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Deola + Lanre, 10 Degrees Events Centre, Oregun, Lagos (preview)

In this wedding I had the opportunity of working again with Andrew Esiebo and for the first time Glenna Gordon. You all know how much I enjoy working with Andrew. I can’t rave about him enough. There’s always something new to learn from his experience in telling stories. I’ve been a long and distant admirer of Glenna’s work. When I heard she was in Nigeria working on different assignments and personal projects I seized the opportunity to meet her. She is one of the most humble and gifted of photographers I have ever met. I asked her if she’d be interested in second (or more correctly in this case, third) shoot for me at a wedding I was shooting and she gladly obliged. We all had so much fun working together on this job. It was VERY difficult editing the number of photos down as there were TOO many great shots to pick from.

This post is slightly different from most as I have just picked out a few of my favourite images from the day. Working with traveling photojournalists teaches you a lot about making your story from the images you take. It’s important to never stop working, never stop taking pictures, never stop looking for new and interesting angles. It’s from there you’ll find new “angles” to your story.

A special shout out to our new Junior Associate Photographer, Tolani Alli, who’s brother is the groom in this post. She was one of the most energetic bridesmaids I’d ever met part of a bridal party.

I met Lanre and Deola through Lanre’s sister Tolani. Lanre also happened to be good friends of a colleague of mine Lulu Akintorin. Lanre is a Computer Engineer in Atlanta and Deola is a Pharmacist who used to live in London. Deola just recently relocated to the United States. They were another great couple to work with. Their families were so accomodating, sweet and close knit and you could just see how much family was really important to them by the amount of people who came from near and far to celebrate their special day with them. I just want to thank them for giving us the opportunity to cover their wedding day. Apparently I had met Lanre and his brothers years back at a beach party his cousins had hosted in Lagos a few years back, so I saw a lot of familair faces at the wedding including my uncle and aunt. It’s such a small world we live in, who knew I would be covering his wedding in years later.

AyodejiMay 10, 2013 - 12:50 pm

The little kid shot is so sweet. I love your work Jide

adeyaju akinleyeMarch 4, 2013 - 12:18 pm

its a great one, love it all the way.

FolahanmiFebruary 28, 2013 - 6:36 pm

Love the shot of the little kids ! true photojournalism

Zainab BakareFebruary 28, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Whao, this pure genius and very interesting to view

Kunle TaiwoFebruary 27, 2013 - 3:19 pm

simply Classic.

Patriece CampbellFebruary 27, 2013 - 2:35 pm


Aderonke AkanbiFebruary 27, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

Modzero ConceptsFebruary 27, 2013 - 9:34 am

Really in love with the one upstairs of the children looking down, simply splendid sir.

Modzero ConceptsFebruary 27, 2013 - 9:32 am

ah, with all due respect, your photography is a revolution. I totally give myself as a willing assistant on any of your other forth coming projects, I can just imagine the wealth of experience. 07030873003

Tunji SangoleyeFebruary 27, 2013 - 8:05 am

Beautifully captured boss!

Nabila + Pete, White wedding, Darlington Hall, Ilupeju, Lagos (preview)

Following the excitement of the traditional wedding ceremony, I had the opportunity of covering Nabila and Pete’s wedding ceremony with Jeffrey Olalekan as my second shooter. This post should have been up a while ago however I’ve been in the midst of getting a lot of the work from a very hectic Christmas period out. Yep, I’m still working on those projects even ’til today. I think December 2012 was probably the busiest month in my photography career. I’m not complaining though… it is definitely a good thing to be busy.  These days I’m also preparing for a group exhibition that I am a part of at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution. I’ll talk more about that in my next post. In the meantime, please enjoy the photos!


Foto SpeaksAugust 21, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Interesting… Its Speaks.

Khosi NkomoMarch 11, 2013 - 10:36 am

wow peter! these pictures are amazing bro!

wale ariztosFebruary 25, 2013 - 1:14 am

love this entire post. that second to last image is why you’re talented my friend.

Austin IdojeFebruary 24, 2013 - 5:12 am

Hi, I am into photography too. Please I will love to get updates on any information that help me improve in the art. My email n phone number: 08028081881. My name is Austin. Thank you.

Nabila + Pete, Traditional Wedding, Bello Residence, Yaba, Lagos (Preview)

I’m back in Durham, North Carolina. Where the sun is always shining and the weather isn’t exhibiting the extreme temperatures of Chicago, the rain of London and the humidity of Lagos. I wish I could be here all the time for that reason alone. Okay there are other reasons of course but the weather plays a major part in the reason why I have decided to live in Durham. One day I’ll do a blog post on some of the beauty I have discovered in this place. It’s an absolutely amazing and beautiful town.

Nabila and Pete are such a great couple. They are one of the funniest people to hang out with. Nabila is a computer programmer who works for a popular dot com in New York City while Pete works as an account manager for a company based in London. Much like my life, they have been dating across the Atlantic. I had the opportunity of doing an engagement session with them in London earlier in the year. From the session I was sure that I would have such a great time photographing their traditional and white wedding ceremonies. I came back from the traditional wedding with so many great shots that it was very difficult picking what photos to include in this post. I think I’ve selected a few that highlight what the day was about. FUN FUN FUN!

Also, I’d like to make a big mention to Funmi of Abeke Makeovers. She did a great job with the make up. Check her out.




Adesuwa OsemwegieMay 31, 2013 - 11:40 pm

Chobchob……Congrats….Marital bliss with Pete.May God bless both of you amen….Xxx.

Lanre BensonMay 2, 2013 - 11:45 pm

Az’ure Ps lol… @ Uncle Sunmi. Congrats Tobi!

Az'ure PsMay 1, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Lol. Uncle Sunmi is a joker. I hope he gave Nabila the pin of his mastercard.

Olatona 'seyifunmiFebruary 25, 2013 - 12:11 am

nice work

SupashegsFebruary 24, 2013 - 9:25 am

Perpetual, constant and always great shot from you sir, me go like be like you when I grow!

Omoyiola TobiFebruary 23, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Good job Mr Jide! Beautiful shots!

Topsy Ifunanya BalogunFebruary 17, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Lovely! Well done Mr. Alakija!

Joy Doyin OgunneyeFebruary 14, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Absolutely fabulous pictures. Jide, you totally captured the essence of their love. Thanks for the Valentine’s Day treat 🙂

Barbara 'Babz' OkerentaFebruary 14, 2013 - 12:47 pm

absolutely gorgeous

waniFebruary 14, 2013 - 12:19 am

very nice – i love the sexy stuff you do with ocf. shows you don’t need an amazing background to come up with awesome shots…love the portraits 🙂

Wande + Leye, Protea Hotel Kuramo Waters, Victoria Island, Lagos (Preview)

We’ve just recently launched a new Twitter account called @alakijastudios. This is now the official twitter account for our company. Up until now I’ve been tweeting under my personal account. This obviously has been very limiting in that combining tweeting on issues relating to the business with that  of personal tweets didn’t make sense. Not everyone following the business needs to know that I’m tweeting about my new pet dog! Ok I don’t have a pet but you get the idea. Anyway for those of you on twitter please follow us. We’ve been tweeting tips on how to improve on your photography daily and of course updating you on all the best that we have to offer.

This blog post is from a recent Yoruba traditional wedding ceremony called a “gage” or “engagement”. Wande and Leye had a relatively small ceremony with about 50 people  and a reception dinner with only 150 people in Victoria Island Lagos. Their event was more intimate than most gage ceremonies we’ve covered as typically these tend to have up to 2000+ guests attending. It still had the excitement and beauty of those lovely large ceremonies. Working with the couple and their family too was lovely as there was so much joy and laughter throughout the day.

I got to work with Lumi Morgan who second shot this event with me. Only just meeting him on the day for the first time he produced some exceptional photos. I would never have taken a risk like that on a larger ceremony. Lumi’s work was so complementary to my style and approach and he is definitely someone I will be shooting with in the near future on other events.


Matiluko ThemmydaryourMarch 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm


Ocran Ebenezer YawFebruary 13, 2013 - 4:10 pm

super fantastic

Oladayo AlaoFebruary 12, 2013 - 7:43 am

Absolutely fantastic!

Ibidapo Oluseye SonubiFebruary 10, 2013 - 4:18 pm


kemiFebruary 10, 2013 - 10:13 am

Fabulous pics.u do a great job Jide

lizFebruary 10, 2013 - 9:25 am

Very lovely!!

Tanwa + Femi, Harbour Point Event Center, Victoria Island, Lagos (preview)

It’s always a good idea to do something out of your comfort zone. In fact, it’s essential as a creative person. You get new ideas from your new inputs. Shooting weddings with Andrew Esiebo is always a big treat. Andrew is a very well-established documentary photographer who has been documenting several social issues in Africa, most notably his work leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament in South Africa. He brings a really fresh eye to my wedding assignments when we work together. Sometimes I wish we could shoot more weddings together throughout the year.

Here are some selected images from Tanwa and Femi’s wedding in Lagos,Nigeria. I met Femi a few years ago at a wedding I was covering in London. He has supported my business by providing IT support and advice. He’s a real wiz when it comes to computers and web solutions. When he introduced me to Tanwa, his new wife, he said to me that he would like me to photograph his wedding. I don’t think he had even proposed to her yet! I take it as a huge honour to be considered to shoot a wedding at the very early stages of the planning process. It means you are very much appreciated in what you do and people want to be part of your own progress and story. Thanks guys!


ADEWUNMI FLORENCEMarch 5, 2014 - 3:07 pm


AyodejiMay 10, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Wao!!! the hands………….

Matiluko ThemmydaryourMarch 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm


Jean WerucheFebruary 16, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Wonderful job jide.

IjeomaFebruary 10, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Great Work and so perfect. The bride is absolutely beautiful.

Bunmi Iluoluwa AlagaFebruary 9, 2013 - 5:48 pm

My beautful cuz…loved the wedding.

kookaburraFebruary 6, 2013 - 5:41 am

I love the way every new post has their own uniqueness. Welldone

Kehinde EgbanubiFebruary 6, 2013 - 5:40 am

I love the way every new post has their own uniqueness. Welldone

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaFebruary 4, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Thanks dude

Atunbi AdesanmiFebruary 4, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Fab work as usual bros!

FemiFebruary 2, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Bride is absolutely gorgeous