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>
ReplyTo: Lanre Ajagbe <lanre.ajagbe@yahoo.com>

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.