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Olamide + Tunji, Quendon Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex (preview)

Your wedding day is more than just you professing the words “I do!” to your partner. It’s even more than just the joining of two people (especially in the African context). It’s a lot more than just eating and drinking (contrary to popular belief) with friends and family. Your wedding day is also about deep self-expression. An opportunity to, with overflowing emotion and love, imagine and act out the most beautiful love story in your life. These are the cues I look for and feed off during the wedding day. What is your story? Who are you as an individual? Who is your family and what are the dynamics like? What do you both as a couple symbolise? It’s these sometimes subtle but intricate details that make every wedding ceremony so different. I was once asked if I ever get bored covering weddings, as I’ve seen it all (and seen it all about every weekend at that). My answer? Nope! Every couple’s story is so unique that I’m usually overwhelmed with the fact that there is so much to capture. As I mature as a wedding photojournalist, I am constantly becoming more and more curious with what makes the wedding story more interesting and memorable.

Tunji and Olamide had their wedding in the county of Essex in a very small town called Quendon. Their wedding had everything a photographer would want to capture at a wedding. I shot this alongside Jeffrey Osei-Tutu who did more than second shoot this wedding. He stood in for me when I fell ill while shooting. As luck would have it, I had a debilitating migraine, rendering me inactive towards the end of the reception. I honestly wouldn’t have gotten by without him. These are just a select few images from the day. I hope you all enjoy!

Osita DonMarch 3, 2013 - 4:00 am

Top notch J. Alakija… Wow-ably wow-able!

Lynda OmerekpeJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:26 pm

WOW! Lovey couple. Saw their pre-wedding pix and just knew the wedding pix will be beautiful. The bride’s gold gown is stunning.

Entertainer FeyisaraJanuary 8, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Exceptional!….. I look forward to receiving my pictures Jide.

Perfect EventsJanuary 8, 2013 - 11:48 am

An AMAZING couple, an AMAZING day captured by the ONE & ONLY Jide Alakija! Jide, it was an absolute pleasure working along side you and Jeff on this Wedding! Nicole, Perfect Events.

Mina NyenkeJanuary 3, 2013 - 12:02 am

Absolutely STUNNING. Great work Jide!

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 20, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Thanks Arije

Arije Ibitayo ModupeDecember 17, 2012 - 10:50 am

beautiful pictures. always.

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 14, 2012 - 11:58 pm

THanks Judith

Judith OsitaDecember 13, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Spectacular!

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:42 am

Thanks Temitope

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:42 am

Thanks

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:42 am

They do don’t they. Thanks

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:42 am

Thanks Jide

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:42 am

Thanks Tolu

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:42 am

Thanks Foofie

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:41 am

Thanks

Jide Assumpção-AlakijaDecember 13, 2012 - 12:41 am

THanks Femi

Femi OsinowoDecember 12, 2012 - 9:06 am

Too fantastic!

Mimi ChuleDecember 12, 2012 - 12:30 am

Oh me gosh! so cute…..they even have the same smile!

Temitope EmiolaDecember 12, 2012 - 12:10 am

lovely!

Tolu AdesinaDecember 11, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Stunning…

Louisvuitton FaithDecember 11, 2012 - 4:46 pm

nice shot u av.

Foluso GbadamosiDecember 11, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Gorgeousss! Congrats Tunji & Olamide!

Jide OdukoyaDecember 11, 2012 - 6:20 am

Sure…i did enjoyed it. Weldone!

Faithful FramesDecember 11, 2012 - 3:24 am

Yessss….looks like something out of a fairy tale.

Toyosi, A portrait – London

I’m blogging right from Lagos, Nigeria. This is usually very challenging as the internet service I have isn’t very good. For those of you familiar with dial-up connections, it’s very similar. The speeds can be really slow and the connections are inconsistent. So for instance, you could be uploading a large file overnight and later find out that your upload had completely timed out just as you were entering your 2nd stage of sleep. This can lead to utter frustration and sometimes complete Hulk-like rage by the time you get up in the morning (at least in my case). The trick is to somehow truncate your uploads so you can at least have made some progress between timeouts. Just a mini “How-to-work-around-Naija-internet 101” for you.

I recently invested in some new lighting, and purchased a Lowel ID-Light to use for my indoor portraits. My decision was bent out of frustration from trying to produce a warm lighting effect using speedlights.  It’s not entirely impossible to do, it’s just a lot of hassle. Speedlights are great for outdoor shoots and during action scenes…but this Lowel light is something else. Not only does it produce nice soft tungsten light on your subjects, but you can control the intensity and focusing of the light. It’s really amazing–only wish I had discovered this a lot earlier! I strongly recommend any portrait or wedding photographer to invest in one.

Here are photographs from one of my most recent portrait sessions where I used the light for the first time. I hadn’t yet mastered it but it wasn’t very hard to use. What you see is what you get with it.

Melanie Peterkin-PhilipNovember 27, 2012 - 3:57 pm

awww you look so pretty and radiant in your photos. Beautiful pictures…love the outfits xo.

Sappho’s Pregnancy Portrait

I’ve not been updating the blog because I started traveling and working again. It gets very challenging finding time to write something for a new post so please bear with me.

I met Sappho about two years ago when she was about to get married to her now husband Daniel. I shot their engagement portraits in a lovely part of London called Little Venice. I remember we had such a great time then that when she was pregnant and called me again to photograph her bump, I was nothing but overjoyed to take this opportunity.

Below are a few images from the shoot we did in the gardens close to where they live. We were going for a very earthy theme.

Word by Jide.

Arije Ibitayo ModupeDecember 17, 2012 - 10:53 am

pregnancy shots…..love them always!

Dayo Awe Fashion PhotographyNovember 20, 2012 - 9:35 pm

the chemistry, the shot, the feel- perfectly executed…nice work boss.

Face to face, A Black History Month Exhibition at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London

Last month my works were selected as part of a non-selling exhibition of contemporary photography from Nigeria, to coincide with the launch of Nigerians Behind the Lens, a limited edition fine-art photobook with a mandate for showcasing contemporary photography from Nigeria by Ebi Atawodi.

This maiden edition features 9 iconic contemporary Nigerian photographers – Adolphus Opara, Amaize Ojeikere, Andrew Esiebo, Emeka Okereke, George Osodi, Jide Alakija, Ty Bello, Uche Okpa-Iroha,Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko. The exhibition features eight of my works from a 2009 project “the Face to Face”. In this series, I investigate the emotional reactions embedded in the act of “sitting” for a photographic image. Reactions ranging from joy, ambivalence, sadness are borne out of the sitter’s innate shyness, to the much more confrontational. All of which is hidden or misrepresented to the viewer because of an interplay of lighting, the photographer’s influence and the very static nature of a captured image.

Special thanks to my agents at Tafeta & Partners and Tiwani Contemporary

Photo credit: Abisade Adenubi

shauné – a portrait (test shoot) part 2

We got the opportunity to test out some more portraits with Shauné last week. She had a skirt made out of some ankara fabric that she bought on her trip to Nigeria last year. You have to admit the skirt looks amazing. It blended very well with the surrounding leaves in the park we used for our shoot.

Etuk Gift UdemeNovember 26, 2012 - 8:06 pm

Wow!

Nobis PhotographyNovember 14, 2012 - 2:31 am

Very comely!

Oladayo AlaoNovember 12, 2012 - 8:12 am

She is Black and Comely! Loooove them!

Teresa MaultsbyNovember 12, 2012 - 2:02 am

Nice, very nice pics!

Dayo AweNovember 11, 2012 - 7:07 am

love it

AdeBayo DeruNovember 11, 2012 - 4:08 am

Really nice images here boss!

Jean WerucheNovember 11, 2012 - 3:52 am

Nice!,