A Photographer’s Greatest ASPIRATION


Have you ever asked yourself what your ultimate goal is as a photographer? Where will all these picture-taking skill get you at the end of the day? What will make you fulfilled the most as a photographer? What will put a lasting smile on your face at the end of your photography career?

These are questions I believe every full time professional photographer should ask perhaps before proceeding further in this increasingly growing “okada” business. Perhaps if the answer is clearly known to oneself and written out on a plain sheet, then we would have a clearer idea on the pathway to take to reach the desired destination.

Is your end game as a photographer to buy the 2013 BMW 540i series (like some photographers I know of)?. Or is it to buy a 6-bedroom Duplex on Banana Island? Or perhaps to own an apartment in Donald Trump Towers? Or will you be fulfilled using the photography riches you get in 25 years time to build an estate for the homeless? Or will fulfillment come in the form of being the first photography professor in the University of your dreams?

As long as you have a clear goal, I don’t believe these aspirations are necessarily wrong. The important thing is to have an ultimate goal at the back of your mind. Perhaps it will give you renewed energy and focus on your journey to the land of Photography Destiny. Perhaps it will make you be a better manager of the resources entrusted to you at the moment. Perhaps it will make you realize how much more important you need to build a solid foundation in this increasingly growing & challenging profession. Being prepared is key here. The amount of time it took to build the foundation of the World Trade Centre is not the same time it took to build the 3-floored building where you leave (unless maybe your building is the White House).

As for my ultimate aspirations. My ultimate goal on earth is to have made a foundational and institutional impact in the lives of at least 10,000 photographers thereby helping to take photography as a career to the same enviable position where law & medicine are placed.

My ultimate heavenly aspiration is to be the official photographer that will cover the wedding ceremony that will witness the unification of the church to Jesus Christ. Its the grandest of all wedding that will ever take place (in eternity and in time) and I will be there as the OFFICIAL Photographer to document it. I do not know the camera I’ll use or the amount of albums my Lord will order but I will be there for the coverage. That is my GREATEST ASPIRATION.

My name is Seun Akisanmi and I’m proud to be a PHOTOGRAPHER that will fulfill destiny.

What is your greatest aspiration?

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Beyond A Photographer’s Viewfinder


My name is ONOS and here’s my photographic view of my first few days as an intern at eloPhotos Studios.

The week started on a different note with the Monday morning devotion back in place. It was a time where we fellowshipped with one another and committed the activities of the new week into God’s hands. It started with a few worship songs by Mr. Tayo Babalola and thereafter a brief exhortation was given by Mr. Seun Akisanmi. He talked about the power of the tongue as he emphasized on the need for us to be watchful of what we say to others as it will go a long way.

At about 9am, training commenced with intensive lectures on composition in photography by Mr. Samuel and Mr. Afolabi. Both facilitators made me to understand better that beyond a photographer’s viewfinder is the art of composition which is placing or arranging visual elements or ingredients in a work of art. Mr. Afolabi talked extensively on the famous Rule of Thirds that basically has to do with the photographer placing the subject off the centre of the frame. The rule of perspective, 70-30, 80-20, and 50-50, were also discussed in detail.

Mr. Samuel went further to say that good or correct composition is impossible to define precisely and there are no hard and fast rule to follow that ensures good composition in every photograph. According to him, there are only principles and elements that provide a means of achieving pleasing composition when applied properly. Some of these principles and elements he made mention of are balance, shape and lines, pattern, texture, tone, contrast, framing, foreground, background, lighting, volume, simplicity, subject placement, center of interest and the viewpoint/camera angle.

The facilitators expantiated on the art of composition, types of photography, and the forms of photographing on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to Mr Samuel the forms of photographing has to do with portraits and landscape. Some of the types of photography he mentioned and discussed were fashion, travel, event/concept, wedding, advertising/product, food, underwater, sport, war, aerial, documentary/street, portraiture, landscape/nature, wildlife, architectural, and lifestyle photography.

On Wednesday, Mr. Afolabi of 4labi 4tos and Mr. Adebayo of Twelve 05 photography talked explicitly on documentary/street and product/food photography respectively.

Training on Thursday happened to be very insightful as the pricing and business aspect of photography were treated in-depth by the lead facilitator Mr. Samuel. He advised us as upcoming photographers to never be too quick to give a price to a client over the phone. He said we should try to calculate all the cost involved. Cost that will be involved includes transportation, printing, producing album book, framing, camera/equipment rental, accommodation, design of album, creative fee, refreshment, and cost of going with an assistant and all these should all be considered during the calculations.

He went further to say that it is fair to charge 5% of the cost of your camera/equipment as an equipment rental fee. He also said that in calculating profit you either markup which has to do with using a multiplying factor or you use a percentage on your cost as profit. A client’s bill is the addition of the cost plus the profit.

On Friday, training sessions continued with Mr. Samuel lecturing on light and the use of studio lighting gadgets. Series of practice sessions were done inside the studio and later outside the premises with the use reflectors to bring in more light to a subject. The day ended with a studio shoot session that involved two models, a makeup artist and a hair stylist where I assisted in holding the reflector and adjusting the main and fill light.

Finally during the cause of the shoot, I noticed that the models had their preferred sides which they loved to be photographed. The makeup and hair style done on the models helped to enhance their looks and make their beauty quite flattering. I also found out from my colleagues that photographing models may not be lucrative as compared to shooting weddings. However, models are certainly the most easy and beautiful clients to shoot and will most likely be repeat customers year after year when they need to build up their portfolio.

My name is Onos & I’m proud to be a PHOTOGRAPHER.

Photowalk Pictures of WPD Celebration at Freedom Park, Lagos


Attached are some of the pictures taken at the World Photography Day Celebration on August 19, 2013. Pictures taken by Tayo & Emmanuel.

I’ll Shoot for FREE if…


I’ve been recently having a number of proposals from potential clients asking me to shoot for free. These requests inspired the pictures below. Hope I’m not asking for too much? What do you think?

The Caption on the white board reads:
I’m a PHOTOGRAPHER. I’ll shoot for FREE if you’ll take care of my family, pay my kids’ school fees, pay 4my accommodation &buy me a 2013 BMW 540i.

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The Lady Without A Weakness


“I HAVE NO WEAKNESSES!”
Those were the words uttered by a young lady I was interviewing last week for the position of a customer service representative in a photography studio. I met Sikira on my visit to the studio of a colleague, Damilola, in Abeokuta. Damilola had just gotten an office space and was in need of a staff to help her out.

I tried reasoning with Damilola the importance of being conscious of the type of person one hires as staff to represent one’s brand. Interviewing Sikira was an experience that Dami and I will not forget. The following are some of the questions & answers that transpired during the interview.

Q: When was the last time you worked in any organization
A: 12 years ago

Q: Do you have what it takes to be a great & effective “Customer Service Representative”?
A: By God’s grace

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Meeting people, traveling & reading

Q: What books have you read recently apart from the Bible?
A: I can’t remember.

Q: What books have you read in the past 5 years?
A: I can’t remember

Q: Mention 4 great reasons why we should hire you for this position
A: First, I do whatever it takes to get a job done. Second, I’m a child of God. Those are the reasons that come to mind.

Q: Do you have any weaknesses (by weaknesses, I mean issues that you presently have with yourself that you’re working on)
A: I have no weaknesses. The Lord is my strength.

Q: What expectations or questions do you have towards your new boss if you’re taken for this job?
A: I have no expectations.

Q: So you wouldn’t mind if you were paid N1,000 at month end for your services or if you were asked to work 8 days in a week?
A: Ofcourse I’ll like to be paid very well.

Q: So how much will be enough to make you smile at the end of every month?
A: (smiling)…I’m already smiling now sef

The interview lasted for almost 1 hour and I understood why many graduates will remain unemployed for a long while. How on earth can you mention “reading” as a hobby and not remember the book you recently read? How can you be a human being and not have any weaknesses? It is people like these that some companies hire and wonder why customers are not patronizing them.

It is better to run a photography studio/business as the only staff than to have someone like Sikira standing in for you when you’re not around. Many organizations have lost potential revenues/profits because they hired people that had “reading” as hobbies but the last book that was read was “Eze goes to school”.

A word is enough for the wise. In choosing those that you’ll call staff, be very deliberate and meticulous as you may very well be digging the grave of your business. Whatever happens, never hire the lady that does no have a weakness.

7 Days After 7 Years


Its been 7 days after 7 years
And here I am laying on this bed
Thinking about all the times
Your words have brought succor
To the depths of my being
I’m thinking of the days I was glad
That I finally met someone
Who understands me more than my family
Someone who thinks I’m weirdly wonderful
In ways that had not been expressed to me by family
Someone who thought I was an Angel
Without an earthly address
I’m thinking of the many times
I had business ideas few people believed in
You were a source if inspiration
You are a source of inspiration
Forgive me for the many times
I considered Photography my 1st LOVE
If only I was conscious of the fact that
Without “elo” there would not be any “photos”
My words might not weigh much now
My bank account might not buy much now
But with you by my side for the next 70 years
I’ll be the luckiest, blessed, wealthiest, finest, meekest, photographer/husband/father/christian/friend that has walked on earth since Moses, Solomon & David (put together)
Here’s to wishing you a happy 7 years plus 7 days Anniversary.

Dedicated to the elo in eloPhotos,
My sweetheart, my wife, my friend
Elohiaghe Ofure Akisanmi

An Enlightening Week at eloPhotos


A new week began at eloPhotos with worship and thanksgiving for about 10mins, after which the charge was given by Mr Seun. The theme, power of the tongue, laid emphasis on what we say to others. What we say to others goes a long way. We often complain about others without checking on our self. If we all can work on who we are, there would be much fun to live life. You make the world a better place by making yourself a better person, in words and in deed. Be careful what you pour out of your mouth, your words can either make or mar you.

The activities of the week began. Two colleagues (Tayo and Ronke) and myself set out for the World Photography Day celebration at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island. The Freedom Park is a nice place where different statues depicting Nigerian culture were erected. A fountain at the middle of the park, garden space for relaxation, a mini concert stage and a bar were also in the park. The park is opened to the public, though a fee may be required for the entrance into the park.

The event started with a seminar, which led us to the photowalk and later on, the exhibition. In attendance were top photographers; Don Barber, Leke Adenuga, Body Lawson, Yemi Royal, David Asumah to mention but a few. The seminar focused on the past, the present and the future of photography in Nigeria.

The photowalk was led by the top photographers. During the photowalk, a lot of images were taken by different photographers. The St. Georges Hall, the Old CMS Bookshop, the new CMS Bookshop,the Pan-African Heritage Centre, the E-Learning Centre, the Brazilian Building, the Savanna Bank Building, the Old PZ wall, amongst others were part of the interesting sites.

The exhibition was declared opened by Don Barber. In the exhibition room were captivating images from different exhibitors. Body Lawson, Seun Akisanmi, Olugbewesa Ayodimeji, amongst others were those that showcased their works.

Everyday has its own uniqueness. I was privileged to take passport photographs of colleagues for Identification Card. The experience was not funny at all, why? You may ask. I was not trained to be a passport photographer, that’s the reason. I had to shoot, again and again, until a fair passport was taken. Am not looking forward to do more of that anytime soon.

The success of the week would be ascribed to God Almighty who gave us the grace to accomplish the week plan in line with His plan for the week. The week rounded up with a modeling shoot session. The following were lessons I learnt from the session: ∙Being a model is not easy
∙You need to be prepared and lively for the moment
∙Lots of possess and creativity needs to be experimented upon

By Emmanuel Awosanmi

Diary of a GHOST PHOTOGRAPHER


It’s MONDAY, August 19 and also World Photography Day Celebration in Lagos, Nigeria. My day at the office(eloPhotos) started with Emmanuel and I cleaning up. He swept while I cleaned the toilet and mopped. Shortly after, Mr Samuel and Mr Seun arrived.

Weekly morning devotion began at about 8.20 am with songs of worship and thanksgiving. Mr Seun shared with us the importance of being mindful of what we say, not confessing negatively, basically taming the tongue.

Devotion ended at about 8.45am. I went straight to the business of eating breakfast before heading out to Freedom Park, Broad Street on Lagos Island-venue of the World Photography Day Celebration -with two of my colleagues; Tayo and Emmanuel.

We arrived at the venue around 11am to a room full of photographers. Speakers at the event included Yemi Royal, Leke Adenuga ,Body Lawson and Don Barber. The interactive session was filled with interesting comments like “My camera is more important than my wife”, “We photographers don’t love one another”, “Some of you are carrying ‘cars’ on your shoulder”, “You don’t snap, you create images” and so forth.

Tayo and I shot some fun pictures outside of the hall where the event took place. It was my first time at Freedom park and I think I like the scenery. After the interactive session, a community photo-walk was held. I chose to stay back though. I know, I can be boring sometimes. The photo exhibition followed right after the photowalk.

TUESDAY
I woke up with an upset stomach. Not the “I need to find the toilet fast” kind, but the “It feels like I had poison for dinner last night” kind of tummy upset. The pain was intermittent, I knew breakfast would be out of the question but that I could still resume at the office.
Got to the bus stop at about 5.45am and waited a few minutes hoping to get a vehicle headed for Ketu. It’s not unusual for private car owners to pick passengers up for a fee. That’s how we roll in Ikorodu.

Soon enough, a man driving a white truck showed up and beckoned. I ran a few steps to catch up and got in. It was then I realized he was only interested in picking me up. He ignored other passengers that ran up to the vehicle.

I said a faint “good morning” as we rode along. There was no response. I thought, “This is very strange, perhaps I am being kidnapped”. The silence grew. About eight minutes later, the man asked me in Yoruba, “Don’t you talk in the mornings?”.”I do talk”, I said with a laugh. At this point, I could feel the pangs of pain in my tummy a little bit. Perhaps if I took a nap, my tummy wouldn’t hurt as much, but how could I possibly sleep when I don’t know this mysterious guy who picked me?

“What is your name?” he asked. “Ronke”, I answered, wondering where the conversation would lead. At the mention of my name, he seemed surprised and said loudly in Yoruba,”Did I pick up a ghost this morning ? Please let me see your face?” Oh great! So now I am a ghost. Why does my morning commute always have to be like something out of a cheap Yoruba movie? The guy actually switched on the light in the truck to take a good look at my face.
I later understood his strange behavior when he told me his wife died a couple of years ago and her name was Ronke. He later asked what my profession was and I told him I was a photographer. I wasn’t prepared for his next question. He simply blurted, “Oo ka’we ni?”, which is Yoruba for “Aren’t you educated?” Hmmm, that makes me an uneducated ghost. Somehow to him, photography is a profession for the unlearned. Rather than feel insulted by his question, I was simply amused. I told him I was educated and not only that, but my boss is also a trained accountant.

He later asked about my marital status and I told him I was married. He then asked,”Is it okay if I snatch you from your husband?”. I didn’t know if it was a joke or some lame attempt to flirt with me. Either way, I wasn’t in for it. “No you can’t”, I replied as I winced a little from the pain in my tummy. He dropped me off at Ojota where I took a bus headed for Ogba.

On getting to work, I swallowed a very small clove of garlic, (no I am not crazy, just desperate), which helped with my tummy troubles but I still didn’t feel like I could eat. I did eventually eat beans with bread before closing at about 5:30pm.

Going back home after work came with its share of drama. The first vehicle I boarded heading to Ikorodu was abruptly stopped by policemen. Apparently, he joined the “express” from the service lane at the wrong spot. I got a refund of my cab fare and headed to Ketu to get a bus.

The next bus I boarded? So much craziness, from people fighting and screaming because of seats to the lady selling Vitamin C tablets that cure ulcer, (believe it or not, it sold like hot cakes).

WEDNESDAY
Had an uneventful commute to work. Got to work super early on Wednesday (7.03am). I went straight to my assigned chore – cleaning the restroom. I have been nicknamed “Restroom Officer” by my colleagues. I take toilet business serious. I am one of those weird Nigerians that believe the restroom shouldn’t be a place you endure but rather that you enjoy. It’s one of those things that set us apart from animals. The fact that signs like “”Do not urinate” are a common sight in our city is a shame. Using a clean restroom makes us feel human, I think…

Also worked on minutes of the last meeting held. Gosh, if people thought of the fact that someone had to type up minutes of the meeting, perhaps they would talk less, I hope.

Had fun interacting with the teenagers participating in the summer bootcamp before the start of class. Oh, to be young again!

Bunmi, one of the couples whose wedding we recently covered, came around to pick her wedding frames that afternoon. My colleagues and I had the interesting task of taking passport photos that are creative, ones we could make ID cards with. Whoever heard of a creative passport photo? It’s the weird element of eloPhotos that makes me love working there.

Getting home on Wednesday was a torment. I closed a few minutes past 5pm and didnt get home till 9.20pm! The traffic to Ikorodu was horrendous. Seemed like everyone was trying to run out of Lagos or something. At moments like this, the idea of me relocating to the village becomes very romantic. Lagos is crazy.

THURSDAY
It turned out to be one of those days that I could have sworn wasn’t up to 24hours. Got to work, did some light reading, ran a few errands and shaka boom! The day is over.
Going back home took a dramatic turn when the bus driver threatened to drop all the passengers in the middle of nowhere if he didn’t get all of his money. He said the Transport fare collected was N50 less than what it should have been. What is with bus drivers who wont get a conductor and think passengers owe them a favor of collecting their money for them? I tire o

FRIDAY
Oh sweet Friday. I am so happy I want to kiss the sky! My weekends are usually short but at least I get to have one to spend with my hubby this time. No events to cover this weekend, as far as I know…

My major project/challenge/weight on my shoulders for the day was completing the sample photo book I had started work on several days ago. Hand-making a photo book myself isnt my favorite thing to do. I tried to avoid doing this one but just as I was trying hard not to, Mr Seun (My boss) had things set in motion such that there was no running away from this responsibility.

Soon as I got materials ready for the photobook cover, I started work, got down on my knees and got dirty. After God knows how long, the photobook came out looking like a plastic surgery gone bad. Mr Seun wouldn’t accept it. He jokingly said,”If you deliver this to a client,he or she will get you arrested by the police” Then he told me I had to redo it on Monday. Honestly, the thought of doing the photobook again made a police arrest sound more appealing.

At times like this, I wish excellence wasn’t so important to my boss, but if it wasn’t, I probably wouldn’t be working with him in the first place right?

Eventful week it was. Looking forward to the next.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP in SOUTH AFRICA October 2013


For those that might be interested in a photography adventure to South Africa, download the following flyers for more info.

Overberg photo workshop.pdf

Why Photographers Don’t Marry Photographers


So I did a little research on why some photographers swear by their cameras not to marry a fellow photographers. Although some of the reasons seemed mundane, it was interesting to know that even some photographers doubt the money-making potentials of the profession. The emphasis of my interviews was geared more towards the female photographers not wanting to marry their male counterparts/colleagues. The following are the 2 major reasons given

1. Boredom: Many photographers feel it will be boring deciding to live your life with someone of the same profession. Imagine a couple going out on a date and all they seem to be able to talk about is the last wedding photography they took or how one composition wasn’t great or how to buy the picture on the restaurant’s menu is overexposed. Or what else would they talk about.

2. Job Security: Most female photographers consider a photographer’s source of income is too unstable to build a marriage on. They prefer someone that is gainfully employed by a reputable organization so as to guaranty that an amount of funds was flowing in monthly.

All these reasons seem genuine but I’m not sure a person’s career choice are determinants of whether they’ll be marriage material. I wonder what must have transpired for the doctors that married themselves or for bankers that marry fellow bankers. One lady photographer even confessed that she wouldn’t mind marrying the Kelechi Amadi-Obi of today but she wouldn’t agree to marry him when he just started his career; reason being Kelechi is perceived to be more successful now that in 2000. She wanted someone that will exude a level of accomplishment and riches. It is well.

Perhaps there might be other reasons why photographers don’t want to marry each other. I wonder what Zack & Jodi’s take on this is. Or what reasons do you (Yes, you…the photographer reading this) have for not wanting to marry a photographer. Don’t worry, you can drop your comments anonymously and no one will sue you for it. Let me know your take on this.

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contact us to book us for your day of celebration. EMAIL: info@elophotos.com
BB: 271E3BC8
FACEBOOK: http://www.fb.com/elophotos
TWITTER: @elophotos
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Diary of a Photography Intern


Knowledge is power and a man without it is definitely powerless. No wonder the GOOD book says “knowledge is the principal thing… with all thy getting, get understanding.” Last week has not only met my cravings; it has empowered me. It made what has long seemed mystical and far away to be demystified and near.

The week started with a lot of enthusiasm and questions on my mind due to a practice shoot I had over the weekend. The enthusiasm got to a peak when, on getting to the office, I was asked to join the participants of the summer boot camp for teenagers. Thanks to my able boss and mentor Mr. Seun Akisanmi, that was the beginning of a resourceful week . In the course of the week, I was introduced to the fundamentals of photography by our different lecturers who taught us in the simplest form of language even toddlers would have understood the technical terms.

The training lasted 6hours (9am – 3pm) daily & was great fun. Learning among teenagers can be very humbling; I felt like a teenager once again. Monday morning class started with the Lead Facilitator of eloPhotos Academy, Mr. Samuel Ijiyokunola assisted by Mr. Afolabi Oloyede of 4labi4tos.com. We were taken through the meaning of photography, history of photography and future of photography. I never knew camera obscura existed before the pinhole camera which I taught was the first type of camera. It was interesting to learn that it had an exposure time of 8hours; I wonder how those guys coped with 8hours of waiting for an exposure!

I also learnt one of the latest achievement in the world of camera: the mirrorless camera. Now I can’t imagine where this thing called photography is heading to. Class ended on Monday with a assignment. Tuesday morning Mr Oloyede Afolabi was right on time to pass some knowledge for the day. Lateness was never condoned by the boss and class kicked off at 9am promptly. Mr Afolabi further took us into the 2 “parts” of photography: the science part and the art & composition part. The science of photography we were told is the use of light while the art and composition is the artistic content of photography. He displayed various photographs pointing out which one is the science category, art and composition category and both.

Mr. Sam took us through types of cameras, image file format and the photography triangle. Classes ended on Tuesday and he announced practicals will start on Wednesday. Now this was getting interesting and I couldn’t wait for Wednesday to come.

Wednesday morning came. We all were ready to handle the camera. Mr Tayo Babalola was the instructor for the day. He took us through the names of each buttons on the camera and their uses. He also explained the various shooting modes on the modes changing button and it was time to shoot! Everyone handled each camera provided for each student with excitement shooting all the “shootables” & practicing in different shooting modes.
On Thursday I was privileged to learn from one of the big fishes in the industry, whose name I have heard at different times: Kikelomo of RED 19 Photography. At first I couldn’t match the tall and high preconceived image I had in my mind with the cute & skinny figure standing in front of me. It was then I quickly realized that greatness has nothing to do with physical size. Kike passionately took us through the mathematics in photography. Mathematics has it way of cutting across almost everything and photography is not left out. She explained the calculations of image resolutions, total pixels in an image, depth of field, exposure and the use of flash light; all these in a simple language any mind could understand.

On Friday, we had quite lots of time to practice some more. Mr Afolabi Oloyede was right on board to, revising and reemphasizing all we had learnt through the week. He practically touched on everything we had been learning through the week. It is important to mention that we were not boringly loaded with knowledge; each day came with lunch for everyone, tasteful delicious jollof rice with biscuit and 5 alive to keep us alive.

Last week was also the first week of enacting the responsibility roster. Everyone faithfully abided by the duties for each day and I was not left out. As the one in charge of water, I discharged my duty fetching water to fill the empty water storage assisted by Mr Owabie.

The week got to the peak for me on Friday evening when we had a meeting. Calling it a business meeting is not an exaggeration as we sat like executive board members deliberating on core business issues. The only difference is the absence of long table and exotic chairs. This really gave me a new orientation that photography is not just a hobby or trade, it is a business, and Elophotos is an organization that took this business seriously.

Looking forward to another great week ahead.

My name is Toye Peters and I’m proud to be a photographer.

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Ado-Ekiti & Abuja PhotoWalks


So there seems to be an increase in photowalks nowadays. Photographers are increasingly rising up to create more awareness and need for social change. The first one comes up at Ado-Ekiti on August 28 while another holds in Abuja on August 29, 2013. If you’re a photographer in these cities, don’t miss the opportunity to network with other photographers and be a change agent. Find below more info on both photowalks.
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We want to use our love for photography as a tool for social change, we will be visiting ‘Karshi’ community, on 29th of August 2013. Our job is to shoot those happy moments and rewrite the story “people in slum aren’t happy” so we will be capturing those happy moments and we will, also be giving out school materials. And we are hoping to partner with an NGO.
August 29th 2013; 9am- 12pm…
Venue: KARSHI community school, FCT Abuja.
For more info, contact Okeke on 08083685545
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Obasola Photography & friends CHARITY PHOTOWALK of d Slum in Ado-Ekiti,with the theme:
‘GIVE A CHILD A BOOK’
It’s all about GIVING,PASSION,IMPACT & PHOTOGRAPHY. Are u a GIVER? Are u PASSIONATE about making IMPACT? Are u a PHOTOGRAPHER? Let’s come together @ Post Office, Ado-Ekiti on August 28th,2013 by 9am. Be part of this first
CHARITY PHOTOWALK of the Slum.
Join the CREW & make IMPACT
Contact: Obasola- 08034965884,
Iyanu-08135629087. BB: 28236DB8
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Customer Care Contacts at 5D Imagery Print Lab


I had a chat with the CEO of 5D Imagery, a professional print lab located in Ikeja & Surulere. I accosted him about the customer services and technical issues that some of my colleagues have recently experienced at his organization. He apologized for any wrong-doing or inconsistent color rendition on prints that might have been meted out to clients.

In the spirit of trying to resolve whatever issues any photographer might have experienced with them, he has provided his contact details so that he can be reached directly to resolve whatever needs to be resolved to the satisfaction of the photographer.

NAME: Muazu Abdulkadir
TEL: 08035491563, 08077775730
EMAIL: info@5dimagery.com
ADDRESS: 75 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja

He assured me that the color inconsistency in the lab’s prints has been resolved and they’re back on track now. Kindly note that this isn’t a paid advert and I’m not necessarily defending them for what they might have done. I’ve just had enough complaints that I decided to attempt to do something about it. If after contacting him and no feasible resolution is reached on your case, you can contact me at info@elophotos.com or add me on your bb 271e3bc8

Exhibited Works at World Photography Day Celebration


Photographers had fun networking with one another at the just-concluded World photography day celebration that held at Freedom Park, Broad Street. I was privileged to be one of the photographers whose works were exhibited on site.

For those that couldn’t make the monumental event, attached are 2 of the pictures I showcased. The coffin picture was a controversial experiment that got me in trouble a few years back. Critics failed to look beyond the traditional connotations of having a live model pose in a coffin. Some concluded that it was a taboo that will result in the death of the model shortly afterwards. Well, its been over 2 years and the model is still alive. The message I was trying to get across was that eventually every one of us will die. When that day comes, will it be the angel of light (dressed in white) or the angel of darkness (dressed in black) that will be coming for our souls. Most people have an idea which one it will be. The idea was to make us more conscious of life beyond the coffin, sorry, grave. The same model is the one representing all 3 people depicted.

The second picture was culled out of the 4 year experiment I did with my daughter, superstar, supermodel, Anuoluwapopupolopolopo. She was one daughther that always wants to do almost everything that she saw daddy do. If she saw daddy standing up and peeing in the toilet, she would ask for permission to “stand up” and pee in the same manner. Well, though I didn’t grant her the peeing request, I finally agreed to her request to do the laundry. The picture documented her tedious ordeal. The clothes came out sparkling clean also not because it was Ariel detergent she used but because she was determined to let me know that whatever daddy can do, she can do. She’s currently taking orders for those that are interested in having their laundry done. Her manager’s name is Seun Akisanmi and he can be reached at info@elophotos.com or you can just add him to your bb contact list(bb pin: 271e3bc8). Cheers.

PHOTOGRAPHY: A Profession for the UNLEARNED?


“So what do you do for a living?”, the kind gentleman by the steering of the Toyota Hilux asked the pretty babe he just gave a ride.

“I’m a photographer,” she replied. There was silence for about 15 seconds. As if trying to understand the correlation with being a beautiful lady and being a photographer, the gentleman was momentarily short of words.

“Is it that you are unlearned that’s why you chose photography? Didn’t you go to school?” The seemingly-insulting questions were short of making the “babe” burst out in laughter. She smiled at him.

“Actually, I studied Nursing but decided to pursue my passion. The course I studied was to please my parents and the career path I chose was to please myself. You should know also that my boss studied Accounting but practices as a PHOTOGRAPHER.” Her response surprised him. Another 18 seconds silence ensued.

“Most definitely your boss must have some sort of connections to be a photographer. Perhaps one of his contacts will just give him ONE job and it will be worth N1million. Because I don’t see how someone without any connections can make it as a photographer.” That was his logical reason & response.

Fast forward to 4 hours later when the beautiful babe will finally report the incident to me. I smiled. This wasn’t the first time people would imply that photography as a career option was for the jobless and uneducated.

If only they know Kelechi Amadi-Obi who studied Law but practices as a photographer. If only they know Shola Animashaun who studied Accounting and practices as a photographer. If only they know Femi Adewuyi who studied Medicine but practices as a photographer. If only they know Kikelomo Koleosho, Wani Olatunde, Michael Adebiyi, Lara Tiamiyu, Abayomi Siffre, Leke Adenuga, Olalekan Okeowo, Afolabi Oloyede, Lilian Isioro, Olamide Bakare, Seyi Body-Lawson and other great men & women of photography in Nigeria. If only they know….

These are all people who spent at least 4 years in a higher institution (not including the extra years ASUU went on strike) just to come out to pursue their real passion: PHOTOGRAPHY. Hopefully the world will soon realize that the creative arts is an industry that’s here to stay. Not for the jobless and uneducated, but for those for want to live their dream and make a path where there hasn’t been any.

If only he knew that my name is Oluwaseun Akisanmi and I am proud to be PHOTOGRAPHER.

A Week of being “Time Conscious”


As long as you get there before it’s over you’re never late. – James J. Walker

Have you ever waited for someone to deliver a job?
My week started with a joyful heart of shooting at a court registry of a couple taking an oath. Colleague and I got to the venue as early as 10am(“Timeliness”, one of our core values), with the information from couple that, event will commence by 11am. We had to sit under a tree waiting for the couple to show up until 12noon when the rain started to drizzle, Colleague and I had to get a shield under the venue building to stay dry. We called the Bride and she had to ask about the venue if we were there and how we got there, which we described to her how we got there.

At 1:30pm, we saw the Groom coming down a stairs leading to the Registry with his sister. He was glad to see us, and told us how close the Bride was. At 2:45pm, the bride came and we all went into the registry room almost immediately. Right in the registry room, the couple were called into the main office for some signage while we remain in the hall where the oath would be taken. At 3:30pm, the Registrar came in with the couple for the oath taking which lasted for just 20mins. We had some pictures of the couple during the oath taking and after the oath had been taken.

Then, at 4:00pm the couple requested if colleague and I would go home with them to take some picture sessions at the Brides house. We agreed on condition to get back with us to the studio to pick up our stuffs and also to inform our Boss. We got to studio at 5pm, informed our Boss and left almost immediately to join the couple who were waiting for us at the superstore. By 6:15pm, we were already at the brides house. They settled us in and the couple went upstairs for a change of cloth that lasted them about an hour plus.

Eventually, colleague and I started the shoot which lasted for 90mins, lovely and funny posses. At 8:30pm we rounded up and the couple requested for a pre-wedding shoot session for the next day, the conversation lasted for an hour. Colleague and I agreed to take their pre-wedding shoot after the agreement of time(11:30am) where and how to meet next day. At 9:30pm Colleague and I left for our respective residence, I got home 10:35pm.

On Tuesday, colleague and I got to the studio to pick up other gadgets that would be needed for the pre-wedding shoot. At 10am, my colleague called on the bride who replied, that she would give a call to inform us when to leave our studio and promised to inform us when she would be leaving in order not to keep us waiting for so long as she did previously. The period of waiting began, my colleague and I couldn’t concentrate much at the studio while we were expecting the Bride or the Grooms call. At 2pm, we couldn’t take it anymore, and decided to call the Brides line which was switched off. This made us called the Groom, who also told us, how his Bride has not been reachable.

During the waiting period, I had to go get some printing inks. At 3pm, the Bride eventually called to inform us of the change of venue (Alausa Gardens) for the shoot. We agreed since that was what she wanted and promised to be at the venue soon after she’s confirmed with the Groom. At 5pm(closing hour), we didn’t hear anything from the couple again. We had to call the couples mobile, which was not reachable. Colleague and I told our Boss about the issue and he asked us to give them few more minutes, which we gave till 5:30pm, still didn’t hear anything from them. So, we left the Studio for our respective homes, since its closing hour. At exactly 5:55pm, my colleague called to inform me that, the Bride has eventually contacted him, even with the threat that once the shoot is not taken today it will never be taken again.

My Colleague concluded that the pre-wedding shoot is still going to take place at the same venue, that we should head back to the Studio to pick our gadgets. Got to the Studio, informed our Boss about the situation, and he was interested in the shoot and he also decided to go along with us since its now obvious that we are having a night shoot which we had never experienced before.(New Knowledge).

We all got to the venue(Alausa Gardens) at 7:20pm, met the couple and there Sisters who had already liased with the guards at the venue. Meeting the couple, we apologized for keeping them waiting and they did likewise, for all the troubles they’ve made us experience and the time wasted. We began the shoot at exactly 7:40pm with our Boss manning the camera while colleague and I held the flashes for him while shooting with the trigger on camera.

At 8:25pm, the couple were asked to change into a new outfit if they had any, they were glad to do that. The outfit changing took nothing less than 45mins for the couple to change into. The shooting continued and eventually ended at 9:45pm. We all departed with lovely smiles on our faces, though we(Colleague and I) were completely stressed out. I got home 10:25pm.

In conclusion, the rest of the week was filled with activities, that got me returning home at late hours.I will never forget an experience of walking a long distance looking for where to trim photobook.

Morals from the Experience……

*Shooting at night isn’t bad at all. Now I know there is no time i can’t carry my camera to shoot. *No matter how stressed you can be, always give your smile
*Always see the good in other people and appreciate them for it *Make every effort to be available before the said set time *No one is perfect they say, you can be perfect still

TIME…… is the coin of our life, we must take care of how we spend it. Carl Sandburg

I’m Emmanuel Awosanmi & I work at eloPhotos Studios

Tunbosun & Dieko’s Pre-Wedding Session


I was privileged to document the pre-wedding session of Tunbosun & Dieko last week. Although it was the first time I would shoot such a session at night, it would eventually turn out to be one of my most exciting sessions.

We had been communicating with the couple via email and that faithful Tuesday night will be the 1st time I’ll meet them. Though I had never met Dieko before, he would turn out to be one of those grooms that would make you happy for choosing photography as a career. Coperative, patient and understanding, he was truly a gentleman. No wonder Tunbosun would decide to spend the rest of her life with him.

Regarding Tunbosun, I can’t remember ever meeting someone that was so in love with being photographed. I had only heard of such people but it was a priviledge to meet her. Every photographer’s dream, she would have preferred we shoot till the dawn of the next day.

The 90-minute session will eventually go down memory lane as one of my most fulfilling moments as a photographer, especially after reading the comments Tunbosun sent me after seeing the pictures. Only the joy of having Jesus in my heart can overshadow the joy I felt after the session. I was reminded once again that I had not lost touch in my creative ability to photographically document a memorable moment.

“Sir, we are deeply grateful. We enjoyed every bit of the photo session. I was looking @ the pics, and I didn’t know when I started smiling. Full 32 😀 Thanks very much sir. Am so excited!!! I am laughing. Dieko & I, are in total agreement that you should please use as many photos as you want on facebook and your website. Your work is fantastic and we are happy to promote it.”

With those encouraging words, I earnestly look forward to covering their wedding come September. Attached herein are a few of the pictures. I hope it makes you show your 32 the way Tunbosun showed hers. Enjoy!
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Rantings of a Weird Photographer


I am Ronke Alao, member of staff, Elophotos. My work week starts on Mondays. Monday mornings are always hectic for me, not because I hate my job (like a lot of people do), but because I live in Ikorodu and work at Ikeja. Now, Ikorodu to Ikeja is only about 20 miles and that should only take 35 minutes of drive time at the most. It takes me about 30minutes to get to work – but only in my dreams. In reality, leaving home any later than 5.15am on Mondays, is a sure guarantee that I wouldn’t make it to work at 8am.

The crowd at the bus stop on Monday mornings could only have crawled out of fresh earth. Don’t tell me these people all live in Ikorodu. Apparently, some folks live in Ikorodu only on weekends and stay in “Lagos” during the work week. That means traffic on Friday evenings is also usually a nightmare because that’s when the ghost residents return to Ikorodu.

This write-up is intended to tell you about how this past week went but all I have mentioned so far is the traffic. Pardon me, it’s hard getting past it. The unique thing about Ikorodu is that a lot of private individuals pick passengers up for a fee. Usually about the same as what buses charge. Smart way to pay for gas if you ask me.

Some skills I have developed to cope with traffic include RWR, Bird’s eye and Bold face.

RWR
This refers to “rushing without rushing”. Rushing with 10 people to get in a car that will only sit 4 passengers is not my cup of tea. But there’s a way I crank up the speed of my legs without running when there’s a good chance I can get in a car.

Bird’s Eye
This is “stretching” your eyes to see far and beyond what the average eye sees. I can spot a car several feet away and figure out in the fraction of a second if it’s one that would stop to pick passengers.

Bold Face
My favorite skill of all, it refers to wearing confidence like a shirt and having a facial expression that commands attention. So sometimes it could be me attempting to get in a car even after the driver has indicated that he won’t be picking passengers. It could also be waving down a car that looks expensive because people usually don’t do that. I figure if I would be sitting in traffic for 2hours, I might as well be very comfortable.

A couple of weeks ago, I got picked up by a kind man (or so I thought)who decided to give me a lift to Ketu. He later told me he was going towards Ikeja and I was so glad. But just then, he started telling me he wanted me to have his baby! I thought,” this is the stuff Nollywood is made of”.

I don’t watch a lot of T.V and I always thought this was as a result of my busy schedule but now I think it’s just because my day gets filled with drama so why waste time watching boring shows?

You may have enjoyed reading this write-up and if that is the case, I say “thank you” for your time. If you are reading and thinking, “what is the whole point? What is her main message?”. I do not have a “point”. What you’ve read is simply the rantings of a weird photographer. You shouldn’t take life too seriously,take the liberty to rant sometimes. It’s healthy.

WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY DAY CELEBRATIONS – 19TH AUGUST, 2013


On August 19, 1839 at a meeting of the French Academy of Science in Paris, Louis Daguerre presented the process of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process he developed. After the presentation, the French government announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World.”

The process became widely accepted and it gained popularity and this marked the beginning of modern era of photography. August 19, the day the daguerreotype went public is considered as the World Photography Day.

World Photography Day is about celebrating the ability we have to communicate though this powerful visual medium. A photograph has the power to tell stories, freeze memories, inspire generations, initiate change and the ability to change the world. Like the common saying that “a picture is worth more than a thousand words”.

As part of the effort to grow the photography industry in Nigeria, we have decided to celebrate the World Photography Day in Nigeria for the first time on Monday August 19, 2013. With series of events lined up for the day, we invite photographers, photo enthusiast, amateur and photo hobbyist to join in this year’s celebration.

This events will feature:

1. Community Photo-walk which is expected to kicked off with an address by His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola at the Freedom Park to hundreds of photographers and enthusiasts after which a walk will commence to the historic sites on Lagos Island, followed by an Interactive session at the Freedom Park.

2. Interactive session will entail discussions on the history of photography in Nigeria till date and the future.

3. Photography Exhibition titled, `Photography and Humanity` will feature veteran and new photographers who would display varying aspects of photography which include Art, Wedding, Culture, Religion, Fashion, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sport, Still life etc.

Venue: Freedom Park, Lagos Island
Time: 10am prompt
Fee: Free

For More Information contact:
worldphotodaynigeria­@gmail.com
http://­worldphotographydayng­.webs.com/

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON 19TH AUGUST. 2013

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