I am writing this blog after discussing similar content with a fellow Nigerian wedding photographer based in Canada, we were sharing experiences covering weddings in Nigeria and conditions photographers in Nigeria have to contend with.The primary reason i got into wedding photography wasn’t to make money, i have always said that much.
My wedding photography business has now grown to the stage where i have the confidence and freedom to be very selective in the sort of weddings i shoot.
I do this primarily for one reason, to get the most absolutely beautiful pictures possible for the marrying couple
Quite a number of weddings you cover in Nigeria can really challenge your creativity as a Nigerian photographer so today i make my stands known on certain matters.
As a photographer i choose to be different
Xsightn will not shoot your wedding if you don’t appreciate my style of wedding photography.(This is a no brainer)It’ best to shoot events where your work is appreciated?
For all the money in the world, i will not shoot ANY wedding that restricts my direct access to the bride and groom at anytime during the ceremony. I experienced this recently, i couldn’t get close to the couple most times because they had hefty security people all over the place. It was horrible, i simply could not do great work that way.
If there will be more than 2 photographers/videographers covering your event, i most likely am not the wedding photographer for you. I just won’t be able to cope with struggling to get the right shot.Nigerian weddings are know for having numerous photographers covering the same event, it gets very messy very fast with different photographers struggling to get a shot shot. 10 photographers + 1 couple + small venue = disaster ?
If as a bride, u want me to pose you in the manner that is now very common in Nigerian photography circles, then you are on your own am afraid. My style is purely photo journalistic, i will do the traditional group poses though. It’s quick important we are clear on this, its not really a case of i won’t but rather, i can’t. I love it when the bride is herself and i try to get her photographed in this mood.
If you don’t think a wedding photographer should have a wedding contract that should be binding or taken seriously, am not for you.
I love taking beautiful pictures of brides and grooms on their special day, if i am to give my absolute best then then i really need to shoot brides who love beautiful wedding photography.
Getting married this year ? Then give Xsightn a buzz, let’s talk, who knows, you just might be the next Xsightn bride.
And because a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a photo from one of my recent Nigerian weddings.
A Nigerian bride and her brother