Shot on the beach in Kent over the weekend.
Model Millie from Body London
Styling by Rivkie Baum
Makeup by Melissa Oldridge
Production by Adrian Pini (thanks dude)

I edited this on my iPhone this morning on the train, I think I was a bit bored. #love #art #photography #fashion #portrait #girl #model #beauty #asiko #beach #kent #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #wcw #eyes
(at Broadstairs)

Remembering the weekend at the beach in Kent, love beaches.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman

Everyday keep your dream alive, nurture it constantly and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t.

Shot on my #iphone in #Kent #love #art #photography #spring #clouds #landscape #sun #sky #beach #beautiful #asiko #sunset #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nature #instagood #life #iphonesia (at Botany Bay)

Sorry I’ve been away from Insta for a while, busy nights and days. Had a busy day yesterday of shooting International Afropop artist @iceprincezamani for @blanckdigital . It was only right that I photobomb our makeup artist @tonikemi and our assistant stylist @eajomale .

Ok here’s my call to action, go over to @blanckdigital and follow the magazine page, we are launching the second issue over the weekend and we are pretty excited about what we have put together. Blanck is an online fashion magazine that showcases some of the best and great achievements in the African creative community, from fashion, art and entertainment.

#love #photography #fashion #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nigeria #africa #instamood #photographer #creative #flashfriday #afropop #music #iceprince

I have been super busy over the past few months helping @fasindi develop the content for the 2nd issue of @blanckdigital magazine. I work as the Art director which means I creating the look and feel of the magazine and sourcing the creative for the content and providing visual direction forBlanck . Putting together a magazine is hard work and very involving, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Apart from Art director duties I am also shooting for Blanck. I am super excited but also nervous at the prospect of it all.

I think every photographer should be more than a guy or girl with a camera, your eye and your mind are your selling points. Your unique vision and aesthetic go beyond the equipment that you bulk around. For me photography is not about a camera or photoshop, those are simply tools I use, it’s about creativity and perspective, every image I create has a little piece of me. Shot in the summer of last year with the beautiful Emma, @hair_bones_teeth_skin Styled by the awesome @crystal_deroche Makeup by the talented @ots_beauty and the dress by the amazing @jessicabaah #love #art #photography #fashion #style #makeup #girl #model #beauty #asiko #hair #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #tbt #redhead #freckles #photographer #creative #dress #instafashion #instagood

A few years ago when I saw starting out as an image maker, I was approached by an emerging makeup artist who was building her portfolio. We decided on putting together collaboration with my lovely @lotionspotionsme styling the shoot.

That makeup became the hot potato that is @shomya_lag Elaine had an amazing attention to detail and was great to work with. That was a while ago. I have been fortunate to work with people who actually know what they are doing J. Work with the right people it will help boost your portfolio and show you can pick the right team for any project.

The amazing model was French beauty Coralie, my kind of model with big curly red/orange hair and a wild innocence in her eyes. . #love #art #photography #fashion #style #makeup #girl #model #beauty #asiko #hair #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nigeria #africa #instamood #tbt

I work free …………….. well sometimes

Every photographer learns to accept that sometimes it’s cool to create for free. Yes I said it; work for free. I have got some of my bigger commissions from doing free work. For instance shooting editorials tends to not yield any money but it provides exposure and magazine tear sheets which are important for every photographer.

Now who you create for is the question; if you are thinking of working for free here are a few things to consider but you decide to sign on the dotted line;

What are you getting from this work? Are you really getting exposure? Yea I have met a few people that promised me exposure on their site but on looking at their site, I found that their work wasn’t up to par and nobody really visited their site. Research your collaborators and make sure they can deliver on their promises. People like to talk too much with no real action.

Is the collaboration good for your portfolio? There’s no point shooting for a client who markets baby clothes images if you are a high fashion photographer, it has to be beneficial for your portfolio.
I shot this image for @blanckdigital it is impossible not to love Eku Edewor, she’s a dream to shoot, and her sensibilities very much fit my visual style. I am currently working with an amazing bunch of individuals for the 2nd issue of Blanck, its already looking HOT. #love #art #photography #fashion #style #jewellery #girl #model #beauty #asiko #tribal #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nigeria #africa #instamood #magazine #editorial

Shot this on my phone two weekends ago on the beach in Winchester, the spring is slowly but surely on its way. Anybody wanna go with me to the beach to shoot in the coming weeks? If you think you have a mermaid look ………………. Let’s do this

#love #art #photography #spring #sun #landscape #sun #sky #beach #beautiful #asiko #sunset #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nature #instagood #life #iphonesia

Mami Water
Let your inspirations flow however crazy they might seem. I am inspired by my Nigerian culture and heritage which I find quite fascinating. That coupled with my love for un-reality helped produce this editorial I did a few years ago for FAB magazine. The images were inspired by stories of the Mami Water who are underwater spirits from African myths and folklore.
The shoot was obviously shot in a studio in front of a green screen and then post production work was done to add the environment. It’s all about creativity and pushing oneself. Funny enough I would not want to repeat this, I would rather actually shoot underwater. I think my style has changed a bit since this shoot. Shot with a young team @purplepepperlov styling @officialpaulao model and @trcmakeup Mua. #love #art #photography #fashion #style #swimwear #tbt #girl #model #beauty #asiko #tribal #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #folklore #nigeria #africa #instamood #underwater #mamiwater # instagood #folklore #myth #fairytale

I have been told I am a bit picky about the models I work with. I wouldn’t say I am picky, I have just found over the years I love certain things in model. For me a model is a super important, she’s my collaborator on the day. It’s important she has the right look for whatever story I have created, and that she can emote the kind of feeling I am putting out. Your model can seriously make or break your shoot sometimes, without her I can’t create ideas, she’s my collaborator. I find I am drawn to a certain type of model which fits very well into my style. This sort of subtle thing helps to define your style as a photographer. Shooting with random models does nothing for the cohesion of your portfolio.

The images were from my days in Belgium exploring and evolving ideas. I was looking for a certain aspects for the models I worked with; an ethereal look, a combination of frailty and strength, dancers for movement. #love #art #photography #fashion #instafashion #girl #model #beauty #asiko #fairytale #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #folklore #belgium #woodland #instamood #ethereal #mystery #dancer #tgif

I love @zainabbalogun she’s my kinda model; she embodies the perfect amount of sensuality and vulnerability that I adore in a model. I wish she was back in London, I would have loved to work with her more often on a muse type level, ah c’est la vie.

Anyway last week I came across this great opportunity which involved a chance to be mentored by the famous photographer Rankin …………….. WHAT!!!! That’s an amazing opportunity I couldn’t pass up. This is a good opportunity to get my work in front of the right people and also learn from #Rankin. As a photographer it’s key to push your work to the right audience who will appreciate what you do, there’s no point the images sleeping on your computer where no one can see them. Don’t neglect the business and networking side of your business.

Please check my profile link and and go the Launching people site and press the SUPPORT ME button on the top right to support my project, which is about the representation of my African Culture using Photography and Film. These images with Zainab were entered into the competition. #love #art #photography #fashion #style #jewellery #girl #model #beauty #asiko #tribal #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #folklore #nigeria #africa #instamood