How Much Are Your Pictures Worth?


“Hi friend, check out this job link”. This was a chat message I got from my good friend of mine (Temilade). I told her to forward the link to my mailbox and she did almost immediately. It was a job advert by one of the top online retail company in Nigeria. They were in search of freelance photographers.

After reading the job details I forwarded a mail showing my interest and I got a reply to report at their office in Lekki two days later for an interview. Days rolled by and Wednesday (January 22) arrived swiftly. I was so confident I would get the job.
Since I stay on the mainland and have stayed in Lagos too well to know the condition of the roads, I started out for Lekki very early in the morning. Thanks to my neighbour who gave me a free ride in his car, we agreed to meet at a spot by 4 a.m.

At this junction, I think I have to give kudos to all of you that work on the Island while living on the mainland. I don’t envy you guys a bit (maybe until am paid the kind of salary you guys earn). I clearly understand the reasons why a complaining friend would have to be at the bus stop by 3:30am to catch the staff bus everyday.

Anyways back to my story, by 6:18am we were already in Lekki. It was like a dream: myself in lekki by 6:18am! My neighbor assured me at that time that no office would have been opened, but the inflow of vehicles and people I saw made me to doubt that. I wondered where they were all rushing to. We drove to his obviously-not-opened school and entered with other arriving staffs.

In his office as a PHE teacher are two beds. He laid on one, offered me the second one where his colleague who had arrived earlier rose and fast went asleep.

I waited patiently for time. By 8:10 am I thanked my neighbor and took my leave for the interview slated for 9 am. I got to the venue ahead of time unaware of the fact that I was about to receive a great shock. We waited for the person meant to interview us only for him to show up several minutes late. The interview of two by two was just few minutes of chatting, no serious questions or requests for resume. Just questions like; Can you work hard? Do you have a smart phone or camera? I nodded my head along at the fast coming questions of my french-accent interviewer.

I began to sense something fishy was happening in this “great” organization”. To increase my fishy feelings, the “white” man showed up after the last set of two people were interviewed to announce that we all passed the interviews and will be trained for the job by 11am. Partly happy, partly skeptical, I waited till 11am and then the big blow hit me.

At 11am the man appeared, led us to the roof top and the meeting started. He introduced the company that has other chains of online retail businesses, what they do, and where we are to come in as “photographers”. According to him, we didn’t have to come to Lekki everyday; we just needed to work in the area we lived, and we’ll get paid. We were to look for houses in our areas tagged TO LET, call the agents in charge, “pretend” like a potential buyer/tenant to gain entrance and take 10 pictures of the building. I thought that was all until I heard we have to do that for ten different buildings in a day.

Yes, photograph 10 building with 10 pictures of each building(100 pictures) per day, upload them to the company’s site in the evening with a report and get a large sum of N3000 for the day. I quickly divided 3000 by 100; your answer is as correct as mine. I was dumbfounded and sat with my palms beneath my lower jaw probably to preventing it from falling off. The meeting ended and I stood up without altering one word. I was angry not just at the offer but also the gross time, energy and money I had wasted for that day. If not that I got a free ride that morning, I could have demanded a refund of my transport fare.

I collected one of his business cards as he distributed to his supposedly “new” recruits, under his name is the position “BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE”. What a developer!

Through it all, the question that kept ringing in my head was “How much are your pictures worth?”

Photographically yours,
Toye Peters
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The Academy Choice That Won


The year was fast coming to an end and I was thinking and putting plans together for the forthcoming year, it has really been a beautiful one so far and I thank God for been awesome in so many ways. My father would always say the best investment that can be made in life is the investment of self development so I always bear that in mind in everything I was doing.

I recently changed my job, it was the end of my first year on the job and I was still in training and it was going to be over in another one year, the fact is that I was not really feeling what I was doing, the pay at the end of the day didn’t have so much of a whao effect but it was good enough to get me good food, clothing, run around and even go on a good date. I was beginning to think I can’t be jumping jobs; the search to get the exact job I want wasn’t fruitful yet. I mostly went for graduate trainee schemes and hoped that at the end of the day, I would get the opportunity in the particular career path in which I really wanted for myself.

I had other talents and skills so I thought to myself in d process of waiting for my wishes in the official settings to fall in place, I can develop my skills and take it to another level. At that particular time I wasn’t really doing so much at weekends so I decided to engage myself. I had always been very interested in arts from a very tender age. I used to draw and paint and also enjoyed making everything around me look good. Two thoughts came to my mind, Photography and Events Management.

I was thinking which was going to come first, the two are related in one form or the other but I am just one person who can’t be divided into two parts. My love and passion for taking pictures made this one very easy choice for me, I started looking for institutes, facilities and academies in Lagos who has opportunities for exploration that fitted into what I was looking for.

I came across so many academies, some with just phone numbers and addresses. I wasn’t looking for something like that. I needed an established academy where I could see their works in display and some other values of learning and knowledge garnering. I was eager for self development. Something stunned me in my search I came across the names of this academy eloPhotos Academy and Shola Animashaun Academy. I checked their works and was really motivated, they had their different unique styles and their works both showed they were very good at what they did. I decided to send an e-mail to both academies to see who would woo me or win an additional student to their academy.

Some weeks later, I didn’t get any replies to any of the mails sent so I just assumed my mail did not deliver, I went back to both sites to pick their respective contact phone numbers. I read various articles and testimonials on students who had finished from the academies and it sounded good but at that moment I was still confused on what academy I was going to choose, I had picked up the contact numbers so I decided to place the calls out immediately. I talked to representatives of both academies and made enquiries and got all the details of what I needed to know.

I decided to send the mails I sent earlier to the academies again, I did and eloPhotos academy replied me first, they gradually began to win my heart. I got the price for the course I was going to do and also the information on how and where to pay. I visited the site frequently to see I wasn’t making any mistakes & each day I was on the site I saw something different. Maybe a picture I had not seen before then or an article/testimonial from past students of the academy. I started searching, saving and looking for funds and also looking forward to the day I will commence classes. When I slept I had dreams of what the place would be like and how good I would be by the end of the course.

I got the funds and paid in full, the year was almost running to an end, I had a friend who was also in the business full time. He was and has always been an inspiration to me. I was thinking I wanted to learn photography and I hadn’t got my camera, (I didn’t want to be a farmer with no tools) so I spoke often with this my friend (Demola Ajayi) we had some personal classes together on the type of camera to buy and he advised me on a particular model which I eventually purchased later.

The year ended and my class was to start in a week time. I was so happy and anxious to start classes. The day came, I attended the first class and my expectations were met and not dampened. The facilitator of the first class (Toye Peters) was so sure about everything he said and I held on to this particular word of his ‘by the end of this class you would become a professional photographer’. Trust me, am not bragging or hyping the academy: I have only attended 3 of 10 classes of 5 modules and I can comfortably cover a major event now with minimal supervision. I can wonder the magic that must have been made and skills I would have possessed at the end of the course. I am glad I made this choice, the academy choice that WON.

It is important to note that all that was written here is just my personal opinion. In case you are just like me and intend to take courses or training in photography I can refer you to three of the best institutes in Lagos, you either with me the CEO of 1209 Photography (but that academy is still under construction in my head). Until then its Mr Shola Animashaun of Shola Animashaun Photography Academy or Mr. Seun Akisanmi of eloPhotos Academy.

Pixelatiously yours,
Adedayo Oluwatobi
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