colleagues will get to her house by 2pm and was quick to bring to her attention the cost implications. I didn’t charge her much. I really didn’t.

November 17, 2012. My assistants were scheduled to leave the office by 1pm in order to be able to get to the client’s place by 2pm. 1pm will eventually turn to 1:40pm and my assistants were amiss. I tried calling 2 photographers I could count on to see if they could urgently fill in for me. Chinedu (Nedum Photography) wouldn’t have been able to get there earlier than 3pm and Michael Adebiyi (Michael Adebiyi Photography) wasn’t responding to his calls. I was at a crossroad.

I eventually decided to cut short the photography class I was teaching at our academy because I figured that I could easily reschedule the training for the next Saturday; the birthday coverage couldn’t be rescheduled. If my students had not given me permission to leave, I probably would not be writing this piece now; I would be recuperating from chronic depression. Thank God it was the last day of class and I had just about 3 hours of teaching left. Thank God they heeded to my plea.

1:45pm. I would set out in my wife’s BMW 318i and attempt to get to the client’s house in 30 minutes. Indeed, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. But if I was to get there by 2:15pm latest, I could not afford to drive like a gentleman. I picked my phone and with a sad heart called the client to tell her I would be 15 minutes late. She replied sternly that they would be leaving the house by 2:20pm and I should do my best.

2:15pm. After enduring a gruesome drive (of which I would not attempt again for another 5 years), I found myself entering the clients house. I got a better revelation of how beautiful heaven would be. THE MANSION WAS BEAUTIFUL. I proceeded to have the shortest photo shoot I would have in a long time. After taking a picture of dad+mum+celebrant with the cake, I was escorted outside by the client as the time had come for them to leave the house.

2:20pm. I was shocked by the level of time management that was practiced by this role-model family. If I had gotten there by 2:30pm, I would have heard the famous “Sorry, you just missed them” from smile-less BEMIL security guards. First lesson noted: always have have Ja Rule/Ashanti’s hit single at the back of your mind….ALWAYS ON TIME.

2:55pm. We got to the destined location of the “small” party and I discovered that no guest had arrived. Apparently, each guest thought it would be unAFRICAN if they got to the party at the time it was supposed to start. The client was unsurprisingly shocked. “Nigerians and African time,” she thought.

3:05pm. I quickly took a 5-minute break to ingest the 2 gala and lucozade I just got so that I would have energy for the 2-hour-turned-4-hour party that was about to start. Thank God for gala. What would the son of man do without gala, a photographer’s quick snack whose price is yet to be affected by the removal of the subsidy of petrol. Thank God for gala.

5:55pm. The father of the celebrant shows up at the party venue. I would eventually realize the reason why he wisely chose not to follow us in the first place. I discovered that this pastor that I so much revere was much more popular than I had envisioned. From the waiters in the restaurant to a few uninvited party guests, you could hear them whisper in solemn voices: “Is that not Pastor *******?”

6:06pm. I discovered that as many as had the guts to summon courage within themselves walked up to the Pastor and asked him to pray for them. It was them I realized that if this man had been with his family from 3pm, the venue would have turned to a church service where the children of God brought their prayer request to the servant of God. I found myself a little nervous in his presence also.

“Seun presently runs a photography school,” the pastor’s wife said as a way of an informal introduction. “Perhaps you should pray for him.” I hesitated and noted that I didn’t want to disturb this man that I hold in high esteem. “Common, receive grace my friend,” the wife scolded. And I found myself bowing for about 120 seconds while I was being prayed for. “God grant him FAVOUR & WISDOM……… In Jesus Name.

It was after parting ways with the family that it occurred to me the levity of the prayer we sometimes pray.

God make me an envy to the nations….
God make me a super star….
I will be a role-model to be envied….
Nations shall hear of me…..

Prayers that I had often said without much thought. Will I be ready for the burden that comes with the answers to such prayers? Will I be ready to deal with the fact that I can’t do freely what I used to freely do? Would I be patient and humble enough to handle the weight of the restriction to my whereabouts when my fame is spread abroad? I wasn’t too sure of the answers.

As I drove home with my party pack, I was lost in thought on how things might look like when I’m made. Once again I became thankful for the people photography has brought my way; people who make me appreciate where I’m coming from, enjoy where I am & realize that I still have a long way to go.

Question is CAN I HANDLE IT?
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The 60-year-old photography student


“Can I have a chat with the gentleman that was interviewed on radio a few months back?”
That was the question asked by the old gentleman as he stepped into our reception. I was quick to respond that he was already speaking to the man: ME.

Apparently he had been fascinated by the interview we had on radio with Titi a few months back where I mentioned that I studied accounting in a U.S. based university but now I was practicing photography. Although at 60, he wanted to pursue his photography dream.

Since he had studied in the United States, he felt we had some things in common and that our photography academy will be the right place for him. I felt a little nervous knowing I’ll be teaching our oldest student yet.

He reassured me that he knows the basics already (aperture, iso, shutter speed) and only wants a refresher course. Either way I look forward to having our oldest student yet along with our first BLIND student. It is well.

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What’s the effect of Obama’s Re-election on the average Nigerian citizen?


So November 6, 2012 will go down in history as the day more Nigerians voted for Barack Obama through their BlackBerry phones and Facebook account than they did for President Jonathan. Obama has come a long way in earning the respect and approval of citizens of the earth. If only Americans can return the favor and help vote in the next Nigerian president come 2015.

But my fear is that I hope he wasn’t voted in again based on sentiments. I didn’t follow the last campaign and have little knowledge of what transpired. I’m just curious that’s all. I hope what he achieved in the last 4 years was the sole basis that majority of Americans (along with Nigerians) re-elected him. I hope his stance on abortion rights and gay rights were put into perspective. I hope I don’t make enemies by asking such questions. Please forgive me in advance.

It’s just that I recently watched a documentary that got me thinking. If you’ve not seen “2016: Obama’s America” I’ll strongly recommend it. if I were an American, I’ll probably be a little confused as to who to vote for. Obama would have been the clear choice for me especially when I listen wholeheartedly to all his speeches.

More importantly, I’ll like to know the effect of his re-election on the average Nigerian citizen. Specifically how will it affect small & medium scale businesses in this part of the world. I ask this questions because I have clients who strongly support Obama and I want to be able to hold conversations with them based on facts beyond the documentary I watched. I’ll really appreciate your honest opinion. ************************************************
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Pictures of the Workshop on Photography Branding


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So we had a blast at the recently concluded workshop on building a multi-million naira photography brand. Thanks to Emmanuel Bright, Richard Bamidele-Eko & Lanre Aina, our photography businesses will not be the same. Plan to attend the next workshop (Marketing your Photography) on January 27, 2013. Attached herein are a few of the pictures taken courtesy of Femi Adewuyi Photography. Enjoy

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Vacancy for Photography Internship Position


So a senior colleague has a vacant position for an intern. Herein is a summary of the requirements he’s looking for.

Personality: Personality is important because you’ll be working in a team unit. You’ll need to have a positive attitude at all times. You’re also representing the photographer on-set, so you need to interact with the clients respectfully.

Drive/Passion: Let’s face it, if you knew it all you wouldn’t be applying for the internship, so let’s leave the ego at home. Come ready and wanting to learn. We can only help those who want to learn and are eager to advance their careers in photography.

Talent: I look for people who have potential. If you are a newbie, take some time and focus on learning the basics. Develop a portfolio and then contact me. It takes a lot of energy to mentor an intern, so I have to be choosy with my time investment. I want to help everyone but that’s not possible. I want to take those who are on the verge and get them to their potential.

Work Ethics: Photoshoots are not a walk in the park. You will be asked to work in extreme conditions. Long hours on set are likely. You will be asked to hustle. You will sweat. You will be thirsty. You will be hungry. You will have fun. When you’re not on set, you will be asked to scout locations, do research, run errands, etc. Your errands will be photography related (Well, more or less). All these things that you do will help you with your own photography business down the road.

Discreteness: When you meet my clients on set, don’t go home and Facebook friend request them. Please respect their privacy. Social media is great, but please think twice before you put anything on blast. When on set, no cellphone pics or videos are permitted. Some campaigns are confidential until it actually is released to the public. I’m also a very private person, so please be discrete about my personal life.

Availability: Sometimes I’ll get last minute bookings, Long hours on set are likely. You will be asked to hustle. You will sweat. You will be thirsty. You will be hungry. You will have fun. When you’re not on set, you will be asked to scout locations, do research, run errands, etc. Your errands will be photography related (Well, more or less). All these things that you do will help you with your own photography business down the road.

Responsiveness: If you get an email/text from my assistant or me, you need to respond quickly. Not the very next day. It’s a fast pace business.

An internship is only the first step in your photographic career. The next step is to turn the internship into an assistant position.

Other Details

It’s a NON-PAYING position
It’s for 3 months (November 2012 – January 2013)
It may lead to a paid employment at MOdAMO. Interested applicants should send an email to info@modamo.com and be sure to include “internship” in the subject field.

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The Reason I Charge Exorbitant fees for our Workshops


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So I got a text message a few days ago that read thus: “…I guess each one of us is collecting a free copy of PICTURE THIS Magazine, that’s why we’ll be paying 2k for this upcoming seminar. If you keep increasing the fee like this, people like us will stop coming.”

Apparently a few photographers are upset that the fee we’re charging for the upcoming workshop on November 4 has been raised to 2k (as compared to the 1k that was paid for the last workshop in August). The argument was that if I can charge N1k for a workshop where the likes of Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Shola Animashaun, Ade Plumtre & Leke Adenuga facilitated, which BIGGER facilicitators will I be bringing for the November workshop to warrant a whopping 100% increase in the fee.

This is my attempt to justify the exorbitant fee.

First of all the last workshop in August was partly financed by Duduprintz Media. The hall that was used at Best Western costs only N250k and Duduprintz (in collaboration with HP) dropped almost half of the amount. If they had not done that, there’s a chance participants would have paid more than the N1k that was paid.

Secondly, each speaker that spoke did not get a dime in compensation. They came because of the relationship I had with them and because they all have a passion to impart on the next (and present) generation of photographers. The only compensation that I gave them was a complimentary copy of the magazine and a pack of Tantalizer’s fried rice and chicken. I didn’t even give Kelechi N10k to fuel his Toyota Sequoia for transporting him to & from the venue. If every participant had been charged N10k for what we got that day, I think it would still have been a token of appreciation for what we got. Heck, I ought to have paid the facilitators a token of a minimum of N100k each for what they shared with us that day.

Thirdly, the main facilitator that will be speaking at the forthcoming workshop will not be speaking for FREE. Though he’s been a friend of mine and our personal BRAND coach, I insisted that it won’t be fair if I don’t give Emmanuel Bright a small token (compared to what he normally charges for such workshops). Try getting a BRAND consultant and you’ll have an idea of the cost implications.

Fourthly, no other company is helping to foot the expenses associated with this workshop (venue, flyers, etc). Everything is being footed by eloPhotos. And if you think our primary objective is to make money from such gatherings, well……nothing I can write here will probably change your mind.

Lastly, I’ll be allocating about N100 for each participant to cover the cost of buying donuts and bottle water. Sorry, we would have ordered for a meal at Tantalizer’s but that will require us to charge a more ridiculously exorbitant fee.

I sincerely hope these exuberant workshop fees won’t make you stop attending our gatherings. And in case that happens, I apologize for such inconveniences. If there are any other companies that you might know of that will gladly foot the bill associated with these type of workshops, I’ll appreciate if you let me know so that we can be charging N100 as gate fee.

The deadline for registering with N2000 was October 31st and I sure hope you have registered. If you haven’t, you can still pay N2500 to register between now and November 4, 2012. As for me, I’m looking forward to the 2 “surprise” speakers” we’ll be having. Missing this workshop might very well be the reason why I might not be a great photographer……

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