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Stephanie + Wayne, Engaged

No matter how much you know about the subject of “love” and the love you share between you and your spouse, you always find yourself learning so much more from other couples you meet. I must have the best job in the world as I get to learn different things from each couple I work with. What’s so great too is that I get to learn all this with my wife with me. Ayodele has been such an instrument of support in my business. She’s always making sure I stay on task when it comes to me performing my job. Many times when I am shooting, I hear a little whisper at the back of my head…”errr…honey, that shot you’re going for could be improved just a tad bit.” I usually get very grouchy when I hear that voice, then she goes off to what I may at first see her disrupting what I think is a great composition and she does her magic. She’s so amazing at instructing, sometimes I’m tempted to just get her to do most of the work. What she does is ask questions very well of the couple. She gets to know them better. Gets me to work WITH them (as opposed to me working ON them). I’ve learnt so much from her about how to learn who the couple really are. What their true love story is about.

It’s very easy to be generic when it comes to these engagement sessions. Sometimes you have some ideas of what you want to do before the shoot but things change, you realise that one or two variables are slightly different or off. You’re not able to pull off  that idea you initially had. The scene doesn’t look as great as it did in your head. The energy isn’t really there. I’m sure a lot of photographers “copy” this feeling. In such a situation, I strongly advise you to get to know your couple again, rethink your story, or more importantly find out what their story is: who are these people and what makes them tick or click! Work with those things. You’ll be amazed how inspired you’ll be. You’ll learn so much about them and their love story that you’ll start to ask the question…”Why didn’t I ask these questions from the start?”

That’s exactly what happened here between myself, Stephanie and Wayne (and Ayodele). I had other ideas of what I wanted to do with them before I started shooting their engagement session. The more I got to know them during the session the more I started to get creative. Their energy started to come out as we got to hanging out more. It’s so weird but it makes sense, you just cannot be generic with a portrait session of any kind. And why should you? Every person is different and everyone has a different story. So why would you want to fit them inside a box?!

 

Yemisi SoyodeMarch 10, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Beautiful

DotunMarch 8, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Well done sir!

wale ariztosMarch 8, 2013 - 10:08 pm

pretty fantastic dude. i loved every single one of them.

Abimbola Olufunmi EstherMarch 8, 2013 - 1:41 pm

beautiful!

Busayo AliyuMarch 8, 2013 - 12:13 pm

NICE SHOT!

TaiwoMarch 8, 2013 - 7:38 am

Wooooooooow.

Rosalyn BarneyMarch 8, 2013 - 4:32 am

So sweet!

Waltrica NicholsMarch 8, 2013 - 4:12 am

Beautiful photos!

Kweiki QuaynorMarch 7, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Awesome shoot

Agwunobi MichaelMarch 7, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Fantastic images!

Eniola Idris AlakijaMarch 7, 2013 - 5:17 pm

love the shot with the road markings the most.

mosun + siji, christian wedding, city hall, lagos (preview)

Here is the second part to the preview of Mosun and Siji wedding day, the Christian wedding ceremony. As I said before this was a totally new experience for us witnessing and covering two ceremonies in one day. I have to give it to Demi, he seriously pulled his weight on the day. I was so inspired by his energy. Put yourself in my shoes for a second: 17+ hours on your feet, already shot one action packed event, approaching the end of another action-filled second ceremony… it was beginning to look obvious that I was exhausted and my ability to achieve the right images (proper exposure, point focus, etc.) was waning rapidly. If not for the fact that Demi was with me, I’m not sure  how I would have coped. Nonetheless, I was surprised when I then got to review the images we both took. In fact, I was blown away by what we were able to capture. So much to capture, and so many great and emotional moments. This was an awesome day overall.  Unfortunately, I can only share but so many photos on this preview, so hopefully you’ll get the picture.

Enjoy! 

 

Jokotade Remi-AdeoyeJune 24, 2013 - 1:08 am

Gorge, Gorge, Gorge…… I’m speechless.

omoboriowo michaelMay 3, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Awesome shots, poses and lighting…oustanding sire

Damilare DawoduMarch 20, 2013 - 8:05 am

Breathtaking Images.
Simplicity meets prestige.Great Job sir!

ToluMarch 14, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Beautiful pictures! Beautiful couple!

Alawode OluwasegunMarch 9, 2013 - 7:19 am

So, so beautiful, great job sir

Busayo AliyuMarch 8, 2013 - 12:23 pm

THIS IS AN AMAZING SNAPSHOT, GOOD WORK SIR!

Maxi ChrisMarch 6, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Remarkable sir!

Akara OgheneworoMarch 6, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Beautiful Jide! Beautiful…..Second to the last picture blew me away.

Damilola 'Damell' ElliottMarch 6, 2013 - 11:38 am

Brilliant……Nice one bro!

Olamide AkinmboniMarch 6, 2013 - 11:19 am

Lovely

Eugenia AghedoMarch 6, 2013 - 10:38 am

lovely couple…great pictures.HML mosun and siji.

Jeffrey W. IgonikoMarch 6, 2013 - 10:26 am

wow.. u jst took one of my woow’s… purity tru pictures..awes.
me

Ogundare Ropo ErbzMarch 6, 2013 - 4:30 am

amazing!

Adeola DaraMarch 6, 2013 - 12:08 am

Amazing!

Mosun + Siji, Traditional Wedding, City Hall, Lagos (Preview)

Shooting weddings at the City Hall is always a treat. It’s one of my most favoured shooting venues in Lagos. Everytime I get an enquiry to shoot a wedding there I always get excited. This venue is not only relatively large for your typical Lagosian wedding, it has many parts that one can use for all sorts of portraits.

Mosun and Siji had their traditional and Christian wedding on the same day. This was the first time I’d ever covered both ceremonies in one day. I had the utmost pleasure of working with Demi Olubanwo, who’s a photographer I quite admire in Nigeria. When you have a moment go check out his work. These ceremonies were very exciting to cover as both bride and groom were really lovely to work with. I’ll say more in my next post which would obviously be images from the second ceremony.

 

Olash AdewaleFebruary 27, 2016 - 2:14 pm

Great Job Boss!!!!!

SpicyteeSeptember 24, 2013 - 6:02 pm

Wowza! beautiful images boss, I love them.

Ogheneochuko OkotieApril 9, 2013 - 4:12 am

Jide, great job!
Who did the bride’s make up?

DotunMarch 21, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Loving this…some beautiful moments were captured. The lighting on the first shot is money!

Matiluko ThemmydaryourMarch 5, 2013 - 4:41 pm

very beautiful

Babawale O. ObayanjuMarch 5, 2013 - 9:15 am

lovely

Omojesu Olufunmi O.March 5, 2013 - 9:11 am

Very Crisp boss!

Ade AdetayoMarch 5, 2013 - 7:56 am

beautiful pictures

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaMarch 5, 2013 - 1:52 am

Thanks Rotimi

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaMarch 5, 2013 - 1:52 am

Thanks David

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaMarch 5, 2013 - 1:45 am

LMao

Olu AkintorinMarch 5, 2013 - 1:24 am

Nice one bros. Bastard Status

Rotimi S OjoMarch 5, 2013 - 12:38 am

Good stuff..

David OtokpaMarch 5, 2013 - 12:32 am

Gorgeous images Jide Assumpção-Alakija.

Tope + Deji, Engaged

One of the great things about living in Durham, North Carolina is the beautiful scenery set around almost every where. You can literally step out of your home and see lovely green, orange and red leaves. It’s a joy for a photographer like myself because there’s a lot one can use in your pictures as backdrops. Even when the weather isn’t great like the weather during this shoot, you can still pull off some beautiful romantic stories. Deji was really such a great sport to work with considering the fact that he had driven 6 hours the night before from Atlanta, GA and was driving back the next day. His fiance, Tope already lives in the Raleigh-Durham area so in my opinion it wasn’t as tasking for her. I do have to commend her though for standing strong with open toe shoes and a sleeveless top through out most of the shoot. She never stopped smiling. All in all we have a great time. I think the images pretty much say everything about them and their love.

Mayor TrybZe ImagerySeptember 21, 2013 - 3:24 am

I like. Nice one boss

DotunMarch 21, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Double like! You pulled off the night shoot nicely.

Calvin LawsonMarch 4, 2013 - 11:35 am

Nice1, love d way ur light always falls on d subject!

Tunji SangoleyeMarch 4, 2013 - 5:19 am

Boss, I salute – Amazing work.

Weddings By Ben KiruthiMarch 3, 2013 - 6:45 pm

Yes, now this is what an engagement session ought to look like.

Scorpiojo FotosMarch 2, 2013 - 12:45 pm

The master at work again!

Edward OmoleighoMarch 1, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Uncle the Last picture is a Wowzer.

Samuel ObaderoMarch 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm

here is mine, “wow!”

Femi UsikaluMarch 1, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Lost count of how many times I said wow! great shots

Styled Shoot at Historic Blenheim Palace

Whenever I have the chance to collaborate with some of most talented names in the industry, I have to jump on the opportunity. This post is the result of such a gathering. I had the privilege of working with some very creative friends of mine on this amazing test shoot at the Historic Blenheim Palace, with exquisite decor and design by Seyi of Cedar Events, stunning gowns by Yemi Kosibah, amazing cakes by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, make-up by Kemi Kings, as well as other wedding vendors. The location and styling was like a wedding photographer’s heaven, with the amazing scenery and and set-up… it’s a shame we only were able to shoot for one day. My images were also featured on the popular online bridal magazine, Munaluchi so please be sure to check that out for more details and vendor information. A big thanks to Jeffrey Osei-Tutu who was an incredible help on this shoot.

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaMarch 3, 2013 - 10:02 pm

Thanks Jacqueline, look forward to sharing more in the near future

Jacqueline NwobuMarch 2, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Was a pleasure. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous images. Looking forward to more features:)