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.