The Aftermath of BOXING DAY


So I got a few pictures from some of our contacts on BlackBerry about how their Boxing Day experience went. Well, let the pictures do the story telling. Whether or not all pictures were taken on boxing day is for you to decide. I just hope your face (Yes, U) is not shown here. Enjoy.

Senator Abba & Memuna’s Wedding Album


We covered their wedding a few years back and it’s still one of the most beautiful celebration we’ve been privileged to cover till date. We came highly recommended by one of the workers in Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja that was a sister to the event planner. It’s a wedding that taught us not to take anyone for granted. Enjoy the view.

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The Photographer That Charged $10 For a Portrait Session


So I was in a meeting earlier this week with the CEO of a top printing company when he narrated the story of an interesting photographer I’m dying to meet. Apparently this photographer took his studio lights and other photography gadgets to a clients house for a family portrait session he charged $10 for. And that was after he had deducted the 70% December discount he was offering.

The first question I asked myself was what exactly was the $10 covering. Was it for the taxi that got him to the client’s house? Or was it for the equipment rental he would pay himself for the use of his gadgets? Perhaps it must be because he loved the client so much that he didn’t want to do the job for free. Either way, I’m a little confused.

I’m confused as to how someone that calls himself a professional photographer can make a good living by charging such an amount. I’m confused how such an amount will help cater for a wife and a child. I wonder how he was able to buy the photography equipment in the first place. How can one pay for house rent and utility bills in Lagos state with such a fee. Maybe he’s still staying with his parents and does not have much responsibility in life. Perhaps I’m missing something. Or perhaps he just needed the pictures for his portfolio. Perhaps he’ll charge $100 or $200 for the next session with the client.

Whatever the answer I get, I’m tired and frustrated. I’m tired of increasingly hearing and meeting photographers that charge peanuts and scrap just to be able to keep body and soul together. At the end of the day we wonder why much respect is not being given towards one of the profession responsible for documenting human history.

Perhaps there are some other facts that haven’t been presented in the $10 scenario above. I wish I could meet the photographer to hear his point of view. Maybe then I’ll understand the permissible situations that will make a photographer charge fees that might eventually make him unemployed in a few years or months.

If that is fast becoming the norm for what to charge for a family portrait session, then maybe I need to start looking for a way I can survive in an industry that is being increasingly populated with unprofressional professional photographers. Maybe I should consider the comedy industry. Any suggestions.

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Bukky & Jide’s Wedding Album


We covered their wedding 3 years ago and decided to upload their album to wish them a happy anniversary. Better years are ahead.

TeeDam’s Wedding Album


So here it is finally. Titilayo & Damilola’s magazine-style album. Go through it and let us know what you think.

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Why Photography Equipment Rental May Not Work in Nigeria


So it all started on September 20, 2012. I rented a photographer named Tope one of our Bowens 500 gemini lights. Part of the rental package included a step-down transformer that would be used to convert the 240v of power to 110v that the Bowens uses. As one of the 750+ contacts on our BlackBerry contact list, there was no way of getting a guarantor as he was in dire need of it. As at the moment of writing this, I am yet to get back the step down transformer. All I keep getting are excuses and reasons why it hasn’t been returned.

On November 18, another photographer named Justin came to rent the same kit. Apparently he was referred by someone that rented the same equipment on September 20. If I had known that he would disappoint the way he did, I wouldn’t have proceeded with the rental. A part of the Bowens light kit was not returned when he brought back the equipment 25 hours after the agreed deadline.

After experiencing these last 2 scenarios, I’m rethinking what the modalties of equipment rentals ought to be. I thought I was doing some photographers some good but it is apparent that if this goes on, eloPhotos might not have any equipment to rent out anymore by the end of 2013.

I have been chastised by a few photography mentors for renting out my priced jewel in the first place. Now I know better. Question is why we just can’t have a trusting system that does not require someone to deposit N200k before renting a gadget. It’s really frustrating.

I’m not too sure what to do at this junction. Should I stop renting our photography equipment all-together or should I only work with people that have performed faithfully in times past. We’ve had quite a few equipment missing small parts or damaged one way or the other by photographers who rented them and were not careful enough. Either way, I’m seriously considering a 10-20k refundable deposit for anyone that wants to rent any equipment from eloPhotos Rentals henceforth.

Perhaps this is the reason why photography equipment rentals may not work in this neck of the woods. Or what would you do if you were in my shoes?

Either way if anyone knows any of the photographers in question, please help me plead with them to return or replace the missing gadgets before…….. It is well.

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Which is the Best FRONTCOVER Picture


So we’re finalizing the contents of the second edition of the photography magazine we launched in September. The issue with this second issue is that we’re having a small issue in choosing the best picture that will depict a comparison between soldiers shooting with a gun and a camera. Let us know which of the pictures you’ll recommend and why. We’ll really appreciate your opinion on this one. ************************************************
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A Photography Internship Without Regret


There is a common saying which says “there is no limit to learning in life; in any place we find ourselves there are always salient lessons hidden that we patiently need to learn if moving to the next level is our utmost desire. Also, it is often said that the very second a man stops learning, he immediately starts his journey to the grave beyond.

Hi everyone, am elated entering the creative writing chamber once again after a few weeks break, not that I just decided to fold my hands,  it’s just that l’ve been occupied with other creative stuffs except writing. As a matter of fact my presence right now is to share in details diverse lessons I have learnt as an intern at eloPhotos which all together has made me a better person & Photographer.

Without much ado, let me delve into these lessons one after the other. Being an intern at eloPhotos has helped me in setting specific goals and working towards achieving them has made me believe strongly that having directional goals go a long way in turning unique dreams into reality even in the face of all odds. Now talking  about goals, I understood that your goal doesn’t have to be an edifice at the onset (am not saying we shouldn’t have lofty dreams), we can as well start from little. Making deliberate plans to achieve daily set goals invariably builds one’s confidence to achieve greater long-term goals.

Also, the business, creative & technical side of photography is something have been exposed to at eloPhotos academy. I have embraced them heartily and it has been a platform for me to build a world-class photography brand. Needless to say I’ve joined eloPhotos  in the cause to changing the shallow mindset of the populace as regards Nigerian Photography.

The next lesson I will like to share on is ATTITUDE which entails right & positive disposition to work and to people, especially one’s colleagues. I realized that one’s disposition to work (i.e. ability to do things appropriately and to carry out assignment with or without supervision) helps in bringing out the best in me. Likewise, our manner of speech, temperament, and approach to people either make or mar our success in life. Human relation is a crucial factor which needs to be developed more than the creative pro-skills.

Being at the right place at the right time, with the right knowledge and tools are essential in making an impact in life. Also, making adequate mental, physical preparation for rare opportunities that seldom comes our way is something that requires conscious effort.  And the more opportunities I tend to have to hold the camera and shoot, the more confidence I gather and this is a universal principle which applies to all. Hence, confidence, a good self esteem and vital photography elements are what you get on platter of gold at the academy.

However, in case you are having difficulties in getting your brand accepted by the masses (out there), it won’t take you forever to learn the right marketing skills to apply to bait your targeted clients. Trust me, it works effectively. Your next challenge will now be timeliness, managing and treating your client right. The bottom line invariably should be your clients which ultimately turn out to be your indirect marketers.

Readers are leaders. At this moment, I would like to buttress two traits simultaneously.  The reading habit and the leadership traits. Howbeit differently they exist, they are neatly interwoven. “You can’t give what you don’t have”. Learning under a gem that exhibits a reading culture as his second nature has intensified my curiosity and broadened my horizon thus making me yearn for more. The academy is the one adequately equipped with a library of books that address key issues in the business arena. The more I make the library my companion, the more I receive an in-depth insight on the subject matter.

Punctuality is the soul of every business. Perhaps you were born with lateness habit and you are considering yourself a CEO in the next few months, you better look for a solution centre to drive that habit far from your reins.  Clients have tagged many photographers as perpetual late-comers which I don’t think is a good testimonial to any brand. To curb this, at eloPhotos academy, cultivating a punctuality habit is one of those traits learnt though not penciled in black and white as part of the module.

Moreover, I have learnt to go about my daily activities with a deep sense of humility, accept constructive criticism with an open mind and treat my colleagues with due respect.

Overall, having my internship at eloPhotos has been a worthwhile experience. An experience that has built and launched my photography career beyond my initial expectation. My cumulative experience can perfectly be liken to a year old baby driving a BMW car based on the amount of knowledge acquired; no doubt “knowledge is power”. It’s been exactly a year down the lane, looking back, I have no regret.

Photographically yours,
Tosin Bakre

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Femi & Amie’s Wedding Album


A wedding we covered in Benin. Let us know what you think.


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Titi & Dami’s Wedding


Here’s a new slide show we just did for Titi & Dami’s wedding celebration. You can also view the pictures below. Let us know what you think.


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