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
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Whatever form of photography you practise (weddings, fashion, documentary and portraiture) people skills are a most. It’s really every photographer’s saving grace. When you meet a client they buy into who you are and assess how well they can get along with you.

Here are a few tips on improving your interpersonal skills

Actively listen and communicate effectively. Take your time to let others speak and listen to their point of view. Think carefully before speaking and don’t blurt the first thing that comes to mind
Smile often. Nobody wants to be around grumpy boots.
Be patient, gracious and professional. News of how great you are to work with will travel far and wide and build a good network of clients and people promoting you.
Photography/creative careers involve working with other creatives. Its not about you, it’s about what we can achieve together.
Network. Personally I am not a fan of this but I have seen it work when I try. As photographers we are used to sitting behind our cameras and computers and not putting ourselves out there. Well bottom line, if you want to get more work and be exposed, get out there and network. Networking improves how you interact and come across, the more you do it, the better you become.
This was shot by my assistant @senrabj the weekend, intriguing image. My team and I created some great images for music artist Kaline Official @kalineofficial (Who was a pleasure to create for). Styling by @efe_igbin Mua by @gracegraymakeupartist We had the best time early Sunday morning. More bts images on my blog and facebook page #love #art #portrait #photography #model #girl #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #water #instaart #talent #inspiration #beauty #ethereal #hair #music

Tips for photography assistants

Apart from taking awesome behind the scenes images, my assistant @senrabj is also a talented photographer, she just doesn’t know it yet. She took some backstage images of Chloe our model that I wish I took. Here’s one, the rest on my blog which you can check out in my Instagram profile. Sandjena is also a great problem solver on shoot days, if there’s an issue; she always tries to find a solution. On our last shoot I forgot my reflector at home and she built a makeshift reflector using cardboard, tape and the inside of my softbox.

She is always on time; most times she gets to the location before I do. She is always smiling and in good spirits. She is always thinking, proactive and ready to get stuck in. I also make sure I pay her for invaluable time.

The image was taken by Sandjena as one of the behind the scene from one of our recent client shoots for amazing dress designer Estilo Moda Bridal. Styled by Mrs Jones herself Segun Garuba. Makeup by Tricia D’Costa and Hair by The Joseph Experience and off course the model Chloe Jasmine Whichello. Mr & Mrs Jones are back working with Wedding vendors and clients to showcase their brands with beautiful images and design work.

Workshop alert: The Workshop is being planned and put together for around the first week of November after Lagos Fashion Week. Join the facebook group ‘The Creative Forum’ for updates. Speaking of Workshop, I need an amazing stylist. #love #art #portrait #photography #model #girl #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #portrait #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #ethereal #bridal #dress

(at M1 J13)

A little thing about composition

Composition is one of the most important aspects of photography. Your composition is how you see – and that makes it infinitely more important. It helps to bring balance in an image. The image was taken in Greenwich on a beautiful sunny day earlier on in the spring.

In the image I employed 2 compositional elements, the centred and rule of thirds composition. The centred composition is used by everybody but few get it right, it’s very hard to pull off. It’s all about understanding symmetry, placing the subject in the centre but making sure all the elements fall into place. In my image, I used it divide the image into two and place the building and trees on a symmetrical plane.

I also employed the rule of thirds which I used to position the foreground and the skyline; 2/3 for the skyline and 1/3 for the foreground. In the rule of thirds, the image is divided into 9 equal parts and the elements are placed along the lines or intersections. In my image the elements were the buildings and the trees. Yes I know there are technicalities to this, but I would suggest any photographer looking to improve studies their compositions, its essential.

My thought process was how two opposing elements one artificial and the other natural occur in an environment to achieve a state of balance and beauty.

One thing I always recommend is studying old paintings; they are methodically put together and thought about. There is no haphazard slamming a brush on a canvass and it should be the same for a photographer, it’s not about a point and click. Think before you shoot.

#love #art #landscape #photographer #trees #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #composition #instaart #talent #inspiration #ethereal

Early morning shooting for @estilomodauk bridal with @sineadii @gracegraymakeupartist @itsjesswilliams #bridal #makeup #model #girl #instagram #instagramhub #instamood #instahub #igdaily #video #dress (at M1 J13)

FOCUS

I’ve found that creatives have a tendency to lack focus. I for one sometimes have attention problems where I can’t seem to focus on a project long enough to complete. Like most creatives I get excited by the new project idea and abandon the old one altogether. So in light of focus I thought I would talk about portfolios. It takes about 7 seconds to make a first impression. So what impression is your online portfolio making? To leave an impression on any client, here a few tips for any creative, (photographer, model, makeup artists, stylist) for their online port.

Streamline your content, what’s your work about? Are you a fashion photographer or maternity photographer? Let people immediately know what you are. Jack of all trades doesn’t cut it these days; I would not want to hire someone who shoots everything and has no niche. Focus your content and put up what you would like to be hired for.
Put your best work forward and wow people who come on your site. And also end with some killer images that will leave a lasting impression.
Edit Edit Edit. If you have only 10 strong images, then put up only 10 strong images; don’t put a whole shebang of 30 images which tell a diluted and weak story. Its about quality and not quantity.
Get someone else who you trust and knows something to help you in the editing process. Creatives are too close to their work and can get sentimental even when the images are not that great.
If your site is divided into categories don’t show more than 10-15 images per gallery. People tend to get bored after that, the only people that will stay for longer are other creatives and they aren’t paying your bills.
Speaking of clients here’s a lookbook I shoot for new designer RAAH London’s first collection (awesome work). Lookbooks aren’t terribly exciting but Jemilla our model was awesome.

#love #art #portrait #photography #model #girl #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #fashion #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #ethereal #bridal #dress #lookbook #style

Thinking of a new site or revamping an old one, here’s a few things to consider about your online portfolio.

1. Get rid of the Flash site, it has slow load times, not SEO optimized and cannot be viewed on mobile devices (which is how a number of people are on the internet these days). Seriously get rid of it.
2. Make sure your site SEO optimized, which is a most these days. Use the right keywords in describe what you do.
3. A big recommendation for creatives, forget getting someone to build your site, its long, cost too much and the customer service sucks eggs. Sign up with either Format.com, Cargo, Viewbook, Carbonmade, Photoshelter, Nubook etc. Great adaptable sites you can link to your chosen domain name.
4. I hate blogging, it’s a drag, but I have found it has helped more people see what I do. Find a platform that suits you, Instagram, youtube, facebook, pinterest, whatever. Find one or two and be active on there.
5. Edit the images on your site, please don’t take all the images from a shoot and slam them in there. Carefully edit the images that go on there and make it the best of the best of what you look shooting. Let it be concise and tell a story about who you are as an artist/photographer.
6. Keep your site simple and beautiful, forget all that animation nonsense, no one cares about swish and bangs. Its all about your work.
Some commercial bridal work for Bellarose with poshest girl on the block Chloe-Jasmine Whichello. Styled by my amazing wife Segun Garuba @lotionspotionsme We are shooting another campaign this weekend, God please give us good weather. #love #art #portrait #photography #model #girl #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #portrait #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #ethereal #bridal #dress

Thinking of a new site or revamping an old one, here’s a few things to consider about your online portfolio.

Get rid of the Flash site, it has slow load times, not SEO optimized and cannot be viewed on mobile devices (which is how a number of people are on the internet these days). Seriously get rid of it.
Make sure your site SEO optimized, which is a most these days. Use the right keywords in describe what you do.
A big recommendation for creatives, forget getting someone to build your site, its long, cost too much and the customer service sucks eggs. Sign up with either Format.com, Cargo, Viewbook, Carbonmade, Photoshelter, Nubook etc. Great adaptable sites you can link to your chosen domain name.
I hate blogging, it’s a drag, but I have found it has helped more people see what I do. Find a platform that suits you, Instagram, youtube, facebook, pinterest, whatever. Find one or two and be active on there.
Edit the images on your site, please don’t take all the images from a shoot and slam them in there. Carefully edit the images that go on there and make it the best of the best of what you look shooting. Let it be concise and tell a story about who you are as an artist/photographer.
Keep your site simple and beautiful, forget all that animation nonsense, no one cares about swish and bangs. Its all about your work.
Some commercial bridal work for Bellarose with poshest girl on the block Chloe-Jasmine Whichello. Styled by my amazing wife Segun Garuba @lotionspotionsme We are shooting another campaign this weekend, God please give us good weather. #love #art #portrait #photography #model #girl #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #portrait #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #ethereal #bridal #dress

Instagram etiquette

Yes Instagram has its own etiquette, well I think so anyway. I am humbled and grateful to everybody who follows me on here and supports what I do and takes the time to drop me a line or two.

Quality Over Quantity, don’t post every photo
If you are reposting or screen grabbing, make sure you give credit
Constant naked self portraits might seem sexy and a good idea to get likes. I’m sure the right kind of person you are looking for in your life will respond to those and come sweep you off your feet. If you feel you have to take your clothes off, there’s a kind of site for that.
Just because you like a photo, don’t expect a like back. If you follow someone, don’t expect to get a follow back. And please for the sake of the living God, don’t ask me to kindly follow back. That is grounds to not follow you at all.
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Maintaining honest, consistent and high-quality interactions on Instagram will get you likes and follows, but you should never take them for granted. And never, ever un-follow someone because they didn’t follow you.
The Image: Fantastic model Marianna and out of this world stylist Minna Attala.

On a side note I am looking to conduct my first workshop in Lagos in October, I am creating something different and interesting that any photographer (aspiring or professional) would be proud to put in their portfolio. It’s gonna be awesome.

So if you are a photographer looking to learn and create some beautiful stuff, do get in touch and let me know as places are going to be limited.

Also if you are a makeup artist, hair stylist, model and wardrobe stylist looking to get involved do let me know. It will likely take place after Lagos Fashion Week. #love #art #portrait #photography #model #girl #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #fineart #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #ethereal