Taking A Bow


To God almighty The keeper of my dreams, The author and finisher of my faith, without YOU I’m nothing, neither would I even had a clue what I am or what my purpose is. Without your vision, I would simply be a nobody, and so I THANK YOU.

Let’s take a minute silence for my heroine, my role model, my mother, my best friend, my Gold, the irreplaceable. I love you but God loves you so much that you can’t be elsewhere today but with him. But I know if the dead can see the living like in Nollywood, I’m sure you are proud of me. Thank you for nurturing me with your prayers, critics and advise. Miss our long boring gists. I’ll wish for another life with you over and over again. Love you mummy. RIP.

When I decided to attend eloPhotos Academy, I asked a friend who happened to be a Photographer and he said “why do you want to waste your money… All you will be taught is same as what I have taught you” but today I will like to thank my dear friend and to let him know that life as a photographer is beyond viewing a shallow depth of field; the dream has to be large and clear enough for you to see, pursue and make it. Dear friend I’m made, and may I say that coming to eloPhotos Academy is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

Seun Akisanmi – The creator, I actually know you don’t like to be praised so I will try not to. But sincerely as much as my sister likes Chimanda so well to want to name her daughter after her, I wouldn’t mind naming my son after Seun Akisanmi, that is if Mrs Akisanmi wouldn’t mind anyway. “Oga” as I like to call him (pauses) …Thank You sir. Thank you for molding me for free, Thank you for teaching me for free. Thanks for inspiring me. If I had paid double the fee it’s still not worth my value now. I thank God for God in you and for your life. Keep soaring higher than an eagle!

Abimbola Adeniyan, my first love, my father, my guardian, my friend. Saying I love you is not enough, saying thank you isn’t enough, I pray you live long to enjoy the ripe fruit of your labor. Amen! Thank you for your financial support and thank you for believing in me. Thank you for waiting up for me at work just to drive me home in your safe hands. Thanks for your understanding. I pray that God will find your heart. Thank you daddy.

To my entire family, my brothers, Tayo and Bayo, to my second best friend-my sister,” DentdocDekky” thank you so much.
To my practical specimen, my friends, thank you guys for your love, thank you for believing in me. Thank you for tolerating me may the good God bless you beyond your deeds.

To my fellow students at eloPhotos academy. You guys are the best. Thank you for making me laugh, thank you for frustrating me. Thank you for teaching me how to tolerate people and love beyond flaws. I’ll miss you all so much, but I’ll love to miss you guys because I can’t stay. lol.

To my sister from another mother, my senior colleague. A woman of inestimable value, My role model and my friend Kikelomo Koleosho… The best babies and maternity Photographer Africa has ever produced. Thank you for never trying to flatter me, thank you for inspiring me, thank you for your support, I love you girl!

To all my senior colleagues that impacted in me: Tunde Ogunjobi, Toye Peters, Femi Adewuyi, Olamide Bakare, Tayo Dmob Photography. Thank you all.

And for you reading this and hoping to join eloPhotos academy , you’ve made your first best decision by checking the site out, make your second best by enrolling.Meet me at the top!

I’m Temitope Adeniyan a fresh Graduate of the best photography school in Nigeria, eloPhotos Academy. I Take a bow……

Note: Attached to this are pictures I took at a wedding I crashed in this weekend.

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The 1-Day INTERN: Lessons From Akin Akisanmi


There came a time when I felt I needed to see what those who had been in the business before me were doing. I wanted to learn and so I called up Seun Akisanmi and asked to be a 1-day intern at eloPhotos Studios. This was in October (2013) and I can’t seem to remember a lot of names and faces but the events of the day are still very clear and in my mind. I had hoped to learn and learn I did.

The lessons of that day have remained with me. I came to understudy a photographer and an entrepreneur, to see how he related with staff and interns, to see what a regular day is like. I had hoped that it would prepare me for my journey to my next level. I was going to have interns, students coming to my school here in Ibadan and I just wanted to see what was ahead of me. I got exactly that and more.

Yes I got more. Coincidentally it was that same day that a guest had been invited to come and address the house. This mystery guest would be teaching from his wealth of knowledge and I would be fortunate to be in that class and under that lecture. The said lecture was not expected. I didn’t bargain for it but I got it and it is the lessons from our guest lecturer that inspired this post. I learnt a lot from him and I would love to share with the readers here.

As it turned out, our guest was known other than the boss’s father. Yes I mean Seun Akisanmi’s Dad. Mr Akin Akisanmi as he introduced himself. Wow. I say wow now because his lecture touched all areas of life that could be useful for everybody. Photographer or not these are things for all to note as we go through life. I can’t give it to you word for word but I’ll summarize the lessons below.

Spiritual: Know God, secure your salvation, have a relationship with God, abide by his principles and be appreciative/thankful to Him.

Career: Be time conscious, be punctual, mind you dressing – look good, eat well – avoid looking hungry, take good care of your responsibilities; spouse, children, parents, etc.

Photography: Keeping yourself in the mind of the customer: Be diligent, have an excellent output, follow up, keep records – detail personal inflow and business outflow, focus, set goals.

Invest: Do cost benefit analysis. Do profitable investment, invest in what will generate more money (additional income) and beware of peer pressure. Market expansion can be a reason to invest, looking may open other markets. Mind the kind of business you do and the people you do business with.

Do the Math: Look at your spending profile, look at how many events/contract/deals/jobs you need to do to break even, have a standard (in pricing), have a standard (in value), define costs and profits clearly and don’t go below minimum to deliver good standard.

Be perfect in your record keeping to the last kobo. Record all inflow and outflow, keep a strict budget, cut down spending on excesses. Keep a ledger maybe an excel sheet and review periodically.

The above marks my summary of lessons from Akin Akisanmi. The rest of the day involved activities like editing, strolling to buy food, having a chat with the boss and witness the boss give out a book. I must say that that lecture marked the best part of my day, the one day I was an intern at eloPhotos.

Written by Abiola Akinyemi

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The Year I MARRIED 2 WIVES


The year was 2006. The day was August 19. The time was 12:05pm. I had just uttered the words “I Do” after a Reverend in a church in Benin City asked me if I was serious about taking to wife a princess/damsel/friend/sweetheart called ELOHIAGHE. A few minutes later we were introduced to the world as Husband & Wife.

I had met my wife at a mutual friend’s place at 6:30pm on February 26, 2005. In May 2005, I was sure she was the person I wanted to spend my life with. Our courtship started immediately and the climax of the relationship would be the exchange of vows on August 19, 2006.

Little did I know that I would fall in love with another entity that would eventually rock the foundations of my marriage. I wasn’t conscious of it until my wife uttered the words 3 years ago: “You’re married to this your PHOTOGRAPHY more than you’re married to me.” I was quick to deny that blasphemous statement. I would eventually check the dictionary definition of MARRY and surprisingly stumbled on an interesting definition: TO COMMIT YOURSELF TO SOMEBODY.

Although I usually hate admitting it when my wife was right, I silently swallowed within me the realization that I was not only committed to somebody called ELOHIAGHE; I was also committed to “somebody” called PHOTOGRAPHY. Infact, it would seem that I had paid more attention to the latter wife (of whom I had courted since I was 10 years old) than to the former wife.

How else would you explain my hunger & thirst to buy more books for “Photography” than for “ELO”. I would eventually buy over 200 books on photography and less than 20 books on marriage. Come to think of it, its this same love I have for both entities that made me think of a way of combining both parties’ names to form a business name. The first three letters from my human wife combined with the words “photos” from my mental wife forms the word eloPhotos. It was borne out of an understanding within me that I was being poetic.

8 years has “waka” gone and I would realize that the resources I’ve committed to my Photography wife has made me to be a better photographer than a better husband. Infact, I realized that most of the people (over 80%) I considered as mentors usually have more marital problems than “photography” problems. Some even go the extra mile of divorcing their wives just so they could focus more on their “secondary” wives: PHOTOGRAPHY.

A lot was going through my head a few days ago when I was invited by Yemi Royal to speak at World Photography Day celebration at Freedom Park, Lagos. I found myself asking within myself a lot of questions.

Could it be coincidental that my wedding anniversary also happened to be the day photography was invented?
Could it be destiny that my calling is to be committed to both my wife and to photography? Why are many of my proteges not at this gathering to learn?
What is the future of Photography in Nigeria & the World?

Although I knew in my heart the answers to many of the questions, I felt a huge responsibility upon my shoulders. Will I be able to effectively LEAD a family of 3 ladies & 1 guy (wherein I’m a minority) while simultaneously helping to shape the foundations of an industry. Will I be considered a success by my wife and daughters on the same scale as I’m being admired & adored by my photography “children”.

Its more of a burden than I envisaged. Especially when I find myself having visions of my photography escapades in 142 years from now…. Especially when I find myself having portrait sessions for 3 of my favourite great men of the bible: Jeremiah, John the baptist & Joseph…. Especially when I find myself thinking of the type of conversations I’ll be having with them to bring out their serious side and their jovial side.

Getting back home from the World Photography Day Celebration, I found myself ruminating on the wise counsel of speakers like Seyi Body-Lawson, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Don Barber, Ade Plumptre & Olusola Akeredolu & Mr Adeboye. It was as if I had returned from one of those sermons that Jesus preached and half of his followers stopped following Him. Was I ready to take this photography to the next level? Can I simultaneously succeed in photography and in family.

I would eventually find myself in my office at an hour wherein I ought to be cuddling my real wife. Am I really ready to do WHATEVERITTAKES to standout? On this and many more questions I meditated on until I woke up the next morning in my office. The time was 5am, August 20.

A new day has dawn in my life, marriage and photography. Never before have I been clearer about my purpose. I’ve made many mistakes….I’m still learning…. But at the end of it all, I pray for grace to fulfill destiny in my photography & in my marriage.

My name is Seun Akisanmi and I’m not even sure if the title of this posts correlates with what has been written thus far. Just airing my heart. All will be well.

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The SHOOT Week


The week started with a lot of excitement for me because It was the week I had been waiting for. I had a photo shoot which was scheduled for Tuesday. I was tensed, nervous and at the same time excited because it was my first time having my own photo shoot. I got comments from my older colleagues that it was not an easy task and that it takes a lot of energy and focus, but I did not let that discourage me because I knew that I would do great.
The day of the shoot came and I got to work as early as 6:49am to start up with the setup of equipment for the shoot before my colleagues got there to help me finish up. Though the time for the shoot was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. prompt, everything was all set by 8:30 a.m. and all that was left was for the models to arrive and the shoot to begin.
The shoot began at 12:30 p.m. thanks to the late arrivals of my models. Without wasting much time after one of my colleague’s was done with her own shoot , I started immediately because time was not at my side and I needed to finish on time. I started the shoot, had some little mistakes with lights in the pictures and the background backdrop always appearing but that didn’t discourage me from taking pictures. I kept on taking pictures and correcting the mistakes I was making little by little all because I didn’t understand how to manage my lights . The shoot was over and I was happy it was because I got a little help from one of my colleague that really stood by me and encouraged me throughout the session
After the shoot, I was surprised when our boss came and told us that someone will be coming to teach us on LIGHTS and how to maximize the use the flash. Deep within me I was happy because earlier that day I had problem with lights and it was a relief hearing that someone was coming to take us on lights and flash.
The day came and we were all ready to learn from the best: Dr Femi Adewuyi. We were all given more insight on lights balancing and how to manage lights around us during a shoot. We were also given characteristics of lights with enough practical sessions that enlightened me.

All in all, the week was a success!!!.

Written By
Shokanbi Pelumi
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My FAMILY & My LIGHT


Mum: Basirah
Me: Ma
Mum: Come and show Lagbaja the pictures you showed me yesterday.

This is what happens most times at home; my family members acting as my PR. I most times get into arguments with them but with time I got to understand their point of view. Left to me, I’m still yet to be called a professional photographer and still rate my pictures as something any random individual who has a basic knowledge of photography can take. I sometimes get cold feet when people get to know what I do and how good they think I am or should be which is the opposite (I think).

I recently had my first photo-shoot with a friend of mine who agreed to be my model and I didn’t have any concept as advised by Mr. Seun Akisanmi for the shoot. However i told him to bring with him both corporate and casual outfits which he did. The shoot took place both in the studio and on the streets and was quite fun as he was dishing out different poses while moving to the tune of the music been played at the background. I was very excited as I and one of my Colleague who assisted me during the shoot where able to capture some great poses but lacked at making proper use of the light.

I pasted the pictures of the shoot after editing on my Instagram page and got lots of LIKES and was fully aware that those likes were from people who just admired the beauty of the model and his poses nothing more. I am yet to gain the confidence to put up the word “photographer” on any of my social networking profile because I am actually yet to earn that word and really hope that one day I will include it on both my reports and on my social networking pages.

My next challenge right now is understanding light as it is very essential in photography. I noticed how much effort is put into capturing a good image while making use of light as well as the quality it adds to the image. I was able to experience making use of light during the photo shoot and also at an event I assisted in covering with a colleague.

It was such a great experience photographing an event because I got to experience some of the things we were told in class. Take for instance, relating with people with patience, how to position the speedlite to bounce on an image, how photographers are looked down upon at events and not offered food but we were lucky to get food because the photographer we assisted knew some people at the party.

At this point I tend to embrace photography and all that comes with it and ensure that gala and a drink will never be scarce in my bag when photographing any event. I got lucky at my first event coverage, but the second might be a different ball game.

I’m Ajagba Basirat and very soon I’ll be able to declare from the depths of my heart that I’M A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
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From: Lanre Ajagbe <lanre.ajagbe@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:18:03 -0700
To: Seun Akisanmi<info@elophotos.com>
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THE FAMILY AND THE LIGHT BY AJAGBE BASIRAT

Mum: Basirah

Me: Ma

Mum: Come and show so so so and so the pictures you showed me yesterday.

This is what often happens most times at home, my family members acting as my PR. I most times get into argument with them but with time I got to understand their point of view. Left to me am still yet to be called a professional photographer and still rate my pictures as something any random individual who has a basic knowledge of photography can take. I sometimes get cold feet when people get to know what I do and how good they think I am or should be which is the opposite.

I recently had my first photo-shoot session with a friend of mine who agreed to be my model, didn’t have any concept as advised by Mr. Seun Akinsanmi for the shoot but told him to bring with him both cooperate and casual outfits which he did. The shoot took place both in the studio and on the street and was quite fun as he was dishing out different poses while moving to the tune of the music been played at the background. I was very excited as I and one of my Colleague who assisted me during the shoot where able to capture some great poses but lacked at making proper use of the light.

I pasted the pictures of the shoot after editing on my Instagram page and got lots of like and was fully aware that those likes were from people who just admired the beauty of the model and his poses nothing more. I am yet to gain the confidence to put up the word “photographer” on any of my social networking profile because I am actually yet to earn that word and really hope that one day I will include it on both my reports and on my social networking pages.

My next challenge right now is understanding light as it is very essential in photography. I noticed how much effort is put into capturing a good image while making use of light as well as the quality it adds to the image. I was able to experience making use of light during the photo shoot and also at an event I assisted in covering with a colleague.

It was such a great experience photographing an event because I got to experience some of the things we were told in class. Take for instance relating with people with patience, how to position the speed light to bounce on an image, how photographers are look down upon at event and not offered food but we were lucky to get food because the photographer we assisted knew some people at the party.

At this point I tend to embrace photography and all that comes with it and ensure that gala and a drink will never be scarce in my bag when photographing any event. I got luck at the first event, but the second might be a different ball game.

A Day In My Life in 2020: Temitope Adeniyan


Dear Diary,

As each years passes, season changes, people die, and dreams get buried, so I’m grateful to God for life because the dead has more excuse of not living their dreams.

Today I’m so thankful for the life I have and what I’ve become thus far. A blessed mother of a wonderful daughter (oluwadunbarin) and a successful wife of a blessed and extraordinary man and of course one of Nigeria’s top Female Photographer.

Some months ago I received an email from APA (Africa Photography Awards) 2020 notifying me of the date, venue, awards and nominees. But to my surprise I was not only nominated for one but for two categories, I was so happy I jumped up in gladness and almost fell into an unexpected labor. This was indeed good news!

The Dday had come and my husband had forced us to travel down from our home in Canada down to South Africa a day before APA(Africa photography Awards). This morning he had woken me early enough to what I called a crusade (an hour prayer session) all in the name of APA. If only he knows how fulfilled I am, already getting to be a nominee alone was a soothing thought of achievement and he would have just left me back home to rest my giant tummy, get inspired and continue my life. But he’s just so passionate about my success.

APA (Africa photography Awards) 2020 was meant to start for 6pm but I was sure it won’t be starting anything earlier than 8pm. But I had to get dressed before I upset my husband. I had planned on wearing the radiant black dress he got for me on his last trip to Italy, it was beautiful and perfect for this occasion. And so I rushed into the bathroom hurriedly took my bath forgetting to sing choruses as usual, stepping out of the bath I slipped! I screamed my husband’s name aloud and as he rushed into the bathroom, my water had already broken. I held my back down in pain as I said “I think the baby is around” he started praying as he picked up his phone to call the driver he had hired to take us round town for our period of stay in South Africa. I was immediately rushed to Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academy Hospital.

At 10:25pm I had another dazzling beautiful baby girl and I asked my husband if he had heard anything about the awards he said “No but I’m happy enough”

At 11pm my husband received a call from a senior colleague, sister and friend Kike Koleosho that I got the award for “The Photograph of the year”. I was overwhelmed with gladness. Now you know who I am. I am Temitope Adeniyan, a fulfilled Photographer.

Note: the attached photo is the picture that won the award.

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award-winning makeup by eloMakeup. Photography by Award winning Photographer Temitope Adeniyan

Giving Photographers The RESPECT They Deserve


It’s pretty annoying when people do not appreciate people who are bold and risky enough to pick up and pursue a career and profession in Photography. When they are billed, they come up with the phrase, ‘Is it not just to take pictures?’

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to assist in covering a wedding alongside Seun Akisanmi and Eniola Tito and it was really an eye opener for a newbie like me. I learnt a lot and experienced the painstaking effort it takes to do photography especially covering events like the wedding we covered on Thursday (Traditional Wedding) and Saturday (White Wedding). It was rigorous to say the least.

We had to get the venue of the event hours before the event kicked off. Even the decoration people and sound people were still setting up as at the time we got there. We had ample time on our hands to test shoot, get our settings right and relax and even feed our belly (as we would eventually discover that the food served there wasn’t meant for photographers) before the kick-off time.

During the event, we were literally the only peeps working while others were enjoying the bliss of the moment. Photographers are usually one of the last if not the last people to leave events. After events or shoots, we would spend countless hours sometimes weeks editing them and creating photo books and albums trying to meet deadlines of delivering jobs done.

As a matter of fact, what goes into photography and making of great images is much more than the final images we see; it’s as demanding as the construction of a house from site clearing to house warming (yeah, that demanding).

When next you see a photographer, give them a big, warm hug; take them out on a special treat, send some money into their account and if you are hiring them do not even try to haggle or negotiate the price they give you unnecessarily because they are truly professionals.

Just my 2 cents. I’m Adegbesan Kayode….and I’m not sure I can handle the hassles of covering a wedding.
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The 3-in-1 Experience


And that was how Mr Seun walked in briskly in the early hours of Tuesday morning and made us to understand that the remaining part of the week was going to be a busy one full of events. We were all happy because it was a chance for us to practice or better still gain some experience.

Dr Femi Adewuyi was to come later in the day to teach us about light, how to use it and above all how to see it. Before now, we all had the belief that the only way to see light was through the source you power it from not knowing that there was LIGHT all around us and all we need is just to see it. Dr Femi went ahead to teach us more about natural light (which is also called the ambience light), and how to bring about soft light and hard light by balancing both to get a beautiful picture. What an awesome experience with a teacher of light. Now I can see light every were I go.

Little did I know that a bigger experience was on the way for me and this boils down to my major experience for the week with the lady called KIKE of Red19 Photography.

We covered a burial that was all about this “old” woman that died at the age of 69 and left a legacy behind based on the way people were talking about her good deeds. The tears that was dripping down from her love ones’ eyes could make an ocean.

Then I said to my self only if she could wake up to see this. But one thing got me thinking: if truly they were going to miss her as they all portrayed, then they should have as well gotten into the grave with her when she was being laid down to rest. But nobody had that guts. It reminded me that someday somehow we all are going to say good bye to this wonderful world.

Nobody wants to die, but be as it may we all would pay our dues someday. I just pray it will be a fulfilled life for me and you in the presence of The Lord.

When people try explaining to me the differences between a professional photographer and a “wait & get photographer” (I.e. PAPAPA photographer), I get confused because I feel they all take pictures. It wasn’t until I had my own first hand experience on what a “wait & get” person will have to go through before collecting money for a picture he spent time to take.

There was a guy who called me and told me he took a picture of the musician of the event but was not allowed by the bouncer of the event to make delivery. This prompted me to ask how much his pictures were only for him to tell me it was just N200. I shook my head in pity for him and murmured to myself “Never to be a liability that will have to beg people before I get noticed.

I really don’t want to be that kind of photographer that would beg and also be rubbished for a N200 pictures. Instead I want to be that photographer that would be appreciated by my clients after paying a large sum of money. 🙂

My name is Obaloluwa omole and I am proud to tell you that I am a world class photographer in-the-making.

The Day I SHOT Ice Prince


“You sure don’t play with your sleep.” Those where the few words I could remember hearing before waking up to the sound of my phone ringing. I’m still am not sure if she said that in my dreams or in reality. She being my wife of 2920 days. At least I would be 100% sure that the person that called me to start my day with BAD news seemed to be playing a prank on me. I checked the date to confirm that it was not April 1; it was August 1.

70 seconds after receiving the call, I was downcast. “Who was that on the phone,” my genius wife quizzed. “None of your business,” I responded in a tone that will make her unhappy with me for the rest of the day. I immediately began to fill my big head with thoughts of how to creatively shoot the 780k-fan-base celebrity that was to be shot at our studio within 6 hours.

14 days earlier, we had concluded negotiations with a company that wanted us to shoot Ice Prince for their advertising campaign.

7 days earlier I realized after consulting with my colleague – celebrity photographer Shola Animashaun – that I had shot myself in the foot when it came to pricing. This would be the first time I would be shooting a celebrity-musician and would eventually add the negotiating encounter to my list of “Negotiations that I didn’t feel paid off”.

4 days earlier I had asked my friend Dr Femi Adewuyi to creative concepts and assistance for the shoot. His assistance on the D-day would eventually turn out to be more than I expected as I seldom found myself forgetting lighting techniques that I had taught students for years. Talk of a new personal definition of TENSED.

The D-day finally arrived on August 1 and we were prepared for the arrival of the celebrity team. I was going to use my mirrorless camera – Olympus EM10 – with a 14-42mm lens (for wide angle shots) and a 50-200mm lens (for zooming in to the model’s face & upper body). I had gone on Youtube to research more on the type of music that proceeded forth from Ice Prince. 2 songs/vidoes I found interesting (and never knew he was the one that sang it) were OLEKU & WHISKY. After almost 3600 seconds of online research, I had a better understanding of what the BRAND called Ice Prince was all about.

Eventually the stylists and Brand managers arrived and we had to wait for the main model to land. I was particularly conscious of how everyone of the vendors involved seemed to be elated about the shoot. I mean, how can you be working with Ice Prince on anything (even if you’re the barber that cuts his hair) and not be excited about it.

The shoot eventually started 2 hours later than planned and I found myself more in a state of CONTEMPLATION than EXCITEMENT.

I was contemplating on the sad news I had gotten earlier in the day regarding a colleague & friend that had passed away the day before: FAVOUR CORNELIUS. I was contemplating on what Favour’s mother must be going through having lost a son a few years back. I was contemplating the different value systems & belief that was held in the hearts of different people in the studio: TIMELINESS, VANITY, PERSONAL ENJOYMENT, INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM, LAZYNESS, etc. I was contemplating on how relevant it is to have a huge following on social media. I was contemplating whether or not I’ll like to be a celebrity when I grow up. I was contemplating whether the 45,000+ followers of mine on social media will translate into heavenly admiration & approval by the TRINITY.

At the end of the studio session, Ice Prince asked me if I was the one that took the coffin picture (attached within). I answered in the affirmative and he said he hates the picture. “How can someone take a picture like this”, he asked. I proceed to narrate what the concept of the picture was all about. I explained that someone dies, either an angel of LIGHT or DARKNESS is coming for the spirit of the person: question is which angel will come for YOU? He still didn’t like it after my explanation. Thank God I didn’t need anyone’s approval before using my photography to express the ideas & values I believe in.

I would eventually find myself contemplating on how many “CHRISTIANS” are living a life of GOODNESS (I.e. Being a good person) with the hope that a subtle message will be passed across to an unbelieving world that there is a savior waiting with open arms. I felt a strong nudging in my heart that the time for SUBTLE living was over: we need to make conscious attempt as Christians to deliberately create opportunities for PREACHING the Gospel of Christ and his kingdom. At the end of the day, one of the things that I would have done on earth to be considered as WISE in God’s eyes will not be the accumulation of 40,000+ fans on social media or the millions made in business: it will be the number of people I’ve won to Christ and those that I’ve inspired to remain in Christ.

All this happened in my head on the day I shot Ice Prince. My goal for writing this is to make you contemplate on the many things I thought of on that memorable day. One main question that should ring in our hearts is this: if I die right now or the Rapture of the church happens now, will I be counted worthy to be among those that Jesus will SMILE at?

A prayer from the depths of your heart with an attitude of repentance will get you started on the right track. If you’ve not accepted Jesus as your Lord & Savior, this moment is the right moment for you to do that. If you’ve done that but your LOVE for KINGDOM affairs has grown cold, Jesus arms are still wide open.

After spending over 4 hours shooting the celebrity of the day, I got back home and pondered on one final crazy DREAM: the day I – Seun Akisanmi – would be given the privilege to shoot the number 1 celebrity of all eternity, JESUS CHRIST.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: A Serious Business


Many people usually think photography is a child ‘s play. I never thought a photographer will invest so much on books until I saw the many books at eloPhotos Academy.

On my first day at eloPhotos, what really got my attention is the huge volume of books on the shelves and how Mr Seun kept emphasizing that we should cultivate good habit of reading because most successful people in the world are good readers. I was highly inspired. Though I don’t really like reading, I must cultivate the habit if truly I have passion for photography and I want to be a successful photographer.

I never knew shooting a make-up session goes beyond posing and snapping until we had a last week and I saw a lot of professionalism: checking the ambient light, key light, full light etc. There’s indeed a lot of work behind the camera. To be a professional photographer I will definitely need a lot patience, tolerance, creative imagination, & thinking outside box.

This leads me to record keeping & backing up my clients job. I never thought a client can request for a job done over 5 years ago and be willing to pay money ‎for the second time just to get copies of the session.

I am still learning a whole lot of new ways of doing things here in eloPhotos Academy.

eloPhotos Academy is truly a citadel of learning and I have been learning the impossible in photography.

My name is Motunrayo Amosun & I’ve concluded that Indeed, photography is a serious business.

Celebrating PHOTOGRAPHY @ 175


On the 19th August, 1839 in Paris –France, the Art and Science of Photography was formally announced as invented. We celebrate that day yearly as ‘World Photography Day’. As witnessed for 175 years, Photography is found in all walks of life and is continuously developing, offering excellent and amazing results in recording moment – even moments not seen by the human eyes!

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 like the common saying “a picture is worth more than a thousand words”.

The 2014 World Photography Day is a special edition packaged to celebrate the 175th year anniversary of photography with the theme; “The Role of Photography in National Development”. We request you all to participate with your friends.

LAGOS CELEBRATION
Venue: Freedom Park, Lagos Island
Date: August 19, 2014
Time: 10am prompt
Fee: Free

For More Information contact:
Tel: 08088881911, BB PIN: 2869367E
worldphotodaynigeria@gmail.com
admin@fotogenix.org

PORT HARCOURT EDITION
4B Ndah Bros Opposite St.Matthew Church, Trans-Amadi Layout, Port Harcourt, Rivers State by 10am. (For more inquiries and participation, call 07067533302, 07032727716)

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL!!!

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Making Good Use of Your Mentor’s TIME


After weeks of trying and hustling and fighting to book an appointment with a world-renowned & successful entrepreneur, a young budding Nigerian businessman eventually got the opportunity to spend 15 minutes with the mentor of his dreams.

After spending the first 10 minutes to greet and appreciate his mentor for the opportunity to meet with him, he proceeded to use the remain 5 minutes to talk about the “deal” he came to discuss. The young protege complained about how things have been difficult for him and how he had been living “from hand to mouth”. He concluded his narrative & dramatic speech by asking the mentor to “help a brother out by sparing some change.”

The successful businessman was furious.
“So you struggled to get an appointment with me just to ask for change? You didn’t ask me how I survived my early days of struggle in business. You didn’t ask me how I handled creditors that almost took me to jail just because I couldn’t pay on time. You didn’t ask me how my wife and children survived in my trying times and what was my inspiration. You didn’t ask me for the books that I’ve read that got me to where I am today. You didn’t ask me what negotiations tactics I used to buy a N180 billion property with only N20,000 in my account. ….and you sit there asking me to spare you some change?”

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Consequently, the rich businessman stood up by his and uttered words that seemed to surprise the protege: “I’m sorry your time is up and I have another appointment to attend to. Kindly meet my assistant and he’ll give you N500 so you can use it to buy the book titled How to win friends & influence people. Have a nice day gentleman.”

And with those few words he showed him the door.

There’s a group of people reading this that might think the reaction of the successful businessman was harsh. If I was the successful businessman, I probably won’t even have given the guy a dime. If all you can do when spending time with someone -you consider a mentor – is to ask for money to “survive”, then your journey to success is still farther than you think.

I recently had an encounter similar to the one above and after realizing that the protege in question had actually “wasted” 60mins of my life talking about things that was not relevant to moving his life forward, I had to be blunt and told him my mind. I explained the importance of valuing your mentor’s time in such a way that you’ll ask the right questions that will catapult you from where you’re sitting to where you mentor is seating. I scolded him for not asking questions like the following: * How did you make you first Million in Photography?
* How have you been able to marry your marriage with your photography? * How do I reach clients that won’t be pricing my work like market women?
* How do I run a photography conference in such a way as not to be indebted to dozens of vendors at the end of the day

I ended my 10-minute scolding by instructing him to read the aforementioned book (along with “You Can Negotiate Anything” by Herb Cohen) before he considers booking an appointment to see me again. I’ll be surprised if he reads the two books in the next 4 weeks. I’ll be surprised.

Many of us want to be successful in life but we’re not ready to do whatever it takes. The fact that you’re praying and fasting to be like Bill Gates or Aliko Dangote does not mean you’ll be like them without paying the price.

Enough said…..

LIFE is not all about U


LIFE is not all about YOU

A scenario occurred this week in the office which made me think of coming up with a piece like this. The anticipated photoshoot between the interns finally kicked off on a Wednesday morning, after moving it more than twice. It was a success all because there is more to life than what you alone can get out of it. Tope gave us all she had and in return it paid back for her and this made me realize.

If life revolves around you alone then it will never make any sense. Check out all the people who have tried to make life revolve around them. They end up losing much more than they are asking for or trying to get for themselves and keep out of the reach of other people.

You don’t get more by keeping more and more to yourself. If you really want to get more out of life you have to give more into life. While some keep losing what they have because they are trying very hard to get more, those who are letting go of what they have keep getting more of what they want in life.

Have you tried to make everything focus on you alone in the work place? Are you trying to make everything be about you at home? In the organizations that you belong to apart from your office, what are you doing there that makes it look like life is simply about you alone?

We have to come to a great understanding of life and to see that when you try to make everything revolve around you, life does not move as fast as you expect it to. When you make it less of you and more of others, life seems to go very fast. At the end of the journey you will also see that you have not only made progress but you have gotten much more than you bargained for.

If all you think about is yourself, others around you will soon notice it. When they notice it and can no longer withstand how you want everything for yourself alone, they will start avoiding you. The next thing that will happen is that people start holding back what they have from you. If everyone is holding back from you how do you expect to get anything out of life?

It may be hard today to give more of yourself to others. It can be painful. It may also look like you are losing what you need so bad and don’t even have enough of. If only you will let go and not just with your personal resources but also act selflessly in everything you do, you will eventually have more than you thought you wanted. Life continues and it is always easier because of the many others around us who understand that life is not always about them. Live life to the fullest with the understanding that life is not about you alone!

It is about the lives you touched and the impact you left behind. This past few weeks as been about learning from a senior intern who has made me to understand that it is not just about what she wants, but what she wants to be remembered for when she is gone. But it pains me so much to say she is going to be graduating from eloPhotos Academy pretty soon.

All the same she made me understand that life is not about you alone…

I am Obaloluwa Omole and my journey in becoming the best photographer in the world continues @ eloPhotos Academy

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The Best Nigeria CINEMATOGRAPHY in CINEMAS


The fee was higher than the usual on arrival that particular day, the room which was dark and was filled with eager eyes…not usual, all waiting to savor the most awaited historical Nigerian movie of the year or should I say century. A movie about one of the most violent times in the history of Nigeria, a movie that explains the causes of rift between two tribes in Nigeria, a movie centered on politics, a movie that depicted the power of love in the midst of hatred, infidelity and violence, a movie authored, re-writen into a script and directed by two of our very own global award winning individuals Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche and Biyi Bandele: HALF OF A YELLOW SUN.

I arrived at the cinema hall with my colleagues and sat down with my pop-corn and Coca-Cola to enjoy the history made into a movie. I was astonished first by the cinematography which was quite different from the other Nigeria movies I was used to. What struck me the most watching the movie was the market scene and I saw something different, something every Nigeria movie producer and director should emulate in their movies and that is the full participation of every individual in that scene. The main characters where acting their part in that particular scene while other individuals consisting of pedestrians, buyers and sellers were also acting their part unlike some Nigerian movies that captures onlookers who adds little or nothing to the movie without editing their part out before its release.

True professionalism was depicted in the movie as individuals portrayed their role as close to reality as possible. Though I do not encourage nakedness in movies but appreciated the way the role of Olanna played by Thandie Newton a black American actress was depicted without much awkwardness. I also noticed similarities between cinematography and photography but one thing I was majorly interested in was the use of the depth of field which made me appreciate the movie even more.

I was a bit disappointed when the movie ended because I was anticipating more important scenes that was meant to be added to the movie probably because I had read the book prior to the movie. But all in all HALF OF THE YELLOW SUN still remains the best Nigeria movie I have watched till date.

Written by Ajagbe Basirat
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The Words of a Sage: Memoirs of An Intern


A sage is defined as a wise person (just in case you did not know). My first few days at eloPhotos, I heard names of books and people I haven’t heard in my whole life. I experienced phenomenons I have never encountered. Talking about the books, two particularly stood out as Mr. Seun Akisanmi hammered it that we new interns must read it before our first month was completed. As a matter of fact, it is boldly written in our rules and regulations (yeah, it is that serious). I began to wonder whether these authors paid him royalties for such advertisements and publicity for their books.

Obedience is better than sacrifice says the Holy Book. So I decided to just skim through one of the books which is “How To Win Friends and Influence People” and believe me as Mr. Seun says I’ve being wowed. After skimming, I couldn’t help but start to read and believe me it has being a memorable experience. Infact it has truly saved my life a number of times. As an easy going person who doesn’t like having ‘issues’ with people, the past few weeks have brought me in contact with people and applying the principles in the book has been like a lubricant that has helped relating with people so smoothly. I have even observed that for us interns at eloPhotos, there’s a difference between those of us that read the book and those that have not.

This brings to mind a very fundamental principle of life – seeking, listening to and heeding advice. A lot of people (photographers as a case study) tend to think and act like they know it all. They act like they possess all the knowledge they need at their disposal which more often than not is not the case. The “proudest” people are often the most foolish. In life, you have to always listen to the Sage’s – those that have gone ahead of you, those that know more than you do, those that have garnered more experience than you have, those that have accomplished what is still a goal to you. As the saying goes ‘One is too small a number to achieve Greatness’.

Hmm!! This is one write – up I’m not sure I wrote well nor know how to end it but the summary is this: Be humble enough to find A Sage relevant to your field and listen to their words for in them lies the success you’ve being yearning for.

My name is Adegbesan Kayode and I have found my Sage. Attached are 3 of my pictures I took last week. 1st Image just depicts the richness and beauty of nature.
2nd image is what I call the addictions of a faceless lady: make-up and drinks. 3rd image was more of an achievement. I saw the coals for burning in preparation for roasting corn and I thought it will be nice to capture.
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From: Adegbesan Kayode Micheal <sirkayworld@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:00:06 -0700
To: EloPhotos Studios<info@elophotos.com>
Subject: Resending my article

P.S- 1st Image named Kayode 1 just depicts the richness and beauty of nature .
Kayode 2 is what I call the addictions of a faceless lady – make -up and drinks
Kayode 3 was more of an achievement – saw the for burning in preparation for roasting corn and I thought can I capture the fore and yes I think I did
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The Profitability of Backing Up Your Pictures


A few days ago, I got a call from a client I did a photography job for in 2007. He was calling to find out if I still had copies of the pictures from the session I had with him 7 years ago. I was quick to answer in the affirmative.

I mentioned that it would however cost him a SEARCH FEE of N4k. He sounded surprised “Why should you charge me for that,” he quizzed. I was quick to point out that since it was going to take me a minimum of 2 hours to search through our tens of terabytes of database of pictures, it was only wise for me to make sure I was being paid for that. “But Seun you were not this business-minded before o, what happened?” He thought it was not fair that I should charge for that. I thought it was fair to charge a client that would want to take 2 hours of our office hours just to search for something that wasn’t my fault they misplaced.

“What happened to me,” she asked. I told her that family, office & house rent, children’s school fees, generator fuel, and miscellaneous expenses HAPPENED to me.

The search would eventually take almost 24 hours and I would eventually be N4k richer. Thanks to the fact that I try to backup on (DVD, blu-ray or external harddisks) all my pictures. I have a feeling one of my 2006 clients might be needing copies of their pictures in 2032. I’ll be waiting patiently to profit from the fact that I backed up the pictures.

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Why You Shouldn’t Borrow Money to Start A Photography Business


So I got a call recently from a gentleman who claims to have been hanging around the premises of Photography for the past 52 weeks. He had finally come to the decision that photography was indeed a business he’ll like to get into. His reason for calling me was to find out if I’ll approve of him getting a N60k ($350) 6-month loan from a relative.

I didn’t know when I shouted a BIG “NO”. Its important to note that the basic number one tool that increases your chances of succeeding in an industry like photography is actually NOT your camera. Yes, quite a number of photographers might disagree with me on this but I strongly believe you ability to sustain impactful relationships is a critical foundation for success in this industry.

A newbie in the industry with a past record of a chronic lie-telling disease would eventually have to pack up business even if he/she has the latest equipment. Compare the same person to someone with integrity & great interpersonal skills but no camera. The later would eventually end up buying the equipment of the former.

I still believe in the importance of getting a reasonable amount of education (youtube videos, books, blogs, photography schools, etc) before venturing into an industry one isn’t too familiar with. Sometimes people tell me they can’t afford the fees we charge at eloPhotos Academy that’s why they just want to start by just getting the camera first. If only they’ll at least consider investing in books and materials of world-class industry professionals (like Edward Lilley, Steve Stint & Joe McNally) so as not to repeat the same mistakes that has been made by elders in the profession.

Perhaps another way to look at this issue of borrowing to start a photography business is the fact that many first time business owners have actually not been disciplined enough to manage resources well in their “past life”. Infact, many just believe that if they have enough faith, they can repay whatever loan they get. However if you don’t have concrete plans on how the loan will be repaid, you’ll be walking into a trap that will leave you heartbroken and disappointed by people you think should UNDERSTAND.

Perhaps the other question you should ask yourself is how sure you are (on a scale of 1-10) of repaying a loan for a business you’ve never done before. You’ll be surprised at how that same relative will almost choke you to death once they realize you’re not forthcoming on the debt repayment. Trust me on this.

Another way to go about getting your desired N60k might be to consider asking 10 people to sow 6k each into the fertile soil of your life (assuming you have a good reputation). Better yet, do what I told the gentleman to do: become friends with someone that has the range of camera you want to borrow money to buy. If you have to wash their clothes or cars to win their hearts, please do that with your whole heart. Touching the heart of someone that has a camera will increase your chances of being “loaned” the camera by that same person when you need it. Its way better than getting a loan that you think you’ll be able to pay back in 6-12 months.

If you feel a loan is what you need, then be 100% sure that the person or organization you’re getting the loan from won’t stress or sue you if you’re unable to pay when you think you’ll pay. Trust me, people tend to show you a side of them you wish you’ll never see when it comes to collecting money from debtors. They seldom care how you get the money (even if you have to rob a bank); as long as you pay them back. But then again, you can’t blame them because if they knew that the money won’t be paid back when they expected it, they probably wouldn’t have loaned you. This might seem like an unnecessarily long note just for a N60k loan….I just hope you’ll not repeat some of the mistakes many – myself included – have made (and are still making).

Please feel free to air your views on scenarios when you feel someone should seek for a loan to start a business (not just photography).

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Somebody LIED


Somebody lied when they said the road to success was easy and smooth. Somebody lied when they said everybody in Lagos was eating good food. Somebody lied when they said serving under someone was easy. Somebody lied when they said working for rich clients was the best because they know your worth but the truth be told, you sometimes aren’t treated differently from their house maid.

It’s a big lie when people say making money in life is what makes you a man. I’m sorry, somebody lied. It’s also a painful lie when they say fame is what you need to be successful, but I tell you my friend it still doesn’t stop there. Because human beings are never satisfied except you have God in your life.

Somebody lied when they told you it was easy tolerating people’s behavior and their flaws. It’s not easy putting up with my partners flaws I tell you. Likewise it is not easy with them putting up with mine.

Somebody lied when they told you professionals don’t get tensed up when they meet people who are “made” in the industry. Truth be told, Mr Seun was tensed.

Somebody lied when they told you ladies don’t get preferential treatment because of their weakness or something they do.

Somebody lied when they told you that you would never make a mistake in life. I made a mistake this week by keeping the token of the office account were am not supposed to.

And that is why I would say my experience last week was full of lies. Lies of trying to impress. Lies of trying to meet up with standard. Lies of trying to paint the toilet all because of a celebrity. Lies of trying to re-arrange every where all because we had a special client. Lies of trying to make sure that everywhere was properly kept. Lies of believing that our celebrity guest was different from us..like he does not laugh,
like he wears something different from what we wear..like he his an angel full of a white regalia. Only for me to discover that what makes him different was just the ice and the prince. If you do remove that he his just Panshak Zamani.

Although I had to also lie too by making him feel I was a die hard fan of him, especially wen I was called upon to play something that will inspire him to take a pose. Suddenly I discovered that I had almost all his latest track. Surprisingly to me, he makes millions of people dance through his songs but he could not inspire himself to pose well. This made me realize that he was human and that no man is an island.

While taking those poses something struck me, which was Ice not being himself. He wanted to be himself but voices everywhere would not allow him. Was it from the stylist, who felt he knew everything or from the clients who felt they paid him (Ice Prince) for this.

It was fun though because Ice eventually enjoyed himself and made me realize what it means to be a superstar. Baba God please make me a brand and not just a superstar, I pray.

I end my note by saying the journey of photography has so many challenges. Somebody lied when they told me it was all about the camera and taking nice pictures. It’s all about the people you are going to come across with as a result of what you do.

I am Obaloluwa Omole and my journey in becoming one of the best photographer in the world continues as my experiences at eloPhotos Academy refines me.

The ICE PRINCE Euphoria


The week started on a Wednesday because Monday and Tuesday was declared a public holiday. And from the information I got, there’s no holiday for eloPhotos interns. Fortunately, we had one so we could rest in order to prepare for the shot which we would have during the week.

The preparation started on Wednesday, which wasn’t a one day preparation. The moving around, getting things in place helped me a lot. It taught me to be timely and gave me a little insight on how to work under pressure. There were things we had to get, there were also places we had to renovate, things we needed to fix, all these I took as learning. I didn’t take it as work because I enjoyed every bit of it with all sincerity of the heart especially when I had to go get some things for the photoshoot ,I got to places I didn’t think in my mind I’ll get to. I took all as a learning process. Being an trainee at eloPhotos takes a lot of commitment and if you can’t meet up, too bad because plenty doors can be opened if you’re 99.9% committed to what you’re doing or what you want to do.

Final preparations took place Thursday afternoon which I must say was a relief for most of us because it was not an easy task. Most of us couldn’t wait for the session even though it wasn’t any of us that were going to take the pictures. Yet still the excitement was there.

The D-DAY Friday came so fast. We had to do some final checks as I fantasized and looked forward to the arrival of the client called Ice Prince. We were all tensed, even our boss who was going to take the picture was tensed but he tried to keep it inside…lol!

The stylist arrived on the location first, followed by some of Ice’s friends then the Prince himself who was looking chilled if I may use the word . All went well, everyone was happy, jokes were said and laughter filled everywhere. All in all, the week was great!!

My name is Pelumi Shokanbi & I’m a world-class professional photographer in the making. Watch out for me.

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The FIRST & LAST Rule @ eloPhotos Academy


Who would have thought about it, that the first set of rules you have to accomplish at eloPhotos Academy is to read two books in your first month as an intern? It even got to a time that the subject on how mandatory these books must be read came up almost every time in our Monday meetings. These two books as I would also recommend to anyone reading this article are: ‘How to win friends and Influence people’ and ‘You can negotiate anything,’ by Dale Carnegie and Herb Cohen respectively.

One spectacular thing I discovered is the way I started seeing the other side to people management. Frankly, I must admit that I needed to work on my people skills and communication; it was while reading the first book that I realized a lot of things and why some of my friendship with people has not been working smoothly.

But come to think of it, why is this reading of books so important? And why is it that other photography academies don’t have the reading culture? I would go with the saying that, “readers are leaders”. The first thing that would attract a book lover to eloPhotos, are the sea of books at your disposal. The more you read, the more you develop and unlock some secret about the world of digital photography.

The academy has given me so much opportunity to rub minds with great photographers who have won awards and traveled the whole world photographing people, places and events.

Take for instance, my new found mentor, a photographer who has documented 4000 weddings as at the time of writing his book. He opened my eyes to see a new world of digital photography just by reading the first two chapters of his book. I couldn’t stop reading the book after discovering so much I needed to learn from this author and my mentor. He addressed a lot of issues we take for granted as photographers. He has gathered so much experience that it was as if a grandfather was sharing a tale of history to his grandson. That was the experience I had with this author. And am sure they are many more of such wonderful books at my disposal at eloPhotos Academy.

Another strong point about books is that it set you off at an edge over the average photographer. My first experience about panning a camera to give a still effect from a moving object was learnt from a book and I took out the camera to practice what I just read. I didn’t get it initially but after some trails and persistence, I was like whaoo! I was doing magic with the camera.

My name is Olayiwola Olaide & I strongly believe I’m on the right path of learning and mentoring at eloPhotos. I look forward to more wonderful experiences.

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The ICED Friendship & the PRINCE’S Photoshoot


“Pelumi, you will be going to Ogba to print out complimentary cards, Emmanuel and Mr. Olaide will be painting the toilet, Kayode will go to Ikeja to get a back drop, Basirat go and withdraw and transfer money to pay some of our creditors.” These were duties assigned to us by Mr. Seun Akisanmi for the preparation of a celebrity photo-shoot. The mood and expectations of everyone during the week was high as we were all looking forward to meeting the celebrity called Ice Prince.

Each day of the week was spent doing one chore or the other as a good impression to be made in order to increase patronization.
Amidst all these preparation brought a huge disagreement between me and a close friend at work. It was a little issue that became a big issue which led to us ignoring each other for a while all because we were yet to fully understand each other’s attitude.

Personally I tend to wonder the kind of person I have become of late which is quite different from the way I was but I got a reality check from a colleague whom we were often paired together later and I realized that accepting people for who they are is the best way to live peacefully. I blamed myself for whatever happened that led to the disagreement because the later is too much of a jovial person to get pissed at. I eventually called him and apologized which he also reciprocated.

So the week ended with the anticipated photo-shoot which occurred both at the studio and Weston hotel in Ikeja. The studio was already set before the arrival of the celebrity and a mini shoot was done as practice to ensure the capture of very good images and it was during this point I discovered I still have a long a way to go because Mr. Seun and his Assistance Dr. Femi Adewuyi were trying effortlessly to ensure they get the perfect light for the shoot.

The celebrity arrived late and immediately the atmosphere changed. Every trainee was eager to know what was happening at the studio as it was filled with the celebrities’ convoy but with all that we were all able to see the celebrity before he departed for the next shooting spot.

I was never a huge fan but just wanted to experience how a photo-shoot with a celebrity occurs and fortunately I was lucky to ask first to tag along with the crew on their trip to the next site for the shoot which was at Weston hotel. A room and a bar were used as a set for the shoot which went well asides from a slight hitch due to the imaginary demands of the stylist but was easily solved with patience on the side of Mr. Seun.

I was able to get some behind the scene shots of the entire crew during the shoot and felt good about it even if they weren’t perfect enough images.

My name is Ajagbe Basirat and I’m on journey to become the best professional female photographer I can be. Here are a few pictures I took during the last 7 days.

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From: <lanre.ajagbe@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 19:42:39 +0000
To: info@elophotos.com<info@elophotos.com>
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THE ICED FRIENDSHIP AND THE PRINCE’S PHOTOSHOOT

Pelumi you will be going to Ogba to print out complimentary cards, Emmanuel and Mr. Olaide will be painting the toilet, Kayode will go to Ikeja to get a back drop, Basirat go and withdraw and transfer money to this account, these were duties assigned to us by Mr. Seun for the preparation of a celebrity photo-shoot. The mood and expectations of everyone during the week was high as we were all looking forward to meeting the “celebrity”. Each day of the week was spent doing one chores or the other as a good impression to be made in order to increase patronization.

Amidst all these preparation brought a huge disagreement between me and a close friend at work. It was a little issue that became a big issue which led to us ignoring each other for a while all because we were yet to fully understand each other’s attitude. Personally I tend to wonder the kind of person I have become of late which is quite different from the way I was but I got a reality check from a colleague whom we were often paired together later and I realised that accepting people for who they are is the best way to live peacefully. I blamed myself for whatever happened that led to the disagreement because the later is too much of a jovial person to get pissed at, I gave him a call and apologized which he also reciprocated.

So the week ended with the anticipated photo-shoot which occurred both at the studio and Weston hotel in Ikeja. The studio was already set before the arrival of the celebrity and a mini shoot was done as practice to ensure the capture of very good images and it was during this point I discovered I still have a long a way to go because Mr. Seun and his Assistance for the shoot Dr. Femi were trying effortlessly to ensure they get the perfect light for the shoot. The celebrity arrived late and immediately the atmosphere changed, every trainee was eager to know what was happening at the studio as it was filled with the celebrities’ convoy, but with all that we were all able to see the celebrity before he departed for the next shooting spot.

I was never a huge fan but just wanted to experience how a photo-shoot with a celebrity occurs and fortunately I was lucky to ask first to tag along with the crew on their trip to the next site for the shoot which was at Weston hotel. A room and a bar were used as a set for the shoot which went well asides from a slight hitch due to the imaginary demands of the stylist but was easily solved with patience on the side of Mr. Seun. I was able to get some behind the scene shots of the entire crew during the shoot and felt good about it even if they weren’t perfect enough images.