LOVE’S ENTHUSIASM


​There’s a rumble in my tummy but it’s not hunger pangs neither is it dysmenorrhea or constipation; I’m falling in love. I can’t seem to fathom how and when this happened, he’s got me drawn to his personality; every day and every time I try to get an understanding of who he is, I get drawn to him further. I understand better what Sinach meant when she sang “the more I know you, the more I want to know you”. I can hardly sleep these days, I’m either pondering on what I just found out about my love or trying to find out more; it’s like he follows me everywhere I go because even while I’m walking, talking, eating, boarding a bus I keep seeing him around. I find him so irresistible and I can’t stand it anymore. I’ve found some people that are experienced in this kind of love affairs, they are training me on how to love him better and maximize this love to yield pleasant results. There are also lots of people who having been through this kind of love took the initiative of writing their experiences both good and bad to the benefit of upcoming lovers like myself, I’m trying to exploit that as well.

My love life is quite complicated like a few other love affairs in our society, I get to sacrifice a few things to satisfy my lover like my four month old job, a few meals, my sleep and most of all my laziness but my dear lover is also enduring and patient with me to learn to love him at my own pace, the opportunity to love him is one of the sweetest things that has ever happened to me and he has enough room for my many flaws and even when I feel stupid, inferior and unworthy, he has a way of encouraging me to keep on.

My love is very vast and it seems I can’t comprehend him but he knows I can be versatile if I want but he’d be glad if I could just love him in my own way be it wide-angled or otherwise as long as I can focus and compose. He says I should use the right speed to allow just enough illumination so I don’t get under-exposed or super-exposed results. As expensive as my love’s family may be to maintain, they are the most accommodating and friendly I’ve met lately; because of their luxurious nature my parents had not supported my decision at first but after much persuasion and my determination I succeeded in acquiring their support to a reasonable extent.

He tends to improve himself always so I don’t get bored of doing the same thing all the time, lately he told me that he could make me see things in 360o, I thought that’d be creepy would I have to turn my head all 360o as well. He told not to worry that I’d be pleased with the results and viola just the way he said it, it happened. All I have to do is chose what I want to see per time. In essence I have control of what I’m seeing. I’m not that perfect, I’m surely not to going to doubt the love he reciprocates towards me anymore, though it may seem difficult anytime I try understanding him.

He’s told me I can use him to influence my world and that’s just superb, all I need do is make him  understand what he has to do and with my creativity and skill we can positively influence the world we found ourselves in. I’m super excited about my new love and even though it took a while for me to break up with my first love, I’ve not regretted anything so far.

My name is Enor Izomor and I love PHOTOGRAPHY so much. Proudly a Nigerian Female Photography intern at Elophotos Academy.

LOVE Learnt 


I hate complicated life, so I had avoided and overlooked so many things that could affect the kind of state of mind I wanted for myself. In my mind I had thought love is a very easy thing until something happened recently.

It was Dad’s 60th, so I mentioned it to boss because I had to take one of his lenses. Then he said, “why don’t we organise a portrait session for him instead?” Wow! That would be nice, I muttered and that was it. I gladly informed the subject the next day and even made suggestion on attires to wear.

But few minutes later, something terrible (that is what I termed it) happened that I could not even forget in days. I was so pissed that I wished i would not have the photo session again, he does not deserve it anymore.

“How can he utter such words? How would he, instead of taking responsibility, push blame on me? Is it because I am still here?…. I boiled. Quickly I went into my room, scribbled on a paper some words to counter what he said and placed it on the wall. My face wore the anger, I would not even bulge talking at anyone that steps on my toes afterwards, I apparently could not suppress or overlook this as I previously would. I resorted to asking God to help me because as my mood was, I was going to cancel the photoshoot ifo boss was not aware in the first instance.

I took my bible to read afterwards and it was love I was reading about. I took a deep sigh, What have I been doing to myself? I was not totally calm still until I got to Church the next day.

Everything that was said in church that very day revolved around Love. This again! Then I was reminded that love is a command, not an admonition and the test of Love (in its real sense) is when its not reciprocated. Ofcourse I knew this before now, but I lost it at the point of hurt and anger, I wondered what it would have been like at Jesus’ time of hurt and pain. His was the height of it, death. I gathered myself together and decided not to talk or think about it anymore, the more I did, it keeps escalated in my mind. I was done and back to my normal self.

The day of the shoot came and we all had a nice time. I particularly did because of first, what I had gone through, and secondly, what unique thing I achieved that day, “bond.” Its been a while!

And then I appreciated photography more. The atmosphere it created was premium for me. This is more like what I love to do, putting smiles on people’s face, enhancing family bond, bringing out the real you.

Photography is Love. I love “Love,” I love “Photography.” It takes selflessness and patience to master both.

My name is Mosopefoluwa.

Life Lessons from Village Ants


As it has recently been my newly developed hobby, I found myself in a remote village in Ogun state on what will turn out to be my 6th trip in 10 months. The trip would eventually turn out to be an inspirational climax. The day was September 4, 2015. Time stamp: 2pm. I was bent on following the instructions outlined in Proverbs 6:6. Although I would not consider myself to be in the class of a "sluggard," I decided to go to the ants for meditation that would hopefully result in gained wisdom. And boy, did I get wisdom.

Firstly, I was intrigued by the level of team effort that was demonstrated amongst them. They seemed to be in a hurry gathering food stuffs for their store house. It was as if they knew that there will soon come a season wherein there won’t be any food. They sensed that their survival in the "drought" season will be dependent on the amount they had gathered & saved.

Secondly, I noticed that they made sure that no injured ant was left behind. It was interesting seeing how some ants will sometimes drop the food stuff they were carrying just to help carry an injured ant to a safe haven. Sometimes 3-5 ants would carry one ant that seemed lifeless. I thought that was magnanimously sacrificial. What a large-hearted action coming from a tiny creature.

Thirdly, I noticed their reactions whenever the harsh sun seemed to shine in its fullness whenever a cloud disappeared. They would wait in a shade till the heat of the sun passed. They will wait till a cloud reduced the sun intensity. And then they would troop out once the conditions was better. Their job descriptions still intact. It happened at least 3 times within a span of 60 seconds. Whatever the condition of the environment, they seemed not to be deterred in their goals.

Lastly, I realized that whenever there seemed to be an outside or abnormal interference with their daily routine, they would create new routes. Sometimes, I would deliberately disrupt their food route. I would wait for about 2 minutes and then would be surprised when I discovered that they had "created" another route – sometimes deeper underground – and their journey continued. They were relentless. Nothing seemed to stop them. Not a witch from the village, not a government policy, not an act of God. They would ALWAYS find another way to achieve their goal. I thought that was unbelievably incredible considering their size.

After spending approximately 20 minutes studying the 1cm creatures, I learnt many more lessons that made me realize the wisdom in the book of Proverbs that admonished us to study their way.

My 2015 has been incredibly laden with "excitements" in different ways. The sun seemed to have shown on my pathway harshly, the emotional "injuries" I have endured seemed to have left me forsaken, my vocabulary of words like FRIENDSHIP & SUCCESS have been dramatically redefined…… And yet still I stand to witness the end of a year that had made me stronger & hopefully wiser. I have decided that friends like RELENTLESS, PERSISTENT, & VISION are crucial for my journey into 2016.

Whatever the new year brings, I will handle successfully by God’s grace. If I fall 28 times, I will rise up 28 times to continue my journey. Things might be tougher, but I’ll come out stronger. For if the Ants in the village could have enough sense & wisdom to take on the challenges they endure everyday (mostly without the knowledge of the average human) and still come out triumphant, who am I whose potentials are more than theirs not to make it.

Here’s to wishing you a wonderful adventure in the coming year. At the end of the day, ALL WILL BE WELL if we don’t RELENT.

The journey towards success


This week had been a starting point to building my success but as we all know, the word “SUCCESS” doesn’t come so easy; meaning that we’ve got to give it whatever it takes as there is no short-cut to success but hard work. Choosing from the days of the week as a special and wonderful day for me was “THURSDAY”…wow! Why Thursday? That’s a question you would want to ask me and I will like to let you know I chose that cos of the great things that was wrapped in it. I wouldn’t want to say the rest of the days were not good to me cos I’ve got the help of my colleagues in the academy helping in one way or the other not making me feel as if am new into the world of photography but, the reason why its Thursday was that eloPhotos gave us the opportunity to meet the man called Shola Animashaun, the man behind Shola Animashaun photography and sincerely almost everything changed for me cos he is this cute man who spent the whole of his time to explain not just about photography but the art and business of photography to us in general and at this point I began to feel a change in me, standing right in front of him I can hear that call in me saying “O BOI U FIT DO AM O” (literally meaning; bro, you could also do this thing) and from there I had it in me that I’m gonna make it big through photography….

Hope to have a good report to file against coming week in which I believe that will really help me in focusing more.

Thanks.

Adeyemi cole

 

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A STEP FURTHER


With about twenty-six weeks of intensive photography training programme at eloPhotos, one would at first wonder, why the training of “just” photography could take that so long to learn. As an intern, and resuming daily at the academy by 8:00am and closing by 5:00am, it depicts that it is not just photography but the comprehensive “art” of photography that is learnt. Well, it has been a worthwhile experience that one may not even quantify the value of the training and experience acquired. Some questions crossed my mind;

Is it the studio’s strategic location?

The huge numbers of articles posted on the website?

Or the numbers of photographers the Director has discovered, trained and influenced within the relatively short time of establishing eloPhotos that makes the academy stand out?

I can conclude with my little knowledge that it is far more than that.

Initially, writing a weekly report was challenging for me; it has to be a detailed knowledge of personal growth in the academy. This, I described as “a-long-thing” for me. Although, writing is a skill I enjoyed doing overtime, I had to ask myself some few questions to be assured whether I will be able to soar in this feat. Also, reading and adhering to the comprehensive guiding rules of the academy at first seemed overwhelming; it looks as if it was a “25-page contract of life”

Interestingly, I remembered the battle within my mind I encountered when I was concluding on embarking on studying photography; choosing photography as a tool to achieving being a Diplomat. It was indeed one of the toughest seasons in my life. With the underlining vision to positively impact the youth, children and indigents in the Sub-Sahara Africa with my research and development, and in order to attract international aides, I see photography as a vanguard and as a channel to creatively express my vision. Actually, appreciating and analyzing pictures has been my utmost concern any time I come across with any image in time past, I never gave it a second thought that photography could be one of the powerful channels to attain and attract public and international affairs. I always believed that taking pictures is just a transient event, and that a photographer’s job ends immediately he fires his shots. Wow! Treading on this path of training has widened my horizon in a great deal.

Knowledge is power, they say.  I imagine how, to an extent I had undermined the phone cameras I use to take pictures. Well, I just take pictures which I assume they are relatively good based on my limited knowledge. With capturing memories, one can creatively give accounts of impactful stories around them. Oh! I wonder why the profession of photography has not been given a complete attention in this part of the world. Although, there has been a gradual mental shift, there are still far more part to be covered in photography.

Consequently, as my voyage at eloPhotos academy ends, I cannot but express my appreciation to my mentor in photography, Mr. Seun Akisanmi. Some of our so-called leaders are not worthy to be followed. They find ways to hide their achievement tips from the young and up-coming. They have forgotten that no one is an Island of knowledge. This cool-headed man is an exception. Far beyond making profit, Mr. Seun envisions to grow a generation of professional photographers, by investing in them his self-taught knowledge in photography.

To this end, there has been a paradigm shift within me within the 6 months training programme. The business of photography cannot be overemphasized. Also, the art of photography needs to be thoroughly learnt. The exposure to the basic training and practical gives me, at least the directions not to head. The different aspects of photography make the work well specified. It was as if the training should continue for me but I have to move on-up. From the getting of the brief, interpreting it, clicking of the shutter button, adjusting the 3 exposure triangles and some other settings, enhancing the pictures with some certain softwares, going to the print lab, and to the delivering the job to the client; putting in mind that the client’s satisfaction is a major determinant to a great job, photography is indeed far more than what it is popularly defined.

Drawing with light! The business is definitely far more than drawing but relating and networking because business depends on human beings and human beings is dependent on relationships. These are one of the keys of business I learnt from this academy. I would also confess slightly that giving me the privilege of liaising with the facilitators at NiPHEC 2015; thanks to Mr. Seun, it changes my perception as regards relationship. It can never be bought at a price. It was initially a challenge; to communicate with the big wigs in this industry! I thought it shouldn’t be me. Eventually, it was a good platform for me, though with few itches.

Looking ahead to fulfilling a career being a Diplomat with the tool of photography, and with an edge of starting on a right foot by learning from a professional, I am convinced that driving through the pathway of achieving my dream will not be clueless. Although, the training ends, it shall be a continuous learning and adding value to people.  This is why Diplomat Photography envisions to be involved in Documentary photography and the vision is “putting smiles on people’s face”.

 

Jide Jokodola

 

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10 Players; One goal!


“Pheeeew!”
That was the sound of the referee’s whistle which signified the beginning of the match. In no time, the game began! There was so much noise from the team hailing the team F. looks so much like team M didn’t have much supporters on the field of play. With so much skill and teamwork, the players from team F passed the ball to each other. She exhibited so much dexterity in handling the soccer ball on the 105 by 68 meter – field. T passed to A, after which A to M. M approached the goal post with eyes that said “This is mine!” She swung her hands high in the air and then….
I yawned noisily. I guess it was just one of my so called naughty dreams.
Of course, what were you expecting? I ain’t no fan of football but this was more than a football match. When you see 10married women come together to form a team towards a cause then you know that this is more than a football match.
Ever since late July, Mr. Seun Akisanmi had always told us about a group of women who were planning a surprise party for their husbands which they tagged “Husbands day”. I thought it was more of a ladies joke sort of until I got to meet two of them some weeks back. Listening to them talk about their various experiences in their marriage made me get goose bumps about the whole marriage thingy. The previous week was the time we got to conclude the various sessions with the remaining 8 women in the group of 10 as the event was scheduled to hold on Saturday.
Diplomatic, you might call them; but that’s what they are. A team of women that know what they want and know the right way to go about accomplishing it. A few lessons I learnt from the experience with them as I knew that implementing them in my life as a whole would go a long way in creating the better me.
In a brief, I learnt the importance of teamwork, appreciation, associations, goal setting and togetherness.
So she passed the ball to Player A and Player A skilfully approached the goal post. The goalkeeper was looking tensed already. It was looking like magic. How the women seems to proficiently handle the ball against his team dazed him. In a few seconds, she was right in front of him. He blinked his eyes, cleaned the beads of sweat which had adorned his face and in a twinkle of the eye, the ball had found its way into the goalpost. The whole field was ablaze with shouts of joy. All the members and fans of Team F couldn’t contain their joy; they ran all over the filled with chants of praise for team F. Team F had scored against Team M. Then, the strangest thing happened, both members of the different teams hugged themselves as a measure of appreciation of the amount of work done from both teams. Well, I hope you understand… I can be weird at times.
I am Boluwatife Akindele and I am a photographer!

Please play your part


Who says the only thing we do at Elophotos academy is work, work and work? Of course not! If it were, we would all be dull by now because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. One of those ways we chill off is seeing movies and not just for the fun of it but also for the learning part of it.
Last week was movie time again and we all agreed to watch the new movie Dry; written, produced and directed by Stephanie Linus. Yeah, like you too am not a fan of those crappy Nollywood films, but I must let you know producers like Stephanie, Kunle Afolayan and a couple of others are changing the game and I think we need to encourage and support our own. For someone like me who is not a fan of Hollywood’s film tricks, animation and high end video effects; whenever I have the opportunity of seeing good stuff from Nigeria I grab it. I believe movies are (and should be used as) a tool for social change. Films are to entertain, educate, correct and shape the mind of the populace in the right frame.
With veteran actors and actresses like Liz Benson, Olu Jacobs, Hauwa Maina, Rekiya Attan, Hakeem Hassan, Tijani Faraga, Raham Hassan and an hilarious comic role played by ‘klint the drunk’, DRY addressed and brought to the surface various issues daring us to the face as a nation which we swept under the carpet as if nothing is wrong. It beckons on the government to wake up from this sleep of corruption to its responsibilities, to equip our primary health centres, and save our teenage girls from early marriage. The movie also challenged some mundane cultural beliefs passed across to us and upheld by some due to selfish motives and ignorance.
After watching the movie, I suddenly realized how urgent it is to start playing our parts in making sure that our country changes. My eyes were widely opened to the fact that delaying a little longer could cost a life; and maybe a life of someone very close which might cause a lifetime pain knowing that it was a death you could have averted.
Stephanie has done well to play her own part through her film, what is yours? Please start playing it because I might be the next victim to need it.

Toye Peters

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Fear!


In life, there are so many things to fear as humans. Sometimes fear of failing, fear of losing, fear of the unknown and probably, fear of uncertainty.  There is nothing wrong in being afraid, but it becomes a problem when you are unable to overcome your fears. 
Know this; every human being is a born champion. It however depends on how much u can confront your fears and how best u can maximize your potentials. Nothing is wrong in being afraid because you are a champion and you will always remain one. When you fail and fall, you don’t have to sit in it, get up because you still got more left in you to last you another trial. That you failed does not mean you should settle in pain or in agony… All you have to know is that there is something in you that needs to be let out. If you really think you are a champion, then you don’t have to retire, because champions don’t quit instead they keep giving whatever has brought them down a trial till they become champion of champions.
You are what you think you are and you will always be what you think you will be, when you fail, it does not mean you are a failure instead it only tells you your best is not enough, so you need to put in your best. No matter what, always be a goal getter, because it takes time to be a winner. Always put this in mind that you have failed doesn’t matter, but what matters most is failing to rise again to achieve your aim. In your struggle in life towards achieving your aim, even as a born champion, you need to believe in yourself, trust your ability, dream your goals, live your goals, fulfil your goals and failure becomes your greatest impossibility. Remember the key to overcoming your biggest fears is to look it in the eye and confront it. Don’t be scared of letting go my friend, let the pains go away so that all your dreams would be a reality… It takes leaving your hurt or pain to realize that you lost something and you need to let go and forge ahead.
Most people find it difficult to realize what they have lost because they still live in the pain of the past. It takes leaving your pain to forge ahead with life.  Therefore, if you are still living in your pain, then you can’t leave your pain and so u are tied to the strings of whatever brings u pain and moving forward seems so bleak and rather impossible..

My name is Emmanuel Obaloluwa Omole and I am a photographer

A bucket or a pipeline


What’s the wisest thing to do to make sure you never run out of water in your house?

Will you haul buckets as you need water, or have a pipeline system that connects your house to the water source?

This simple analogy, if well thought about, is enough for us to comprehend the basics of personal finance. Money they say doesn’t come with a user manual. In the modern world, almost everything rests on money. It is the most-spoken language of exchange and transaction. More than this, money is the wlanguage of comfort and luxury that man craves for. Thinking of water as money, who will have more between the one who has to go out to get a fixed pay every time? Or the one has built a system (a business, investment, e.t.c.). A question we can also ask here is;

Where is money?

Or should I say, where does money reside?
In the Bank?

Maybe, but not totally.

Money actually resides with people. The more people we can meet their wants or needs, the more
money we have. Getting the water into your house using a pipeline system is no joke; it requires hard work, a lot of time, and patience. Unlike, hauling buckets to the stream, when you can just take some kegs or buckets and you have water for some time before fetching another. So is money, building a business or investment is no child’s play, it requires more hard work than to be fixedly paid 12 times a year. The day you are not fetching is the day you are not taking your bath. So the times you don’t work, are times you don’t have money.

Hauling buckets or building a pipeline is a story I first read in one of Robert Kiyosaki’s book; Cashflow Quadrant. It’s a story of a village in need of easily accessible water. So they sought for people who will help supply water to the village. Of the bids received, Eden and Hazard were awarded the contract individually, to make supply. (I use Eden and Hazard to replace the original names used in the story, which I can’t remember presently).

Eden quickly hit the ground running. He started supply immediately. He bought buckets and would go to the river to fetch water into the village. He worked hard every day to meet demands, and was making a lot of money. He would wake up very early to make water available for morning needs and would also fetch in the evening when people would have returned from work, and would need water for domestic chores. Business was booming for Eden. Soon, he bought more buckets, and employed workers. He enjoyed the market alone, because Hazard was yet to start business. Although, Eden couldn’t meet daily demand totally.

Hazard was nowhere to be found. The chiefs and the villagers were worried. They had deliberately awarded the contracts to both of them, so they could enjoy maximum water supply and good pricing as a result of the competition. The village was getting worried with Eden’s monopoly.

For 6 months, Hazards was yet to start supply. Hazard had been an example of the popular quote that if given 6 hours to cut a tree, 4hours should be used to sharpen the sword. Immediately after being awarded the contract, Hazard knew what he wanted to do, and the kind of business model he wanted to run. He knew people would not only need water in the morning and evening alone but every time. He also knew they wanted clean, quality and affordable one. More so, that water should also be in abundance. He knew hauling buckets won’t get him there. So he contracted a construction company to help build a pipeline from the river to the village.

Hazard had spent the past six months sealing agreements with different partners involved with the projects including Banks, and the only thing left is consent of the village. He explained his idea to the chiefs and it enjoyed a consensus acceptance and approval. Soon, the project began.

It took another 6months before the project was completed. Hazard could then start supplying water, but he started in style. The King commissioned the project, and the first supply was made to the King’s Palace. The water was fresher, cleaner, and cheaper than Eden’s. Moreso, Hazard could supply each household its water demand for a week. Hazard’s water gained a massive market acceptability, and more than that, new business opportunities arrived. The villagers needed containers to store water, since it’s now in abundance. So, Hazard started importing plastic drums to the village, which can contain more water than traditional pots. The neighbouring villages also started demanding for Hazard’s water. This meant Hazard needed expansion.

Eden on the other hand was getting frustrated. He was losing his customers, and workers too. He tried selling at Hazard’s price, but was running at loss. The few sales he made was from people of the neighbouring village, and he knew soon, Hazard’s water would get there.

How much will be okay to cater for your needs, your wants, and that of your family. Does your work have the capability to cater for you for a long period of time, even without necessarily “working”? Understanding the pipeline principle, is key to appreciate that, to always have resources to meet our desires, there must be a pipe that connects the source and our own pockets. Usually, such pipes are businesses and investments.

Whether we haul buckets, or build a pipeline, we’ll all have money, but not in same proportion. The choice is ours to make. To need to work all the time for a fixed pay, or to make some early sacrifices, build a business or an investment portfolio, and sleep as the bank account rises. The choice again is ours, we are the CEOs of our lives.

Sodeeq Akorede.

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The 10 Commandments of a Super Sexy Smokey Eye


  As a makeup artist, I can tell you that the smokey eye is one of the easiest looks to achieve. That said, you should know that the closer your eyeshadow is to the lid, the safer you are.  Be very cautious when you are applying eyeshadow above the crease. It does require a certain amount of skill or else, you’ll end up looking like a badly battered wife but if done right, you’ll look like a super sexy goddess. You simply cannot be ignored when you wear this look.                                      

Here are the 10 commandments of the super sexy smokey eye;

1. Thou shall start with the eyes first.

2. Thou shall apply primer on the top lid, up to the crease and slightly beyond and on the bottom lid, an inch and a half.

3. Thou shall smudge in a pencil (in this case, black) onto the lid before applying eyeshadow up unto the crease.

4. Thou shall work in an intermediate colour like orange or pink (your choice really) into the crease and upward using a clean brush. A round tip blender brush would be ideal.

  
          
        
 5. Thou shall apply black eyeshadow on the bottom lid in the same progression and thou shall not be afraid to apply the shadow an inch wide and smoke liberally with your intermediate colour.

7. After thou has done your light to medium toned brows and after thou has applied foundation and powder, thou must apply a highlighter under the eyes. Thou might want to try Ben Nye’s Banana Powder.

8. Thou must contour thy face beautifully, highlight the tear ducts (the beginning of the eye, close to the nose) apply blush and then apply  bronzer on the ridge of the nose, the cheekbones and on the chin if thou has a round face.

9. Thou shall wear a light toned lipstick which may be matte or gloss (not too much gloss).

10. Finally, thou must wear false eyelashes. The longer the better.

Okay, that was fun! When you get through the ‘Thous’ and the ‘Shalls’ you should get my drift. Look how beautiful she is. You should try it. Wink*

7 DAYS


It’s just been few days since I began my internship programme at eloPhotos studios and it’s been fun, engaging, strange, lovely, eye opening, stress filled and everything you can think of. I resumed eloPhotos with just a basic idea of Photography and within one week, I can say that there has been a paradigm shift. It’s been quite tasking having to wake up as early as 4:00 am just to be able to do all that needed to be done before leaving home as well as beating the resumption time of 8:00 am. Within one week, I have become a stronger and more enlightened fellow; that I know for sure.

For me, one of my most inspiring moments was having to sit to talk with Mr. Seun or having to work on a project with him. I am always awed at the amount of wisdom he emits. You don’t need any form of meter to measure this, except of course your brain. His resource of knowledge is limitless. Sometimes, I had to steal glances and stare at him for minutes!

Each and every day of the week came with its high points and I can only thirst for more. With the creativity, life lessons and hard work one gets to encounter on an everyday basis, one might just be on his way of joining the wierdos’ club; of which Mr. Seun happens to be the chairman.

Meeting new friends and having to cope with different school of thoughts is really challenging. Different people hold different suggestions about a particular subject which in most cases might differ from how you were taught. My colleagues as well as our tutors have been helpful and encouraging. I had to spend a large part of my time having to write, think and plan. I got to learn that from Zach and Jody Gray at NiPHEC 2015. As much as that can be an excuse to be lazy, I guess I’ve chosen never to be associated with the average. That would require some hard work from my side but I’m ready to do whatever it takes to succeed in this industry – Photography. I’ve learnt to be excellence oriented; to give the best and not my best at every given task whether it is photography related or not (Well, virtually everything we do is photography related).

I also joined the eloPhotos group of those who eat “wanke” I don’t know the English name for that meal but after hearing about it over and over again, I tried my hands on it. Whether or not it was worth it, you’d get to know that in my post specially dedicated to the experience of joining the eloPhotos wanke eaters association.

Come to think of it, if you’re thinking of training at eloPhotos or you’ve made a decision to do so, please do yourself a favour by erasing impossibility from your head, mind and heart. If possible, forget the spelling of the word because it would save you so much stress on a long run because Mr. Seun would always love to tackle you and would always have his way. The last week was full of discovering many SEEMING impossibilities and breaking so many fallow grounds. With series of assignments and brain racking tasks, there was no boring time at all.

“Bingo!” The moment I’ve been waiting for. My high point this week was having to work on a frame. The most creative frame ever seen anywhere in Nigeria. I’d just have to be discrete about what I’m releasing here though but seriously, watch out for it.

So, I’d be sharing 5 life nuggets I learnt this week. Of course, you don’t have to pay for this but if you need premium life counselling and consultancy, you can contact me on 0815….. *Lol. Just joking though. Now back to our 5 life nuggets;

  1. As much as lies in your hands, do all you can do to make it to the top. When I mean all, I mean positive things. Don’t tell me you stole just because you wanted to make it to be rich
  2. Always think like there’s no box and not thinking outside the box like we’ve always heard. Dream as much as you want to achieve. The sky is a starting point.
  3. Be accountable to people. (*grins). Let someone have a track record of you. I quite have an issue with this as I tend to only let my good part out while the not too good remains between me and God. Now, that’s its out, I know I’m working on it.
  4. Effectively manage your time. Don’t let circumstances / situations use your time for you.
  5. Communicate your vision with those who you surround yourself with. When I say those you surround yourself with, I mean those who you want to run with you on that mission.

Now, that I’m through I feel like adding another one but I’m integrity inclined. I said 5, its 5.

Overall, my first week at eloPhotos is one I would tag enlightening. I really can’t wait for the next week to begin.

I am Boluwatife Akindele, and I am the photographer you all have been waiting to see.

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When Photographers meet


One of the most common things amongst us as photographers today is our hostility towards each other. When we meet at events regardless of where, when and how, it seems as though it’s so difficult for us to synergize. The hostility sometimes is not even limited to our colleagues, but to other vendors such as the videographers, the caterers, decorators, masters of ceremony, the event planners just to mention a few.

I’ve been hostile too towards some photographers on some occasions in the past; there are also some of my colleagues who have had similar experiences too and we do share our experiences. Deep inside of me, despite our argument for the justification of our attitude, I believe the reverse should be the case. We should rather have good relationships than keep unnecessary malice.

Some of the reasons I’ve observed that cause this rift are;

Photographer trying to monopolize others,

Inferiority complex of some photographers,

Intimidation by gadgets,

Physical struggle and fight, in taking pictures,

Ineffective communication,

Bad manners, and so on.

I was privileged to be part of the eloPhotos team that covered Ibrahim and Shalewa’s traditional and engagement ceremony at Ruby Garden Event Centre Lekki, Lagos. There, I had a different experience
with a colleague photographer whom we met at the groom’s house. I had been in Mr. Ibrahim’s house early, and I’d started shooting his accessories till another man arrived, introducing himself as a Jubril. Some minutes later, he started preparing his gadgets. Alas! He was a photographer, I thought I was going to be the only one.

At first, I felt threatened. But I remembered the teachings of Oluwaseun Akisanmi and Toye Peters. Mr. Seun Akisanmi will always tell us to make friends with both photographers and other vendors at events and truly, the benefits of such relationships outweigh the cost. This is one of the reasons, Seun recommends the book; How to Win Influence Friends and Influence People for every photographer to read. How well we can network with others will go a long way in affecting our business growth.

I started talking to Jubril at intervals, during the shoot, and for most times, he was reluctant to answer, probably, he was avoiding being distracted but I chose to be friendly, no matter what. We
didn’t scramble for shots, and the groom too was very cooperative. He relaxed himself for us to pose him, and switched focus gently between our lenses. After we finished, I asked Jubril if he has a ride, and if
I could go with him to the event venue.

“No problem” he replied. I had just saved myself the burden of public transport, and I also saved myself up to #500. Thinking that the relationship had ended, it hadn’t. I enjoyed another benefit later. There was an after-party when the engagement ceremony ended at around 7pm, and I was asked by the team to stay behind to cover it. Jubril too was there with his colleague, Lanre of LibranEye Photography. I took pictures and I had fun too, watching guys and ladies alternate dance-steps between the songs as played by DJ Sose. Jubril too showed his expertise on the dance-floor, and even gave me his phone, to record his dance.

At Around 10pm, my camera battery was low, and I couldn’t take pictures again. I checked the bag the team had left with me, and I couldn’t find the extra-battery I was told was there so I had to take my
leave.

“Hey Jubril! I’m leaving”.

“Oh! Why?”

“I’m out of battery.”

“Eeyah, okay. We’ll meet some other time.”

“Ehhmmm, Jubril, let me have your number.”

“Okay, 070…………” “Thank you.”

I was approaching Lekki Expressway, opposite the venue, when I heard a voice calling my name. I looked back, and it was Jubril.

“Are you in a hurry?”

“Hmmmmm, not really.”

“Where are you going to?” He asked.
“Agbado Ijaiye”.

“Okay, I’m going to Ile-Epo, and I can drop you at Abule-Egba.”

“Wow, thank you very much.”

“But just wait for me for some minutes, I’ll soon be through.”

We had a few minutes of conversation and there it was! I had just signed a deal with Mr. Jubril.

I was filled with relief inside of me.

A free-ride again to Abule Egba, where I can just take a #50 bus to final destination.

I thought to myself, if I had been hostile towards him in the morning, he
wouldn’t have shown such a kind gesture.

The benefits of making friends with our colleagues may not always come in this form, and may not even be immediate but the long and short term benefits are innumerable. Added to my contacts now are two new photographers, and whenever, we meet again, we are no more strangers

Sodeeq Akorede

17 Hours To Copy, 5 Minutes To Delete


Recently I found myself backing up some pictures from a hard drive that had started giving signs of imminent damage due to virus infection. The size of the pictures & documents that I needed to backup was about 800 gigabytes. It took me about 500 minutes to get all the data out (Yes, I was watching the time) and was glad I did in time. After repairing the drive, I proceeded to delete the extra data after I had copied it out AGAIN. That took another 500 minutes to copy out. At the end of the procedure I had spent approximately 17 hours just to copy out data. Deleting the extra backup data was another story entirely. That took just 5 minutes for the computer to delete over 800 gigabytes of data.

It was at the point of waiting for the 5 minutes of deletion to elapse that it suddenly dawned on me what happened in the Garden of Eden IN THE BEGINNING. You know the story too well. God had spent 6 days to create a beautiful world wherein He placed MAN to enjoy the fullness of it. However due to a momentary indulgence in personal adventure Adam & Eve lost their privileges in what would seem to go down as the most foolish decision man ever made. I’m guessing it took less than 5 minutes to eat the forbidden apple, sorry, FRUIT.

In a moment of revelation I could almost feel God’s frustration & man’s realization of his foolishness. All for just 5 minutes (or less) of personal indulgence in what God instructed them not to do. More importantly, I realize that its so easy for me to fault Adam or Eve for their decision instead of realizing that the story was documented for us to learn from: Creating beautiful things can be time consuming yet fulfilling while destroying the same things could take a tiny fraction of the time it took to create. For God, the creation/destruction formula was 6days:5mins. For my hard drive scenario it was 17 hours:5 minutes. For you it could be 20 years:2 minutes.

One way of the other we’re all involved in some form of creating something that is beautiful or ordained by God: career, marriage, business, relationship, etc. However all it takes is for us to become unconscious of the efforts that have been invested in time past and indulge in something that will bring everything down. That is why we’ve been instructed to FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. The longer it has taken you to build something, the more you have to loose if you FALL.

We all have our weaknesses. We all carry one cross or the other. Perhaps for Eve it was food. Perhaps not. For many men, sex is a weakness. How else will you explain the multitude of married Christian men (& women) that indulge in extramarital sexual affairs. We live in difficult times. Even more difficult for Christians currently alive. As a result of the abounding of everything evil, it seems our LOVE for God seems to be growing cold.

The 5 minutes is up. The backup data has been deleted. And suddenly I realize that’s how my reputation (if I have any) would be gone if I commit adultery. In 5 mins I could loose so much if I tell a white lie. In 5 minutes, I could loose my peace & joy because of a sexual affair. In 5 minutes, I could miss Him when He comes for His own. And so I found myself re-dedicating my ways into His care because I realize that except the Lord builds the house……..

God help me. God help us.

The Antennae-broken Grasshopper


A few months ago I embarked on a journey with a colleague to a small village in the outskirts of Ogun state: AKONKO. With less than 300 inhabitants, Akonko is a remotely-located village without electricity, telecommunications or most of the luxuries of life enjoyed by most people in Lagos. I had developed the habit of visiting the village once every 2 months after my initial visit in December 2014 when I helped document a medical retreat.

As was my custom during each visit, I took a stroll into a nearby forest in an attempt to take some pictures of any living thing that had legs. I would eventually discover that the forest had more grasshoppers than all the grasshoppers I’ve see in all my years of residing in Lagos. Never in my life had I seen grasshoppers looking so beautiful. Perhaps it was because I was using a camera/lens combination that helped me zoom into the details of the seemingly-annoying creatures.

I eventually stumbled on a grasshopper with a broken antennae. It wasn’t until I had spent a few minutes shooting did I eventually notice the flaw in the grasshopper’s head. At that moment, I realized that only 3 entities knew exactly what was wrong with this particular species: myself, my colleague & God. In fact I felt God had led me to this particular grasshopper for a specific reason & lesson.

For many of us that might be unaware, a grasshopper’s antennae are thin and very sensitive. They help the grasshopper feel its way around. That’s why antennae are often called feelers. A grasshopper smells with its antennae too. As a grasshopper feels its way around, it picks up scents from the surroundings. The grasshopper’s antenna is something like our nose but sense more information than our nose. It perceives odours, touch, humidity, vibration, wind velocity and direction.

So a lot is to be risked if any of the antennae were to be faulty. Talk of being paralyzed in certain abilities. Infact, this particular fault might not be repairable by scientists. I’m sure the grasshopper is still able to manage with one functioning one but nothing beats having two, else God would not have given it two. It’s like having one eye instead of two. Its like having one ear instead of two. Its like having 50% of your heart doing all the blood-pumping. Its like being heartbroken.

I realized that I had a few things in common with the antennae-broken grasshopper. Apart from the fact that it seemed like a gentle guy (how else will you explain the fact that it sat patiently for over 5 minutes while I took pictures), it must have been through some traumatic situations for it to have landed in that state of antennae brokenness. I too was heart broken. I had gone through (and still going through) a few situations that seemed to have broken my heart. I felt what the grasshopper felt.

At that moment of realization, the words of Jesus hit me. He had promised his disciples that He "would neither leave them nor forsake them." He had promised them that He would be with them till the end regardless of the accidents, turbulence, problems, and antennae-broken situations they go through. The same promise is available to you. He knows what you’re going through. He knows & understands that you can’t feel, see, sense or act the way you used to because your heart has been broken by someone or something or you. And though there’s the tendency to FEEL that no one understands or KNOWS what you’re going through, trust me when I say this: He understands, He KNOWS.

And though the broken antennae might be the first thing you or others see, all He can see is the BEAUTY in you. All He can see is the potentials you’re capable of. Potentials that can only be fully realized if we’re conscious of the fact that He has promised not to leave us or forsake us. He has promised to ALWAYS be with us.

Whatever the antennae-broken situation that you might have found yourself in that has made you loose your ability to perceive, feel or be what you’re meant to be, realize that the consciousness of this weakness of yours should make you depend more on Him for strength. For in our weakness is His strength made manifest.

Something tells me that this grasshopper will probably outlive its healthy counterparts because if God could use it to teach me a lesson, He must be a very caring God that will not allow the antennae-broken grasshopper to die without being a blessing to a human called Seun Akisanmi.

One week; many escapades


Monday was filled with teaching activities.

Tuesday was a day out with photography. We really did not have much to do in school, so I planned to join Kikelomo for her workshop. On my way, I embarked on street photography, I found it really interesting because it wasn’t just shooting without a specific theme. I had a vivid understanding of what I was looking for and mostly went out of the way in achieving the shots. The most daunting part was seeking the approval of the market woman (especially the ones closer or directly opposite the subject) to sit with them so as to get better shots. Added to the archive are three pictures of mad men and beggars with kids on the street while it’s raining. On returning to eloPhotos, I discovered that the workshop couldn’t hold any longer; I then resolved into editing some work stacked in my hard drive. Later in the day, kike and I went for a family shoot as I assisted her in holding the reflector as the need arose, posing the subjects and we brainstormed on appropriate background to use for different attires/outlook. I learnt to be more patient with the subjects especially where children of different temperament are involved. I also learnt to be more of help with the client and even to laugh/smile often with them even at the most silly things. (Tactfully anyways *smiles*). Mrs Ofure, Kike and I had a swell time together till the early hours of the morning. With this, Tuesday was a wrap.

Nothing much happened on Wednesday so I continued with reading a book titled “With this ring” -a Christian novel written by Taiwo Iredele. I have learnt with time of being at eloPhotos that every successful being must allocate quality time to reading.

Thursday came in a blink of an eye. I took a brisk tour to eloPhotos in other to make use of a system overnight to complete my editing as my laptop wasn’t function normally again. Came back on Friday and alongside Akin covered the valedictory service of the outgoing SS3 students. For the very first time, I had issues with the so called ‘Pa-Pa-Pa Photographers’. We endeavoured to do an instant print for the students and at a point we ran out of paper. Realized it’s not quite profitable printing with such paper especially when they are paying next to nothing in comparison.

Dashed to the print lab on Saturday to print the remaining pictures, after which I divulged the book ‘You can negotiate anything’; the almighty recommendation by Mr. Seun. Thought Sunday was meant to be a resting day but not the case this Sunday. I Got home late from church, did heavy laundry which I hadnt done in such a long while.  Not long after did I discover that the sky was beautiful after the heavy down pour, so I took my camera and started shooting beautiful sky – that’s the life of a photographer mehn… We just keep shooting…

On this note I tender my weekly escapades. The two pictures attached were the ones taken with my camera phone during the tour. The second shot depicts the inscription ‘guard your heart with all diligence’.

Charis 5 photography

YES!! THAT’S THE KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHY I’M TALKING ABOUT


I reminisced over the past 9 months of my journey in photography, and I can’t but marvel at the level of progress I’ve made, and give thanks to God for His Mercy.
Between September and March, what I knew about photography and was doing, for me was very unsatisfactory. I had a lot of curiosities in me, many questions yearning for answers, and aspirations begging to be fulfilled. I remember a day I suggested to my former boss, Mr. Paul, that we do a documentary project for “Alakuko” – a town in Lagos; that we take pictures of major places in the area, and compile them together. He rightly agreed to my suggestion, that it is possible but also gave me reasons why it won’t be possible. The reasons were that we need better cameras and zoom lenses; we only had Nikon D40 cameras and 55mm lenses, we will be molested and so on. But the real reason I think is that he does not understand how such an endeavor will fetch him money and increase his artistry.
I also remember a day, he came back from a print lab called 5d in Ikeja – it was from him I first knew 5d and Fotoart print labs, he patronizes them for his photobook prints – and he said to me “Sodeeq, photography has gone far o, just imagine someone, going to the forests, taking pictures of trees, and selling them to foreign clients”. I was as amazed as he was. Photography? That’s cool then, that’s the kind of unusual things I’ll like to do, but I had no clue how it can be achieved. My dilemma then, made me appreciated more the nature-nurture theory in the psychology of education. The theory opines that human behavior is influenced by what has been deposited in him from birth (nature) and how his environment develop those traits (nurture). The theory is of the belief, that all knowledge has been in existence in the heart of a child, and it is the environment – teachers, parents, peers, social beliefs and values – around him that will ultimately determine if such knowledge will occupy his conscious mind.
In relation to me, what was in my heart then, and the reality around me, was at variance. I usually have flashes of thoughts of top photographers, great photography projects, and a better understanding of what photography really should be. But the environment couldn’t nurture my thoughts. It lacked the ingredients to bring to full consciousness those inner desires. I remember one of Sam Adeyemi’s teachings. Sam said, if you really will go far, what you have in the inside of you, should be bigger than what you have on the outside of you. For instance, if your current apartment is 3-bedroom flat in Ojodu, Lagos, your ‘inside’ should already be thinking of owning bigger properties in Dubai, Los Angeles, Abuja, and the likes. He revealed that anything that happens is only a physical manifestation of what has already existed in the realm of thoughts. He further revealed that, whatever he has achieved today, or the level he has attained, he has been there long before now, in the realm of thoughts, and it’ll be so injurious to him, if what currently exists in his thoughts, is not far beyond his current realities. Between the months of March and June, I’ve been privileged to be part of one of the best photography schools in Nigeria, eloPhotos academy, and the experience for me, is like that of a football player who after scoring a goal, says “I saw that goal” or a photographer that says “I saw that shot”. The experience has been “yes, that’s the king of photography I’m talking about”.
At eloPhotos academy, I’ve learnt a lot about the business of photography. It’s actually beyond pressing the shutter – a fact many photographers have not come to terms with. Photographers like Seun Akisanmi, Leke Adenuga, have proved this, and we shouldn’t be surprised, if these people, will be getting more financial rewards years to come, for their brilliant efforts, than the always-pressing-the shutter photographers, who have not understood the big business in photography. I must explore this medium to appreciate the management of eloPhotos academy especially Seun Akisanmi for being such a blessing to me and many upcoming photographers. Last year, I only had thoughts and hope, I never knew I would get here soon. I never knew Uche James Iroha can just be inches away, that I can always gist with Kikelomo Koleosho of red19 photography, or be in a NIPHEC planning meeting, I just believed anyway, that good things will come my way. I truly did not see whole proverbial staircase, I just took the first step, uncertain of what the future holds. And the day the step was taken was in March, when I didn’t tell Mr. Paul I wouldn’t come to work, and I didn’t tell my parents too. I just left home like I was going to work but instead visited elo photos academy to answer my curiosities, and all the way, I can proudly say, “yes, this is the kind of photography I’m talking about”.
I am Akorede Sodeeq and I am a photographer!

The week I met Youssuf Karsh


It’s Sunday! And it’s really funny how time flies!

The wedding I had assisted in shooting a day before really got a great hold of me. I didn’t feel like getting out my bed, but I still had to; I didn’t have an option anyways. I obviously couldn’t miss church service because of sleep.

With my eyes open and meditating on a few things, I felt like I had been hit so hard with a baton as my whole body ached. Who says photography is small business? I bet such needs a surgery. Amidst all the pains, I managed to get up to prepare myself for church service and in some time I was ready to go and fellowship with the brethren.

Service went well; not as usual but with a new experience. Every new service day opens me up another dimension. If you claim not to go to a church because of hypocrisy, I bet you’re just killing yourself. I moved on to a relative’s house and spent some time there; blood they say is thicker than water. As much as I wanted to enjoy the Sunday with my relatives, I knew I had to prepare for Monday. Having to think of Monday always tickles me. There’s no place like eloPhotos! That’s where you work with fulfillment in mind.

Monday came and seemed like one that had lots of potentials in it for me. Getting late to work wasn’t an option; I had learnt that from Mr.Seun, so I had to do everything in time in order to get to work early in time for the devotion.

Introduction to Digital Photography was the course Mr. Toye started with us on Monday, 29th June 2015.For me, I was so curious to know how Photography had evolved or transformed into what it is now making me pay precise attention to the class. I truly enjoyed the class.

Bingo! An idea dropped in my heart! I reached for a physics textbook which talked more on the idea of light and understanding it in order to fully grasp its potentials in my photographs even though I wasn’t a science student back at school.

During the class with Mr Toye few of my colleagues complained of boredom, I guess everyone has what interests them ‘cuz for me it was great fun.

Tuesday 30th, started on a good note too; continuation of Introduction to Digital photography , Mr Toye told us how the pin hole camera was the first camera, what really struck me was the fact that a man named George Eastman the inventor of Kodak lost relevance when digital Photography came into being.. He didn’t move with the flow of digital Photography and so most people don’t even use the “film” for pictures anymore, it is now the era of Memory cards as storage. He must have really lost ooo! It was another experience for me when I and a colleague was sent to picture works to print Toyin and Joe’s pictures. I had always known that most people in Nigeria don’t have a good customer relationship, but I have not stopped thinking and often times asking why mostly printers give people attitude, is it that they don’t enjoy what they do?  Well! Things will change soon- I believe.

Our program in church started on Wednesday and there was no point missing it. (Day 1 of the 7 days of glory).

We started our class on the discussion of our different researches given to us as an assignment  about Youssuf Karsh on Wednesday, 1st July, 2015. The terrible experience Youssuf Karsh had in his childhood days reminded me of mine ..hmmmmm! Even though his own wasn’t deliberate, mine was. That’s another issue for another day though. We were taught about image quality and the different file formats which exist. We discussed about types of photography and I learnt that there is a difference between forms and types of Photography. We had another assignment still about Youssuf Karsh and Ansel Adams. If you’re gonna make it in Mr. Toye’s class, then you must be a good assignment doer. He never gets tired of giving assignments

On Thursday, it was a privilege for me to minute Mr Seun’s meeting with Mr Kolawole, initially I thought it wasn’t so good an idea to involve a 3rd person in their discussion but it dawned on me that I was getting opportunities faster than I could imagine to handle people’s confidentiality which will help me in training my own members of staff in future. It was something I learnt from COZA though I practised this first when I worked as an admin officer for a little while in my former place of work (Fairview School). After the meeting, I joined my colleagues and we were divided into groups to share our views about Ansel Adams and Youssuf Karsh’s works respectively. We ended the lessons after airing our views about the ancient photographers and we called it a day after which I left for our Day 2 of the 7 days of Glory at COZA.

“Thank God it’s Friday” is what almost everyone says in Nigeria. I spent most part of that day outside the studio, I went to Mr clever’s office accompanied by Francisca for the collection of the photobook which wasn’t ready and I headed to computer village and spent something not planned for to fix my laptop’s sreen sensitivity.

We had a weekend class with Mr.Toye at Elophotos with a new Student and the week ended well.Hmmm! What a productive week! I never really got to meet Youssuf Karsh but his legacy lives on. I got to read so much about him that I now feel I’ve met him in reality

I am YewandeOladipo, a Photographer and I’ve met Youssuf Karsh.

The Day I Shot Jesus: Chapter 9


“Its really a honour meeting you,” I replied and shook their hands. As if the elevator was waiting for my response, its doors close and the 25-second journey to the 85th floor began.

It was that very moment that I shook his hands that the transference of his mission of 2002 was revealed to me. It was one of the gifts our Lord had bestowed on me at the beginning of His reign on earth. I had prayed for spiritual tools to help me fulfill my photography purpose & He had told me this gift would help. Whenever I shook a client’s hands, I usually got a few glimpse of important memories in the life of the person I was shaking. It helped me relate & emphatize with them in a manner that made them feel they had known me for a long time. For Jiaz the moment that was revealed to me was when he was blocking the bus from hitting my bus in 2002. I wondered why he hadn’t stopped the bus from crashing in the first place. “Because Edythe had interceded for your life at that very moment,” the Lord intercepted my thoughts.

Edythe Crabb was the mother of my pastor when I was a residing in Edwardsville, Illinois during the late 90s. She had been an intercessor whose passion for souls was unparalleled to many I’ve met. She had slept in the Lord a few months before the Rapture and was one of whose grave was unearthed at the sound of the Trumpet. I didn’t know until that moment that she had prayed for me.

“So how old are you,” I asked Jaiz. This was one question I had grown used to asking some angels I had met over the years. It gave me an idea of how long they’ve been working for our Lord and there was always a lesson that I seemed to get from that. Favour poked my side as if I had asked a forbidden question. “Haba, you and all these your funny questions,” she whispered.

Jaiz smiled for what seemed like 4 seconds. I sensed his smile meant that his answer was going to amuse me. I guessed right. As he was about to speak, the elevator stopped at the 85th floor and with a semi-loud baritone voice Zchabi (pronounced without the Z sounding: chaby) shouted a resounding “YES” with his fists tightened and positioned as if punching an invisible competiting boxer. If now for the excitement on his face one would have thought he was about to punch the light out of me. Besides knowing that boxing was one of the sports that had been banned by the Lord in the new Kingdom, I realized this must be one of the 12,000+ dance steps that angels were used to expressing their excitement whenever a soul was added to the kingdom. As if he knew the question I was going to ask, he blurted out in excitement “2 gems for the Lord.”

Everyone of us shouted in unison HALLELUJAH as we exited the elevator in one accord. Nothing seemed to get the angels as excited as when someone gives their life to Christ. The only joy I could compare to theirs was the day I was given a BMW 750i as a gift from one of my protégés in October 2018. And the excitement and joy I felt then does not even compare to the ones these angels felt spontaneously when a soul is added to the Kingdom.

“53,743,844 earth years,” Jaiz said as if adding to the number of people that had just given their lives to Christ. “In two months, I’ll be 53,743,845 years old,” he said with a smile that revealed subtly that he was looking forward with excitement to his birthday.

WOW. The youngest angel I have met so far happens to be the one that God used to save my life. Though these were numbers that seemed unbelievable, it wasn’t uncommon for angels to add the word “earth” when mentioning their age. This was because 1 year on planet earth is not the same as 1 year in heaven. Heaven seemed to be on a different “time” measuring zone. Infact, the mathematical formula of conversion was 1dh = 52.143de (1 day in heaven = 52 days 3 hours and 26 mins on earth). 53 million years old and not one wrinkle on your face? Talk about another side effect of being in the presence of the Lord.

The 85th floor was one of the 3 executive floors of the hotel. The other two floors were situated on the 126th and 179th levels. Talk about different levels of luxury. Beside the executive floors, most of the other levels had about 103 suites. Not so for the executive floors. Just 8 suites filled the 85th floor. Judging by the size of the hotel, each room here was like a duplex located on one plot of land. And to think that one of these 5-rooms “duplexes” was assigned to a team of 2 photographers from a nowhere called Nigeria.

“Can you please get your red pen & paper and write something down that I want you to give someone,” the Lord spoke to me. He had led me to a store the day before and instructed me to buy a red-inked pen. Though it wasn’t a color that I was used to working with, I gladly heeded His voice knowing that something good & great will come out of His biddings.

I instructed the team led by Jaiz to give me a moment & with my pen and paper I mustered words that seemed to be directed to someone standing by me: “Go ahead, I’m all ears.” It always seems interesting knowing that though the Lord was physically at the Temple Mount, His presence & voice could be felt & heard by whoever is His.

“97844 strands & 1062 lashes,” His voice said in a sad tone. “Kindly knock on the suite to your right and give the note to the gentleman that opens the door,” He said. I had moved beyond my human level of questioning the instructions that the Lord gives me. My new glorified level was the slogan of a former world-class shoe company: JUST DO IT.

Behold, I was right beside the suite the Lord had ask me to knock on. If I had hesitated to write the instructions for about 10 seconds, I would have walked way pass the room in question. With Jaiz, Zchabi, Favour & Folu waiting just 6 feet behind me, I mustered up courage to knock on the blue-diamond-studded door.
“Tell him that a mutual friend asked you to give him,” the Lord added. I had barely finished knocking when the door swung open by a handsome Irish gentleman in his early thirties. He seemed to have just ended a session of crying his heart out. His eyes were red with a redness that wasn’t of drugs or alcohol abuse.

“Yes,” he said in a cold husky voice while holding on to the door as if trying to prevent me from entering.

“I’m Seun Akisanmi, how are you doing this evening sir,” I asked with my right hand outstretched to give him a handshake.

“Can I help you,” he said looking straight into my eyes and ignoring my handshake and question.

“A mutual friend asked me to give you this,” I said while handing him the note. He hurriedly put it 10 inches to his eyes and read the content.

Suddenly I could see his face turning pink and his eyes swelling up with a fresh bout of tears. He slowly looked at me and with two streams of tears running down his cheeks he muttered “Thank you.” And with those words he gently closed the door & left me looking at my reflection at the entrance of his diamond-door suite 8502. I was in suspense.

“Thank you,” the Lord said to me in a happier tone.

“Anytime Lord, anytime,” I responded aloud while joining my team that had watched the 90 seconds drama unfold.

To be continued…
#thedayishotJesus

The Day I Shot Jesus: Chapter 8


"Thanks. Please remind me to call him later in the day," I said while grabbing the keys to my room on 85th floor. We had barely taken 3 steps away from the check-in desk when I saw (by the elevators lobby entrance) the profile view of a photographer I have had the privilege of training over 120 years earlier. Basirat was a Muslim that had eventually given her life to Jesus after the aftermath of the Rapture that saw many Christians and children disappear from the face of the earth. {I smiled and hoped that all these people I was meeting and greeting will not make me late for my dinner with John & co.}

I slowed my walking pace while checking the time on my Sioca wristwatch. Time was 11:41pm and I was supposed to be back at the hotel’s dinner hall in about 34 minutes.

"Hope yawa no dey? Abi why my oga dey slow down? Shay ko si nkan nkan" Favour asked in her customized mixed-language accent. If only she knew what was going on in my head.

"I just saw someone I know. Interestingly she attended eloPhotos Academy about 4 years after you graduated," I replied.

I had met Basirat Akorede in 2016 at a networking Conference organized by Abunibi Media. She had asked the most questions in one of the sessions and had proved to be a lady with Beauty & Brains. I remember the moment she asked one of the facilitators a question that seemed to create a 1-minute silence as if a tribute was being paid to a martyred loved one.

I remember the question vividly because I had developed the habit of recording conferences I attended (beginning 2016) on my iPhone 7. Looking at her from a distance glancing through a book titled THE BEAUTY OF UGLINESS, I could remember vividly the question she had raised: What advice do you have for a Muslim photographer like myself who seems to be in a puzzle regarding her future as a Muslim artist. The photography facilitator had been short of words to respond to the question mostly because they practiced different religions. I had met her during the lunch break and our conversation had resulted in her enrolling in our 9 months photography diploma program.

She had missed the Rapture and was one of the victims of the catastrophic accidents that had ensued. Her 2 legs had to be amputated as a result of the ghastly accident she was involved in. The driver of the bus that hit her car at 144 mph had suddenly disappeared thereby sending the bus headon for Basirat’s taxi. She eventually gave her life to Christ 2 years into the Tribulation years. How she manage to survive amidst the turmoil, torments & trials of the Great Tribulation – without 2 legs – is indeed a testimony.

Her testimony was sealed when she became one of the first set of people to enjoy the creative miracles Jesus performed when he returned to earth: in the span of about 33 seconds, an audience of thousands had witnessed 2 new legs sprout to existence when Jesus touched her hips. That encounter with Jesus seemed to have sealed her commitment to service for the Kingdom. Besides, not everyday do you see such creative miracles happen to someone who was once an ardent follower of Islam.

We had met countless times since the beginning of the Kingdom of Peace & Prosperity and here she was again in the same hotel I was lodging in. I wondered what she was doing at the New Gate Hotel.

"Oya gist me now now who this person is," Favour interrupted my thoughts.

"Seun, time is far spent and we need to hurry up," Folu interjected. I like the way he always seem to keep me on check whenever I seemed to be drifting off in thoughts or talk. By then, I was 9 feet away from the 143-year-old "beauty & brains." I turned to use one of the 12 elevators at the other extreme where she stood. We can always chat later, I thought. Judging by the way she was standing, she seemed to be waiting for someone to highlight from one of the soon-to-arrive elevators. Perhaps it was her husband. Perhaps, one of her 16 children. I didn’t want to find out yet.

"I’ll gist you later," I said to Favour while holding her shoulder.

Within a few seconds of waiting, an elevator arrived at about the exact time Basirat’s date met her. Apparently she had been waiting for her husband, a handsome fair-complexioned Indian that had endured the horrors of the Great Tribulations with Basirat. He eventually became a follower of Christ the day before World War 3 broke out. If I were still human, I’m sure I would have envied the way they hugged and cuddled each other as if they had been apart for ages.

Entering my elevator, I was greeted by one of the two angels that manned the 5 square metres room.

"Good evening Seun, we’re so excited you’re finally here," he greeted me as if we had met before. Though that would be the first time I would meet him, he seemed to have known me while I was still in my human form before the Rapture. I would later find out that he had been the angel God sent to prevent a surmalsulting danfo bus from hitting my bus in September 2002. I remember coming down from my bus to see if we could save anyone from the accident but by the time we got there, 8 of the 14 passengers had died on the spot (including a 7month old baby).

It wasn’t until that elevator moment did I know that God had sent an angel to prevent the bus from running into ours. Talk of the many dangers I had been delivered from without being conscious God’s hand was in it.

"I’m Jaiz and my colleague here is Zchabi and we will be escorting you to your room," he said.

"Its really a honour meeting you," I replied and shook their hands. As if the elevator was waiting for my response, its doors close and the 25-second journey to the 85th floor began.

To be continued…
#thedayishotJESUS

PERSISTENCE; Its role in my photography career


If there is anything you must do on daily basis among several others, it is to remain undeterred through all the daily challenges. You will have to face challenges on a daily basis; some of them will try to break you. For some of those challenges, you will feel like giving up but you can’t afford to do that. At Elophotos you will have to wake up early enough every morning in order to get to the office on time, you will also have to learn to be corrected by those who have gone ahead of you, and you will learn to run errands, irrespective of your BSc degree. Above all, you will learn that the journey to the top isn’t rosy at all. If you know what some people are going through to get things done, for you then you will not be discouraged by the challenges you face daily to make things happen for others.
A few weeks back I was asked to go pay the nepa bill of my office by Mr. Seun I thought it was going to be easy only for it to turn out the other way round. When I got to the nepa office their server was down and they could not collect cash and therefore I had to try to beg people who had an ATM to help me pay, but still yet nobody was ready to collect 15,000 naira cash from me. At that point, the right thing to do would have been to give up but I followed through the stress until I did what I wanted to do. Eventually I scaled that hurdle when I went back to pay the money into an account the next day which made it easier for me to be able to use an ATM to make payment.  
I want to encourage you not to let the daily challenges you are going through deter you from what you set out to achieve.
Each time you think about the challenges, just think about the things you set out to achieve, don’t give up on your focus or dreams and passion just because of your daily challenges. Remember that your challenges will barely leave you until you have achieved what you set out to achieve.
In fact, those challenges are there to try to stop you so never let the challenges discourage or deter you. If you remain resolute, you will win and laugh last because your challenges will make you come out strong.
Join me, Obaloluwa obanijesu Omole as i remain in my journey to become the World best photographer.
Here are the pictures I took this week….

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At the top of the building


It has become a common cliche today among some photographers to say that the industry is flooded and there are now too many people pressing the shutter, which shrinks the  individual photographer’s market share, turnover, and profit. This mindset is as untrue as believing that all phones are thesame. Everybody knows that a Tecno H5 is not same as a Samsung Galaxy.

Understandably, running a business in this age, can be very challenging especially in a great country like Nigeria, where it requires a lot of doggedness, tenacity, perseverance as personal attributes, and flexibility to change, prompt innovation, foresight,
as business features, to succeed and edge competitors but, one of the business lessons the 21st century has taught us is that there is always a unique place for every business willing to pay the price, a vacuum which usually is even too large for it alone to fill.

As much as I am also not totally immune from this ‘incorrect thinking’, it was an experience that taught me once again to think the right way.
I was part of the team that shot the Episode 12 of the
First Nigeria Photography TV show, the Gospel of Photography, and it was shot at the top of a 4-storey building not far from eloPhotos Academy at Ikeja. The location was a change from the usual, which mostly is the studio, and it was also a reflection of dynamism, which is a core culture of eloPhotos.

At the top of the building, during the shoot, I felt different. I was
seeing the environment I’ve always seen, in a different way. It was a beauty to behold. To the east, I  could see the busy Lateef Jakande road, tops of different buildings, as well as planted tress. Other sides too seemed similar especially to the north, where the palm tress at the end of Acme Road, formed a pattern, beautiful for the photographic eye. It was from this beauty I saw around, I started drawing similes to being at the top in work and most importantly in life.

Firstly, I realized there was large expanse of space, which made it easy to see far and wide, down and top, all at the same time. It was quite different from the ground where it seems as if there are houses everywhere and everybody is struggling for survival. I correlated this with the need for a photographer or any other person regardless of profession or field of interest to nurture the desire to be at the top.

Up there, there are only unique competitors, because at that level, only unique and valuable companies thrive, like Google, Apple e.t.c and this can only be achieved by building a formidable brand over the years. Businesses at this level can see and connect with the industry leaders, explore the abundance and opportunities around, erode the lack mentality. This is true for
everything and anything; if we must get the best out of our lives, be it our jobs, marriage, or any other thing, its always best to be at the top.

Secondly, I had the freedom to choose where to look, yet not losing sight of the other sides. I could choose to focus on looking at a place,
an an swiftly shift my attention to other sides if circumstance
demands. I liken this to opportunity of diversification which being at the top offers. When starting out in any venture, its normal to choose a specialization or to focus wholly on one’s profession while ignoring other things. But the privilege being at the top offers is that you can spread your tentacles to explore and exploit other business opportunities around you, to diversify investments, and capitalize on new ventures as they appear, to identify industry loopholes, and far emerging opportunities.

Thirdly, I realized one of the major things that make LandscapePhotography a wonderful aspect of photography. And it is the art of revealing the beauty of any place in the world no matter how rough or clean it might seem. The view of a city, a town, a village or even a small locality from the top is just phenomenal. No wonder one will see a picture of  the ‘brown roofs’ in Ibadan, and will exclaim ‘WOW’. The environment may look like an old-ghetto down below, but when at the top, we see the same place differently.

In lieu of this, I strongly suggest that once in a while, we go to the top of a tall building, preferably in an environment we are used to. It might seem simple but I think the experience can affect all aspects of our lives positively. At the top there are no worries, not that those worries have suddenly died, but they’ve actually gone on exile in the face of the beauty your eye beholds up there. And this is not only true for Lagos, it can be practiced anywhere.

The experience reinforced the conviction in my heart it is a fallacy
of reasoning that one can’t  make a headway in photography or any other profession because the industry is flooded. This is very untrue. Being at the top in business requires uniqueness and value, and whenwe say the industry is flooded, we are actually revealing our own inadequacies, and saying that we can’t pay the price to be there, because in reality, everywhere and anywhere, people are plenty down below, but at the top, there are only few people who make things happen. You can be one of them.

GO TO THE TOP OF A TALL BUILDING TODAY AND TRANSLATE THE EXPERIENCE.
Wondering who effectively translated the building top experience? My name is Akorede Sodeeq and I’m a Top Photographer.

Early Photography vs. Contemporary Photography


Early Photography started in 19th Century. The pictures that were taken were in black and white (monochrome), they took pictures of people’s stern look and unsmiling faces because they felt that it had a unique beauty in it’s way and portrays art.

The first camera was called Pin hole camera invented by Maxwell, then later Camera Obscura came into being, which took a longer exposure period almost 8hours.

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took the first picture and is refered to as the Father of Photography.

Much later George Eastman invented Kodak which was a well known company for the usage of film.

Early Photography could only be afforded by important personalities for example Queen of England, Winston Church hill, etc.

Examples of early photographers are Youssuf Karsh, Ansel Adams,etc.

Contemporary Photography started in the 21st Century precisely 1990s. The  computer-based electronic digital cameras were introduced and it was indeed a Revolution in photography.

It made life easier and it was widely appreciated because photographers achieved better image quality and  digital cameras was improved year after year. Mostly the pictures that were taken came out in colours, though monochrome too could be achieved but it was a matter of choice. Pictures were recorded on memory cards, it could take more images than film and it gave more room for  setting and expression to the photographer’s desired taste.

Contemporary photography can be afforded by both the important personalities and the common man, unlike Early photography.

Examples of Contemporary Photographers are Joe McNally, Zack and Jody, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, TY Bello, etc.

We have cameras like Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony, etc.

In conclusion Comtemporary Photography, I can say has been the best thing after sliced bread.:mrgreen:

By Yewande Oladipo

The Retouching of A Portrait


One of the classes at the just concluded NIPHEC 2015 that left a huge impression on me was the class on professionally retouching a portrait, by Ayodimeji Olugbewesa (aka D’mayo).

One would see the young D’mayo, and would not really expect much of him, but the lanky retoucher and photographer was no-short of being
qualified for facilitating the class. The hallmark of the class was simplicity. D’mayo was able to alternate our thinking to the essence of retouching, which is to enhance images and not to repair, and to its simple process as well.

After some little efforts I’ve made since the end of the NIPHEC, towards practising what I’ve learnt in the class, that of last week still seems to be the only one that have brought me closest to understanding the process, and getting the result. However, I’m yet to still fully retouch a portrait.

D’mayo took us through the process which include, healing, dodging and burning, frequency separation, skin smoothening, and color toning. Others include sharpening and the use of liquify.

As simple as all these may seem in the class, though relatively complex too, it seems re-doing it or practising it is a different experience. For instance, except for the healing process, which I’ve successfully mastered, I still needed to surf the internet to understand and practice others.

One of the process, which I’ve also understood better and able to use is frequency separation. The technique is very helpful when retouching an image, as it helps one separates the color of an image from its texture, which makes it possible for one work independently on one, without affecting the other.

The other retouching process, which I’m still having some difficulty successfully using them are dodging and burning, skin smoothening and color toning. My dilemma is not in the ‘how to do it’, but applying it to achieve a good result, especially dodging and burning.

The dodging and burning process is a secondary means to emphasize highlights and shadows, after good lighting in portraits. And for retouchers, its a always tool that comes handy anytime.

Photography is an art, and so is retouching, one can only get better by research and practice, but I’m in no haste to shortcut understanding it. Its now my resolution not to patronise mediocre methods of editing portraits, because I know I’ll only get better when I endure doing it right. This reminds me of the lesson my typewriting teacher taught me in secondary school. As beginners in typewriting, she taught us to ignore speed but to focus on accuracy. By focusing on accuracy, our speed will only get better overtime.

Sodeeq Akorede

The Young Shall Grow


When will I make it, when will I blow, when will I be known also? These were the words I woke up with in the early hours of sunday morning.. Yes they say the young shall grow, but what would I grow up to become. What would I grow up to achieve, because so many people have gone ahead of me and yet they are still trying to keep the pace.  Yes every day I hear new names and at times I pray to God to be better and more than them. But yet I still ask myself how? What should I do, were should I go, who are those I should dine with, who are those I should share my goal and vision with in order to help me achieve my dreams.

This street of photography is full of traffic, just like that of ketu to Ikorodu, even when this has been a problem it still does not stop people from plying this route everyday. And then I asked myself again, are this people not tired or better still can’t they just take a day to all rest at home. Which brings me to the fact that” a man who does not work should not think of food in return so therefore if they should act based on my thought, then they would go hungry which they cannot afford.

Every single person in photography today want to be know for something, we all want o carve out a niche for ourselves that will stand us and single us out. Which also boils down to the fact that when you meet a Top Photographer in the industry and you ask him how he made it. He would simply tell you “networking” connecting with the right set of people.

I wonder and think again is it that the God factor isn’t involved, or is the Grace Of God also a part of “networking”? Because taken a look at a passage in the bible which says that “if God be for you who can be against you, and if God be against you, then who can be for you, nobody. Which makes me to say that with God all things are possible and that with him your  connection is sure
Having thought about all this in the early hours of sunday morning, I discovered I was running late to church, and because of the God factor which is my own network, I have to go talk to him. Because for real without you baba God I don’t think I can achieve anything.
Do not forget, “the glory of the latter will always be greater than that of the former”.This makes me to conclude that because I have dined and am still dining with Kings then automatically in my own time and in my own season.

Emmanuel Obaloluwa Obanijesu Omole will stand out as one of those World photographers to look out for. Join me in my world as I continue to be a work in process. God bless you.

A Week of a Thousand Photography-related Tasks


As my alarm rang at 5:30am, I felt a little lazy to get up, I wanted to snooze it to 5:45am, but a voice reminded me that I might end up waking up by 12noon if I tried it, so I managed to get up, I said my prayers and got ready for church. I had to dress up earlier than the time I normally do since I got to Lagos because I had just joined the Media department of the Lagos branch of our church COZA, so I was trying to get myself used to the call time for workers which is 7am.

Meanwhile there was a kind of “awoof” for me that day, a worker in the church told me that I could join him in his ride to church since He will be leaving early too, so I caught up with him at our agreed time,then off to church in my long lacy fitted chain detailed gown..hmmm, I had sown that gown for about 3 months and Sunday happened to be my first time wearing the dress, it was our thanksgiving service and I couldn’t afford not to look good on that day. Afterall, despite all the challenges I have been experiencing, there is still a space for thanksgiving to God ke!

“Ohhh! It’s Monday again!” was the thought in my mind when my alarm rang, I stretched and stretched and stretched but still had to get up, I got myself ready for work, it occurred to me that I had to meet up with 7:30am resumption time, so I hurriedly dressed up and left for the Studio. As soon as I arrived the studio, I did my chores and completed my own devotion, then we had to do our own devotion at eloPhotos, then we did last week’s appraisal. Much later, the interns had a class with Mr. Toye on “History of camera”. We even had a more interactive class on that day, it didn’t stop those that normally sleep from sleeping in class, so it occurred to me that most of us get interested in class when there are screens to project what is been taught.

Later, I was sent to Mr Clever’s office to fix the handle of one of the photobook’s boxes, I got there at Ogba and had to wait for so long, after I had calculated how early I needed to leave for church that day. They really spent time fixing that box and it made me to return to the studio around 6:40pm, by the time I delivered the message and got ready to leave, it was already 5 minutes after 7pm, so it occurred to me that I will get to church atleast at about 7:50pm or 8pm or even later than that, so I had to go home that day. I was not happy because I really didn’t want to miss out a day from those ‘days of glory’. Well God knows best.

On Tuesday, we continued our lecture about the camera, I was showing my colleagues some pictures of two guys in the air when Mr. Seun called me. Thank God He sent me early enough to Pictureworks at Yaba, because I can’t imagine missing the last day of our ‘7 days of glory’.

I got to Pictureworks, requested to see Mrs Folake, after I discussed with her what I wanted, she personally dragged a chair for me beside that same lady that gave us attitude the first day we went there, Ofcourse she was more composed and treated me with respect that day.

I noticed that almost all the staff were wearing long faces. Especially the person who I was told will be the one to do the photobook, He was just frowning his face all over the place, then I overheard the lady asking him how many more days they had for their ‘fast’ to be over, so it occurred to me that He is a muslim and was being cranky because of his fast.    

I did what I had to do and got back to the studio in a good time and changed my clothes for the church service.

It was a long and interesting service, I got home late, thank God someone dropped me off.

I woke up on Wednesday with body pains, “it must be the stress from yesterday” I thought to myself. So I had to take permission to be late because I wasn’t sure I could go to the Studio but I managed to go. When I got to the studio I realised that there was supposed to be a NIPHEC meeting, so we got ready and started off, Mr Seun was not available so Tunde coordinated the meeting, everyone aired their views and made complaints and I took the minutes of the meeting. I wasn’t feeling so well that day so I had to take permission to go home earlier than the normal closing time.

I had to take the minutes of Mr. Seun’s meeting with Mr. Kolawole,on Wednesday. The meeting was shorter that the one we had last week. Bolu was also there, He was also noting down some points.

We finished the meeting and I joined the class that had already started with Mr. Toye, it was about camera parts and their functions, I was so excited because I had been waiting for that lesson about camera parts, to me it was a interesting class because I got to know the functions of some parts of the camera that day.

After the lecture, I went out to do my rice and beans picture project and later joined few of my colleagues who were trying out panning images (putting a vehicle in focus and blurring the background while the vehicle is in motion). I tried out mine but it took me a while to get one, so I went back inside the studio and we tried out light painting, it was an exciting moment.

On Friday, I got to the studio did my chores and settled in. I had an interesting experience with the rain that day, when it was raining, I took few pictures to still the movement of the rain both the ones falling from the roof and the movement of the water in the bucket which gave me an abstract effect. I tried copying the pictures into my laptop but my laptop developed a fault again.

When the rain subsided it was time to pick Anu at school, so I seized that opportunity to go with whoever would pick her in order to inquire about the summer school, because I needed to get myself an extra income, I went to Tomobid too that day.

Saturday was just a resting day for me, I didn’t have cash at hand so I couldn’t go to teach Anu French. I spent that day doing house chores and getting ready for church.

Note: I will send the pictures as soon as I get a laptop to transfer my pictures to my phone. Thank you.

Yewande Oladipo

A Photographer’s Week of Rice & Beans


On Lagos’ yellow buses the passengers are either as quiet as nothing or they argue as loud as ever. On this particular one I boarded from mile 2 to oshodi was the noisiest, everyone but me and a man beside me argued so loud including the conductor over the nuisances generators create. Some said the noise from their neighbours’ gen disturb their sleep at night while others claim the heat from it makes the weather hotter than it should. As I sat quietly wondering if this argument would actually stop the use of generators in lagos state, the conductor announced charity bus-stop and the man beside me signaled he’ll alight there but before he did he touched a man before him who seemed to be the chief speaker and said you only find out your neighbours’ generator is constituting nuisance if only your’s is off, you don’t have one or the fume from your neighbours’ finds its way into your apartment. That threw everyone to laughter in concurrence apart from the chief speaker. 

Soon I got down and boarded another bus to the office (eloPhotos), although not sure if what the man who got down at charity bus-stop said was actually true but from that moment I kept asking myself “do we notice and get offended with people’s attitude because we are idle or because what they do actually affect us?” With that I made a decision not to avoid people but be busy with something meaningful or better still sleep than find faults with people. (Huge deviation right?)

At the office a call from the Monday morning devotion was made  and Tunde an intern coordinated,  praying intensely for the week, eloPhotos leadership and love among the interns. After prayers Mr Seun talked briefly on the reports, he praised and criticised as always then revealed the photo album I anticipated last week. It was beautiful the best I’ve seen so far especially the synthetic album (everyone in my opinion needs to own one). After the meeting he gave an assignment for the week which seemed unachievable (counting five hundred grains of rice or beans and making a creative picture out of them). At first I was amazed, I thought who could do that?  Well since two interns have taken it on themselves to bring rice and beans I said I’ll do the counting.  It was an interesting and funny scene counting grains of rice but to my surprise five hundred grains was a little below a full disposable spoon (the white one).I formed my name with the grains and took pictures which was creative to me until I saw a colleague’s creativity (smiles).

Theoretical classes by Mr Toye held as well as practicals arranged by the interns daily, where I learnt a lot about camera settings ranging from shutter speed, aperture, ISO to lenses and how to trigger speed lights.  I learnt about depth of field, freeze someone jumping without blur, take a studio shot and panning which I didn’t get well (which I’m still working on).

There was a post NiPHEC meeting at the eloPhoto studio where the previous NiPHEC  was analysed, in attendance were the organisers and current interns. There were suggestions, objections and corrections all geared into planning and achieveing a bigger, better and debt free NiPHEC in the future. After the meeting Mr Busayo led some interns to a one hour “Highend Portrait Retouching” class with D’ Mayo which was interesting although I didn’t get all he said because it was kind of advanced but I’m glad I was there.

At eloPhotos learning and creativity has no end, from the vast library here I’ve tasked myself to completely reading a book weekly which I’m glad I achieved this week (I read “The digital photography book pt1 by scott kelby) I learnt a lot. From the creative point of eloPhotos comes the new forms and shapes of frames very different from the regular square and rectangular shaped frames.  I’ll make one next week and you’ll sure get every detail of the making. 

With a sure heart and a big smile I can say this past week was an edifying one.

Yours Photographically,
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3 Things eloPhotos Academy Will Make You Become


Its very impressive that the photography industry is witnessing some enviable changes, one of which is the level of youth enthusiasm about the art. Almost everyone wants to carry the camera. Photography is now the wanted bride for many youths who either approach it business or as an hobby.

As with anything in life, knowledge is key. The importance of
acquiring the knowledge of photography for those will later run
photography business, or will become super-hobbyists, cannot be
over-emphasized. The skill makes the photographer, not the camera.

The other impressive thing is that, there exists credible
photographers and institutions in the industry, to cater for this high
knowledge-demand for photography. One of such institutions is elo
Photos academy, and having once been an intern at eloPhotos Academy, I can assure you, you are making the right choice if you’ve decided, or deciding to join the academy.

Beyond being a person that knows how to use the light and press the
shutter, these are the 3 other things eloPhotos will make you become.

A WRITER
As one of the terms of engagement, it is required of all interns at
the academy to submit weekly reports/articles not less than 500 words.

Most times, we think of writing as one burgeoning task only to be
compulsorily undertaken by literature students. But at eloPhotos, the
story is different; you can also be a writer. At the end of your
training, you would have written at least, 26 reports/articles. What
this guarantees is that you may not be a Wole-Soyinka or
Chimamanda-Adieche kind of writer, but your writing skill would have
drastically improved overtime.
Think of your writing needs as a photographer – updating your website,
preparing clients agreements, developing contents for training
purposes, and so on. Proficiency in all these won’t come by magic,
but by constantly developing your writing skill.

AN INTRAPRENEUR
Intrapreneur is a word carved out from entrepreneur to represent those innovative personnels/employees within an organisation, whose
brain-children and efforts result in increased profit and market share
for the organisation. At eloPhotos Academy, interns enjoy the
opportunity of being part of the management of eloPhotos Studio. This privilege makes it possible for interns to understand practically, the running of a photography outfit, and to also suggest and execute novel ideas to promote the brand.

At eloPhotos academy, you will be challenged to think differently, to
bring innovative solutions, and to execute tasks you never thought you
would have been able to do. All these are what will prepare you to become a successful Photopreneur after graduation. Testimonies abound from the alumni, such as, Toye Peters, Tosin Bakre and so on.

A BETTER NETWORKER
Networking and networking skills is very crucial to our survival as
photographers, and so do, other professions. The need for good
networking skills cannot be over-emphasized. Its the life-blood of any
career, beyond talent and skill.

Not so many of us have developed this skill, and that is one thing eloPhotos will imbibe in you. As Kikelomo Koleosho once said, ‘eloPhotos is a base’. A base that serves as a platform for connecting with other photographers in the industry, both locally and internationally.

You can take the pain to ask any eloPhotos alumnus you know, if
there’s any local photographer they’ve not met, or worked with. The
opportunities just seem to be endless at the academy. What are you waiting for, go out there and bring your imaginations into reality.

Sodeeq Akorede

The Day I Shot Jesus: Chapter 7


I was introduced to Mary Magdalene, Martha (Lararus’ brother), Ruth Obed, Ruth Graham, & Ruth Munroe. I had met the first 3 women a few years earlier but this would be the first time I would meet Billy Graham’s wife & Myles Munroe wife

WOW. What a moment. Meeting the great personalities of history that one had only heard or read about was always inspiring. Little did I know that the assignment I had been entrusted with will bring to my pathway people of great repute in the Kingdom. At that point I could sense that the Lord orchestrated that I meet with all these individuals just hours before His shoot. It was His way of helping me see the from different perspectives how the Lord see things and people. It reminded me of how great his mercy and love towards mankind was.

If the people that would reign with Christ in His millennial Kingdom were to be handpicked by man, I’m 99% convinced that most men would not have chosen someone like Mary Magdalene of whom 7 demons had been casted out of. It was hard to even imagine that 7 demons once dwelled in the being of such a fair & beautiful woman. To crown it all, her name was mentioned in the New Testament more than some of the 12 disciples of Jesus.

Looking at her, the song of Donnie McClurkin began playing in my heart:
‘Great is Your mercy towards me
Your loving kindness towards me
Your tender mercy, I see
Day after day

Forever faithful towards me
Always providing for me
Great is Your mercy towards me
Great is Your grace’

I was momentarily lost in worship. The voice of Favour brought me back. "I know you must have a lot to sort out before the shoot so we won’t delay your intenary," she said.

"I’m still on track," I replied. "Besides, I have a feeling that all these interactions will help my session with the Lord."

"We’ll need to have you checked into your room in time for you to join us for the dinner by midnight," John said.

"You might have to give me till 12:15am to get back from my room," I replied. With Favour still holding tightly unto my hands and motioning towards the check-in desk, I thanked everyone for the hospitable welcome and told them how excited I look forward to joining them shortly for the dinner.

Leaving John, Tosin & the entire "welcome" team behind and walking towards the check-in counter with Favour by my side and Folu ahead, I suddenly realised how oblivious I had been to the fact that there were other people (besides us) in the hotel lobby. Doing a quick maths, I estimated there were about 32 humans and less than 10 glorified beings in the lobby. Most of the humans were families who just checked out of their rooms and were waiting for their rides to pull up.

It was interesting to watch how humans interacted seamlessly with glorified beings. [By "humans" , I refer to the generation of people that were born after Christ's Return and by "glorified beings", I refer to those that had returned with Jesus from heaven and/or had "heavenly bodies"]. I watched with interest as a teenager played chess with an Angel and seemed to be winning. "Checkmate in 2 moves & there’s nothing you can do about it," the teenager had told his competition.

"How was the Atlantic train trip," Favour asked as we got to the check-in desk.

"Always an exhilarating experience. I’m yet to meet someone that was ever bored on the underwater train. I even got a few pictures of 2 blue whales."

"Let me see them, let me see them pleeeeeaaaaaaasssse," Favour said with her hands clapped together & rubbing each other.

"No You Can’t," a voice shouted from behind us. It was one of those voices I had grown accustomed to hearing. "Try to be more patient and allow Mr Seun settle down first," Ofure added. At 33 years old, Ofure was the first human I’ll meet at the hotel that night. She had given her life to Jesus after visiting Jerusalem in 2123 for a makeup artist’ internship with MM Fashion, an international fashion brand owned by Mary Magdalene. We had met countless times and had worked with her on a number of photo sessions. The Lord had impressed on my heart that I should have her on board as my makeup artist and I had contacted her to brief her on the photo session of the century.

"Ooooooohhhhh," Favour murmured with a smile.

"I thought you were supposed to call me upon your arrival here," Ofure said while simultaneously punching me in the stomach.

"I’m so sorry," I replied with a big hug that lifted her 4ft3inches stature off the ground. "I’m so sorry."

Time stamp: 11:39pm

"Francesco Tonelli just called," Folu interrupted. "He said he’s been calling you but you’re not picking and just wanted to wish you the best on your shoot with His Royal Highness. He’s in Syria doing a food photography shoot for a restaurant and wishes he was here with us."

"Thanks. Please remind me to call him later in the day," I said while grabbing the keys to my room on 85th floor. We had barely taken 3 steps away from the check-in desk when I saw (by the elevators lobby entrance) the profile view of a photographer I have had the privilege of training over 120 years earlier. Basirat was a Muslim that had eventually given her life to Jesus after the aftermath of the Rapture that saw many Christians and children disappear from the face of the earth. {I smiled and hoped that all these people I was meeting and greeting will not make me late for my dinner with John & co.}

To be continued…
#thedayishotJESUS

The Frustrated Photography Trainer


I recently got a message from one of our photography academy graduates that was having challenges in his photography career. He had finished from eloPhotos Academy in 2010 and had ventured partly into training other would-be photographers. The last training he had was in 2014 and he had decided he would either quit training or seek someone’s advice on how to get better results. He chose the later and we would eventually meet for a 30 minutes session.
He had gotten just one person that signed up for his last 5-days training and was wondering what he could do to get better attendance. Before he finished explaining all the issues he had, I knew the root of the problem because I had been in his shoes. In addressing the problem, I explained to him that it was erroneous of him to have started the marketing of his training program just six weeks prior to when it was scheduled to start. He should have started marketing his brand as a "photography trainer" about 3-6 months before advertising a training program. I told him that the average person that would attend his training is likely to be more convinced about his training potentials if he as a trainer has enough "evidence" of such online.

I explained to him that very few people will pay you N40k for a 5 days training in photography if all they see on your Facebook page are jokes and non-photography related posts. If he wanted better attendance for his future training programs, he should start putting up photography-related posts that shows that he is capable of proficiently teaching
Photography. No amount of discounted training will get him the audience he wants if he doesn’t posts enough photography-related educational nuggets online. 3-6 months of consistently doing that online should be enough evidence to prove to one of the 100,000+ Nigerians looking for a photography teacher that he is eligible to be their teacher.

The second reason he was having issues forging ahead in the industry was because of the type of company he keeps. I personally know most of the photographers he associates with and he’ll have to make new photography friends/mentors if he wants to "progress" in the industry. I explained to him that it is no coincidence that I’m deliberately connecting with the likes of Joe McNally, Zach&Jody, Demola Olaniran, Aisha Augie-Kuta & other world-class photographers that I’ll like to be like when I grow up. Though a bitter pill to swallow, his failure is guaranteed if he does not begin to associate with people that look like they’ve gotten to where he is going. I told him the difference between his current photography friends and his ideal photography mentors. His friends are likely to tell him something he agrees with that will make him remain at his current spot (or move at their pace forward or backwards) while a mentor is like to tell him things that he does not necessarily agree with but will like catapult him to his destiny. The choice is his to take.

Though he seemed to be inspired by all that I said (judging from the fact that he was nodding his head at 60 nods per minute), I only hope he would not procrastinate on the implementation of some of the medicine I recommend. It is medicine I’m currently using myself and I’m confident the results will be impressive in 3-5 years. Blessed indeed are the doers more than the hearers of this photography word for theirs is the kingdom of…………… (fill in the blanks)

Alexander’s Day in 2025


The following happened on the 28th of June, 2025.

Feeling relaxed at my hotel at about 2:43AM that morning, I got up from the bed and off to my thinking and meditation moment, my daily ritual after just a few knap, it has been work, planning and getting ready for the big event. Exactly at about 30 minutes later, it dawned on me that have not commune with my father, the creator of heaven and earth. I had my personal quiet time with the creator committing all that is in the day to him and then back to my meditation and planning. I could hardly think through because there were many call distraction because of the big day.
As the cloud paves way for the daylight, my little girl jump into the room to embrace her number one hero saying, she has missed me so much, and truth be told, I miss her more especially my best friend(wife) and my cute boy she is backing who is fast asleep, his birthday are weeks away . Time for devotion my first born son cries, and we ended up doing that in the hotel room where we all lodged after a trip from our house in Ibadan the previous night to be part of the big event in Abuja.

The stage was set, the lighting was perfect and of cause very captivating, the sound was so good to the ears, my respected Egbon on the wheel of steel; DJ Gosporella, testing the sounds and making sure all was set for the night. The artists were arriving and I am giving the compere the program load down of the event tonight. It was the end of the project (Two Nations, One culture, one Product) touring both Ghana and Nigeria and it’s been wrapped up with a Gala Night and Exhibition, a project sponsored by a Japanese multinational conglomerate, the world third largest manufacturer of cameras- SONY, unveiling their newest Alpha line DSLR with the latest technology, meeting the curiosity of photographers, in both countries. The event is also a fund raising one for my non-profit organization that reach out to youths and the disabled but particularly, this Night is also to raise funds for Autistic children in my NGO, my way of giving back to the society. It was the Nigeria Edition with the federal ministry of art and culture which is rounding up at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Nigeria at the Transcorp Hilton hotel which saw the likes of the first lady, my mentors in photography, the SONY crew well represented, delegates from Ghana as well photographers and several minister at the unveiling of the outcome of the nationwide tour between the two powerful countries with the exhibition of the shots that has gone viral and comments from around the world startle me.

There I sat watching the event unfolds and all I could say was thank you Lord. We have come a long way into this and I really don’t know how I merit this. Could it be because I share from both root, my dad being a Ghanaian and my mum from Nigeria. I sighed and looked into my wife eyes, she nodded with my hands been squeezed, she can see through me perfectly. That was all I need from her because she has been a part and my no one fan since my intention of going full time into photography. It’s been 11 years since I graduated from the university, with no regrets. One moment to the other, it was fun packed as different artist entertain the audience.

At the end of the day, I breath a sign of relief when A call came in on my phone, it was from the president and CEO of Sony Corporation congratulating me on a job well done with commendation on both the record sales of their Alpha line camera that is introduced to the market, its rating has gone up in no time he said to me and the event of the day was colorful stating he could only live stream due to some meetings he was having with some other CEOs. I also sincerely returned my appreciation, stating how privileged I was working with their giant brand. Before he dropped the call, he said a CEO friend of his saw my work and was highly impressed, check your email, my friend send you a job. The call dropped. After the night was totally over, on my way to the room, I checked my mail. It was from the CEO of AIRBUS Group wanting me to cover their world tour of the new electric airplane the company just launched. Wow! Godwin was all I could shout. All road leads to Blagnac, France for the world tour. Excited I am as I sing my way down to the room. I enjoyed the rest of the night with my wife.
My flight back home is at 6am and I’m really looking forward to the homecoming, it’s been months that I left home for my documentary project. I just have few days to spend at home, I thought in my mind. Bless God. My name is Alexander Yirenkyi and am a photographer.

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future, Voltaire (1694-1778)

Weekly Accountability Report by Charis 5 Photography


The photography journey so far has been wonderful and very challenging. Right in the heart of those challenges have quite learnt some few do’s and don’ts, just like the usual saying ‘experience is the best teacher’. This is year I have assisted some of my colleagues in the industry in covering their jobs (mostly weddings). Surprisingly enough my major work so far in this year has been on preggy, babies, (mostly friends I persuade in other to build portfolios- so no many per say) children birthdays, product shoots and street documentaries. Talking about street documentaries, I realized in my area the sky is always beautiful and ever dramatic any time of the day, so began to take pictures of that especially in the morning around 6:30am. I also took pictures of the work in progress of my landlord new 4bedroom flat; market scenes daylight and at night; Pictures of the first fly over bridge in Abeokuta.

And just on Sat 2nd of May, I started the documentary on the Mad personality on the street of metropolitan cities. To achieve I travelled to Abeokuta and at the moment 2 serious mad people at different locations has been covered.

Hope to have up to 10 of them before the month runs out God helping me. (Posing them might be a serious issue anyways *smiles*).Moreover the project ‘women in business’ has also commenced right away, and along side taking pictures of interesting men in business as well. Just within few days I started,I realized small scale enterprises(sme) is the order of the day in our part of the country. Wondering how it does affect the nation’s GDP.
Now, just yesterday I did a preggy shoot for a couple friend who I’m trying to woo photo graphically. Having prepared my gadgets and charged the ‘chargeables’, getting there, after few shots, my flash messed up! I mean it just stopped coming up and no back up flash. I resolved to using the pop-up flash though it wasn’t the fill I wanted but I was glad I was no longer seeing a dark Lcd screen after each shot. Glad I wasn’t missing the beauty and different compositions at the moments. Finished up and dragged myself home around past 8pm in the rain. Then I remembered again for the umpteenth time that I have signed up a weekly report with my mentor who hardly forgets things. As I sat down before the table to begin my report, I just couldn’t come up with anything. It was a scene of the ‘spirit is willing but the flesh is week’. I looked at the bed, it was beckoning and I eventually crawled on it. I thank God for the whole day and asked the Holy spirit to wake me up early enough to put this piece before you together. Ever faithful, he did! Really so happy this will be entering your mail 2hrs before the set time.

Right now at the moment I really long for substantial clients, seems I give more than I’m being paid. More or less is been free or appreciative tokens in the past few months of the year.

At this junction I say good morning sir.

Still yours in biz,
Tosin Bakre
For Charis 5.

The Day I Shot Jesus: Chapter 5


About 8 feet before we entered the building, I was irresistibly drawn to a beautiful phenomenon on the right side of the hotel. Its a scene I had seen too many times since the Lord retuned to earth to rule it. Its a scene that sends a poetic message to every fibre of my being each time I see it. I had seen it countless times before but it brings tears to my eyes each and every single time. As Folu handed me yet another handkerchief, I stared with teary eyes at the scene that seemed to distract me for a moment. Asking for forgiveness once again for wasting John’s time, I watched 3 animals that played together on the green field just 15 feet from the hotel’s entrance. A lion, a zebra & a lamb cuddled each other while eating what seemed to be their dinner: grass

The scene reminded me of my beloved pet in my Akonko residence. In 2098 I had gotten a Siberian tiger on one of my visits to Baku, Azerbaijan. Though the then-276kg-6-year-old was considered a toddler, Ofufu (as I called him) was a cat whose nature reminded me of my father: gentle, forgiving & unconditionally loving. These were attributes that could not have been mentioned when talking about "wild" animals before our Lord’s return.

Apparently the physical presence of Jesus on the planet heralded a change in the nature of animals that were previously considered as wild. Apparently the wildness of their nature was one of the consequences of Adam’s disobedience in Eden. [Talking of Adam, its been about 5 months since we chatted via webogram. Note to self: call Adam when you're done with Jesus' session]. Apparently quite a number of animals had returned to eating grass, green leaves and fruits. Apparently this lion was no different and their new diet also resulted to them living longer than their pre-rapture colleagues.

I would later discover that the hotel had about 13 different lions lurking around the premises of the hotel. The most beautiful of the lions was one that was pink in colour. Never in my life had I imagine I would see a yellow lion. I smiled and blessed God for the privilege to be among the living that would witness such a beauty.

We entered the 100-square-metres lobby of the hotel and 2 statues were obvious to anyone whose eyes were in working order. At 15 feet high, the statue of Jesus was a beauty to behold especially when you consider the fact that it was hewn out of one the rarest & most expensive gems on earth: musgravite. The smile on the face of Jesus’ statue always brings a smile on the face of whoever beholds it.

Suddenly, Joash bursted out in heavenly excitement and shouted at the top of his voice HALLELUJAH. For what seemed to be approximately 90 seconds, he started dancing sporadically to music that seemed to be only heard by him. I was used to such sporadic expression of Joy. As he finished dancing, I moved over to where he was standing beside John and asked "HOW MANY & WHERE?"

Apparently every angel had been programmed to sense & rejoice whenever someone on earth gives their life to Christ (by accepting him as Lord & Saviour). They also seemed to know the location where this monumental miracle occurs.

"25 people in Ankara, Turkey."

Everyone of us shouted "Hallelujah" and raised our hands to heaven with one accord. Judging by the number of people, it must have been at a church program that was currently holding in the Northeastern part of Turkey. Glory to God in the highest.

Time Stamp: 11:25pm Jerusalem Time.

It was at that very moment that I simultaneously came to the realization of how beautiful the hotel we just entered was. I had heard of the beauty of such an edifice. I had passed the entrance of its gates countless times. I had admired it from afar. But this was the first time I will be lodging in the most beautiful hotel on planet earth. Located at the centre of about 6 hectares of land, the New Gate Hotel was an edifice made entirely from one of the most precious gems on earth: DIAMOND.

To be continued…

The Day I Shot Jesus: Chapter 4


I would eventually meet the only lady among the welcoming ambassadors Jesus had sent to greet me. I smiled. I had known her longer than any of the other men I had just greeted. I met her in Lagos over 120 years ago. She waved her SILT K5 camera at me and muttered the words "I got one too". With a warm hug that seemed to last longer than the one I gave John, she muttered "My Father, my Father". And with a kiss to her forehead, I told Tosin I had missed her so much.

She held on to my hand the way my daughter Ebenezer would hold me when she was 2 years old. Come to think of it, it just occurred to me that I had not put a call through to my daughter to let her know I arrived safely. I pleaded with John the beloved to give me 1 minute to quickly tell Ebenezer I had arrived safely in Jerusalem.

Though 124 years old, Ebenezer sounded young and vibrant on the phone. She was still in her innocent years when the Rapture had happened and was one of the millions of children that disappeared in the fraction of a second. That singular event would go down on record as the most catastrophic "unexplainable" event that caused monumental havoc in every single city on the planet. Little did the inhabitants of earth know that it was not just explainable, more catastrophic scenarios were about to unfold within the 84+ months to follow. Less than 20% of those left behind will live to see the Lord’s triumphant return. Ebenezer would eventually return with the millions of angels that escorted Jesus on His return.

How is Cyprus, I quizzed. "Hope the kids are not too much of a trouble this semester?" 53 years earlier, Ebenezer had started a music & dance school at the leading of the Lord in the city of Nicosia. Heavily affected by the plagues & wars of the tribulation period, Cyprus had reduced from a population of over 1.8 million people to a nation of less than 115,000 at the Lord’s return. The island was one of those terribly affected when a star – Wormwood – fell from outer space and leveled some islands.

Ebenezer’s ministry was part part of the Lord’s plan rebuild the nation. We exchanged Greetings in Cypriot Greek and I promised to give her the full gist once I was done with Jesus’ shoot. Her last words before we ended the call was "there’s a BIG surprise Jesus is planning for you and He’s so excited about the shoot." What could this surprise be? I wondered.

The time is 11:17pm. I had kept the entourage of 22 waiting for longer than I planned. I apologized to them but their excitement at my presence seemed to eliminate any potential for them to get angry at whatever I do. With Folu on my right side and John on my left, we proceeded to enter the lounge of the first 10 star 180-storey hotel on earth.

About 8 feet before we entered the building, I was irresistibly drawn to a beautiful phenomenon on the right side of the hotel. Its a scene I had seen too many times since the Lord retuned to earth to rule it. Its a scene that sends a poetic message to every fibre of my being each time I see it. I had seen it countless times before but it brings tears to my eyes each and every single time. As Folu handed me yet another handkerchief, I stared with teary eyes at the scene that seemed to distract me for a moment. Asking for forgiveness once again for wasting John’s time, I watched 3 animals that played together on the green field just 15 feet from the hotel’s entrance. A lion, a zebra & a lamb cuddled each other while eating what seemed to be their dinner: grass

To be continued…

The Day I Shot Jesus: Chapter 3


I shed a few tears.

"Is my boss emotional again?" Folu queried. I turned to look at him only to see that he was already handing me an handkerchief. He had worked with me on different assignments for over 29 years and had gotten used to my emotional tendencies which were usually triggered when I thought of the goodness of the Lord. He had also come a long way in the service of the Master. Although he was one of the most revered pastors in Africa, Folu had missed the rapture.

Folu had been the pastor of a church with 8 million+ members and 387 branches worldwide. Majority of the church members that were left behind after the rapture were a little surprised that their Shepherd "missed" the trumpet call. However, It wasn’t a surprise to Folu. In 2013, his wife had an affair with a "caring" choir member and although they resolved the marital differences between each other, Folu never found it in his heart to forgive his wife. For years he was bitter in his heart towards her (though no one knew), and this would eventually lead to his being left behind. He immediately repented after the rapture and had to witness the first 65 months of the 7 years Tribulation he had once preached about. The forces of the United Army will eventually capture him for refusing to denounce Christ as Lord. He was beheaded on global television and showcased as an example to those who refused to pledge allegiance to the new world dictator. He eventually joined us in heaven and was among the forefront host of heaven that rode down on horses for the the biggest battle in human history.

Here we were sitting beside each other heading to shoot the One whose love had brought us together. Though he was still pastoring a church in the new Millennium, he had met me in 2117 and told me he felt led to assist me in my photography mission trips. 29 years after working together, here we were on our way shoot the very One who called us into MINISTRY.

We arrived at the prestigious New Gate Hotel in downtown Jerusalem and to my surprise was greeted with a host of about 22 people. The leader of the entourage opened the door for me to come out of the car and I was surprised at the gesture.

It was at that moment I realized how important a task I had been entrusted with. When His Royal Majesty sends one of his closest friends on earth to meet you at the hotel, consider yourself honoured. It was the 3rd time I would be meeting John the beloved. We hugged one another for what seemed to be forever and I thanked him for taking out time out of his busy schedule to welcome me. "When Jesus told me you were coming to give him a session, I quickly volunteered to be the leader of those that will meet you," he said. The last time we met was at the Apostles’ Convention in 2136. I had been privileged to photograph the event. I remember being blessed by the musical ministrations of Nathaniel Bassey, Kirk Franklin and Angela Walters. The poetry recitation of Thomas Dexter Jakes sent emotional goose bumps all over my heavenly body. I didn’t know we would meet in the same city just a year later.

After hugging John, I was greeted by a few great men whose name coincidentally started with J. It was as if Jesus was trying to appeal to the poetic part of Seun Akisanmi by sending powerful people whose name began with J to welcome me. Jeremiah was the first to greet me after my eternity hug with John. James the son of Zebedee and Jude followed suit. I was quickly reminded of their love for the Gospel when I hugged Jude. Jude was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ while James was beheaded (over 2000 years ago) in the same city he was meeting with me.

One person stood out of the crowd perhaps because he was the tallest. Joash was a dark-skinned angel that had been assigned to guard & protect John wherever he went. I had met him in heaven before the Lord returned to rule the earth and I remember being surprised to see an angel with dark skin and dreadlocks.

"Whats up Seun," he greeted. We shook hands like 2 gangsters who had been away from one another for a while. His hug would eventually lift me off the ground and that seemed to send a wave of laughter to everyone watching.

I would eventually meet the only lady among the welcoming ambassadors Jesus had sent to greet me. I smiled. I had known her longer than any of the other men I had just greeted. I met her in Lagos over 120 years ago. She waved her SILT K5 camera at me and muttered the words "I got one too". With a warm hug that seemed to last longer than the one I gave John, she muttered "My Father, my Father". And with a kiss to her forehead, I told Tosin I had missed her so much.

To be continued…

The Day I Shot Jesus: Chapter 2


"Phone call for you sir," Folu interrupted. It was the makeup artist. She was wondering why we are yet to get to the hotel. "Don’t worry Ofure, we’ll be there in 6 minutes." I dropped the call and hurriedly boarded the David OXY 2.1 luxurious car that had been sent to pick us up. Ever since 2014 when Israel developed a car that could run on "air" as fuel, the technology had been refined and improved upon. Not only do we now have cars that can run on "air" as fuel, we now had cars that run on "water" as a fuel system. What made the David OXY 2.1 unique was the fact that it was the first car that not only uses water as a fuel mechanism; the waste product from its emission system was oxygen. Now we had cars that worked like trees in the sense that they emitted oxygen as waste, a waste that is essential to human survival.

Beeeeeeeeep!!!

My battery alarm on my transparent flexi-phone just alerted me. I quickly placed my thumbnail on the charging point situated at the back of the phone to charge it with the electricity that my body released. 2 minutes later, my Carol 6u phone was charged and ready to work for another 8 weeks.

I checked the time. It was 11pm. But yet the sky was as bright as daylight. This was one of the scientific phenomenon that the world had experienced since Jesus returned to rule the earth decades earlier. Prior to his return, the dictionary definition of night was basically "the period of darkness in each twenty-four hours". After His return, the definition of night was simply "the time from sunset to sunrise". This was because even when the sun had set, the glory that emanated from Jesus was enough to literally light up the world, a phenomenon that seemed to counter scientific logic.

So here I was in the back seat of my driverless David OXY 2.1 looking outside the window as if trying to spot the exact source of the illumination of the sky. I was looking for the star that was illuminating the earth at an hour that ought to have been considered "dark". It occurred to me that the star wasn’t in the sky, it was in Jerusalem and I was on my way to His palace later in the "night" to shoot him. I felt a million goose pimples shoot through my body.

I never realized my dream could come true. Never. But then He had kept to his word when He told me to "Ask & you shall receive". In 2013 I had prayed for the opportunity to photograph him in a session when He returned to earth. It was one of those prayers I had said without 100% faith in my heart that he would grant my request. Little did I know that my request had been noted in the records in Heaven. 124 years later, the the physical manifestation of my request was being made manifest.

I shed a few tear.

"Is my boss emotional again," Folu queried. I turned to look at him only to see that he was already handing me an handkerchief. He had worked with me on different assignments for over 29 years and had gotten used to my emotional tendencies which were usually triggered when I thought of the goodness of the Lord. He had also come a long way in the service of the Master. Although he was one of the most revered pastors in Africa, Folu had missed the rapture….

To be continued…

4 Days to Nigeria Photography Expo & Conference #NiPHEC2015


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4天多去摄影爱好者的最大规模​​的聚会:尼日利亚摄影展览和会议。六月13日至20日,2015年阿布贾和拉各斯。访问www.niphec.com/seminars登记细节。
4 Tiān duō qù shèyǐng àihào zhě de zuìdà guīmó​​de jùhuì: Nírìlìyǎ shèyǐng zhǎnlǎn hé huìyì. Liù yuè 13 rì zhì 20 rì,2015 nián ābù jiǎ hé lā gè sī. Fǎngwèn www.Niphec.Com/seminars

4 siwaju sii ọjọ lati lọ si fun awọn tobi apejo ti Photography awọn ololufẹ: Nigeria Photography Expo & alapejọ. June 13 – 20, 2015. Abuja & Lagos. Be www.niphec.com/seminars fun ìforúkọsílẹ awọn alaye. #NiPHEC2015 #NiPHEC
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4 more days to go for the largest gathering of Photography lovers: Nigeria Photography Expo & Conference. June 13 – 20, 2015. Abuja & Lagos. Visit www.niphec.com/seminars for registration details. #NiPHEC2015 #NiPHEC
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4 ọzọ ụbọchị na-aga n’ihi na ndị kasị ibu nzukọ nke Photography hụrụ: Nigeria Photography Expo & Conference. June 13 – 20, 2015. Abụja & Lagos. Gaa www.niphec.com/seminars maka aha nkọwa. #NiPHEC2015 #NiPHEC

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

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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.

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FINALLY OUT: NiPHEC 2015 Schedule


Breaking news: Nigeria Photography Expo and Conference (NiPHEC) 2015 Schedule is finally up.

Visit http://www.niphec.com/seminars to view a list of classes you can take during the forthcoming Nigeria Photography Expo and Conference 2015. This year’s edition holds in Abuja & Lagos. Network with top photographers in the industry: Jide Odukoya, Shola Animashaun, George Okoro,  Uche James-Iroha,  Richard Eko,  Aisha Augie-Kuta, George Osodi & many more.

Got questions & suggestions? Send us a mail at info@niphec.com or drop a message on our fb page (fb.com/niphec)

The Luxurious Hotel “Potential” Client


"Am I on to someone from eloPhotos Studio?"

It was the voice of a gentleman in his mid thirties. Apparently we had been recommended to him for a photography job he had.

He asked if I knew a luxurious Hotel situated on Lagos island and I replied in the affirmative. He explained that he needed me to take just about 5 or 6 pictures of the Hotel for him to use to develop the hotel’s website. "So how much would it cost," he concluded.

I explained to him that I don’t just take "5 pictures" and that he needed to send a mail explaining in full details what he was expecting from the photographer. I told him I can’t just give a price over the phone for something like that; the price quote was dependent on the time & skill level it will take to get those 5 pictures. He sounded like I was making a big deal out of nothing and didn’t seem to understand why I can’t just give him a price right "now". He insisted that he needed to send the quote to his boss in 3 minutes and that I shouldn’t waste his time by telling him to send a mail; besides he just explained what he wanted.

So I finally gave in to his autocratic demand. I explained to him that the last job we did for a hotel took us over 2 weeks to document. The hotel was (& still is) based in Abuja and they wanted pictures of the different parts of the Hotel for their yearly calendar. I explained that we billed the hotel N150k "per day" for the shoot and concluded the conversation with a question that made him pause for 1.5 seconds: "Do you have that amount as a budget to start with?"

He responded with the words I’ve heard so many times from inquiring potential clients: I’LL GET BACK TO YOU. There was a way he said it that made me sense that he probably would NOT get back to me. I sense that he may have gotten the impression that either I was proud or too expensive. Sometimes people misinterpret as PRIDE the responses you get from a confident service-provider who knows his worth. I think I tried to be as diplomatic as possible.

However, My rule still stands. I usually don’t recommend giving prices for products/services over the phone unless I’ve gotten a detailed email breaking down the expectations of the client. Either the client or service-provider could forget what was discussed but no one would forget if the conversation was done via mail.

Or how else do you think I could have handled the luxurious hotel "potential" client?

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My USELESS Wife


It is unbelievable to explain a mind-blowing experience in my marital life! This was the statement that subconsciously came out from my mouth when an Aljazera correspondent interviewed me last year. Come to think of it, I wonder how some people seem to have issues in their marriage. Many have given different excuses for acting in a particular manner in displaying their marital responsibility towards their spouse. Can this be as a result of their background? Some think marriage is just leaving together, while some think is just for satisfaction of sexual desire. In fact, some men marry in order for their wife to take care of the household while they are away. After pondering of what could have been happening to my wife, I finally concluded on a definition of marriage. Although, there are so many things I still hope to understand about my wife, I love her for who she is. Also, an alarm always sounds in my mind anytime I choose to be naughty. It is the signing of the dotted lines at the marriage registry and especially the consequences.

It happened that I married a woman whose background is completely different from mine. She was born oversees and had her primary education there. I could say she was born with a silver spoon, as compared to me that has no spoon no to talk of wooden one (smiles). Her father, a surgeon is a well traveled specialist. He is always traveling with the family. He instilled the mentality of self-pride, integrity and independence into his children. Imagine a woman with all these virtues! The combination of the virtues helps in her pursuit, especially in the disposition of her job functions.
Unexpectedly, my wifes fathers assignment was over and there was a decision to relocate back to the home country. The entirely family initially objected his decision. Although, there were so many other alternatives which the father could have considered, he insisted he was not going to accept any other offer. So, he relocated the whole family to Nigeria. Oh! How I wish I was his friend oversees at that particular time to advise him not to come back home; that he should have gone for bigger pay-check assignments. That could have helped him to be more resourceful and experienced. But I never knew it was going to be a benefit for me. Had it been the family never came back to Nigeria, I may not have met this babe (smiles). Well, we eventually met and the rest is history.

Interestingly, my wife developed an attitude that got my attention of recent. Wait! Did I just notice this attitude? How can this be? Can this be true? Could that be as a result of the instilled discipline from childhood? These were the questions flowing across my mind. I understand that family is the first institution which forms ones habit but it can be changed. In fact, in recent times, I discovered that she does it in such a way that its like she has been programmed. At this point, I resolved that I was going to watch her closely when she exhibits this certain behavior. I regret those years that I had wasted not taking time to know my wife the more, especially this issue. In fact, I wanted to react that day I noticed this attitude of hers but I maturely calmed my nerves to understudy the process, as well as the outcome.

Consequently, I was dumbfounded by the display of the woman I had stayed with for close to a decade. I can imagine my high level of ignorance about her. On that fateful morning, after having our devotion, she went to have her bath with great enthusiasm and I was set because it was about the time of her usual habit. Wait a little! I gave it a second thought. Several questions ran through my mind. Will she display the attitude? Hope she will not pretend? Hope my concentration will not make her to disguise? Well, I concluded I would manage to study her and conclude with whatever I can deduce.

I noticed that she is great at making up her face. From the cleaning of the face, to the applying of the foundation and on and on, and by the time she finished that fateful morning, she looked gorgeous. It then dawned on me that the woman in my life had been underutilized in my photography business. This beautiful woman would have been useful to perfect the brides session of my wedding photography, and even the portrait session for years. Oh! It is also sad to say that I have been paying exorbitantly for services out there as against the one at my finger tip, which I would have got for free. Now, I have learnt by experience that marriage is more than a man cleaving to his wife. Every aspects of man, including marriage needs real observation and continuous learning in order to understand key areas that can better ones business, especially my business of photography.

By Jide Jokodola

NiPHEC 2015 To Hold June 14 – 20, 2015


The forthcoming edition of the 3rd annual Nigeria Photography Expo and Conference slated for April 6 – May 2 (2015) has been postponed to June 14 – June 20. The 7-weeks shift in date has been necessitated due to the political atmosphere in the country which has affected not just the logistics of organising a successful conference but  also (in more ways than anticipated) the economy of the country.

We strongly believe that the political dust would have settled once the new President of Nigeria is inaugurated by May 29 thereby giving way for many organisations & individuals to part of this monumental event in the photography industry.

Consequently the newly updated schedule will be put up as soon as we confirm the availability of our speakers &  facilitators. We wholeheartedly apologize for whatever inconvenience this might have caused the multitude of attendees that have scheduled their annual leave/holiday during the previously set dates. Kindly share the new dates with those you know might be planning to attend.

With the likes of Jide Odukoya, Demola Olaniran, Abdulahi Maigaskiya, Uche James-Iroha,  Aisha Augie-Kuta, Kikelomo Koleosho, Rick Sammon, Emmanuel Effiong-Bright, Olamide Bakare, Zach & Jody, Tom Saater, Seun Akisanmi, Bisola Ijalana & other world-class photographers, you’re bound to have a wonderful time of networking & learning. We’re excitedly looking forward to seeing you at #NiPHEC2015.

For sponsorship & exhibition enquiries, please kindly contact the following coordinators:
Niyi Ogunkoya, niyiogunkoya@elophotos.com or +234 9098844036.
Femi Adewuyi (+234 8036105170), Obasola Bamigbola (+234 8034965884)  info@niphec.com

An Undeniable APPLICATION


Dear Sir,

APPLICATION FOR THE POSITION OF APPRENTICE

I humbly apply for a position as an apprentice in your photography school.
I am ALABI Oluwabusayo, a God fearing young man with a passion to touch lives and spread happiness. I chose photography mainly because I want to be able to experience and store the memories of the subject in the view finder of my camera. Also photography, as I found, is a visual way of capturing that illusive phenomenon called TIME. Our memories, be they sweet, pleasant, beautiful, dreadful, lovely or bitter all have they abode in TIME. Photography makes me (as a child of God, a Christian) truly appreciate the people I meet and get to know daily, because in a photograph our lost loved ones remain alive. And being the one with the eye behind the view finder, you remember every nanosecond before and after the shot.

I came across elophotos in September 2011, online before my NYSC. I visited elophotos academy in August 2013, where I met Mr Akisanmi and saw firsthand life in the academy. Haven spoken with some of the interns, I was hooked. One look at the interns rules of engagement, I realized this is serious business. Elophotos seeks to arm young creative minds with the arsenal to tackle problems they may face in the photography world and life as a whole, armed with weapons such as integrity, creativity, timeliness, professionalism and excellence.

I am young and intelligent, versatile, hardworking and ready to learn. I tackle problems with a possibility mind set and undaunted zeal. I hate to fail as well as disappoint, hence I face challenges head on. If in a team I can never be the weakest link, but a support for it in order to achieve our team goals. I have no doubt that I would be of immense benefit to this dynamic organization even as an apprentice if given this opportunity.

Yours faithfully,

ALABI Oluwabusayo

A Day In My Life In 2020: Busayo Alabi


(Alarm), (yawning and stretching), I can’t believe it’s already 5 am. It’s a big day today the 12th of April, gosh- it still seems like a dream. Today marks the official opening of yemi ROTIMI BOLD photography. The first of its kind in the jaw dropping Four Bridges district of the EKO ATLANTIC megacity, a stunning combination of commercial and residential buildings with superbly designed water ways and road networks. This achievement has been in response to requests from my numerous clienteles, living on this five million square meter fantastic man-made island.

Its 6:08 am, kneeling beside my bed I reflect on everything my Father in heaven has done for me in the past five years. Looking back if I was told that I would be a photographer, I’ll have laughed so hard that my stomach muscles would experience spasms. In the scriptures it’s written “the lord works in mysterious ways”. HE even makes me understand how grand his thoughts are for me. His ways also are beyond searching, as the Yoruba man would say ‘Olorun Awamaridi’, meaning the unsearchable God. You might say, hmm preacher. The truth is I owe HIM everything, who gave up everything for me, Jesus Christ my lord and savior.

8: 08am, Time to hit the road, picking up my transparent iPhone 12 I head down stairs and into the car. As usual as we ride to the office, Gbenga briefs me of the important emails I received this morning, stating that a lot of them are congratulatory in nature and of the fact that on the 15th of May, I would have to be at the Buckingham palace for the arrival of William and Kate’s fourth child, as Kate’s expected delivery date should fall on the 17th of May. Kate also sends her congratulations for the opening today.  Gbenga Olorunsola has been my personal assistant for two years now and has been a blessing to me in many ways than one.

On getting to the Office, Gbenga reviews the list of guest invited for the opening ceremony. I need to go through the price list of the photos to be exhibited in the gallery today. The program will run from 6:00 to 9:00pm, and the guest would be arriving any time from 5:00pm. I’m looking forward to a splendid evening for me and the guest.

The chairman of  the occasion and special guest of honor was Seun Akisanmi, CEO of Seun Akisanmi Studios, one of Nigeria’s foremost photography ambassadors, the owner elophotos photography academy a global brand and also the convener of Nigeria Photography Expo and Conference (NiPHEC). After the opening speech by Seun Akisanmi and words from a select few of my colleagues, the gallery is opened for the exhibition and sale of some seventy creative photographs I had shot the past four years. To my greatest surprise the photograph titled ‘peace’ is the first to be sold… wow. I had encouraged the guest earlier to dip their hand very deep into their bank accounts for the exhibition, because sixty percent of each work sold tonight goes to the Jacob Adejare Babatunde Foundation which caters for the welfare of orphans and widows  and the less privileged.

9:23pm. Just a few of the guest remain enjoying the live smooth jazz by Norman Brown and discussing business. So I say my good byes to the last few, Gbenga signals me that the car is ready whenever I am.

It is 10:15 pm time for bed, but not without thanking my father in heaven for such a beautiful and rewarding day. For he who is grateful for yesterday’s and today’s blessing will receive many more bountiful blessing from the father in heaven for the days to come.

I am Oluwabusayo Alabi, Chief Executive officer Yemi ROTIMI BOLD photography, a humble photographer.

A Day In My Life In 2020: Jide Jokodola


What a great day, I shouted from my bed around 6:30am in room 202 of the worlds only 7 star hotel; Burj Al Arab, Dubai United Arab Emirate. I wonder how all my nights on earth could have been if I have to the opportunity to sleep in this luxurious apartment. May be that was why I woke up late…. smiles. I am so excited and I see it as a great privilege not to only lodge here, but to meet and network with the WHO’s who of the world.

Its Friday 6th March 2020. I thank God for bringing me thus far, and all in my mind is my presentation today at the Gulf Photo Plus Conference for the next two days. I am also eager to meet my mentor, Mr Seun Akisanmi, who as a Guest Speaker, is speaking on The Business of Photography.

As I pray, my phone rings. And only to check after my prayers to see that my wife has been the one calling. Apparently she thought I had forgotten my duty of calling her every morning. The view from this magnificent building overwhelms me that I forgot to call her early. Although she does not like when I travel for long especially for my documentary projects, she supports and loves my works. I quickly pick my phone to call her back. With great enthusiasm, she calls my pet name and I smile, calling hers too.

My wife reports about how our twins passed excellently in their last examination and I cannot but congratulate her for her motherly supervision. My project tour has taken me away from home for 2 months now. In fact, she describes how proud she was when Taiwo won the award category of The Overall Best in Science and Kenny, The Most Creative Art in their schools annual award day. It gladdens me to hear that. Without hesitation, I told her the referral I got. It was the portrait I took Magaret Chan, the former Director-General of the World Health Organization at the World Economic Forum annual meeting some years back that attracted and made their Executive Board to invite me to cover this 2020 annual meeting. It took some time for my wife to remember the experience I had during the shoot because she knows I have quite a huge portfolio of dignitaries.

Interestingly, I have a research on the nature and weather of the whole continent of Asia that has to be submitted to the National Geographic Magazine by the end of April. Although, I had traveled to about seven countries in Asia sometimes last year, I could not continue because of the cold temperature at the mountainous far North of Burma, South East Asia that really affected my health. Therefore, I have to finish up my conference here and quickly travel to Cambodia and Cyprus, I told my wife.

I have also been granted by the Prime Minister of Lebanon to take the pictures of the hills and people they want to put in their new 500 Lebanese pound currency, marking their 77th year of Independence from France.

I’ve been so engrossed in talking to my wife and I notice the time is 8:14am. Wow! I have to end the call to prepare for my presentation by 11:00am. Checking my mail, I received a mail from the largest photography and imaging show; PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo in North America. I’ve been asked to be one of the Keynote Speakers in this years October conference. Apparently, they’ve seen my works on Al Jazeera recently about The Beautiful Drug Addict, the documentary about the Columbian women. I took the portraits of teenagers and women into drugs and their involvement in drugs and crime, in the view to attract humanitarian intervention.

Consequently, the mail that got my attention is the one from the World Health Organization inviting me to become one of their Ambassadors in Africa. Wow! This is a great opportunity indeed. In fact, this is one of my dreams come through; to be a Diplomat of an internationally recognized organization. Actually, this may have been as a result of the documentary I did in the remote areas of Ogun state, Nigeria and Mindanao village in Mozambique about Combating Child Hunger in 2007.

At 10:30am, dressed up and ready for the D-day and at my door step is one of the organizers of GPP, Dubai conference. Opening the door, I found out that there are also about four protocols to guard me through the elevator. I never knew I am this influential in Dubai too. Sir, we have a limousine ready for you downstairs and its going to be a 5 minutes drive to the event centre, the organizer said. 5-minutes limousine drive! In my mind, I thought this would have been an over-pampering technique for not paying my Speakers’ fee.

Arriving at the centre, seeing the welcoming team gave me another perspective about my life. This is an ovation I never received in my entirely life thus far. My presence attracting the press around the world, with flash lights on me here and there, I stepped to the red carpet for a couple of interviews. I try to imagine the number of cameras with burst mode towards me. Looking ahead to seeing my most humble mentor, Mr. Seun Akisanmi, with his customized designer jacket coming down from his BMW 9 Series, I marvel at such a huge crowd that rushed at him despite the Guards, Police Officers and Security Experts around him. I quickly rounded up my interview to meet him. Very elated meeting me as a Guest Speaker too, he cracked a joke and we laughed together as we walked inside together.

The peak of it all is the award category as The Photographer of the Year. As the nominees were called, I panicked. Eventually my name was called & I stood up with enthusiasm to receive my award. After the whole event, I was taken back to my luxurious room. I stood at the mirror to magnify my creator for such a great privilege of this achievement. Thanks to the people that helped me thus far; Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Pastor Bola Odutola, Revd Folajimi Sadiq, Mr. Seun Akisanmi, my family and most beautiful wife……

To be continued….