I am sure I am not the only one who has been wondering where I have been in the last two months. Well actually I have not been wondering where I have been. I have been wondering, where have I not been in the last two months.
The last two months have been fun!!! I have been missing from this page because I have been shooting weddings all over Nigeria since the last week of June non stop.
I feel tired and “exhaustipated” but I also feel like a more mature and educated person due to all my travels.
I have a two week window before I am off to Uyo, Markudi and Benin for the next set of weddings. So I am resting away the tiredness that seeps through my marrows and I will try and blog as much of all these contents as I can.
The ports of call have been Owerri, Benin, Warri, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Ikom, Bonny Island and Lagos where I have shot weddings of varying cultures and traditions. On a particular trip I was on a plane for an hour, a car for another hour and a boat for another hour. I walked a few minutes but I didn’t take a train to complete the traveling modes. I wish there was time travel sha. Would have loved to do that too.
I have been shooting non stop since the third weekend of June when I shot the wedding of Vivian and Obinna in Owerri. It was a trip I relished because it was my first time in Owerri. I enjoyed every bit of my time there. The beautiful scenery, the people where actually very friendly and Obinna and Vivian turned out to be one of the best couples I have encountered in my career.
My very next wedding was Uwa and Joseph’s Wedding at the Emporium hall in Benin, then it was Edirin and Ayemo’s wedding in Warri, the next two weekends where for weddings in Idheze ( a village in Delta State) and Uzoezi and Ebenezers wedding at the Government house conference hall in Yenagoa. Then it was back to Lagos for the weddings of Nnenna and Jake at the Civic Centre and Rotimi and Abby. Then it was off to Benin again for Tanmo and Ogbitse’s wedding where I was everything from a decor consultant to hotel reservation desk. From there I headed to Ikom in Cross Rivers state for Blessing and Timothy’s trad wedding and Port Harcourt for their white ceremony. The next weekend was an eventful trip to Bonny Island for Nengi and Felix and then Port Harcourt again for her white wedding.
So I just did not abandon this page. It was hectic this period and it is going to be so till the end of the year.
The photographs I have to show you in the next few weeks will blow your mind as I have moved into the next phase of my career goal: to be recognized among the top 5 African wedding photographers within the next 5 years. This comes with a lot of responsibilities for me and the clients who will have me shoot their weddings. I am not going to let you go with just any photograph. Every photograph from now on must wow people even more than they already do, so I am going to demand a lot of your time and attention to give you the best.
I realized a number of things in my travels and these include the following;
1. A wedding photographer is more than just a wedding photographer. Consult him for a lot of issues and you will find faster resolution than from any other person on your wedding day plans.
2. President Jonathan is working. I see lots of work going on around Nigeria from Airports to Roads to Power stations e.t.c Nigerians should allow these things come to life and witness the transformation he promised.
3. We need new airlines. There are only two viable local airlines in Nigeria and the cost of flying is getting too costly for the good of the economy.
4. Calabar people can cook. WOW!!
5. Tinapa is a great place to buy some great items that are expensive in Lagos for cheap (even when the price of transport from Calabar to Lagos is included). The Donald Duke idea was so inspirational. Liyel Imoke must maintain it at all cost.
6. If you must go to Bonny, use the LNG boats or don’t. A word is enough for the wise.
7. The Governor of Akwa Ibom is one of the best governors in Nigeria.
8. Nigerians are a very hard working people. What we need is a change of values. We need to understand making a name is better than making making money.
9. Excellence requires dedication and a huge investment of time.
10. Everywhere, when people dance they tend to squeeze their faces in a funny way :).
11. Success is watered by your sweat.