Dear Kaduna Photographers….


Dear Kaduna Photographers,

Today’s scheduled workshop had to be cancelled  because we had an issue with the leadership of the photographers’ association over there.

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Apparently they want us to settle them before we can hold a workshop there and are upset that we didn’t consult them before deciding to advertise the workshop. Although their argument that we’re committing a crime by planning to defraud photographers of their hard-earned N2k is borne out of ignorance of what we’re trying to achieve in the photography industry.

Consequently they’ve threatened to do whatever it will take to disrupt the workshop & I personally don’t have the energy at this point to face them knowing that I’ll be travelling by road to reach Kaduna (from Jos). If you’re a member of such an association that fights back at a good thing coming their way, please reconsider your reasons for joining as this will inadvertently result in the dwarfing of your photography career.

For those that are ignorant of the law, you’re only mandated to join an association if your photography business is NOT registered with the government (via Corporate Affairs Commission). And even if that is the only association that exists, you have the government’s permission to start another association that will be beneficial to the group of photographers that want to move forward in their careers. I wish you the best in your photography endeavours & pray that mindsets of people that think that my presence in Kaduna (or any other city) is a threat to their “territory” will eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you happen to change your mind before the forthcoming Nigeria Photography Expo and Conference 2015 (which holds from June 13 to 15 in Abuja), I will personally make sure you get a a few complimentary tickets to attend some of the classes. Visit www.niphec.com/seminars for registration details.

To the leadership of the photography association, thanks for saving me the stress,  time &  money of getting to Kaduna. The rewarder of man will bless all our efforts. Let me go back to my comfortable bed and rest awhile, for there are 6 more photography territories to be conquered.

Port Harcourt, here I come.

Photographically yours,
Seun Akisanmi, for #NiPHEC2015

The 9-cities Photography Workshop Tour Begins…


We’re gearing up for the 9-city workshop tour teaching on

“OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF RUNNING A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS”.

The photography industry in Nigeria is on the verge of a BOOM. Positioning your photography business rightly (irregardless of your current challenges) will help you maximize the benefits that are ahead. Join us in any of the cities listed below and be part of the photography brands that will remain relevant come 2025 & beyond. We’re excitedly looking forward to meeting you. Workshop time for all locations: 9am – 1pm.

April 22: Abuja
IHVN Training Room, 1st Floor, Millennium Builders Plaza(Old Nitel Building). Plot 251 Herbert Macauly Way, Almost opposite NNPC Towers. CBD Abuja

April 24: Jos
To be announced

April 27: Kaduna
Mediatrix
NNPC 1st Gate

April 29: Port Harcourt
Photostation Studio, No 60 Old Refinery Road Elelenwo

May 1: Lagos
eloPhotos Studio, 12b fagba crescent, off acme rd, agidingbi Ikeja

May 4: Ibadan
No 20, Awolowo Avenue, Old Bodija, Ibadan

May 6: Illorin
Yemi Ajala Studios, No 26, Eastern Reservoir Road, Tanke, Ilorin

May 8: Warri
STUDIOREFOCUS, shop G8 CK Value Plaza, Opposite Permanent Camp, by Police Post Orhuworun-Dsc, Warri.

May 11: Enugu
To be announced

Once payment of N2,000 has been made into Diamond Bank account number 0060967085 (Nigeria Photography Expo & Conference Enterprises), send an email with your full name & teller number or transaction id.

For further inquiries, send a mail to register@elophotos.com or call Jide (0808 839 8029) or  Femi (0703 334 3250)

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Overcoming the Challenges of Running a Photography Business


Quite a number of photographers in business are presently experiencing challenges that they never envisaged when they started. I’ve had my share of challenges also in my few years of being in the industry. I’ve overcome a number of them and still presently battling with some. Because learning from others experiences is one sure way to reduce the possibility of repeating the same mistakes they made,  we decided to take this workshop to 9 cities.

For a token of N2k, join us in a city near you as we discuss on how to overcome challenges in business as a photographer. Make payment into our Diamond Bank account to secure your seat (Nigeria Photography Expo and Conference Enterprises: 0060967085). Send payment details and full name to register@elophotos.com. Please note that no registration would be done at the venue and registration closes 3 days before the workshop date. Workshop time is 9am – 1pm. For more enquiries, call us on 0808 839 8029 or send us a mail at register@elophotos.com

Abuja: April 22
Jos: April 24
Kaduna: April 27
Port Harcourt: April 29
Lagos: May 1
Ibadan: May 4
Illorin: May 6
Warri: May 8
Enugu: May 11

Kindly help spread the word to colleagues or people you think would be interested. Feel free to download & use the following graphics for the one happening in your city.

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Vacancy @ eloPhotos: MARKETING MANAGER


With over 9 years in the photography industry, eloPhotos is one of the biggest photography business brands in West-Africa. The company has been directly responsible for birthing other subsidiaries that have equally played crucial roles in the photography industry. Nigeria Photography Expo & Conference (NiPHEC), eloPhotos Academy, Seun Akisanmi Studios, Elopublishing Enterprises & the Gospel of Photography are brands that have come out of eloPhotos Studios.

Today, eloPhotos is rapidly evolving into an organisation that plays a strategic & significant leadership role in Africa’s photography industry. When photography-related stories are told in the year 2025, we strongly believe that eloPhotos would have been instrumental in impacting the lives & businesses of millions of people.

To this end, we seek to bring on board the services of a Marketing Manager who will be a team player in helping to achieve the company’s short to long-term goals.

Location: Ikeja, Lagos (Nigeria)

JOB DESCRIPTION
    Successful candidate will plan and lead the execution of marketing activities for strategic photography-related subsidiaries of eloPhotos Studios. Execution will meet corporate, and brand/business/subsidiary unit objectives. 
    Work with the CEO in suggesting new concepts and creating strategies for the photography products/services lineup based on analytically derived conclusions about the photography market, customers and/or competitive positioning. 
    Prepare a 3, 6 and 12 month marketing plan including rolling 13 week execution plan. Manage the productivity of the marketing plans to ensure maximum return on investment. 
    Demonstrate a high aptitude for developing relationships with customers and service providers & managing marketing activities within a cross functional environment. Excellent customer insight and relationship skills, combined with high energy will be a highly critical key to success. 
    Drive awareness and positive perception of all eloPhotos-related brands  into the defined markets. Implement the overall brand strategy, brand re-positioning, marketing of new products and overseeing the implementation of all communication and brand materials. 
    Plan and oversee the advertising and promotion activities including media, print, electronic, and direct mail. Drive fact-based and data-driven activities that will result in corresponding increase in sales. Ensure all marketing activities are executed within the prescribed timelines. 
    Work closely with peers/colleagues within the eloPhotos group of companies to achieve corporate marketing goals.

Job/Position Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree in marketing or business management (or business-related discipline), and 5-7 years (minimum) related marketing experience.
Experience in a service-oriented industry or a multinational company will be a plus. 
Understanding of brand strategy and its relationship to the overall customer experience is essential. 
Appreciation & basic understanding of the photography industry is a must. 
Proven track record with driving campaigns & meeting (& exceeding) financial marketing targets. Experience with a variety of consumer-oriented marketing channels (direct mail, print advertising, etc).
Must have the ability to market “water” to a “fish”. 
Must uncompromisingly imbibe the values that represent the “eloPhotos” BRAND: Excellence, Timeliness, Integrity, Creativity, & Professionalism.
Experience of coordination of multiple photography-related brands is highly desirable.
Ability to drive sales with creative marketing ideas and strategies
Strong Analytical abilities and project management skills.
Confident and dynamic personality.
Strong creative outlook.

Personal Attributes
    Strong Business and Process orientation 
    Result-oriented 
    A strong reputation for good character & unwavering integrity. 
    Strong negotiation skills 
    Self-motivated with ability to take initiatives
    Ability to work both independently and as part of a team 
    Excellent communication & writing skills
    Ability to travel within the country on short notice.
    Ability to retain a smiling face after reading through this short epistle.
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If you’ve read the last 400+ words in a heartbeat and feel strongly that you are the one we’ve been looking for, send us an application with your C.V. attached to careers@elophotos.com
Application deadline is April 23, 2015. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Feel free to share this to your network of friends that you think might be interested.