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Velma + Charles, Grandeur Events Center, Oregun, Lagos (Preview)

I had been looking forward to this wedding ever since we had it booked earlier in the summer last year. I hadn’t shot a wedding in Oregun, Ikeja (the northern part of Lagos metropolis) before so this was going to be a very different experience for me since most of the weddings I’ve shot in Lagos have been on the Island. [By the way, it sounds more exotic than it actually is to live on “the Island” in Lagos, trust me.] I found working with Velma and Charles really exciting. They were both very “chilled” and quite easygoing.

I shot these events with Demilade Olubanwo who incidentally just moved from Durham, North Carolina to set up his photography business in Nigeria. He’s been making very quick progress in developing a network in Lagos. I wouldn’t be surprised if I find his calendar completely booked the next time I come into town looking for a second shooter to shoot a wedding with me.


Aisha Mami BubaJune 22, 2013 - 12:45 am

beautiful the bride was so beautiful,liked her gown .

Ben Odera ObiFebruary 4, 2013 - 7:55 am

Trusted Always!!! Kudos!

Joko Poshclick TadeFebruary 4, 2013 - 7:33 am

Wow…..beautifully captured as always.

Bolaji OguntoluFebruary 2, 2013 - 10:38 am

wow I know this dude, nice job.

Demi OlubanwoJanuary 19, 2013 - 10:41 pm

Thanks for the opportunity Jide Alakija!

Khalli OdukaiyeJanuary 16, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Lovely pictures *sighs*. Can’t wait for dis moment of mine too!

Ademola Bukola EbenezerJanuary 16, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Ds s so luvly!!! Dnt U????? a vid?

Peretu RitaJanuary 16, 2013 - 11:06 am

Wow! Dis is really nice, I mean cool

Faithful FramesJanuary 16, 2013 - 7:12 am

Yesssss…..this is more like it….Good good job Jide Alakija & thank you for always setting the trend when it comes to wedding photography.

Martha AyewahJanuary 16, 2013 - 3:01 am

Love Love these pictures! 🙂

Femi OsinowoJanuary 16, 2013 - 2:36 am

wonderful again…

Omolara AyodeleJanuary 16, 2013 - 12:48 am

Sooo beautiful!

Wani Olatunde OlajigaJanuary 16, 2013 - 12:28 am

lovely – great job Demi too 🙂

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaJanuary 16, 2013 - 12:25 am

Thanks @[100001160714004:2048:Jeffrey]

Jeffrey Kwame Osei-TutuJanuary 16, 2013 - 12:20 am

Another Great Job… Well captured bro..

Yosade + Olamide – Engagement Session in London

We’ve just returned to “cold” London from “warm” Lagos on an interim trip to clear out some backlog of work. As a traveling photographer you tend to build up a considerable amount of work as you go, usually because you’re probably going through a really busy working period (a bit of catch twenty-two). Then of course uncontrollable factors such as a lack of consistent power and internet can also be a major hinderance to your productivity. That being said however, it’s not an excuse for a photographer not to deliver in a timely manner. I can be very guilty of underestimating the amount of work required to fulfil some of my tasks– no matter how much I feel or think I’m able to accomplish, sometimes there never seems to be enough time in getting a lot of my tasks completed. I’ve learned that to avoid these circumstances, working with a team is key. In order to get ahead of my work, I have started delegating more.

In the past I used to be a one-man business. I was very comfortable with doing everything myself. This lent to the fact that I didn’t trust that anyone could do the job better than I could. Unfortunately, that is a recipe for the ultimate burn out. Having a VERY supportive team around me to help get things done has been a major plus to my business. I can’t imagine being able to get as far without my core team behind me. What I really have underestimated is their own ability to bring in fresher ideas to my projects and their own ability to do some things better than I could ever have dreamed of. Each one of us has his/her own strengths and I’m incredibly grateful for this promising dynamic.

Below are photos of a very beautiful couple who live in the USA. They came over the UK for a function and had me do an engagement session for them while they were around.



Yimika OkeJuly 8, 2013 - 2:47 am

My favorite cousin rocking that Naija swag.

DotunMarch 21, 2013 - 1:54 pm

I want to shoot like this when I grow up sir…excellent work from start to finish!

Obi NwokediFebruary 22, 2013 - 12:41 am

totally love these.

PhotosnitchyincFebruary 2, 2013 - 10:47 pm

mucho amor for the night scene on the long bench with those golden bulbs…..damn!

Pictures of ArubaJanuary 19, 2013 - 6:04 pm

Beautiful pictures! Nice use of backlight!

Olawale OloriJanuary 14, 2013 - 9:49 am

Very Nice!

Demilade OmisoreJanuary 12, 2013 - 9:41 am

Congrats Yosade! Beautiful work, Jide!

Olusheyi AdediranJanuary 12, 2013 - 8:02 am

I always love your Job. Keep up the good work. You are definitely going higher places to come.

Biola KoladeJanuary 12, 2013 - 1:07 am

Awww so so lovely!!!!!! *sniff*

Wani Olatunde OlajigaJanuary 11, 2013 - 3:59 pm

I heart the image of the dude on the blue wall – perfect posing, lighting and composition…LOVE!

Femi OsinowoJanuary 11, 2013 - 2:38 pm

wonderful :)!

Clement OkeJanuary 11, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Hi Jide, do you do corporate photography for things like Annual Reports etc? One other thing, have you considered filming your shoots; it would make a brilliant documentary.

Edem WordiJanuary 11, 2013 - 1:31 pm


Yemisi OmonijoJanuary 11, 2013 - 1:05 pm

feel like getn married rite away after takin a look at dese two in love…

Our visit to Makoko Township

We have just successfully completed the innovative wedding photography workshop, which by the way was a totally awesome experience. We filled out all the places with more than enough photographers and every one learnt something new. While we are waiting for Jide Odukoya to produce some photos for the event I thought it wouldn’t harm presenting something outside wedding photography for a change.

Below are just a few photos of our time in Makoko Township earlier in the year.

DotunMarch 21, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Classic documentary!

Nimz InegbedionJanuary 8, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Thumbs up

'Tunji SarumiJanuary 3, 2013 - 6:15 am

I love this.

Wani Olatunde OlajigaJanuary 3, 2013 - 1:28 am

Very nice – it’s amazing to see some of the kids from my book all grown up now and Noah is looking well….I will let him know the pictures are up….happy new year 🙂

Wana, A Portrait

This week, I’m coming from shooting two back-to-back weekend wedding ceremonies in Lagos. Needless to say I’m pretty shattered…but the show must go on. Aside from getting prepared for the workshop event on December 30th (check out my previous blogpost for details), I’ve had some pretty interesting ideas for photo shoots arise which I am quite looking forward to this season. It’s such a great thing to be able to have non-wedding opportunities to keep the creativity flowing and give some insight on how to continue challenging myself and improve my photography overall. Don’t get me wrong, documenting weddings can be a fun challenge, but obviously can be quite unpredictable… I like being able to “control my environment” every once in a while. In between the upcoming weddings, I hope to come up with some interesting images from these projects so stay tuned for the upcoming blog posts. The images I’ve posted here are of a dear friend and Lagos-based writer, journalist and 92.3 Inspiration FM radio personality, Wana Udobang. We recently teamed up to do this shoot here in Lagos. You can follow her at or follow her on Twitter @MissWanaWana.

Alfa Abdulahi DaudaApril 21, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Barakalahu Fiha, Mofe Ki E Add Mi, Mofe Payin Lawon Akiesi Kan Ni, Tebani Foju Kere Wa

nnekaFebruary 26, 2013 - 2:06 pm

my hot hot cherrytop! love ya!

Prisca Nkiruka AmaikeDecember 21, 2012 - 11:38 am

Hmm. Bold & Beautiful. U r da bomb.

Fauzeah AbdulazeezDecember 20, 2012 - 9:49 pm

Absolutely Gorgeous! Go on with your bad self 🙂

DeVoe OkorieDecember 20, 2012 - 3:05 pm

Swagga wey no get part 2!

Blesson AmehDecember 20, 2012 - 3:04 pm

beautiful Wana Udobang.

Adunni Judith AkinnawoDecember 20, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Wow! Wana Wana…this is simply amazing. Great pictures.

Dedayo Endowed TeeDecember 20, 2012 - 2:44 pm

Nice Pixs.

Tu BabaDecember 20, 2012 - 2:22 pm

This is the Shiznit………..Uwana with style!

Ayokunle IlesanmiDecember 20, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Beautiful pictures.

Toni Ani OnanugaDecember 20, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Awwh wana wana looks nice.

Another Wedding Photography Workshop! (Lagos, Nigeria)

After a large demand from friends and colleagues, we have managed to plan the first of our wedding photography workshops in Lagos, Nigeria. (*fist pump*) Bandele Zuberi and I have teamed up again to produce what we believe will be an amazing and stimulating workshop, presenting some of the ideas we’ve developed that are unique to covering African and Caribbean weddings. We also hope to get a conversation going on how the African/Caribbean bride and the wedding should be documented. Check out the details below in our flyer and be sure to spread the word! Unfortunately space is limited this time around (15 slots). But we hope that with the success of this workshop, we eventually will be able to make this into a larger recurring event. It’s time to innovate!

tolu shosimiJune 18, 2013 - 12:03 am

pls when is the next training……………..

Teju OlagokeDecember 25, 2012 - 1:21 am

All the best Jide and Bandele…….