DON’T COPY
Seriously don’t. I am finding a lot of people are beginning to copy styles and not creating their own voice. We don’t want a series of fake clone artists, we want diversity and mind blowing images. Copying limits your style and voice. I found this little piece below by Melissa Gibson (I was lazy today).
Don’t copy someone else’s photography style. You know that saying? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Well, it’s also the most annoying. And I don’t necessarily mean it’s annoying to the person being copied (although it is). I mean, for you as well. It’s annoying for YOU. Why? Because you can never, ever, no not ever get that image to look like the one that you are copying. And why would you want to? It’s the idea and brain and heart of someone else.
Instead, take an IDEA and run with it. Find what you like about that photography style and make it PART of your photography style. Maybe it’s the haziness of someone’s work that you love. Maybe it’s the lens flare. It’s very likely that you can pull ONE element out. You just need to pinpoint what you love about it.
The image is of amazing Philomena, with makeup by awesome Neonvelvet and off course at Adrians studio.
I’m running a workshop in Lagos, check out the facebook group page, link in my profile. #love #art #photography #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #model #girl #plusmodel #curvy #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #instaart #talent #inspiration #photographer #portrait #tgif (at Adrian Pini Studio)

Have a passion project.

9 times out of 10 when I ask a client why they hired me, they point wholeheartedly to my personal work. I rarely ever get hired from commercial work I’ve done in the past, except through a personal recommendation. In fact if you look on my site at the moment (asiko.co.uk), theres not really any commercial work on there. I get hired for the more creative driven work that is personal to me. So here’s a lesson I’ve learnt, the more I try to create commercial looking work to please potential clients, the more unfulfilling my future work will be. So I will create and share a portfolio that I would love to create again. Showcase your passion and what is deep rotted in you, it will show in the work you create. And if you haven’t got those kinds of images, create a personal project and go and shoot them with your money, you will eventually make the money back.

I know a few photographers who start their photography business shooting stuff they are not passionate about. Some have ended up frustrated, creating work that is way below their potential and not earning enough money.

Also if you have a strong creative direction in your work, clients will respect your creative opinion and hire you for more interesting work.

Image was from an editorial featured in Blanck Magazine. Model Dapo Coker, Stylist Funmi Fagbemi, Assistants Sandjena Barnes, Toyin Toni and Ola Ajani (thanks guys I couldn’t have done it without you all)

For those interested I am running a workshop in Lagos on the 5th Nov. Go over to the facebook group the creative forum (link in my instagram profile)

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Things photographers hate to hear, it’s my Friday rant J

I think I will send these to my new clients, if any of these are, they will be in breach of contract J

1. “You must have a great camera” WHAT!?!?!? I actually had this said to me a while back and I didn’t have a good comeback (I always have a good comebacks). That day hunts me till now

2. “Hey take my photo” Look dumbass if I wanted to take your photo I would have done so already, and what the hell happens after I take it ………….. yea that’s right DELETE.

3. “Can you photoshop that” Lord have mercy, if I counted the number of times I’ve heard I would be rich …………… like stinking rich. I started implementing the rule of fixing stuff on set before taking the picture. Yea cos sitting in front of the computer all night is my idea of fun.

4. “Do you mind bringing your camera” For some reason a few people think because I am a photographer for a living, I am going to bring out my camera when I am at an event. Errrr WRONG.

5. “Can you send me that?” NO

6. “I’ve got an idea for a photo” A lady once came up while I was working with a model and starting trying to interject her ideas, I didn’t know this lady from Adam. Please mind your business and let me do my job.

Image is from editorial (Tribal Escapsim) shot for Blanck Magazine.

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Not everybody is your client

Working for a few years now I’ve found that not everybody is my client, it’s a fact I had to learn the hard way. Years ago when my rates were low I was booked by everybody and their mother and shot all sorts from family portraits to fashion to pictures of building. Some of these clients were great and some were a challenge.
Over the years I have learnt to screen my clients and be careful who I work with. I offer my services to clients who appreciate them, and I don’t work with clients who view me as just another photographer, as it yields a non fulfilling relationship in the end. Here are a few things that I use to screen.

1. Asking too many questions before a shoot is booked. Asking loads of questions about ideas, concepts and the type of shoot is a waste of time if nothing is booked. I get loads of enquiries about photography so there is no point investing time and effort into something that may not happen.
2. Phone calls and texts 24/7. When a client has no respect for my time and calls all day, (esp out of working hours) at anytime I get suspicious. It shows they don’t take me seriously and feel that they are my only client.
3. Trying to negotiate down price. There is a misconception among photographers that if I stick with my initial quote, they will leave and I will miss out on the job. This is a dangerous mindset for any photographer; it shows a non belief in what you do. If a client wants my services for cheap, I will end the conversation and move on, I don’t need the stress and I respect myself and my time.
Image is a portrait I took a while back using a one light setup, light placed to the side at an elevated angle. Workshop in Lagos on the 5th Nov is taking Shape and people are beginning to sign up. For more information check out the link in my insta profile and join the group. The workshop will be about developing your creativity and creating something conceptual on the day. Casting for Models for our workshop in Lagos, drop me a line or DM.
#love #art #photography #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #portraiture #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #portrait

Overcoming adversity 1

Oh Lord if I got a dollar for every time things didn’t go according to plan I would have made a million ………………… ok that’s an exaggeration, but I would have made a good amount of money.

I have learnt to adversity as a part of life and not some idea that somebody is out to get me, although it feels like that way sometimes.
A few things I came across on overcoming adversity
Accept that adversity is inevitable in life. Trying to avoid or resist it will only make it persist. Although pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. Things will go wrong on your shoot or with your images and crying or wallowing about it does you no favours. You have to press on, creating is not for babies.
Build your internal resources. Before adversity hits, prepare yourself mentally, work on your emotional strength, courage and discipline. Once you understand that difficulties are inevitable, you can prepare yourself mentally for confronting adversity head-on. It is no different than a warrior going to battle. They prepare physically and mentally for any possibility. Another invaluable inner resource is faith. Faith that everything will work out; faith that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and faith that “this too shall pass.” As a Christian I put my faith in God that all things will work out for my good.
The image is from my time in Belgium working with the awesome makeup artist @paraguayana and model @audrey_borely Thanks for making my creative time in Belgium a good one.

Workshop alert: We have got the beautiful and talented Bubu Ogisi as our stylist for the day. For those who have sent their emails I will be sending some juicy stuff within the week, prepare yourselves. For others interested in the workshop, do you check out the facebook group (link in my insta profile). #love #art #photography #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #woodland #belgium #adversity #photographer #tgif

Random thoughts on photography.

Started from the bottom and now we here ………….. Don’t be ashamed of where you have come from, or how far you have come. Your old creations show progress and that you are growing as an artist.

And now that you are here, push the boundaries even more. Never stop growing. I sometimes come across some photographers whose 2007 portfolio looks like their 2014 portfolio. That is a sad case of not developing and growing. Don’t let the constant commercial work drown out your true voice as a creator.

Follow photographers you look up to and keep abreast with their work. Read books and magazines and keep learning. Visit exhibitions and art galleries and learn from artists old and new. Never be content, never be complacent. Surround yourself with other like minded creatives who are constantly pushing the boundaries, it will sharpen you. Do not compare yourself to other photographers, it will only make you sad and depressed. Recognise that every photographer has their own voice and so do you. Photography is also about problem solving and people skills, once you understand that, your journey will become a bit easier. Place an imprint of yourself on your images, it’s your pièce de résistance.

The image is of Erica Carvalho, my giggling model who happily obliged to be part of my girl in the green dress project. Well she had no choice really. Shot and retouched on an iPhone.

Thanks to all those who have joined the workshop group (link in my Instagram profile). Things are shaping up and the teams are taking form. The workshop date is now the 5th November in Lekki, Lagos. If you are interested, join the facebook group and learn more. #love #art #photography #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #woodland #london #random #photographer

Believe in yourself

It’s the creatives mantra, without believing in yourself and your ability you are doomed.

A few things I came across to improve your believe system

Get a purpose in what you create, be about something and develop something that is true to you. Don’t create assignment to assignment without a goal of who you want to be.
Accept compliments. Next time someone pays you a compliment, imagine it’s true and accept it. (Note to self asiko)
Over-prepare like a boss. Confidence comes from when you feel like you know what you are doing.
Handle the rejections. Yes somebody is going to say No to you, it’s a fact of life. Dust your shirt off and keep pushing.
Slay naysayers. People will say you can’t do it or that’s a dumb idea. Prove them wrong.
Surround yourself with right crowd. No man is an island, so roll with those who have your back.
Guard your heart with all your might because everything you create comes from it. If we lose our heart, we have lost everything.
Work your ass off like you are dancing for tips in a strip club. No retreat No surrender. As Winston Churchil once said “Never ever give up”
This is an old image styled and set designed by @lotionspotionsme studio @adrianpini . Workshop in Lagos in November, the link is in my Instagram profile.

#love #art #portrait #photography #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #tbt #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #woodland #nigeria

Talking about Style

So here’s an interesting thing I came across which applies to all creative work. Techniques can be taught, style cannot.

A few weeks ago someone mentioned that I should watch what I share and not give away my trade secrets. She also asked whether I thought of others copying and replicating what I do.

So here’s the thing, my images don’t look the way the way they do or emote the way they do because of some secret formula or sauce. They look the way they do, because they are an extension of who I am. And here’s a statement, there is no one like me on this planet of billions, it’s the genius of creation. So if I take two photographers to the same location shooting the same model, using the same makeup artist, wardrobe stylist and light settings, they will inherently create different images. No one can effectively replicate your style (well if you have one).

Just the other day, a tested with Lakin with the same model and we shot completely different images. So no, I’m not really bothered about someone copying my style, it’s inbuilt from who I am and my collective experiences.

The image is from my time in Belgium when I was working on a project called the Whispering Woods, which I pray I can get the time to finish. Back then I was defining my style, which was a bit cinematic which involved combining dramatic lighting, scenic spaces, atmosphere and the foreboding moment. My style is still evolving.

Workshop alert: I will be running a workshop in Lagos in the first week of November. As I mentioned it’s going to be different from your usual workshops. I’ve already starting building my team of awesome creatives. The link to the facebook page is finally in my Instagram profile.

PS I am humbled by everybody that comes on here to comment and general thumbs up my work, I am sorry I am not the best at replying. #love #art #portrait #photography #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #smoke #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #woodland #belgium

The new issue of Blanck Magazine is out. If you are wondering what Blanck is all about, it’s an online Pan African Fashion and Lifestyle magazine that has a pulse on social conscious issues in society. For this issue, our theme was Colour.

At Blanck I work as an Art Director which means I worked on content and visual aesthetic of the magazine. It’s been interesting learning curve for me and has opened to different ways of seeing things. I shot 2 of the covers of personalities Funmi Iyanda (an amazing woman, broadcaster and journalist) and Rita Dominic (a prolific actress in Nollywood). Visit our site www.blanckdigital.com and our Instagram feed @Blanckdigital and show your support for what we do. Have a nice Friday read.

#love #art #magazine #photography #personality #editorial #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #instaart #talent #inspiration #tgif

Whatever you create, make sure it bears your signature. I don’t shoot weddings but if I did they might look like this J which already looks like my work anyway. The look and feel resonates through all my work, its all in my style.

I shot this at friends wedding a few weeks back. A genuinely lovely couple and a beautiful wedding that I enjoyed being at. Coming from someone who doesn’t enjoy weddings thats something.

So my ticket is booked and I have started to build my team for the workshop. I can’t reveal the details but its going to be different from the usual type of workshop, something you would be happy to put into your portfolio.

Spaces are going to be limited as well. I have set up a group on facebook called ‘The Creative Forum’ where I will be putting details. Please contact me on there if you need anymore information. #love #art #portrait #photography #wedding #couple #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #clouds #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #ethereal #bridal #sky
#tbt