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.