About Xsightn Photography:

Xsightn Photography is a Nigeria based fashion, wedding and lifestyle photography outfit. We love to think our approach to wedding photography is both fresh and urban. We pride ourselves of being one of the top wedding photographers in Nigeria, shooting high-end weddings for Nigerian couples based outside Nigeria. In 2010 we were privileged to shoot weddings for Nigerian brides based in the USA, UK, South Africa, Canada and Cameroon . While I started off shooting weddings, I have discovered a brand new love for fashion photography. "I love the fact that i am a wedding photographer and I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to capture and document, the memories, love, look and the happiness in my work" "I approach my wedding photography in a way that leads to an intimate and artful expression resulting in images that reflect your unique personality, capturing the natural mood of the day that will be cherished in your family for years to come." Kayode(the lead photographer) started his career in IT before training under some of the world's best known photographers. Throughout his photography career, Xsightn has developed a unique style of creating timeless imagery. He draws inspiration for everything around him, from movies and television, to literary figures and, of course, journalism. Email us at bookings@xsightn.com or Call +2348097899454 or +2348023702640 Xsightn Website

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    Wedding Photographer in Nigeria, how it started.

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

    So i wasn’t born a wedding photographer, big deal.
    But a lot has changed since then(obviously). A couple of years ago, i was just your average Nigerian dude with no particular interest in wedding photography, to me wedding photographers just made up the numbers at weddings. So much so that when i was to get married it wasn’t even in my budget, my parents offered to take care of it and i was glad they did. They got this old looking dude to cover the event and i couldn’t even be bothered at the time, to me it was free, so it was ok, i just smiled into the camera when i was asked to and prayed the flash from the old dude didn’t blind my eyes.
    The wedding pictures came out a few weeks after and they were ok, i didn’t make any fuss about bad composition, bad lighting, the harsh flash and the blurry images, to me i had an album for my wedding and that was all that mattered. I didn’t even touch the album again for months to come.
    Then i was online one day and met a guy called Mike Colon,a wedding photographer, OMG !!!!, my whole life changed, this couldn’t be wedding photography could it? Simply speaking i was blown away. I spent the next few weeks going through the works of Mike, Joe Bussink, Bambi Cantrell, Yervant and instantly i knew i had found my calling.
    I wanted to be a wedding photographer for the rest of my life, i couldn’t see myself doing anything else, i began to invest in books and DVDs and became friends with the top wedding photographers in Nigeria, the Body-Lawsons, Emma Ologeh, Mike Iyang and a few others, i began to learn from everywhere and everyone, i even traveled out of the country a few times to rub shoulders with the big boys internationally.

    Why do i write this post? Well a Fan just posted a comment on my Facebook fan page and i thought i take it from there.

    You need to get a proper photographer to cover your wedding, you need to take out the time to fall in love with photography (if only for just that one event) trust me you will thank me later for this tip, i look at the beautiful albums i turn out for clients now on a regular basis and compare them to what i have from my own wedding and its almost an irony.
    A bride recently changed her wedding date, so she could fit into my calender, that tells me she knows what she wants for the main day, she can’t afford to get it wrong the first time, for weddings there is no second chance.

    Xsightn would love to shoot your wedding, its what we do best.
    Book Xsightn

    And because a picture is worth a thousand word, here’s a sneak into what i am currently working on.

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    A gorgeous Nigerian bride and groom

    Have a great day.

    Wedding Photography Guide For Brides

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

    Wedding Photography Guide For Brides

    Wedding Photography Guide for Brides – I’m sure you already know that choosing the right wedding photographer is just as important as choosing the right groom. Just kidding. Getting the right photographer is important, but there are lots of things that YOU can do to ensure that your wedding photos are as good as they can be.

    Wedding Photography Guide for Brides – Pre-Wedding Photo shoot

    Having a pre-wedding photo shoot can improve your wedding pictures more than anything else you might do. Think about it, your photographer is VERY comfortable on his end of the camera. The time you spend with your photographer in front of the camera will help you become more comfortable being the subject.

    Try to get to know your photographer. Have fun. Be crazy. Let’s face it; those “magazine bride photos” that you have been looking at do not happen all by themselves. They are well planned, rehearsed, and the photo that you finally see in the magazine was probably picked from hundreds of photos. The more time you spend with your photographer, the more likely it is that he will capture that one special moment that only happens once.

    Wedding Photography Guide for Brides – The Pose

    “Chin up, a little to the left, shoulders back, stand on one foot, hold your breath…hang on, don’t move.” Any photographer worth his salt should be able to pose you in an elegant and attractive position. Do you know the reason for all these the contortions? By lifting your chin you banish the double chin.

    Holding your elbows away from your body reduces the apparent width of your torso and accentuates the bosom. Shifting your weight to your rear foot cocks your hips into a position that gives you a sexy curviness. There are many other little tricks your photographer may teach you. Just listen and he will not lead you astray.

    Wedding Photography Guide for Brides – Hair and Makeup

    Your wedding day is not the right time to experiment with makeup and hairstyles. Be sure to plan a separate day to have a hair and makeup “dress rehearsal”. If you plan to wear a headpiece, use this time to make sure that it will fit with your hairstyle. If you plan it right, your photographer may be available to take some formals on this day too.

    Wedding Photography Guide for Brides – Props

    Give you photographer the tools he needs to be creative. When ordering flowers for the wedding, be sure to order an extra single rose, boutonniere, ribbon or other inexpensive items that the photographer can use in your photos. Don’t forget to have a copy of your wedding invitation that he can incorporate into the detail shots of your big day. Photos of wedding rings with flowers, invitation, maybe even your shoes and garter can really add to your album.

    Wedding Photography Guide for Brides – The Bouquet

    How should you hold a bouquet? In a single word…DOWN!! Never hide your thousand dollar dress with a hundred dollar bouquet. If you are a five foot bride, do not order a 3 foot cascading bouquet. It’s going to be a long day. By the end of the day, you will be wishing that your bouquet was smaller, lighter, more durable, and maybe even artificial. And if it’s too big you may even injure your guests during the bouquet toss.

    Wedding Photography Guide for Brides – Backgrounds and Angles

    Remember, your wedding day is all about you. Many times complicated backgrounds in your photos distract the viewer’s attention away from the bride and will take away from your photographs. Keep backgrounds as simple as possible. Interesting angles are what keeps the images of a professional photographer from looking like the images of “Uncle Joe”. Everyone knows what a wedding looks like from 5 feet 6. You may see your photographer lying on the ground or climbing trees. Don’t laugh at him. That’s why he gets paid well for doing a great job.

    Wedding Photography Guide for Brides – Lighting

    When choosing your venue and time of day, keep lighting in mind. If your wedding is outdoors, the best light happens 1-2 hours before sunset. If your wedding is indoors, try to avoid buildings with high dark ceilings and few windows. Since natural light will look much better in your photos, try to plan your wedding when the room will be the brightest. By the way, photographers hate fluorescent lights. They make you look green.

    Wedding Photography Guide for Brides – Single Use Cameras

    Lots of people use them and they seldom work. You may get a few good photos here and there but don’t expect too much. You’ll probably get a whole camera full of photos of Cousin Skip’s girlfriend that you hardly know. Your three year old niece will probably take a lot of pictures of people’s belly buttons. And if anyone gets tipsy at the reception you may get a lot of photos of the ground, shoes, or eyeballs (from holding the camera backwards). Your photography is best left to professionals.

    Well that’s it for “The Brides Guide to Better Wedding Photos”. Congratulations on your big day. Now let’s make those memories last!

    About the Author:

    Mark Parker is a Birmingham, Alabama Wedding Photographer.

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