” I want you, all of you. Your flaws, your mistakes, your imperfections. I want you, and only you.”
This is a throwback to the pre-wedding session I had with Adekemi and Olabode two years back (I know you’re wondering why I’m just posting). Due to the unpredictable nature of Lagos traffic we were only able to utilize thirty minutes out of the 1 hour window granted us by the management of Sheraton hotels.
At the end of the day I was glad that the love and friendship existing between them came through in the pictures. They were just inseparable…
So I’m back blogging again (covers eyes). I know, I’ve not been faithful to my blog. Truth is there are several jobs sitting on my hard drives that I’ll have loved to share, only that I’ve been blessed with clients who won’t want it so and I have to respect their privacy. So bear with me.
Back to the main characters of this post, I was referred by one of my clients (the adorable Gbemi) to Yewande. Since she’s seen my work before we went straight to business and in the process became friends. I met her and Shola on the day of their formal wedding introduction and we discussed about their engagement session scheduled for the next day.
Next day came, and rain decided we didn’t appease it enough and so came pouring heavily, just after we got to the location. An idea came to my mind when it seemed like the rain was never going to really stop until all daylight was lost, and we got down and decided to have fun in the drizzle. Below are some of the images from the session. Special thanks to one of my students, Oke Olajumoke, for assisting on this shoot.
Happy new year folks! I thank God for the journey so far, for how far I’ve progressed, and for His mercy upon our lives collectively. This year shall be great for us all, Amen.
In my profile I mentioned that I’m not restricted to wedding photography, even though it’s my core area of expertise. Buttressing that point is this post, which is about a warm and exciting family.
Lekan Akanbi (or Basanta as we fondly call him, after Radames Basanta from Maria de Los Angeles) and I got acquainted in Unilorin through my brother who was a close friend of his. With his charismatic and humorous personality it wasn’t long that we became friends also. The day he called me up and requested I shoot a family session for him, I was happy cos I missed out on his wedding due to other engagements on the day. We agreed on a date (last year February) and met his family on the appointed date.
Lekan is blessed with a gorgeous and loving wife- Princess Abisola (née Tejuoso), and an adorable plus energetic son- Folaoluwasore. Oh! Did I mention they are proud supporters of Arsenal FC of London?
The session was fun filled all through, I did a mix of traditional and lifestyle portraits, incorporating their own ideas with mine. Want to thank him and his family for their warm reception and thier trust
in SB Photography. Below are some of the moments from the session…
It’ been months since my last blog post, and i want to apologize to everyone that has visited during that period of silence, for the lapses. With the knowledge that I’m far behind in terms of updating this blog I’m diving straight to a wedding I promised to post last year. I’m sure the name Hameedat and Jamiu needs no introduction, as theirs was the very first engagement session posted on this blog. Here’s the highlights of the Nikkah and reception ceremony…
Over time I’ve heard a lot of people moan about how stressful and chaotic having both traditional and church wedding ceremony in one day can be. But one thing I’ve also learnt is that when you plan well ahead of time and engage the services of wedding vendors that are not only professionals but also passionate about their work, the chance of experiencing a disorganized day is slim.
Abimbola and Tunde’s wedding is an example of a well planned ceremony. From the traditional rites to the church ceremony, everything went smoothly, and the transition from one event to the other was such that there wasn’t a dull moment. Boy, Were the guests thoroughly entertained!
Special thanks to a dear friend, Adenike lawal of Destined photography, for assisting as a second photographer on this assignment.
Anyone who’s been to a wedding knows there’s nothing simple about the pictures. This is doubly true for a wedding photog, whose goal is not to just photograph the couple, and the family and friends present, but to capture the energy and variety of emotion that surround the event. From dealing with poor lighting to working around guests with ipad and point-and-shoot cameras who are constantly getting in the way (typical of Nigerian weddings), the last thing a wedding photog needs is multitude of photographers, especially those from the “school of hard knock”.
As a rule, it is important for a wedding photog to be discrete during his/her assignments so as not to cause any distractions, with the guests attention focused upon the action of the day. When you have to deal with photographers who lack this understanding and practice what is termed “in you face” photography, it becomes pretty difficult creating images with depth. An image with depth is made up of multiple layers of people, objects, emotions d use of space- it shows and it tells the story. It is sad when you have such images ruined by the untimely head of another photographer, who believes his job is to be 1m away fro the couple at all times.
What is my point? Having many photographers/photography services shoot the same ceremony doesn’t translate to a perfect event documentation, as they usually end up getting in one another’s way, especially where the “others” refuse to work along with the vision of the official photographer.
Back to the koko, I’m sharing with you my first event at The Civic Centre, VI, Lagos. It’s the traditional wedding of Abimbola and Tunde.
The time is 2:41am and still sleep refuses to come! Why not turn this insomnia into something positive? Well, thats what I’m doing right now, making another post while Andrea Bocelli soothes my nerves, which you will agree is way better than staring at the ceiling above me.
I’ve been asked by many if I document Muslim weddings, and even accused twice of being biased in my posts, both on Facebook and on this blog. I apologize if it seem so, and backed by this popular demand I’m sharing with you a wedding that took me across two states in one day. Yes, two states! The Nikkah ceremony of Fatimah & Ayodeji was at Kishi in Oyo state, while their reception ceremony was held at the prestigious Avalon hotels in Offa, Kwara state. You might be thinking that’s kinda stressful, well…..not when you are surrounded by real friends, who made every bit of the journey worthwhile. Bridal makeup was by cynosure makeover, a good friend of mine *winks.
It is a new year and I’ve decided to be very active on this blog by challenging myself to make a minimum of one post per month. In keeping to the resolution i’m sharing this piece-moments from the union of two wonderful lovebirds.
I met Dupe at Tunji Idowu’s (a childhood friend) wedding, and became good friends partly cos we both share similar passion for photography. So when he rang me to inform me of his decision to make me his wedding photog i was pretty excited because i knew it was going to be a refreshing experience, one in which i won’t be pressured for time as typical of most Nigerian weddings. Boy did i have fun! I’ll let the images speak……
Wow! It’s 2013 already. Can’t believe 2012 like a flash is over. I must say it was a wonderful year, made more memorable by the adorable clients i was blessed with in the year. Therefore, i want to use this medium to express my gratitude to the following for choosing SB Photography for their photography needs in the year past:
Aisha & Yusuf Jimoh
Moji & Deji Asafa
Ariyo & Promise Melaiye
Abimbola & Tunde
Ayodeji & Fatimah Tolani
Chinonye & Chidiebere
Bukola & Shomioluwa Olayiwole
Adebola & Olajide
Dupe & Taiwo
Ebenezer & Gbemi
Hameedat & Jamiu
Jibola & Tunji
Joy & Abayomi Williams
Kike & Bidemi
Kike & George Abu
Lt.Surg. Moni & Major Bode Towoobola
Oyinlola & Banji Oredola
Rasheedat & Zaid Oyeleke
Shakirat & Tajudeen Olufadi
Daniel Kola-Olalere and Family
Josephine Buyengum and Family
And to a very special client, Naima Bolaji (she’s so going to sue me for using that name), i want to say a huge thank you, for everything.