Preaching the Gospel of Photography

It is official. We’ll be going on air beginning March 10, 2015 by 12 noon. The Gospel of Photography is a program where we discuss & address issues in the photography industry with the goal of making you not just a better photographer but also someone that appreciates the profession. Kindly subscribe to the YouTube channel so that you’ll be among the first to be updated once a new episode is uploaded (on YouTube) every Tuesdays. The program will first be airing on Dove TV (available on Startimes, Consat, MyTV & ROKU) every Tuesdays from 12pm – 12:30pm. For questions & suggestions, send us a mail at



Dear Sir,


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

The NUMBER That Changed My LIFE: 12

One would the unprecedented emancipation of the enigmatic lacuna that juxtaposes the essence of the dozen in the seasonal variation in a calendar period. Wow! This could have been another one from Honourable Patrick Obahiagbon. In fact, this sentence requires a 2075 Edition of Cambridge Dictionary to understand. Well, it could simply mean that something unique happened in the month of December.

I could have concluded that I was at the Cinema or the number of movies I watched in recent times has really affected my mindset but this appears to be me as one of the cast. Are these truly the men of old? The twelve disciples gathered together and it seems they were waiting for someone. Apparently, there would have been a schedule for a meeting on that particular day. Suddenly, one of them supposedly to be Apostle Peter just called me…“Bro! Diplomat! Could you please come and quickly take our portrait as well as our group picture”. You mean me, I asked.

As if we had known each other from Adams. Who told him I am a photographer, I pondered within. Without much ado, I quickly jumped to the offer and brought out my camera, calling them one after the other. I didn’t identify them at first, until Peter was calling out their names to be in order. This was the first time in my life I photographed white aged men. Within me, I was wondering these men would have been resurrected several times.

Camera setting… Action…Smile… All these were my words. In fact, I was overwhelmed by how aged but agile these men were. I photographed them on and on but I could not but paused when I heard John called out Judas Iscariot. It was as if a documentary of him quickly ran through my mind. All his acts written in The Book ran through my memory. It took few seconds for me to bring back my camera to focus. While taking his portrait, in my mind as if my camera should just turn to a gun and shoot him. *winks* I can’t avenge for God but the Jackie Chan in me wanted to fight “Shoki” that moment. *laughs*

Consequently, the session went smooth though stressful because most of them did not bring out their best smiles despite my efforts. Eventually, they noticed the master they have been expecting was around the corner. They just quickly asked me to excuse them. “O my God!”, that could have been one of my best moments to photograph Jesus. That would have given me a Life time Award as a Photographer. Well, if they did not allow me see him, may be another time; I said. I immediately stepped aside to view all the pictures I took. Brrr…! What is this, I shouted. I didn’t put a memory card inside the camera I used.*sighs* this is a terrible mistake, I lamented.

Immediately, I saw myself by the bedside. What could have gone wrong? It is dark. I struggled to find my smart phone to check the time. It is 12 at mid night. I started wondering about everything. I tried to go back to sleep but I could not sleep till the dawn of the day. Ah! Today is the 12th day in the 12th month of the year. Is this a coincidence? I managed to sleep a little until I woke around 12 at noon. Wait! There is something fishing, I said. I remembered that I searched for a photography training institute on the internet some days back. I jumped off my bed. Getting out under a very scorching sun, I grabbed my wallet to check the address. Number 12b! Come! The number of the place is 12b! Definitely, there is a direction with this number. In fact, this is an insight towards my pathway of success in life. The place is eloPhotos. I’m into my second month of training and I’m glad for this awesome privilege. My name is Jide Jokodola & I’m not only going to be a world-class photographer but one with remarkable positive influence across this generation and the ones to come. Watch out for me.

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.

The Photography Coach

Meet the Photography Doctor. His name is Oluwaseun Akisanmi. Although he has a Bsc in Accounting from an American University, his vision is to see a Nigerian photography industry that is world class in all ramifications. Its a passion of his that is beyond just taking beautiful pictures. Its a passion that will not rest until photography & photographers are seen to be dignifying profession & people to be associated with. That is why he enjoys training people that have a passion to make it as photographers in this industry. That is why he will not rest until Nigeria can boast of 10,000 world-class photographers. The journey has begun, the task is possible.

If you plan on building a career in photography for the next 5-10 years, it will be to your utmost advantage to make him your friend, mentor & coach. Trust me on this. He is not a perfect man. He has made many mistakes (& achievements) in the business of photography. And that is one of the reasons he doesn’t want you (or anyone you know that is considering coming into the industry) to repeat the same mistakes. He can be reached on 08120129149, 08023008873 or You can also add him on BB: 28C47037

Your photography life will not be the same.
Plan to take a photography course at eloPhotos Academy. Visit eloPhotos Academy for a detailed list of options of classes to take. It will be the best investment you’ll make in your journey to photography greatness

A Money-Back Guaranty You Can’t Refuse

One of the things that tripped me about organizations in America was (and still is) the concept of “money-back guaranty”. Basically if you pay for a product or service and felt you were not satisfied (or even if you changed your mind about the sale), you’re entitled to your money back if you asked for it. I thought that was cool. I found myself returning bicycles, wrist watches and (in one instance) a pair of shoes. Basically, the ultimately goal was to make sure that the customer was satisfied at all cost.

It’s a policy we have at eloPhotos Academy. We’re so sure of the quality of photography education we offer at our school that if after attending a course and you feel you were not satisfied, we would give you a refund of your school fees. If world-class photography education is your priority, if you’re considering starting a photography business, if you’re bent on doing whatever it takes to standout in a seemingly “crowded” industry, then eloPhotos Academy is the place to be. Since 2008, we’ve been responsible for the photography destinies of over 900 photographers by God’s grace. Visit to choose a course today and if you’re unsatisfied with what we offer you, feel free to ask for a full refund.

Stop procrastinating and join the new session that starts in September, 2014.
Plan to take a photography course at eloPhotos Academy. Visit eloPhotos Academy for a detailed list of options of classes to take. It will be the best investment you’ll make in your journey to photography greatness

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for eloPhotos.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Ronke Alao’s Burden of Freedom

The day had finally come when my stay at eloPhotos as an intern would come to an end. Six months had gone by like the breeze but not without an impact. It was just like yesterday when I started out as a young and innocent student, (I am still very much young and innocent). 

Six months of learning, meeting interesting people, improving my photography skills, learning some accounting skills, learning to work effectively in a male-dominated office and with a boss whose personality is shrouded in mystery. I almost felt I had to take a college course named, “Understanding Mr Seun”, to even begin to unravel the mystery. 

I once had my sister in-law ask me if I was going to “do freedom” at the end of my internship program. She was referring to the ceremony that typically holds when an apprentice finishes his/her training. Though it sounded amusing at the time, I think there is some truth to the fact that I have attained a level of freedom. 

Freedom from having to leave home 5.30am and engage in the undesirable rush for a vehicle to get to Ketu; freedom from having to ride in buses that are three-quarter-filled with green plantain instead of humans, (Buses from Ketu heading to Ogba do this to me); freedom from being the “chief accountant” at eloPhotos and dealing with colleagues that aren’t sometimes helpful when it comes to keeping the books; freedom from washing the eloPhotos restroom every week and whenever a ghost uses it without flushing. So many things to be free from but what does it really mean for me?

In life, I have come to learn that freedom in itself can come with its burden. The higher you go, the more responsibilities you have. A servant/slave doesn’t have to think much or worry. You have your tasks laid out for you. Nothing is left to the imagination so you just keep working. I was no slave at eloPhotos and I had to engage myself mentally and sometimes emotionally, to accomplish the tasks set before me but sailing out on the boat of “freedom” to run my own show makes me aware of this thing called the ‘Burden of freedom’. 

When I wake up at 5am on Monday morning and remember I don’t have to be at the office or struggle at the bus stop; when I realize that the clients I will be negotiating with henceforth, would not be eloPhotos’ clients but mine; when I realize what I now do with my waking moments is left to me and I can’t blame Mr Seun for encumbering me with tasks, thereby preventing me from reading or doing whatever or when there is no boss to reiterate the need for me to practice on my Camera. Yes, the burden of freedom stares me right in the face. Not that I don’t know what to do or how to move ahead in this phase of life. I do and perhaps that’s the challenge.  Not knowing what to do can be a beautiful comfort zone that I sometimes wish I was clueless. 

The burden of freedom; it is knowing that you are free and answer to no one yet your freedom compels you to want to be a servant who serves others and bring them to the light of God whether as a photographer or writer. It is knowing that, though you are free, you were purchased with a price and your life is not your own. You still answer to God Almighty, the one who wakes you every morning and keeps your heart pumping.  Also, it is knowing that my destiny is somewhat attached to someone else’s and I need to take action on why my creator put me on this planet.

As the Burden of Freedom stares me in the face, I refuse to shrink back knowing it’s a good kind of burden. One that propels me to be all I was made to be and touch the lives I was made to touch in this journey called life. As the congratulatory messages roll in and farewell tributes drip like honey, I say to myself, “Ronke, bask in the euphoria but not for long. There is work yet to be done”. 

Ronke Alao
Founder, Everywoman’s Heart

92 Days of Adventure in Photography

My attached love for photography dates back to as far as I can remember. Way back after my secondary school days, I have always formed the habit of taking pictures with any mobile camera phone at my disposal and also I am a big fan of admiring quality pictures taken by phonographers as well as professional photographers. I still could remember vividly how I enjoyed staring with amazement at nature’s photographs just to admire the superbly landscaped hills, the majestic mountains, the vast forest of tropical vegetation, the crystal clear water of natural springs and even the reflection of the setting sun on lakes, rivers and seas. I would always say “Nature is so beautiful”. I still can’t forget how I loved viewing different event album pictures just to get a feel of moments captured.
An eye opener into the creative world of professional photography was sparked up after what I considered an amazing two weeks of intensive training during the Set 11 photography class I had at the Daystar Skill Acquisition Program (D-SAP). It happened to be a training that was well facilitated by a man I strongly respect and nurse as a mentor “Mr. Seun Akisanmi“. He made me realize that being a photographer goes beyond what most of us think. He said that it is a career for the professional that requires one to be technically grounded with knowledge of the art and science of photography and most importantly you must have the ability to manage effectively the business aspect of it. D-SAP became the platform that ushered me into my present journey of photography.
After D-SAP, I realize that photography goes just beyond clicking the shutter button of a camera or printing a 5 by 7 picture for guests at an event for as low as $1. It definitely goes beyond all that. Hence, I concluded that there was need for me to acquire more knowledge, skills and training on how to master the technicalities of using the digital camera, on how to create amazing composition, on how to edit pictures, design and produce albums and learn how best I can run a profitable photography outfit. After accessing the available photography outfits where I could possibly run an internship with, I decided on eloPhotos Studios. For me, it was an ideal place to achieve all that I have set out to do.
On August 1st 2013, I commenced a six months internship program at eloPhotos. Prior to this date, I had a meeting with Mr Seun Akisanmi who briefed me on what to expect and what will be expected of me as an intern. Honestly, his conditions were quite demanding as it will warrant me coming to work every working days of the week with Saturday and Sunday also included whenever there is an event to cover.  I remember saying to myself that “boy this training no go easy o“. Anyway, being so focused on what I wanted to achieve, I was determined to go ahead and so I accepted the conditions with the mind that it will surely require my full commitment and dedication.
During the last 92 days as an intern at eloPhotos, I have been so privileged to have undergone so many training programs that has greatly help me sharpen my skills and knowledge about photography. The famous and most recent of them I so much treasured was the workshop tagged “WHATEVERITTAKES” held at Warri, Delta State. I have also had the opportunity of covering different events along side with my colleagues. So far at eloPhotos, I have been greatly exposed to the challenging aspect of the business of photography in key areas like pricing, financial management, customer relation, interpersonal relationship, negotiation, agreement and marketing on social media and website. Editing pictures and designing album spread was once a mystery to me but not anymore as I have been well-trained by my highly esteemed colleagues at eloPhotos. It will amaze you to know that  I was also taught practically how to make a photobook album.
Honestly, the last three months at eloPhotos has been so remarkable and worthwhile. One unique thing about eloPhotos is that everyone keeps learning everyday because we believe that in this challenging profession only creative minds can effectively stand out and keep up with the pace of this fast-moving train called photography. Conclusively, when I look back at my last 92 days, I realize that I am a better photographer than I previously was.
I think I have come to the end of my writing ability for this week so until next time, remember I’m Onodje Oshevwiyore and I am so so proud to be a PHOTOGRAPHER.

LAGOS: Why I LOVE & HATE This City

As I drafted these words at 7.56pm on Friday , somewhere between Ojota and Ketu; I thought of how my week had been busy, fun, interesting and plain crazy all at the same time. It was a week that had two days declared as public holidays but I still had to show up for work on those two days. Two of my colleagues were allowed to stay home and enjoy the holiday while three  came to work. I was so jealous of those that stayed home. Sometimes I think my boss makes me work harder just because I am a woman. Giving you examples that illustrate my point is easy but I choose not to digress.

One of the most bizarre things I witnessed this week was on Ikorodu road, (you must be tired of reading my Ikorodu road stories by now but it’s too much craziness not to write about), as usual. I was in a bus heading home and the driver wanted to get on the express from the service lane but wasn’t patient. The traffic was pretty much “bumper to bumper” and the bus driver had blocked a private car. It was a big mess. The driver was asked to back up a little bit but he wouldn’t budge. Next thing we knew, the guy driving the private car got  out of the car with a horsewhip and whipped my bus driver!

I was shocked out of my mind and I don’t know where I got the guts to speak from but I started shouting almost uncontrollably. “Ha! What rubbish is this? Driver, please reverse o! This man must be an animal. Let’s get away from this spot”. I shouted amidst the driver’s cries. I was too shocked at the jungle justice being displayed by the man with the horsewhip. I was even more shocked to note that the other passengers didn’t seem to care much. ‘Why is Lagos so lawless and cold? And to think there are people leaving their villages in droves to come to this crazy city’, I thought to myself.

As we drove on, the driver talked and laughed about how the whip didn’t really hurt him and I felt like punching him in the head.

As much as I resumed at the office on the public holidays, I still had fun on Tuesday. That’s because my husband and I had a photo shoot. My colleague, Samuel, had found out that my hubby and I had not had a photo session since we got married so he asked that he take pictures of us and I couldn’t say no to such an offer. It was so much fun for me and a lot more fun for my husband  He couldn’t stop talking about it all day. For those longing to have a visual image of who the GREAT Ronke Alao is, attached are 2 clues to help you out.Ronke Alao 2 Ronke Alao

Another newsworthy development is the fact that I am no longer the only female intern at eloPhotos. Yes, I now have company in the person of  Damilola. Damilola is a 500level medical student who is making good use of her time while ASUU and the Federal government figure out a way to make up and stop bickering at each other. She is honing her photography skills and just when you think that is all this pretty, slim and attractive lady is doing; you find out she is also taking piano lessons.

You should know by now that I like her a lot. I admire her quest for knowledge and her interest in the arts. There is more to her life than bulky medical textbooks and dissecting cadavers. If you are wondering if she is single, come see me “in-camera” with your consultation fees. That’s not stuff I can discuss on a blog.

Now, for a list of things I am grateful for. I am grateful for the opportunity to be an intern at eloPhotos; for working with a boss that doesn’t mind exposing his own mistakes so you can learn not to make the same; grateful for God’s protection on the roads despite the antics of crazy bus drivers; glad I am learning how important record-keeping is in a business like this and learnt enough for my boss to call me the “Financial Controller“.

If you’ve been in the photography business for a while or you are just venturing into it and the idea of keeping a statement of income and expenses scares you, fear not. If you think promoting your business on social media simply means throwing a few pictures on your facebook page, think again. If you would like to stand out and make a name for yourself in this industry, would you be willing to do WHATEVERITTAKES? If so, register for the workshop taking place in different cities across Nigeria starting October 23rd. You owe it to your children, (born and unborn) to attend. CLICK HERE for more details.

Reporting LIVE from eloPhotos,
Ronke Alao


How BEANS Can Make or Mar Your Photography Career

I almost couldn’t believe it was already Thursday. I mean, what happened earlier in the week? it’s not like I was in a coma or anything, the week just flew by very fast. I do remember now.

My boss (SEUN AKISANMI, for those who don’t know by now) had hinted at the fact that I was forgetting important details easily, so was he. In fact, he had ordered a Memory Book, (no kidding, he really ordered a book that teaches how to improve one’s memory). The book had not been delivered yet so I did the next best thing; I went on a BEANS diet.

How would eating beans everyday improve my memory? I had no clue, but somewhere in my pretty little brain, I believed it would. ‘More protein, less starch’ kind of thing so the beans marathon started on Monday. I had beans for breakfast three days in a row. I also had half a portion of beans for dinner on two of those days.

The beans I had for breakfast was not any kind of beans. It is the type called Ewa Agoyin. For people who never eat outside or grew up in a palace, Ewa Agoyin means nothing but for those of us who grew up in a place like Agege, Lagos, you know exactly what I am talking about.

I had a few friends while growing up who I have lost contact with but Ewa Agoyin is one childhood friend that I still get together with. Whenever we hang out, it is as though time never passed. So, you can imagine why this beans diet wasn’t a huge challenge for me.

Whether my memory diet worked or not is debatable. I believe it did to an extent but I had to put a stop to it on Thursday. I was tired of what this childhood friend was doing to my marriage. It was making me speak to my husband in a language I normally don’t speak. By “speak”, I don’t mean talking with my mouth (let him that readeth understand). For the reader who is still having trouble understanding, the beans diet was making me make noises through the posterior of my anatomy.

As I thought about what beans had done to me that week, I was glad my embarrassing moments were in the privacy of my home and in the presence of my husband. What if those moments happened while I was out on a job?

Imagine you are shooting a portrait session of a couple in a quiet location. You already have them in your award-winning pose and you know the angle from which you would be taking the shot. It would require you getting in the squatting position. Your clients are all smiles, they have their pose right and everything is playing out just the way you envisioned. You get in the squat position and just a fraction of a second before you press the shutter, you let out a batch of violent-sounding fart. One so loud it drowns whatever noise your shutter might have made.

It’s almost painful to imagine for me. I think that would be a perfect moment either for the ground to open up and swallow me or for the trumpet to sound and rapture takes place.

Perhaps you think my feelings are exaggerated. Only a man would feel it wasn’t such a big deal. I remember once having a teacher that habitually farted in class and would simply say,”Ha, I ate a lot of beans”, as if that was supposed to make it all better for his students.

Passing gas loudly in front of clients would be devastating for a female photographer, I think. No matter what my male colleagues say, I believe a man would experience some degree of embarrassment too; except the clients in question are childhood friends of yours and you all played the game, “loudest fart”, as kids.

What’s the whole point of me writing an elaborate post on how farting can erode your ego as a photographer? Well, you know it’s the little things we never think (or talk) about that affect our business and reputation as photographers. Clients won’t remember your brand of lens and could care less if you used a full-frame camera or not. What they would probably not forget is how loud your fart was. So before you go on a beans diet, think about how it might affect your client relations and your photography career as a whole.

Ronke Alao
Writer |Photographer|Poet



My week officially started on Tuesday. No, I didn’t skip work on Monday but as I stood in line at Silverbird Cinemas for ‘free’ popcorn and drink; the sweet aroma of the corn filtering through my nostrils and enveloping my sinuses, I felt like my week had just started.

The trip to the movies was sponsored by eloPhotos as a treat/field trip of some sorts. There’s something about seeing great movies that sharpens one’s artistic mind.

Not too long after arriving at the movies, I saw about five photography colleagues that had come to see the same movie I came to see, Elysium. I thought that was interesting. Perhaps we photographers should speak to the management of Silverbird Cinemas and see if we can strike a deal, where photographers enjoy a movie discount.

While still waiting to get my free snack, I suddenly heard a voice behind me saying, “…you could go in and see the movie for ten minutes, then come back out and the popcorn line wouldn’t be so long anymore”. I didn’t have to turn to recognize the voice; it was my boss. I couldn’t believe Mr Seun was back at the Cinema to see the same movie for the third time! I had left him and the rest of the team at the office since they all had seen the movie. No one knew Mr Seun had plans to ‘sneak’ out of the office to see the movie again.

I finally got my popcorn and fanta then found the cinema room. The movie ran for a little less than two hours and in one word, I would simply describe it as AWESOME. In case you haven’t seen it, I do not want to spoil the fun for you so I won’t give you the gist. GO SEE IT.

Tuesday ended on an interesting note. My alternate cellphone got lost in a bus and I didn’t realize it till I got home. I tried appealing to the good nature of whoever picked it by sending text messages; since he/ she wouldn’t pick my call. It didn’t work.

The next day came along and I lost an earring. Perhaps I am having my things walk away from me, one at a time. The day’s highlight was having Maximus of Phaneross Photography come and speak to eloPhotos interns on the topic, “Improving Your Photography”. It was an insightful 3-hours lecture.

As if the week had not been strange enough for me, Wednesday afternoon had to have it’s own element of weirdness. I boarded a bus headed for Ikorodu from Ojota. Just before we got to Ikorodu, I found that almost everyone in the bus was talking about some guy, a muslim cleric, who died years ago. They said he recently made an ‘appearance’ on the wall of a mosque at Owode area. His image was said to have appeared on a wall. People were reported to have taken pictures of this wonder and were now selling 5 X 7″ photo prints in traffic. Strange story or biggest scam of the year? You decide.

Lagos being the crazy city it is, I never run out of amazing things to see everyday. Things such as a man holding the cab door open for a lady to enter first. This happened on Thursday. I was taken aback, surprised to see this guy who didn’t know me, open the door for me. This may seem ordinary to you but after a week of seeing even pregnant ladies been pushed off by desperate passengers hoping to get in a bus, seeing a gentleman was very refreshing.

Thursday turned out to be a busy day. We had an event-Dieko and Tunbosun’s engagement- to cover. I headed to the groom’s hotel room to take shots of him while my colleague covered the bride. The groom was quite camera-shy but after chatting with him and doing my best to make him relax, he got comfortable with having his pictures taken.

The event was fun to cover and will stand out in my mind as the first event where I was served food. If I had any doubts in my mind about wedding photography been physically challenging, those doubts got cleared on Friday morning. I woke up wondering what hit me. I became very aware of muscles I never knew I had. My leg felt like it had 50 kg weights strapped to it.

On Friday, we had what you could call a strategy meeting. Mr Seun Akisanmi met with the interns and discussed what we learnt at the previous day’s event and what we could do better subsequently; especially on saturday for the church wedding and reception.

On my way home on Friday, I met a former school colleague at Ojota and we got talking. We both graduated from the same faculty. He asked if I worked close by. I was dressed very casually but looked smart. I proudly told him, “I am now a photographer and work at Ikeja”. I think I impressed myself with the confidence with which I said it. It felt good.

It was a week full of fun, weird happenings and ridiculous stuff but I am glad it is over.

My name is Ronke Alao & I am proud to be a female photographer.


604800 Seconds In The Life Of A FEMALE Photographer

The new week started like any other. I got to work at 7.15am, did some cleaning till about 8am and we started morning devotion. I had the privilege of sharing with my colleagues from the Holy Bible . The text was taken from Colossians 3:23&24: Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

In essence, it isn’t only working in church that counts as working for God, our “secular” job should also be seen as working for God because it really is. So, even when the people we appear to work for are not meeting up with the expectations we have of them, we should remember that Christ is the one we are serving even on that job.

After devotion, I got started on the task at hand; redoing the photobook cover that I didn’t get right the previous week. About half an hour later, I started doing intermittent dances and singing funny songs. Whether I was simply happy or getting high on sniffing too much adhesive, I really did not know.

Several minutes later…I don’t know how long it took really, probably lost my sense of time temporarily. Anyway, after a while, I finished the photobook. It was better than the last but still not decent-looking. Mr Seun’s verdict? Well, I had to do it again the next day. Now I understand how it must feel for babies growing teeth. It hurt but I had to go through this experience…or do I really have to?

The ride home to Ikorodu after closing hours was rough. As if the terrible traffic wasn’t enough torture, the bus driver drove like he was practicing his next role as the stuntman in the movie, “The Expendables”. It was interesting to hear fellow passengers calling their loved ones to ‘report’ the reckless driver, as if that would somehow set him straight.

As we approached Ikorodu, I got so hungry and couldn’t wait to get home. On getting off the bus, I smelt roasted corn and could not resist. I bought a couple and sunk my teeth into it right there on the street. No time for observing dining etiquette, this was an emergency. The hunger was so intense that it felt like my eyes were popping out of their sockets.

I eventually got to the spot where my hubby usually picks me up and I was so glad to see him. He watched with interest as I “attacked” the corn. Though my husband isn’t a big fan of roadside foods and wouldn’t eat on the street to save his life, he knew this was no time to preach it to me. The corn was a life-saver.

My husband asked how my day went and I told him I had to do the photobook again. I was hoping he would feel very sorry for me and join my pity-party. Instead, he held me and said, “Don’t worry, it’s an opportunity to learn”. I instantly felt like there was a conspiracy somewhere and my husband and my boss were in on it.

On Tuesday, with the help of Mr Seun Akisanmi, I finally got the fundamentals of photobook binding and I made the best photobook ever! Completing the project was like reaching a waterfall after several days of walking through the dry desert. Sweet relief!

The evening commute was crazy as usual. I gave my husband periodic updates on where I was at . The traffic was terrible. He sent me a message saying, “I love you”. That melted the stress off me instantly. Just then, I noticed the guy sitting beside me in the bus was peeking at my messages. What nonsense, is privacy too much to ask for in a Lagos bus?

The rough ride to Ikorodu ended when I got off the bus. Was so glad to see my husband waiting for me as usual. I don’t know what these past three months, (that I have spent training at eloPhotos), would have been like for me if not for his understanding and support. I got in the car and heard the Mary Mary song, “Shackles”, playing. How appropriate. I felt so free having completed the photobook. I couldn’t help but do a wild dance in the car as my husband bursted out laughing. As I did my crazy dance, I wondered again if I was just happy or had sniffed too much adhesive. Who knows?

My day on Wednesday felt weird. Not having to do a photobook cover after being haunted by one for almost a week felt good. I got busy working on the monthly statement of expenses. I am not an accountant and I don’t play one on TV. In fact, I don’t enjoy counting cash or balancing accounts but somehow, I have been given this responsibility at eloPhotos so here I was. The more I tried to collate the figures, the more it seemed the number jumped off the page and mocked me.

I got done with the July statement and then had the privilege of watching Mr Seun do a kind of photobook we have never done before. I couldn’t possibly describe it. You have to see it to appreciate its beauty.

Thursday began on a rainy note; thank God I had my small umbrella. The commute to work would have been uneventful if not for the wonderful driver that thought speeding by and splashing me with water from the waist down was such a great idea! Interestingly, I had my earphones on at that time and was listening to my audio Bible. A few seconds after I got ‘sprayed’, the words I heard from the audio Bible was, “Forgive whatever grievances you have against one another”. God does have an interesting sense of humor, doesn’t He?

The main project of the day was a conceptual photo shoot of a depressed unemployed man, staring blankly at a sign that read “No Vacancy”. It was such fun. Elozi, a client of ours whose wedding we will be covering in October at Warri, came around to discuss final details and also to confirm the names of the photographers she’ll need to make airline ticket reservations for.

Somehow, I feel the week sped by pretty fast. Before I knew it, Friday was here. I mostly did administrative duties – attending to a colleague who needed to rent some equipment, burning CDs for past participants of NiPHEC and reconciling the account. Keeping the books have been such a huge challenge. It’s as though numbers don’t like me and play wicked tricks on me.

As I draft these words on my Blackberry phone, while sitting in a bus headed for Ikorodu, I saw an amazing sight. It was of a driver of a giant bus who took advantage of the almost non-moving traffic by heeding the call of nature. Yes, he urinated right there in the middle of traffic, on the famous Ikorodu road. When he was finished with business, he got back in the bus, it was then I noticed the bus he was driving had the inscription, “Lagos State Waste Management Authority”. Yeah, their driver sure knows how to manage waste!

Anyway, that’s how my week went down. Till we meet again online next week, here’s to hoping that my diary of experience at eloPhotos is of help to your photography career/hobby.

I’m Ronke Alao & I’m proud to be the ONLY female PHOTOGRAPHER at eloPhotos.


Photowalk Pictures of WPD Celebration at Freedom Park, Lagos

Attached are some of the pictures taken at the World Photography Day Celebration on August 19, 2013. Pictures taken by Tayo & Emmanuel.

The Lady Without A Weakness

Those were the words uttered by a young lady I was interviewing last week for the position of a customer service representative in a photography studio. I met Sikira on my visit to the studio of a colleague, Damilola, in Abeokuta. Damilola had just gotten an office space and was in need of a staff to help her out.

I tried reasoning with Damilola the importance of being conscious of the type of person one hires as staff to represent one’s brand. Interviewing Sikira was an experience that Dami and I will not forget. The following are some of the questions & answers that transpired during the interview.

Q: When was the last time you worked in any organization
A: 12 years ago

Q: Do you have what it takes to be a great & effective “Customer Service Representative”?
A: By God’s grace

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Meeting people, traveling & reading

Q: What books have you read recently apart from the Bible?
A: I can’t remember.

Q: What books have you read in the past 5 years?
A: I can’t remember

Q: Mention 4 great reasons why we should hire you for this position
A: First, I do whatever it takes to get a job done. Second, I’m a child of God. Those are the reasons that come to mind.

Q: Do you have any weaknesses (by weaknesses, I mean issues that you presently have with yourself that you’re working on)
A: I have no weaknesses. The Lord is my strength.

Q: What expectations or questions do you have towards your new boss if you’re taken for this job?
A: I have no expectations.

Q: So you wouldn’t mind if you were paid N1,000 at month end for your services or if you were asked to work 8 days in a week?
A: Ofcourse I’ll like to be paid very well.

Q: So how much will be enough to make you smile at the end of every month?
A: (smiling)…I’m already smiling now sef

The interview lasted for almost 1 hour and I understood why many graduates will remain unemployed for a long while. How on earth can you mention “reading” as a hobby and not remember the book you recently read? How can you be a human being and not have any weaknesses? It is people like these that some companies hire and wonder why customers are not patronizing them.

It is better to run a photography studio/business as the only staff than to have someone like Sikira standing in for you when you’re not around. Many organizations have lost potential revenues/profits because they hired people that had “reading” as hobbies but the last book that was read was “Eze goes to school”.

A word is enough for the wise. In choosing those that you’ll call staff, be very deliberate and meticulous as you may very well be digging the grave of your business. Whatever happens, never hire the lady that does no have a weakness.


It’s MONDAY, August 19 and also World Photography Day Celebration in Lagos, Nigeria. My day at the office(eloPhotos) started with Emmanuel and I cleaning up. He swept while I cleaned the toilet and mopped. Shortly after, Mr Samuel and Mr Seun arrived.

Weekly morning devotion began at about 8.20 am with songs of worship and thanksgiving. Mr Seun shared with us the importance of being mindful of what we say, not confessing negatively, basically taming the tongue.

Devotion ended at about 8.45am. I went straight to the business of eating breakfast before heading out to Freedom Park, Broad Street on Lagos Island-venue of the World Photography Day Celebration -with two of my colleagues; Tayo and Emmanuel.

We arrived at the venue around 11am to a room full of photographers. Speakers at the event included Yemi Royal, Leke Adenuga ,Body Lawson and Don Barber. The interactive session was filled with interesting comments like “My camera is more important than my wife”, “We photographers don’t love one another”, “Some of you are carrying ‘cars’ on your shoulder”, “You don’t snap, you create images” and so forth.

Tayo and I shot some fun pictures outside of the hall where the event took place. It was my first time at Freedom park and I think I like the scenery. After the interactive session, a community photo-walk was held. I chose to stay back though. I know, I can be boring sometimes. The photo exhibition followed right after the photowalk.

I woke up with an upset stomach. Not the “I need to find the toilet fast” kind, but the “It feels like I had poison for dinner last night” kind of tummy upset. The pain was intermittent, I knew breakfast would be out of the question but that I could still resume at the office.
Got to the bus stop at about 5.45am and waited a few minutes hoping to get a vehicle headed for Ketu. It’s not unusual for private car owners to pick passengers up for a fee. That’s how we roll in Ikorodu.

Soon enough, a man driving a white truck showed up and beckoned. I ran a few steps to catch up and got in. It was then I realized he was only interested in picking me up. He ignored other passengers that ran up to the vehicle.

I said a faint “good morning” as we rode along. There was no response. I thought, “This is very strange, perhaps I am being kidnapped”. The silence grew. About eight minutes later, the man asked me in Yoruba, “Don’t you talk in the mornings?”.”I do talk”, I said with a laugh. At this point, I could feel the pangs of pain in my tummy a little bit. Perhaps if I took a nap, my tummy wouldn’t hurt as much, but how could I possibly sleep when I don’t know this mysterious guy who picked me?

“What is your name?” he asked. “Ronke”, I answered, wondering where the conversation would lead. At the mention of my name, he seemed surprised and said loudly in Yoruba,”Did I pick up a ghost this morning ? Please let me see your face?” Oh great! So now I am a ghost. Why does my morning commute always have to be like something out of a cheap Yoruba movie? The guy actually switched on the light in the truck to take a good look at my face.
I later understood his strange behavior when he told me his wife died a couple of years ago and her name was Ronke. He later asked what my profession was and I told him I was a photographer. I wasn’t prepared for his next question. He simply blurted, “Oo ka’we ni?”, which is Yoruba for “Aren’t you educated?” Hmmm, that makes me an uneducated ghost. Somehow to him, photography is a profession for the unlearned. Rather than feel insulted by his question, I was simply amused. I told him I was educated and not only that, but my boss is also a trained accountant.

He later asked about my marital status and I told him I was married. He then asked,”Is it okay if I snatch you from your husband?”. I didn’t know if it was a joke or some lame attempt to flirt with me. Either way, I wasn’t in for it. “No you can’t”, I replied as I winced a little from the pain in my tummy. He dropped me off at Ojota where I took a bus headed for Ogba.

On getting to work, I swallowed a very small clove of garlic, (no I am not crazy, just desperate), which helped with my tummy troubles but I still didn’t feel like I could eat. I did eventually eat beans with bread before closing at about 5:30pm.

Going back home after work came with its share of drama. The first vehicle I boarded heading to Ikorodu was abruptly stopped by policemen. Apparently, he joined the “express” from the service lane at the wrong spot. I got a refund of my cab fare and headed to Ketu to get a bus.

The next bus I boarded? So much craziness, from people fighting and screaming because of seats to the lady selling Vitamin C tablets that cure ulcer, (believe it or not, it sold like hot cakes).

Had an uneventful commute to work. Got to work super early on Wednesday (7.03am). I went straight to my assigned chore – cleaning the restroom. I have been nicknamed “Restroom Officer” by my colleagues. I take toilet business serious. I am one of those weird Nigerians that believe the restroom shouldn’t be a place you endure but rather that you enjoy. It’s one of those things that set us apart from animals. The fact that signs like “”Do not urinate” are a common sight in our city is a shame. Using a clean restroom makes us feel human, I think…

Also worked on minutes of the last meeting held. Gosh, if people thought of the fact that someone had to type up minutes of the meeting, perhaps they would talk less, I hope.

Had fun interacting with the teenagers participating in the summer bootcamp before the start of class. Oh, to be young again!

Bunmi, one of the couples whose wedding we recently covered, came around to pick her wedding frames that afternoon. My colleagues and I had the interesting task of taking passport photos that are creative, ones we could make ID cards with. Whoever heard of a creative passport photo? It’s the weird element of eloPhotos that makes me love working there.

Getting home on Wednesday was a torment. I closed a few minutes past 5pm and didnt get home till 9.20pm! The traffic to Ikorodu was horrendous. Seemed like everyone was trying to run out of Lagos or something. At moments like this, the idea of me relocating to the village becomes very romantic. Lagos is crazy.

It turned out to be one of those days that I could have sworn wasn’t up to 24hours. Got to work, did some light reading, ran a few errands and shaka boom! The day is over.
Going back home took a dramatic turn when the bus driver threatened to drop all the passengers in the middle of nowhere if he didn’t get all of his money. He said the Transport fare collected was N50 less than what it should have been. What is with bus drivers who wont get a conductor and think passengers owe them a favor of collecting their money for them? I tire o

Oh sweet Friday. I am so happy I want to kiss the sky! My weekends are usually short but at least I get to have one to spend with my hubby this time. No events to cover this weekend, as far as I know…

My major project/challenge/weight on my shoulders for the day was completing the sample photo book I had started work on several days ago. Hand-making a photo book myself isnt my favorite thing to do. I tried to avoid doing this one but just as I was trying hard not to, Mr Seun (My boss) had things set in motion such that there was no running away from this responsibility.

Soon as I got materials ready for the photobook cover, I started work, got down on my knees and got dirty. After God knows how long, the photobook came out looking like a plastic surgery gone bad. Mr Seun wouldn’t accept it. He jokingly said,”If you deliver this to a client,he or she will get you arrested by the police” Then he told me I had to redo it on Monday. Honestly, the thought of doing the photobook again made a police arrest sound more appealing.

At times like this, I wish excellence wasn’t so important to my boss, but if it wasn’t, I probably wouldn’t be working with him in the first place right?

Eventful week it was. Looking forward to the next.

Diary of a Photography Intern

Knowledge is power and a man without it is definitely powerless. No wonder the GOOD book says “knowledge is the principal thing… with all thy getting, get understanding.” Last week has not only met my cravings; it has empowered me. It made what has long seemed mystical and far away to be demystified and near.

The week started with a lot of enthusiasm and questions on my mind due to a practice shoot I had over the weekend. The enthusiasm got to a peak when, on getting to the office, I was asked to join the participants of the summer boot camp for teenagers. Thanks to my able boss and mentor Mr. Seun Akisanmi, that was the beginning of a resourceful week . In the course of the week, I was introduced to the fundamentals of photography by our different lecturers who taught us in the simplest form of language even toddlers would have understood the technical terms.

The training lasted 6hours (9am – 3pm) daily & was great fun. Learning among teenagers can be very humbling; I felt like a teenager once again. Monday morning class started with the Lead Facilitator of eloPhotos Academy, Mr. Samuel Ijiyokunola assisted by Mr. Afolabi Oloyede of We were taken through the meaning of photography, history of photography and future of photography. I never knew camera obscura existed before the pinhole camera which I taught was the first type of camera. It was interesting to learn that it had an exposure time of 8hours; I wonder how those guys coped with 8hours of waiting for an exposure!

I also learnt one of the latest achievement in the world of camera: the mirrorless camera. Now I can’t imagine where this thing called photography is heading to. Class ended on Monday with a assignment. Tuesday morning Mr Oloyede Afolabi was right on time to pass some knowledge for the day. Lateness was never condoned by the boss and class kicked off at 9am promptly. Mr Afolabi further took us into the 2 “parts” of photography: the science part and the art & composition part. The science of photography we were told is the use of light while the art and composition is the artistic content of photography. He displayed various photographs pointing out which one is the science category, art and composition category and both.

Mr. Sam took us through types of cameras, image file format and the photography triangle. Classes ended on Tuesday and he announced practicals will start on Wednesday. Now this was getting interesting and I couldn’t wait for Wednesday to come.

Wednesday morning came. We all were ready to handle the camera. Mr Tayo Babalola was the instructor for the day. He took us through the names of each buttons on the camera and their uses. He also explained the various shooting modes on the modes changing button and it was time to shoot! Everyone handled each camera provided for each student with excitement shooting all the “shootables” & practicing in different shooting modes.
On Thursday I was privileged to learn from one of the big fishes in the industry, whose name I have heard at different times: Kikelomo of RED 19 Photography. At first I couldn’t match the tall and high preconceived image I had in my mind with the cute & skinny figure standing in front of me. It was then I quickly realized that greatness has nothing to do with physical size. Kike passionately took us through the mathematics in photography. Mathematics has it way of cutting across almost everything and photography is not left out. She explained the calculations of image resolutions, total pixels in an image, depth of field, exposure and the use of flash light; all these in a simple language any mind could understand.

On Friday, we had quite lots of time to practice some more. Mr Afolabi Oloyede was right on board to, revising and reemphasizing all we had learnt through the week. He practically touched on everything we had been learning through the week. It is important to mention that we were not boringly loaded with knowledge; each day came with lunch for everyone, tasteful delicious jollof rice with biscuit and 5 alive to keep us alive.

Last week was also the first week of enacting the responsibility roster. Everyone faithfully abided by the duties for each day and I was not left out. As the one in charge of water, I discharged my duty fetching water to fill the empty water storage assisted by Mr Owabie.

The week got to the peak for me on Friday evening when we had a meeting. Calling it a business meeting is not an exaggeration as we sat like executive board members deliberating on core business issues. The only difference is the absence of long table and exotic chairs. This really gave me a new orientation that photography is not just a hobby or trade, it is a business, and Elophotos is an organization that took this business seriously.

Looking forward to another great week ahead.

My name is Toye Peters and I’m proud to be a photographer.

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The Controversial Wedding of the Century

Now Picture This. While relaxing in your apartment in ikeja, you receive a call from someone who called himself Segun Lagbaja. He’s calling from London and attempting to book you for his forthcoming wedding in August. He had seen the album you did for a client 2 years earlier and had vowed to use you ever since. After a series of emails sent back and forth between both parties, he settles for your most expensive package for a wedding coverage: a whopping $13000 (N2,100,000).

Like most clients you’ve had in times past, your only chance of meeting the couple before the wedding is when they arrive Lagos 7 days before the union. While still recovering from the shock of finally having someone order for your most expensive package, you receive an alert from your domiciliary bank account: $7000 had just been wired into your account with the balance to be remitted once the couple meet with you shortly before the wedding.

With the funds arriving in your bank account at such a time as this (especially when your account balance is nothing to make you smile about), you proceed to use about $4000 to settle some of your outstanding overhead. You were even close to giving a testimony in church for such a breakthrough job.

Fastforward to 7 days prior to the wedding. Segun just called to inform you he just arrived at the International Airport in Lagos. He seems to be more excited about you covering the event than any client you’ve come across. He informs you that he’ll stop by your office to meet his wedding photographer since your studio is close to the airport. Besides his hotel is situated in Ajah, a 1hr journey from the airport.

“Sola & I will see you shortly”. You could not wait to meet the beautiful bride that won the heart of a groom that values photography enough to invest such an amount. Your waiting is about to end.

Finally, Segun walks in. You easily recognize that it was him with the type of ride he drove. Especially when you looked through your window and saw the luggage in the Toyota Prado he drove into your compound. He’s accompanied by 2 other individuals.
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You exchange greetings and he immediately gets straight to business. “I only have 10 minutes to spare as my aunty is waiting for me to pick her up in Lekki,” he exclaimed. He brings out an envelope and counts $5000 cash to add to the deposit he had already wired. You had never seen so much $100 bills in your presence at any given time (except maybe in the music videos you often watched on tv). You were caught in between emotions than ranged from shock to excitement. ‘This is going to be an awesome wedding’, you thought within.

Your excitement seemed to come to a halt when he introduced you to his bride-to-be. “Meet Sola, my sweetheart”. Apparently Sola was one of the guys with him in the studio. Your shock was evident by the fact that you were unable to utter any words for the next 10 seconds. This will go down as you first ever “same sex” wedding coverage.

At that moment an article you read in Punch Newspapers a few weeks ago came to mind. Apparently the House of Representatives just passed a bill that prohibits same sex marriages. Besides the fact that each of the “partners” will face up to 14 years in jail, any vendor (photographer, decorator, event planner, makeup artist, etc) that is a part of making the wedding a reality will face up to 10 years in prison. However the bill will become law once the President of Nigeria signs and approves it.

Suddenly your heart begins to beat faster. You weren’t sure whether to tell Sola “nice to meet you” or just to keep quiet. Herein lies my questions: Will you still go ahead and cover the wedding especially when you consider the fact that you’ve received over 90% of your photography fee and spent about 30%?

What will you do?

Why Photography Equipment Rental May Not Work in Nigeria

So it all started on September 20, 2012. I rented a photographer named Tope one of our Bowens 500 gemini lights. Part of the rental package included a step-down transformer that would be used to convert the 240v of power to 110v that the Bowens uses. As one of the 750+ contacts on our BlackBerry contact list, there was no way of getting a guarantor as he was in dire need of it. As at the moment of writing this, I am yet to get back the step down transformer. All I keep getting are excuses and reasons why it hasn’t been returned.

On November 18, another photographer named Justin came to rent the same kit. Apparently he was referred by someone that rented the same equipment on September 20. If I had known that he would disappoint the way he did, I wouldn’t have proceeded with the rental. A part of the Bowens light kit was not returned when he brought back the equipment 25 hours after the agreed deadline.

After experiencing these last 2 scenarios, I’m rethinking what the modalties of equipment rentals ought to be. I thought I was doing some photographers some good but it is apparent that if this goes on, eloPhotos might not have any equipment to rent out anymore by the end of 2013.

I have been chastised by a few photography mentors for renting out my priced jewel in the first place. Now I know better. Question is why we just can’t have a trusting system that does not require someone to deposit N200k before renting a gadget. It’s really frustrating.

I’m not too sure what to do at this junction. Should I stop renting our photography equipment all-together or should I only work with people that have performed faithfully in times past. We’ve had quite a few equipment missing small parts or damaged one way or the other by photographers who rented them and were not careful enough. Either way, I’m seriously considering a 10-20k refundable deposit for anyone that wants to rent any equipment from eloPhotos Rentals henceforth.

Perhaps this is the reason why photography equipment rentals may not work in this neck of the woods. Or what would you do if you were in my shoes?

Either way if anyone knows any of the photographers in question, please help me plead with them to return or replace the missing gadgets before…….. It is well.

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A Photography Internship Without Regret

There is a common saying which says “there is no limit to learning in life; in any place we find ourselves there are always salient lessons hidden that we patiently need to learn if moving to the next level is our utmost desire. Also, it is often said that the very second a man stops learning, he immediately starts his journey to the grave beyond.

Hi everyone, am elated entering the creative writing chamber once again after a few weeks break, not that I just decided to fold my hands,  it’s just that l’ve been occupied with other creative stuffs except writing. As a matter of fact my presence right now is to share in details diverse lessons I have learnt as an intern at eloPhotos which all together has made me a better person & Photographer.

Without much ado, let me delve into these lessons one after the other. Being an intern at eloPhotos has helped me in setting specific goals and working towards achieving them has made me believe strongly that having directional goals go a long way in turning unique dreams into reality even in the face of all odds. Now talking  about goals, I understood that your goal doesn’t have to be an edifice at the onset (am not saying we shouldn’t have lofty dreams), we can as well start from little. Making deliberate plans to achieve daily set goals invariably builds one’s confidence to achieve greater long-term goals.

Also, the business, creative & technical side of photography is something have been exposed to at eloPhotos academy. I have embraced them heartily and it has been a platform for me to build a world-class photography brand. Needless to say I’ve joined eloPhotos  in the cause to changing the shallow mindset of the populace as regards Nigerian Photography.

The next lesson I will like to share on is ATTITUDE which entails right & positive disposition to work and to people, especially one’s colleagues. I realized that one’s disposition to work (i.e. ability to do things appropriately and to carry out assignment with or without supervision) helps in bringing out the best in me. Likewise, our manner of speech, temperament, and approach to people either make or mar our success in life. Human relation is a crucial factor which needs to be developed more than the creative pro-skills.

Being at the right place at the right time, with the right knowledge and tools are essential in making an impact in life. Also, making adequate mental, physical preparation for rare opportunities that seldom comes our way is something that requires conscious effort.  And the more opportunities I tend to have to hold the camera and shoot, the more confidence I gather and this is a universal principle which applies to all. Hence, confidence, a good self esteem and vital photography elements are what you get on platter of gold at the academy.

However, in case you are having difficulties in getting your brand accepted by the masses (out there), it won’t take you forever to learn the right marketing skills to apply to bait your targeted clients. Trust me, it works effectively. Your next challenge will now be timeliness, managing and treating your client right. The bottom line invariably should be your clients which ultimately turn out to be your indirect marketers.

Readers are leaders. At this moment, I would like to buttress two traits simultaneously.  The reading habit and the leadership traits. Howbeit differently they exist, they are neatly interwoven. “You can’t give what you don’t have”. Learning under a gem that exhibits a reading culture as his second nature has intensified my curiosity and broadened my horizon thus making me yearn for more. The academy is the one adequately equipped with a library of books that address key issues in the business arena. The more I make the library my companion, the more I receive an in-depth insight on the subject matter.

Punctuality is the soul of every business. Perhaps you were born with lateness habit and you are considering yourself a CEO in the next few months, you better look for a solution centre to drive that habit far from your reins.  Clients have tagged many photographers as perpetual late-comers which I don’t think is a good testimonial to any brand. To curb this, at eloPhotos academy, cultivating a punctuality habit is one of those traits learnt though not penciled in black and white as part of the module.

Moreover, I have learnt to go about my daily activities with a deep sense of humility, accept constructive criticism with an open mind and treat my colleagues with due respect.

Overall, having my internship at eloPhotos has been a worthwhile experience. An experience that has built and launched my photography career beyond my initial expectation. My cumulative experience can perfectly be liken to a year old baby driving a BMW car based on the amount of knowledge acquired; no doubt “knowledge is power”. It’s been exactly a year down the lane, looking back, I have no regret.

Photographically yours,
Tosin Bakre

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5 Reasons to Learn Photography at eloPhotos Academy

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1) We’ve helped to build the foundation of more professional photographers in the last four years than any other training academy. Just ask the following outfits for confirmation: La Royal Photography, Red 19 Photography, 4labi 4tos, Mint Photos, Oleku Photos, Made fotos, Lamzy Photography, Greenshots Photography, Kakadu Photography, Jobi Photos, Freeze Photography, Photography by Maximus, Living Memories Photography, Novo Images, Sazzy E Cre8tive Concepts, Eastward Eden Photography, la Belleza Photography, Nobis Photography & L’enigma Studios.

2) Our seasoned facilitators are good at what they do. Although it’s hard to believe one could learn so much in just 10 days, we go the extra mile to make sure you fully comprehend what is being taught. Let’s just say you’ll end up saving yourself 9 years of stress and failure if you heed to what we teach within 10 days.

3) If after the first day of class you’re completely unsatisfied with what you’ve learnt, we’ll gladly refund your money if you request. We’re just that confident of what we teach.

4) Our emphasis is more on the person behind the camera and not just the camera itself. We believe that a photographer should be so grounded that he can use any camera that comes his way (be it Nikon, Canon, Sony or Olympus).

5) I, Oluwaseun Akisanmi, am one of the best people to have as your friend and mentor in the photography industry. Although I’m yet to win any award in photography, my goal is to raise world-class award-winning photographers. I usually don’t rest until I’m sure I’ve done my best to address whatever question you bring my way. Like a caring father, I will not let go of you until you make it in the industry. I usually don’t brag but that’s one thing I’m known for. Attend our academy and you’ll be our photography friend for life…..except we end up separating due to one party’s character flaw. Either way, you have little to lose.

Go ahead, give us a call on 08120129149 or 08023008873 and let’s help kick-start your photography career.

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Killing your Photography Business Before it Starts

So one of the students I taught photography last year gave me a list and cost of the items she needed to start her photography business full-time.

Camera…………..  $1100
Lenses…………….   $940
Flash………………   $750
Charger……………    $62
Memory card…….. $125
Lights………………  $310
Backdrop…………  $125
Reflector………….    $62
Tripod……………..  $310
Ballhead…………   $310
Cable Release….  $310
Hood……………..    $125
Laptop…………..    $620
Blackberry……….  $620
Biz Card…………   $125
TOTAL…………..  $5894

WoW. I was shocked. This person wanted to start out in business as a BILL GATES: a multi-billionaire. Funny thing was she didn’t have any money to start buying the items; she was believing God for them.

I pointed out that how come there was no provision for training, marketing, books, & website. The items that I felt mattered the most were left “unlisted”. By the way, who needs a $310 ballhead or $620 blackberry to start out in photography. Or am I missing something here?

It’s amazing the increasing amount of photography newbies that think $600 – $1200 is too outrageous to dole out for photography training, yet they don’t bat an eyelid to purchase a canon 5d mark iii. It is well.

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With my help I was able to reduce the bill to about $1240. Infact if I have $10,000 in cash, I wouldn’t spend more than a third to acquire gadgets and assets. Call me an accountant but I’ll rather use $3000 to get the basic necessities and use the income that come from that small investment to purchase more gadgets as I grow in business.

Heck, I’ll even prefer to be an intern with an established photographer for at least 3 months before going all out on a spending spree. Better yet, I’ll get the book by Dale Carnegie (How to win friends and influence people) and see how I can make more photographer friends that will be willing to borrow me their camera (if I don’t want to rent from eloPhotos) whenever I have jobs.

But then again, I could be wrong. Bottom line is that I think we should focus more on how to get clients than on how to acquire photography gadgets that will supposedly help to
Massage our ego when no jobs are forthcoming. May God help us. May the God who invented photography help us all.
Or what’s your take on this matter? What will you advice someone with such a list?

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A Photographic Encounter with a Pastor’s Family

So I got a call on November 16 from a pastor I hold in high esteem. She needed our photography services for her daughter’s birthday party scheduled for November 17. I explained to her that I was already engaged for that day and would have to send 2 of my assistants to do the job. She insisted that the people I send must have the same level of professionalism I bring to the table. I assured her that they will not fall short of her expectations. We agreed that my colleagues will get to her house by 2pm and was quick to bring to her attention the cost implications. I didn’t charge her much. I really didn’t.

November 17, 2012. My assistants were scheduled to leave the office by 1pm in order to be able to get to the client’s place by 2pm. 1pm will eventually turn to 1:40pm and my assistants were amiss. I tried calling 2 photographers I could count on to see if they could urgently fill in for me. Chinedu (Nedum Photography) wouldn’t have been able to get there earlier than 3pm and Michael Adebiyi (Michael Adebiyi Photography) wasn’t responding to his calls. I was at a crossroad.

I eventually decided to cut short the photography class I was teaching at our academy because I figured that I could easily reschedule the training for the next Saturday; the birthday coverage couldn’t be rescheduled. If my students had not given me permission to leave, I probably would not be writing this piece now; I would be recuperating from chronic depression. Thank God it was the last day of class and I had just about 3 hours of teaching left. Thank God they heeded to my plea.

1:45pm. I would set out in my wife’s BMW 318i and attempt to get to the client’s house in 30 minutes. Indeed, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. But if I was to get there by 2:15pm latest, I could not afford to drive like a gentleman. I picked my phone and with a sad heart called the client to tell her I would be 15 minutes late. She replied sternly that they would be leaving the house by 2:20pm and I should do my best.

2:15pm. After enduring a gruesome drive (of which I would not attempt again for another 5 years), I found myself entering the clients house. I got a better revelation of how beautiful heaven would be. THE MANSION WAS BEAUTIFUL. I proceeded to have the shortest photo shoot I would have in a long time. After taking a picture of dad+mum+celebrant with the cake, I was escorted outside by the client as the time had come for them to leave the house.

2:20pm. I was shocked by the level of time management that was practiced by this role-model family. If I had gotten there by 2:30pm, I would have heard the famous “Sorry, you just missed them” from smile-less BEMIL security guards. First lesson noted: always have have Ja Rule/Ashanti’s hit single at the back of your mind….ALWAYS ON TIME.

2:55pm. We got to the destined location of the “small” party and I discovered that no guest had arrived. Apparently, each guest thought it would be unAFRICAN if they got to the party at the time it was supposed to start. The client was unsurprisingly shocked. “Nigerians and African time,” she thought.

3:05pm. I quickly took a 5-minute break to ingest the 2 gala and lucozade I just got so that I would have energy for the 2-hour-turned-4-hour party that was about to start. Thank God for gala. What would the son of man do without gala, a photographer’s quick snack whose price is yet to be affected by the removal of the subsidy of petrol. Thank God for gala.

5:55pm. The father of the celebrant shows up at the party venue. I would eventually realize the reason why he wisely chose not to follow us in the first place. I discovered that this pastor that I so much revere was much more popular than I had envisioned. From the waiters in the restaurant to a few uninvited party guests, you could hear them whisper in solemn voices: “Is that not Pastor *******?”

6:06pm. I discovered that as many as had the guts to summon courage within themselves walked up to the Pastor and asked him to pray for them. It was them I realized that if this man had been with his family from 3pm, the venue would have turned to a church service where the children of God brought their prayer request to the servant of God. I found myself a little nervous in his presence also.

“Seun presently runs a photography school,” the pastor’s wife said as a way of an informal introduction. “Perhaps you should pray for him.” I hesitated and noted that I didn’t want to disturb this man that I hold in high esteem. “Common, receive grace my friend,” the wife scolded. And I found myself bowing for about 120 seconds while I was being prayed for. “God grant him FAVOUR & WISDOM……… In Jesus Name.

It was after parting ways with the family that it occurred to me the levity of the prayer we sometimes pray.

God make me an envy to the nations….
God make me a super star….
I will be a role-model to be envied….
Nations shall hear of me…..

Prayers that I had often said without much thought. Will I be ready for the burden that comes with the answers to such prayers? Will I be ready to deal with the fact that I can’t do freely what I used to freely do? Would I be patient and humble enough to handle the weight of the restriction to my whereabouts when my fame is spread abroad? I wasn’t too sure of the answers.

As I drove home with my party pack, I was lost in thought on how things might look like when I’m made. Once again I became thankful for the people photography has brought my way; people who make me appreciate where I’m coming from, enjoy where I am & realize that I still have a long way to go.

Question is CAN I HANDLE IT?
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The Reason I Charge Exorbitant fees for our Workshops

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So I got a text message a few days ago that read thus: “…I guess each one of us is collecting a free copy of PICTURE THIS Magazine, that’s why we’ll be paying 2k for this upcoming seminar. If you keep increasing the fee like this, people like us will stop coming.”

Apparently a few photographers are upset that the fee we’re charging for the upcoming workshop on November 4 has been raised to 2k (as compared to the 1k that was paid for the last workshop in August). The argument was that if I can charge N1k for a workshop where the likes of Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Shola Animashaun, Ade Plumtre & Leke Adenuga facilitated, which BIGGER facilicitators will I be bringing for the November workshop to warrant a whopping 100% increase in the fee.

This is my attempt to justify the exorbitant fee.

First of all the last workshop in August was partly financed by Duduprintz Media. The hall that was used at Best Western costs only N250k and Duduprintz (in collaboration with HP) dropped almost half of the amount. If they had not done that, there’s a chance participants would have paid more than the N1k that was paid.

Secondly, each speaker that spoke did not get a dime in compensation. They came because of the relationship I had with them and because they all have a passion to impart on the next (and present) generation of photographers. The only compensation that I gave them was a complimentary copy of the magazine and a pack of Tantalizer’s fried rice and chicken. I didn’t even give Kelechi N10k to fuel his Toyota Sequoia for transporting him to & from the venue. If every participant had been charged N10k for what we got that day, I think it would still have been a token of appreciation for what we got. Heck, I ought to have paid the facilitators a token of a minimum of N100k each for what they shared with us that day.

Thirdly, the main facilitator that will be speaking at the forthcoming workshop will not be speaking for FREE. Though he’s been a friend of mine and our personal BRAND coach, I insisted that it won’t be fair if I don’t give Emmanuel Bright a small token (compared to what he normally charges for such workshops). Try getting a BRAND consultant and you’ll have an idea of the cost implications.

Fourthly, no other company is helping to foot the expenses associated with this workshop (venue, flyers, etc). Everything is being footed by eloPhotos. And if you think our primary objective is to make money from such gatherings, well……nothing I can write here will probably change your mind.

Lastly, I’ll be allocating about N100 for each participant to cover the cost of buying donuts and bottle water. Sorry, we would have ordered for a meal at Tantalizer’s but that will require us to charge a more ridiculously exorbitant fee.

I sincerely hope these exuberant workshop fees won’t make you stop attending our gatherings. And in case that happens, I apologize for such inconveniences. If there are any other companies that you might know of that will gladly foot the bill associated with these type of workshops, I’ll appreciate if you let me know so that we can be charging N100 as gate fee.

The deadline for registering with N2000 was October 31st and I sure hope you have registered. If you haven’t, you can still pay N2500 to register between now and November 4, 2012. As for me, I’m looking forward to the 2 “surprise” speakers” we’ll be having. Missing this workshop might very well be the reason why I might not be a great photographer……

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Daystar Skill Acquisition Project SET 9: A New Class of Photographers

Just concluded a basic training program at Daystar for 48 students of photography. Attached are a couple of “creative” pictures taken by students in the class. Let me know the one you like the most & why.

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The Multi-Million Naira Photography Brand: A Photography Workshop

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Our bimonthly gathering of professional photographers is here again. Come network with over 200 photographers in the industry. Come learn what it takes to grow an irresistible world-class photography brand.

EMMANUEL EFFIONG-BRIGHT: Branding can sometimes be a very complex concept to teach. Without much hype and publicity, Emmanuel Effiong-Bright (Emmagination) has grown to become one of the most creative facilitators on the subject of ideas and brand development.
For someone who has facilitated human resource development sessions for top brands like SAMSUNG/IYF, TOTAL, LM ERICCSON, METRO EYES and FIRST BANK, it’s not difficult to see why he brings the same level of commitment to SME brand education and development.
ELOPHOTOS, ASHERSMITH DESIGNS and FLAWLESS are just some of the envied SME brands Emmagination has helped re-engineer. Visit his site at

RICHARD BAMIDELE-EKO: He has been instrumental in the building of the Kelechi Amad-Obi Studios brand in the last five years, which has not known a better last year. His wealth of experience in the business side of the photography profession will be of great benefit to all who seek to improve the processes that invariably grow world-class brands.

Date: Sunday November 4, 2012

Time: 2pm – 7pm

Venue: Our Place, (A2W New Corporate Head Office) 7 Olufunmilola Okikiolu, off Toyin street, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja

Fee: N2,000 before October 31, 2012. N2,500 thereafter. Make payment into our GTB account (0007361345 elophotos studio enterprises)
After paying, Send an SMS to 08101590358 with names of participants and/or photography business name. Bring teller/payment confirmation to venue. For questions/inquiries, contact Favour (08024494106) or Tosin (08022935383)

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The Gathering of 201 Nigerian Photographers

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So we witnessed the largest gathering of Nigerian photographers on August 26, 2012. Attached herein are a few pictures taken at the recently concluded workshop on “Running a Profitable Photography Business”.

Facilitators included Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Yetunde Babaeko, Leke Adenuga, Shola Animashaun, Emmanuel Effiong-Bright, Folake Ojeikere & Ade Plumptre. If you missed this gathering of 201 Nigerian photographers, don’t miss the next workshop slated for November 4, 2012.

The Photography Revolution has begun.
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The long-awaited foremost photography magazine for hobbyists & professionals is out: PICTURE THIS.

For N1k it should be available in all major bookstores & magazine/vendors’ stands (in Lagos) within a week. However you can also arrange to get your copy from any of the partners listed below depending on the area that is closest to you.

Feel free to call us on 234-8079243366 or 234-7038244433 if there’s a location not listed herein that you can help out with. Like I mentioned earlier, more bookstores and magazine vendors will be added in a few days. For orders of 5 or more copies, kindly give us a call and we’ll deliver to any address within Lagos State. Feel free to share on your social media network.

UNILAG, Akoka. Dolapo 08029494655 bbpin 238388A3

UNILAG, Dept of Mass Comm. Abiola Oladeinde 08025687884 bbpin 296E30C1

1) Samuel 07038244433 bbpin 21894759
2) Michael 08063482462
3) Tosin 08028629706 bbpin 22CEF99A
4) Lara 08038930888 bbpin 2371B3F2

ABEOKUTA: Damilola 07066490511, 08027636933
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APAPA/AJEGUNLE: Maximus 08095001309
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EGBEDA: Segun 08137544841 bbpin 294747E1

OGBA: Olusegun 08055591040 bbpin 227D6448

LEKKI/AJAH: Furz 08133215368 bbpin 229DF347

SHANGISHA: Dmayo 08080806882 bbpin 29F26582

BARIGA: Lekan 08035649655 bbpin 2775FEC1

FESTAC/AGO/OKOTA: Shade 08121110627 bbpin 28C98C5C

BERGER: Olamide 08024583984 bbpin 231798AC

AJUWON/AKUTE/IJU/CANAANLAND: Kikelomo 08028599886 bbpin 222C59E3

AKUTE/LAMBE: Favour 08024494106


IKEJA: Godson 08022313820

OGBA: Tosin 08022935383 bbpin 21F62AA8

WARRI,DELTA STATE: Michael 08025378879 bbpin 235A85A1

Mr Bode Adeosun
Business Centre
1,Thomas Laniyan Street,

Mr Bernard Ogbonna
TrippleSkills Communications
3,Thomas Laniyan Street, ANTHONY VILLAGE, Lagos.

Lisha’s Books & Stationery Store
1, Alade Lawal Street, ANTHONY VILLAGE, Lagos.
08027563270, 08024228126

Mr. Joseph
QuickShop Supermarket
16, Oyedele Ogunniyi Street,

Mrs. Savini
Books 4 All Stores
28, Olorunlogbon Street,

Miss Blessing
HealthServe Pharmacy
4,Alhaja Oluwakemi street, ANTHONY VILLAGE, Lagos.

Happiness alli
Airport hotel, awolowo way, IKEJA

17 kodesho street, opp KFC, IKEJA

44 awolowo way, IKEJA

Mrs. Bukola Bolaji – 08033128835, 07023331224
S. Mofenik
9, Ajose Street, Mende-Maryland,

Hope – 08066005770
Branama Kitchen
11, Ajose Street, Mende-Maryland,

Mr. Olufemi A. Taiwo – 08033512502, 08055895167
Yes! Photography
11, Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi,

Chinwe – 08033030779
Mr. Kenneth, CEO – 08033079056
Ebili Junior Stores & Supermarket
18, Olorunlogbon Street, Anthony Village, Lagos

The Hub Media Store
Palms Shopping Mall
Lekki, Lagos

Laterna Ventures Limited
13, Oko-Awo Close, Off
Adetokunbo Ademola Street,
Victoria Island,
Lagos State, Nigeria

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HELP!!! My Family Don’t Appreciate My Photography!!!

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He sent me a bb message asking to see me urgently. He was frustrated. After finding his way to our office 24 hours later, he was getting ready to explain the ordeal he had been through.

His name is Lagbaja Tamedo & his cousin had approached him to ask for his photography services as his contribution to the forthcoming wedding. Since Lagbaja was financially broke, he had told the cousin that instead of making a financial contribution, he’ll give him a whopping 60% discount off the photography bill. The discounted bill would come to $320 (N50,000). He figured that should be enough to cover his basic cost of production for the album he’ll be delivering to the cousin. The cousin agreed to his terms.

3 weeks after the wedding, the cousin was calling my Lagbaja to ask for the wedding album. My friend asked him for the $320 payment he ought to have received before the wedding and an argument ensued. The cousin argued that he did not agree to pay such an amount and that he thought that the photographer will be giving his photography services free of charge. The cousin started insulting our photographer friend and that infuriated him (I.e. Lagbaja). This wasn’t the first time a family member will treat him thus. That was when he pinged me for my advice.

My first response was that he should accept responsibility for what has happened. I strongly advice against being so quick to “donate” one’s professional services to family members just because they’re family members. In my experience, it’s usually those closest to you that don’t seem to appreciate the creative juices flowing in your veins. Just ask Jesus when he attempted to do miracles in his hometown.

I asked him why he didn’t put it in writing so as to reduce the chances of an argument later on. I asked him why the cousin didn’t pay the discounted bill weeks before the wedding date. The chances of getting your bill paid by a client are significantly reduced if they don’t pay 80% of the bill 2-4 weeks before the wedding date: it will end up being another prayer point that the host of heaven will have to deal with. Like my mentor once said, God gave us a brain so we’ll give God less work to do.

I told him that one of the few people on earth I don’t bother writing an agreement for is my father: his memory is as sharp as Usain Bolt is fast. ALWAYS put everything down in writing. You’ll be grateful you did.

I asked him to go ahead and deliver the album to the cousin whether or not he pays because the photographer’s reputation will still be at stake. Although this was a hard pill to swallow, I knew that a disgruntled customer (or cousin) will be a better marketer of his/her experiences with you than a satisfied customer. An unsatisfied customer will tell 10 other people while a satisfied customer will testify to less than 5 people.

Finally, I convinced him to attend the forthcoming photography workshop on Running a Profitable Photography Business. He’ll have the opportunity learning great business tips from the likes of Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Leke Adenuga (QF), Shola Animashaun, Folake Ojeikere & Yetunde Babaeko.

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Photography Courses at eloPhotos Academy

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Module 1: Introduction to Digital Photography Gain control and confidence in your digital photography – with a strong emphasis on exposure. This course is designed to help you appreciate the different functions, controls and options in the exciting digital dimension. The class will also examine how aperture and ISO settings work together with shutter speeds to create different photographic effects.

Key Features
• Camera Wheels, Deals, and Decisions
• Aperture – Depth of Field & more
• Shutter Speed – Fast or Slow, Which Way to Go?
• White Balance
• ISO Settings
• Focusing – Understanding focus and how it relates to your image
• Flash – How to make the most from your flash, but not letting the flash make a mess of your image.
• To Shop or Not to Shop – a potential shopping list of accessories and other photo gear you may want some day.
• How to take better digital pictures.
• And many more.

Duration: 2 days
Course Fee: N40,000
Weekday SETS: December 3 & 4, 2012 OR January 7 & 8, 2013
Weekend SETS: September 1 & 8, 2012 OR January 12 & 19, 2013.
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 2: Lighting & Composition Whether you want to create compelling head shots, professional group or family portraits, or interesting self-portraits, you can learn how to successfully light and compose your subjects in an indoor, controlled studio environment. In this class we’ll teach you how to make the most of studio lights. Effectively use “Natural” light, Learn how to be sensitive to light, one of the two main ingredients that go into making great photographs. In this class you will find out how to become a “pro” at working with natural light. You will learn to use natural light to take your images to the next level – to having them be seen as fine art. You will explore topics that will immediately transform your work, such as backlighting and window light.

Duration: 1 day
Course Fee: N20,000
Weekday SETS: December 5, 2012 OR January 9, 2013
Weekend SETS: September 15, 2012 OR January 26, 2013
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 3: Business of Photography In this course, you’ll be deciding whether or not you need a studio. We’ll discuss the importance of documented agreements. Other topics to be discussed include: negotiating for a job, Creating a business structure, pricing your work, customer service, branding your photography and the importance of Packaging.

Duration: 2 days
Course Fee: N40,000
Weekday SETS: December 6 & 7, 2012 OR January 10 & 11, 2013
Weekend SETS: September 22 & 29, 2012 OR February 2 & 9, 2013.
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 4: The Digital Darkroom In this course you’ll learn the components of a photographer’s digital darkroom. You’ll also learn how to edit with Photoshop. Master the nuances of this powerful image-editing software. Do you find reading software manuals frustrating? Are you struggling to overcome the infamous learning curve that comes with Adobe Photoshop? Then join us as we deliver a great introduction to the program, and we always excels at answering your questions and critiquing your photos.

Key Features
• Basic Setup & Workflow
• Rotating and Cropping
• Layers and Levels
• Retouching with Cloning and the Healing Brush
• Curves, Color Balance, and Hue/Saturation
• Resolution, Image Sizing and Sharpening
• Fun, friendly introduction to Photoshop.
• Learn the basic functions, as well as special tips for enhancing and adjusting your images.
• Gain confidence in using Photoshop.
• Learn how to design an album with Photoshop
•Printing technologies, types of photography print papers, deciding to print in a Lab or at home.

Duration: 3 days
Course Fee:
Weekday SETS: December 10-12, 2012 OR January 14-16, 2013
Weekend SETS: October 6, 13 & 20, 2012 OR February 16, 23 & March 2, 2013.
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached

Module 5: Website & Social Media for Photographers In this course you’ll learn how to design & manage your photography website using WordPress. You’ll also learn the importance of using social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) as a necessary branding and marketing tool.

Duration: 1 day
Course Fee:
Weekday SETS: December 13, 2012 OR January 17, 2013
Weekend SETS: October 27, 2012 OR March 9, 2013.
Registration closes when a class of 20 students has been reached


12b Fagba Crescent, Off Acme Rd, Agidingbi, Ikeja

After making payment into our company account, send an email to to get a copy of the application form. Download the form, print, fill and bring it on the first day of class to the venue with two passport photographs along with the teller of the bank deposit. For further inquiries, contact us on 234-8079243366, 234-7038244433, 234-8120129149, 234-8101590358 or

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For the Digital Darkroom Module, it is recommended that you bring your laptop for editing your pictures

Refreshment & Course materials will be provided along with a professional digital SLR camera for each participant for practice sessions. Please note that the camera is for practice purposes during the training and would not be taken home by participants

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The basic course in Photography is the best thing that has happened to me this year. When I decided to take the course, I didn’t know what to expect, but now, I must say it has been worth my while. I have learnt so much already I can’t wait to go out there and start making magic through pictures. Big ups to Emmagination, Damilola “DAMELL” Elliot & Shola Animashaun, they really inspired me. Please, keep up the good work. Desi Okiemute

I have always thought of photography as a form of artistic creative expression. When I first began using a camera nearly 30 years ago, I always wanted to be able to take pictures that showed the beauty and variation that is the life experience all around us at all times. After the uncertain results that came out of my self taught efforts over the years, I finally got the opportunity for proper lessons with the Basic Course in Photography offered at eloPhotos Academy. After the first 3 lessons, I had already learnt some critical lessons that will enable me take the kind of pictures I have only previously dreamt of taking.”Painting with light”! That is a definition I have gained from the course.The course is a relaxed, practical and interactive one with several tips from experienced photographers. Very commendable training! Now it is up to me to decide to what level I want to take my photography – competent beautiful pictures as an amateur or as an artistic professional! Dr. Olayinka Longe

I really enjoyed the business aspect of the training. The lectures on character, integrity, packaging, good customer service and branding were awesome. In a nutshell, it was a wonderful decision I made by attending the training because I absolutely got more than my money’s worth. Oloyede Afolabi

eloPhotos is the place to be. Within the 8 days of the training, I’ve been able to acquire sound technical and theoretical skills in photography. The training package is so educative such that all the ingredients necessary for growth and development are included. I especially enjoyed the Branding and Marketing aspect of the training. In fact, I have decided to inform all my relatives and friends that they should not bother trying to get me a job in the telecommunications, or banking and oil industry; I’ve finally gotten a JOB. Olumide Oshikominu


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The Photography Gadget Criminal

So I’ve gotten more than a couple of pings and calls in recent times asking me for the best photography equipment to buy.

“Mr Seun, what do you think of the Canon 600D?”
“Mr Seun, should I buy the Nikon D4?”
“I’m thinking of buying a Bowens Gemini light kit”

The list goes on. But what is interesting is that fact that these questions are being asked by photographers that (in my own opinion) have “enough” gadgets to cater for their present photography needs. But NO, they tell me they want to be like me and have 3-8 cameras. Besides, (according to these perpetrators) that’s a good sign that you’ve “arrived” and are doing well in the industry.

The first question that I ask in an attempt to answer their questions is “Why do you think you need this new equipment?” Most of the time the answer I get is not sound business-wise. I understand that it is a good thing to have a backup camera, but that should not be at the expense of your bank account running into a ZERO balance.

And that leads me to the other question: why should you have to empty (or in some cases, BORROW money) your bank account to buy the Nikon D4 just because you want to be like Scott Kelby or Joe Mcnally? It might make sense emotionally but that is not a wise way to run a “profitable” photography business….especially if you’ve not gotten jobs recently and you’re assuming the new equipment will bring jobs…. Yeah right. In that case, I’ll tattoo the American flag on my forehead so I could be granted citizenship of USA.

So here’s my take if at all you’ve analyzed logically (not emotionally) your need for new photography equipment. If you’re planning to invest $6500 to buy a Canon 1Dx, it makes business sense to have an extra $6500 in your bank account after the purchase. If I’m going to buy a BMW Active Hybrid 540i for $60k, it will be foolish of me to proceed with the purchase if I do not have $60k in financial investment or reserves. This is a habit that is that is practiced by the wealthiest people on earth.

So if I feel I really need the BMW 540i that I’ve so much talked about, it will be to my advantage to start thinking of practical business activities that I would be engaged in that will ultimately fetch me $120k. For only then will my wealth extend beyond the gadgets or possessions in my possession.

So before you commit another crime of buying equipment that you probably don’t really NEED yet, think twice and consult the opinion of at least 3 mentors. Enough written.

To learn more about the business success habits of great photographers, plan to attend the forthcoming forum on taking your photography business to the next level. Next session is Sunday August 26, 2012. Facilitators include Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Yetunde (Camara Studios), Leke Adenuga, Shola Animashaun & ………. Be part of the largest gathering of professional photographers in 2012. Your business will not remain the same. More details to come.

Photographically Yours,

Oluwaseun Akisanmi
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The Wedding Kelechi Amadi-Obi offered to cover for $600

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So while discussing with a photographer colleague the other day, I asked him how much he enjoyed covering Celebrity X’s wedding. He laughed it off and went ahead to give a break down of the deal. Now before you proceed, please note that this is not fiction: it happened to people I (and perhaps U) know very well. We’ll call the photographer C & the celebrity X.

Photographer C first met Celebrity X earlier this year when he came seeking for the services of a professional photographer. C came highly recommended and the meeting was arranged. Upon arriving at the studio of C, X was shocked when he was given a bill of $500 for the session. “But it’s just a few soft copies I need” X exclaimed. “I know this one photographer J that can give me this same session for $80″, he continued. C explained that that was the worth of the value he was bringing to the table and that photographer J was probably also charging what he felt he was worth”.

After much discussion and pleading, photographer C decided to do the session for Celebrity X without charging a dime. Knowing that Celebrity X was very popular, perhaps it will go a long way in establishing a rapour that will bring more business in the future, he thought. The session came, the session went and over 30 soft copies later, Celebrity X was convinced that there are PHOTOGRAPHERS & there are photographers. He loved the pictures. I loved the pictures. The resulting pictures were so beautiful that I even considered going for a training session with Photographer C on how to use “studio” lights.

Fast forward to a few months later, Celebrity X came back for some more. This time he was getting married and required the world class services of photographer C for the wedding day. But first, Celebrity X needed a pre-wedding session so the pictures could be used to “advertise” to the world that “Lagbaja & Tamedo” are getting married.

Once again, Celebrity X was shocked at the bill that was presented him for the pre-wedding session. “Haba, don’t forget that you’re the one covering the main wedding”, he kidded. “Do you want to scare me away now?” After much pleading and nagging, photographer C gave a discount for the session. He figured that since he’ll be covering the wedding, he has little to loose.

Once again, the pictures that ensued proved to Celebrity X that photography was indeed the Divine calling of photographer C. The pictures were (according to the choice of words used by one of my clients) “tastefully finished”.

Alas, the wedding day drew nigh. It was time to finalize the photography details of the main day. Once again, Celebrity X shouted when he got a bill of over $2000. Now at this point, the gentleman in photographer C was already getting angry. “What does this man take me for?” he asked himself. What made matters worse was when Celebrity X blurted out that “even Kelechi Amadi-Obi has offered to collect $800 for covering the wedding”.

The indirect question being posed to my colleague was thus: “Who are you to charge me more than what Kelechi has offered to take?” To say that photographer C was furious will be an understatement of the year. He nicely told Celebrity X to proceed with using the services of Kelechi Amadi-Obi since his (i.e. Photographer C) bill is not favorable.

Now at this point you need to understand that Celebrity X is the type of client that although I would have turned down since the first meeting, many photographers would have considered it a privilege to be his official wedding photographer. He was well known. He’s still very well known.

Although I knew (just like photographer C) that Celebrity X was lying through his teeth, I decided to call and confirm if indeed Kelechi covered the wedding. I called Kelechi Amadi-Obi’s studios 3 days ago (June 25, 2012) and discussed the issue with them. I wanted to confirm if it was indeed true. His project Manager laughed me off and said “that is a BIG LIE”. He told me that the minimum Kelechi takes for a wedding coverage and delivery of soft copies on a cd is $6000. (WoW. When I grow up, I definitely want to be like Kelechi.)

So what lessons are to be learnt here? You be the judge. But whatever it is you’ve learnt from this, please make sure it includes not being ridiculed or tossed to & fro by a potential client that might look or talk like Celebrity X. I eventually met a photographer that saw the wedding pictures of X (let’s no longer call him a Celebrity): the pictures were “nothing to write home about” for a person of his class.

Buttom line is this: know your worth, price accordingly and don’t take sh** from anyone that seeks to ridicule your great work (assuming ofcourse it’s great) by comparing you to another photographer.

By the way, if you were Photographer C, what would you have done in each scenario of meeting X. (This is definitely an interesting simultaneous equation in which it isn’t necessary to Find X).

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Nigeria’s Photography Directory

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Attention all Photography-related companies. Calling all photographers, makeup artists, printing labs, videographers, album designers/makers, camera & photography equipment sellers, computer & sellers, photography schools, camera repairers, advertising & modeling agencies and photography bookstores. We’re presently working on the forthcoming release of a bi-monthly photography magazine called PICTURE THIS ( and a segment in the magazine is called “Photography Directory”. In this segment we’ll be listing the contact details of organizations/companies that provide products/services that promote directly or indirectly the photography industry.

Send an email to with the subject title NPD listing if you’ll like to include your company details. Listing is free for the maiden edition and costs N6k for subsequent editions. Kindly follow the following format when sending in details as submissions that don’t meet guidelines will be disqualified.

NPD Listing

CATEGORY: makeup artist (or any other category)
COMPANY NAME: moore makeup
ADDRESS: 9c Jide Ayo close Omole Phase 1, Ojodu-Ikeja.
TELEPHONE: 2 phone nos.
Website: 1 website address
BB pin: 22221111

Pls be sure you have a functional website before submitting. If your business does not have an active website, don’t include the website address in the submission. Kindly forward this info to anyone you know might be interested. For further inquiries: 234-8079243366 or 234-7038244433. Deadline for submission has been moved to July 6, 2012. (Businesses must be based in West-Africa). The Publisher reserves the right to exclude any category submission if it doesn’t meet the required guidelines. If you’ve already submitted and your submission meets the guidelines above, you don’t need to send another email.

Photographically yours,

Seun Akisanmi
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TOP SECRET: Nigeria’s 1st Photography Magazine Premiers

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Greetings great artistic & creative citizens of the earth. We’re working on a photography Magazine (Picture This) that will be launched in mid-July and I thought it wise to let you in on the secret. A segment of the magazine will be featuring creative and beautiful pictures taken by Nigerian amateurs and professionals. We’ll appreciate if you can kindly forward any “wow” picture that is considered “creative & beautiful” (& you’ll love us to publish) to

Please be sure you have the rights to the picture and high resolution pictures should be sent. Kindly also include a brief explanation on how & when the image was gotten. Only pictures that meet our standards will be published in the 5-page segment.

There’s also a segment we call “Photography Directory”. In this segment, vendors in the photography industry have the opportunity of letting the world know how they can be reached. For the 1st edition, you can be listed for free if you can send (to the name of your company, main services rendered, address & phone numbers For example:
Elophotos Studios
Event & Portrait Photographers
12b Fagba Crescent, off acme rd, agidingbi, ikeja

All correspondence should be sent to

Deadline for submissions for the 1st edition is June 15, 2012.

Much Thanks to the individuals that are already on board for the success of this project: Theophilus Emmanuel, Segun Alawode, Akin Ibitoye, Dipo Odetoyinbo, Lekan Made Fotos, Abiola Oladeinde, Richard Bamidele Eko, Shola Animashaun, Olusegun Ogunyemi, Segun Adebiyi, Kikelomo Koleosho & Kelechi Amadi-Obi.

Contributions and suggestions on how to make this a world-class magazine are welcome.

Attached are sample covers of the 1st 4 editions. Please kindly drop a comment and let us know what you sincerely think and how we can make it better. For advert placement & sponsorship opportunities, kindly contact us on 08101590358 or 08023008873 or send us an email at
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Photography Bootcamp for Kids (Ages 6-19)

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In this course, your children will learn how to:

* develop technical proficiency with a compact camera
* create impact with photography
* compose pictures
* develop a photography “style”
* effectively tell a story with photography
* effectively photograph people
* know the right equipment to use for any situation
* edit images using Adobe Photoshop CS5 (FOR AGES 11-19)
* correct tone & color using Adobe Photoshop CS5 (FOR AGES 11-19)

Set 1
July 23 – August 3, 2012 (10 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 10 students in a class
Course fee: N60,000
Registration closes July 16, 2012 or when class limit of 10 students has been reached

Set 2
August 13 – August 24, 2012 (10 Weekdays)
9am – 2pm
Maximum of 10 students in a class
Course fee: N60,000
Registration closes August 6, 2012 or when class limit of 10 students has been reached

eloPhotos Nigeria Ltd
12b fagba Crescent,
off Acme Road,
Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Send an email to to get a copy of the application form. Download the form, print, fill and bring it (or fax) on the first day of class to the venue with 1 passport photographs along with the teller of the bank deposit.
You can also visit our website at for more information
Refreshments & Course materials will be be served. However children will be required to bring their digital cameras for the course. Contact us for details on the type of cameras to get.

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For further inquiries, contact us on 234-8101590358, 234-8120129149, 234-8191474348, 234-8023008873 or

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The $100 Photographer vs. The $10,000 Photographer

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Going down memory lane, I am reminded of an encounter with a photographer 5 years ago. In his early fifties, I met him at a print lab. He was complaining & murmuring about how his client was yet to pay him the balance owed. After a few minutes of successfully eavesdropping on his discussion with a fellow photographer (stop looking at me like that as if you don’t eavesdrop on people’s conversations also), I was able to gather more info about the job in question.

He had covered his client’s wedding in Enugu where he spent about 3 days for the detailed coverage of the celebration. He was angry because the couple were yet to pay him the balance of what he had billed them. I was shocked when I discovered that his total photography bill for the wedding coverage was $100. How can a “professional” photographer charge that and survive. I was shocked because this “gentleman” had been in the photography business for over 20 years.

At that time, I was still billing wedding clients $400 – $600 for a day’s coverage. Yet he charged $100 for 3 days. He was angry at the client & I was angry at him.

The fact that he was using a film camera was no excuse. What profit will be left over to take care of his family. What type of education will he give his children. When will he be able to afford a good car for himself. Which vacation will the profit afford him. I was angry.

Fast forward to 7 days ago. I was in a workshop organized for photographers. One of the speakers, Ali Baba, talked about how a “PROFESSIONAL” photographer called him in January to “thank” him for a referral. A few weeks prior to the call, Ali Baba had contacted the photographer to ask how much it will cost for a portrait session for a “high profile” client. The photographer gave him a bill of $12,000 for the session after which 32 high resolution softcopies will be delivered on a dvd. He replied the photographer that the client only had a budget of $10,000 & they both settled for $10,000 for 30 high resolution softcopies.

As if that wasn’t shocking enough, the bigger shocker came when Ali Baba mentioned that the reason the photographer called him was to thank him because the client ended up ordering a total of 142 high resolution softcopies. Whichever way you do the maths (even if you got an “F” in your Maths SSCE or SAT), you’ll still end up with a whole lot of zeros that should make any photographer happy. Well this photographer was happy, hence the “thanksgiving” call.

My question is this: What’s the difference between these two photographers? Seriously, what is it that will make a client offer to pay $100 to a 50 year old photographer while another client will gladly pay over $10,000 to a 35 year old photographer. There are many answers to this question one of which I can already hear echoing in your mind as you read this: THEIR DESTINIES ARE DIFFERENT. I’ll leave this one to you to digest.

As for me (& my house), I’ll like to be like the later photographer when I grow up. I’ll like to be perceived as a photographer that adds so much value (albeit intangible) to a client’s life in 2 hours that they’ll deem it fit to pay me $10,000. I’ll like that. Trust me, I’ll really like that. Besides, how else will I be able to afford the Harvard University school fees that my 3.8 year old daughter wants to go to. No, you tell me. I know it’s not all about how much you make at the end of the day but its important to make enough money that will provide the kind of lifestyle you desire.

The other question is this: What “value” do you as a photographer bring to the table? The conclusion might not be as appetizing as the BMW series write up but whatever you do, make sure you’re building solid foundations for you photography business & brand. Neglect doing that & your end will be predictable in 20 years time.

It’s your call
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My experience at eloPhotos: Adetunji Oremosu

A couple of years ago, probably in my most assuming and uninformed manner, I did not expect taking on the standards of running photography business to be any more challenging or thoroughly tasking than anything I had already tried my hands on. I mean, I had already experienced running an online magazine where we paid for the services of a few photographers. I had even accompanied some of them on field jobs and was even present at photo shoots. Photography? it was all fun and just a breeze-through, I thought.

More than one thing was skewed about this thinking as I was soon to find out. Although I was paying photographers to do what they knew how to do best, I never really gave much thought to what it entailed. At that time, there was little to nothing to guide me into the that intangible yet indispensable entrepreneurial thinking that seemed to reverberate through all the interactions I had with photographers like it was some unmapped code in their DNA.

Fast forward to today. It was no less than 4 months ago my enlightenment journey was about to commence and in no better place than eloPhotos. I had walked in sure-footedly that day in November. So confident that after the two weeks in Daystar Skill Acquisition Programme that I participated in a month before, I had what it took to have it made as a photographer. What I discovered has made me more than a little wiser! In summary I found the following truths:

1. An entrepreneur can never do away with the priceless leverage that mentorship from those who have gone ahead provides. By the day mentorship was never in short supply neither was the opportunity to put into immediate practice what needed to be actualised for it to have its maximum impact. We were not just ‘hearers’ but ‘doers’ of the insightful instruction we had benefited from. By so doing we had accelerated learning that, though it was not exclusive of mistakes, (and mistakes are part of learning) but they certainly were not doomed to be the kind of mistakes that wise counsel from those who had threaded the path before us can seriously help to avoid.

2. There were the reminders that apart from your technical skill (and mind you a lot of that is required at the next level of photography), your stamina and physical ability is not left out either. As ‘gladiators’ in the photographic arena, even if you had the know-how, you still needed to know how to be up and doing if you were going to get great work done and achieve great results. It did not let up as the standards of client satisfaction and the accompanying demands for levels of service grew. You did what had to be done and like I once said, we don’t give up, we go on!

3. Equipment handling? Oh piece of cake right? Wrong! If you had the privilege of being in the midst of this calibre of photographic equipment, you had to take time to know the rules of their care, appropriate usage and storage. Clearly I learnt how lenses and lights are more than just that; the are like your eyes and how well you treasure your eyes is how well you treasure the equipment. So neither they nor their environment could afford to be dirty! Nor could areas for handling workflows from all aspects to the ‘digital darkroom’. What about client-accessed areas? You probably guessed! So well it’s cut and dry that maintenance culture and cleanliness standards will improve (and they did) even if you have managed the British Monarchy’s royal cars in your previous life.

4. You are your own best marketer. The point is your persona is very much part of your unique selling point. If you didn’t know, the emphasis on adequate personal “best” dressing and the occasional use of stylized costumes on some outings would convince you. At least on one occasion the costume did make the job easy for an introvert like myself to introduce concepts in conversation with persons I would otherwise have not had the temerity to approach.

Then of course, there was and still is the impact of engaging the cyberspace and as a lot of blogging skills and social media marketing is required, we found ourselves inundated with trainings and opportunities for training in both! Did I mention that my erstwhile magazine publishing days was in cyberspace? Well I rapidly discovered how little I knew including how foolish I had been to be conned by a web designer who did little above what I now learnt by myself in the process of marketing my photography.

Ah, on a lighter yet important note, I learnt one more thing about brand consistency – from ensuring to always type eloPhotos with a small case “e” and a capital case ‘P’

5. I did not know how making youtube videos could literally be an asset to your photography or any business and not only did I get involved in making them more professionally, I learnt from Google (yes – youtube came to Nigeria and courtesy of eloPhotos, I was at the launch-out event) the ways and tips to ensuring that they get seen, engaged with and possibly yield the kind of results (leads) my business needs.

6. Outings, outings, outings – what is a photography training (or trainee) without the outings to go get some good practice on? Ok so I have quite a number under my belt (courtesy of my stay at eloPhotos) like wedding photography, event photography (like When I shot Wizkid and Banky W), sports photography, even children photography, naming ceremony, and environmental portraiture and fashion/model shoots. The list is endless.

7. If you thought you had printing locked down, you really need to see it done to know what it takes. And so I am already hoping one day to still undergo even more training still. But the foundation was made solid at eloPhotos. Everything made sense and all came together to form this crystal thought, ‘what you think you see is what you think you edit, but may not be what you see in print’. And so I have learnt to be even more discriminatory when using a print lab. I also ensure that I use monitors with best color renditions for my editing & not to let inexperienced hands even at (reputedly) great print labs handle my print jobs anyhow.

8. The commandments of Client Satisfaction are all summed up thus: “the client is the one who pays the money”. And doing everything to satisfy, delight and retain a client (who in turn will be my best marketer) has become my ultimate goal. Working on that part of me is still in progress because anything I do should be of the highest possible quality. I wont stop at satisfaction, my goal is to delight & retain the client even if it means taking certifiable courses on Interpersonal Interaction Psychology. Buttom line is I don’t mind becoming like my boss at eloPhotos who seems a master of this science (or art)

So in nutshell, I can’t finish telling you all I have been able to do in just four months at eloPhotos, but if you meet me outside on the streets please stop me and ask me for more!

Adetunji Oremosu
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A photo session with Yinka

Yinka is an interesting personality. A fan of our page on facebook (, she was one of the chosen winners of a mini quiz we did in february. She came over-prepared for the session. The first 10 mins of the session proved she was a little nervous but she eventually expressed herself freely the moment I asked my two assistants to leave the studio. I hope the pictures gives you an idea of how adventurous she can be. Enjoy

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Everyone I shot was a celebrity

Every one I shot was a celebrity!! I do not have a gun and I certainly cannot fire one. But the camera is my weapon and when it shoots, I still remain an innocent citizen. Yeah I know, those catchy blog headliners. That said though, I am merely reminiscing about my experience during the AISL (American International School Lagos) PTO- organised fun-day on the 10th of March 2012.

I guess I did not think too much about the event before it happened. I was there as an assistant to elophotos studios to cover the event photographically. However after the experience, I got color blocked! Maybe it’s the fact that the event was so colorful and the fact that it was a school! All I had been accustomed to from having attended a mission school growing up were different shades of “gray”.

Anyway, it was quite an opportunity to see again the true meaning of a rhyme I learned in those mission schools:

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red or Yellow, black and white;
They are precious in his sight;
Jesus Loves the little children of the world

LIke you might have seen from an earlier piece I wrote from covering a 10th birthday party, I don’t get too excited about covering child events, but this was different. Many nationals from all the continents were here represented, in this school. And one thing is common to all of them, everybody loves fun! I saw that beyond all the different prejudices we are brought up with; we all are really the same underneath and once again I appreciated what it meant to be truly free.

The children were the celebrities, who sang, mimed and danced and played their hearts out! Oh yeah there were side attractions like Banky W and Wizkid who performed a DJ mix of his most popular tunes getting massive air play on radio and all that. But it was the kids I loved most. Their smiles and laughter were just too precious. The laughter, the fun, the hearty shrieks of children ecstatic from jumping over every thing and anything, the slides, the games, the trampolin, the video, the mountain “challenge” simulator, the red carpet, the stretch limousine and so much more; it was fun all the way.

I think the greatest kudos however is to the parents. The fact that they took time out to have fun with their kids this way is just priceless. *Sigh* you made me wish I was a kid again!! Or maybe I should start planning to have my kids. Either way, the celebrity kids were fun to shoot and I would gladly do it again anyday.

Adetunji Oremosu
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