asiko_artist Some things I told myself to do in 2015

Create more: Constant creation exercises my brain and keeps my mind active.

No more random personal shoots: Every shoot I will put together is not random based on emotional thoughts of ‘Oh let’s create a superhero shoot because I love superheroes and it looks cool’ Every shoot now has a purpose and is part of a bigger project and plan.

Stop investing time in other people’s project: I the last few years not building myself and my projects as I was working other peoples stuff. I don’t mind helping out but it’s all about me in 2015. Sorry asiko is gonna be selfish.

Introspective creation: Create more from the heart and be as distinct as I am created to be.

Finish my bloody projects: I have attention problems, I find I have to consciously focus and remain in the moment to prevent my mind from wondering and getting distracted. I have a thousand ideas and I would love to do them at the same time, problem is, I can’t, so I have to focus on some and finish them before moving on.

Goals: Write down all my goals, review them monthly, be accountable to somebody about them. God knows I need the structure.

Work harder than ever and enjoy the moments.

Image of Singer Songwriter Otty Warmann @ottywarmann who appeared on the VoiceUk this past weekend. I worked with Otty on creating his promo images. Otty has a stupendously amazing voice. One of my goals in 2015 is to work create images for people in the music industry. #love #art #asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #style # #portrait #model #music #thevoice #fashion #instagram #musician #photography #soul
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asiko_artist Dear Model,
Practise in front of the mirror …………….. a lot, perfect your poses and learn how your body shapes.

While posing, always remember to create separation between your body and your limbs to prevent yourself from looking squashed up.

If you are raising your arms and your elbows are pointing out, make sure they are not pointing out towards the camera, it looks odd from photographers view.

Elongate your neck to simulate height and poise. Photographers love long necks, well I do anyway.

Keep your hands loose and fluid. I usually say ‘ballet hands’ on set, which means loosen them up, nobody like claw hands in an image.

Push Push Push your energy and poses, go the extra mile. Nobody likes a lifeless dear in the headlights model.

Have a modelling kit for emergencies containing; outdoor shoes, nude/black underwear, face wipes, moisturiser/oil, safety pins/clamp, straw for drinking (the mua will thank you), water, etc

Lastly learn to emote with your eyes. Its super uber crucial.

Most of all have fun.

My recent test with Konnie from @thehivemodels #love #art #asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #style # #portrait #model #lingerie #girl #fashion #instagram #test #photography
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asiko_artist When I think of flowers I think of women, I don’t really understand the association but it’s there in my head. I think that’s why it was easy to start creating these images for a project “Flowers with souls” Here’s an image I created on my phone this morning while on the train with the beautiful Yrsa @yrsadaleyward , who I shot over the weekend. Makeup by susan @susanlove_mua , Styling by Efe @iam_efei and assistant Sandjena. @senrabj
#love #art #asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #editorial # #portrait #nigeria #2015 #girl #model #instagram #flower
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asiko_artist My portrait for Blanck Magazine @blanckdigital of human rights and gay activist Bisi Alimi. Check out his interesting interview on the blanckdigital.com site. The issue of sexuality divides us all with those for and those against. I am saddened when I hear people are persecuted because of their sexual orientation, sometimes even killed, it’s not right. Sometimes we are led by a pack mentality and conditioning and don’t question why we do the things we do, it’s so important to find your way and be who you are meant to be. I feel we should all be entitled to human rights irrespective of sexual orientation, amongst other things.

Now I can hear somebody saying that asiko is now a gay activist, if that’s the case, then you have missed the point. I am saying we are all human and deserve to be treated with respect and love and it is my opinion that God loves us all and doesn’t see us the labels we place on ourselves. #art #asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #editorial # #portrait #nigeria #bisialimi #instagram #humanrights
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  •   vizualzen @asiko_artist well said, big respect 6d
  •   matiugordon Good shot ... good message 6d
  •   maggiecal Love this:) 6d
  •   _kofi_ Well said. It's sad that another person's orientation is so offensive to another yet they don't get offended by what their family members are posting on instagram. 6d
  •   bespokecity @asiko_artist are you now a gay activist...Lol just joshing before these Instagram people kill me 6d

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asiko_artist Serious throwback when I started taking pictures back in the day. Always remember where you have come from and be thankful. Styling by @lotionspotionsme and makeup by @shomya_lag lovely giggling @coraliekory was our model. #love #art #asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #flower #portrait #iphone #girl #model #instagram #beautiful #instagood #tbt 1w

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asiko_artist Real artists create.
Do you just sit around and think of stuff you could create, photograph, build, ship, or design, but never output anything? Then you’re a poser. Take a new approach and make stuff. Maybe what comes out of your studio isn’t perfect, but there should always stuff leaving the door and hitting the web, the page, the billboard, the gallery, or the street. If you are for real, you’ll be pumping out work on the regular. Credit words Chase Jarvis.

You heard the man, get out there and create.

Found this old image of Philomena and I decided to repurpose on my iphone with a sunflower which reminds me of Philomena; beautiful, vibrant and good natured. Loving the experimentation lately, I think I will develop a series of iphone art images about girls and flowers. #love #art asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #flower #portrait #iphone #girl #model #instagram #beautiful #instagood
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asiko_artist The concept of your gift

What you think is your gift is not your gift. Being a photographer or a brain surgeon is not a gift. Huh?!?!?!? My thoughts exactly when I heard a talk given by neuroscientist Dr Caroline Leaf.

So here’s her thought pattern, no two people think the same way and everybody has a unique perspective on everything. Get two painters in the same room with a model and they will paint her differently or two photographers taking pictures of a potted plant. The results will be different.

So we all take in the same information around us but interpret it differently. So our gift is the unique way we perceive and interpret world around us. It is basically the way we think. Your gift is the unique way you create. Being a photographer or a stylist or a painter is the manifestation of that gift. I have friends who are awesome photographers, painters and designers all wrapped into one. Their creativity is not restricted to one genre of expression but it all starts from within; how they think. In a few years I could move away from photography and start painting or creating videos. People will try and box you and label you, which I find irritating.
Throwback of my last image from 2014. ‘The mystery of sleeping beauty’ Model and MUA – Grace Gray @gracegraymua , Styling – Madeleine and Crystal Laini @kiyanawraps Set design – Emma Witter @beastandburden and assistant – Sandjena Barnes @senrabj What an amazing team, I am humbled by such beautiful minds #love #art asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #flowers # #portrait #fairytale #2014 #girl #model #instagram #fashion #beauty #tbt
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  •   adrianfarrphoto When we surrender ourselves to the great dark abyss and come to the end of ourselves, we rediscover our creativity again. We understand the very reason why we create. 2w
  •   v1r4lfro5t This is total awesomeness...... speaks volumes.... 2w
  •   thelexash Kindly follow back 2w
  •   rvhmon Kindly follow back sir 2w
  •   official_muyiwa Kindly follow back Sir. 1w
  •   jazzofliberty Ade Ade...im so happy for your talent. Your work is evolving so rapidly. I love everything!! When next you are in town pls get in touch...lets catch up! Hows my sis? Love all round. (Sorry, know this isn't the forum) 1w
  •   asiko_artist Hello darling @jazzofliberty thanks a lot, very flattering ️. Will defo catch up next time I'm in town, I thought I might bump into you during fashion week last year. Segs is doing good. LoL what forum? I didn't know there was one. 1w
  •   eyesofpatrick @asiko_artist | be that Renaissance man 1w

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asiko_artist Where does inspiration come from

There is no definitive answer to this question as it is subjective to the artist. I have many inspirations one of which comes from African cultural aesthetics that inspired the image. The editorial entitled ‘Iyoba’ was created for the current edition of Blanck Magazine @blanckdigital I was inspired by the powerful and legendary queen mother Idia from ancient Benin city. Let your inspirations influence your work.

Amazing model Jo Elias @_visionsofjohanna Lenis models Makeup - Halima Bepo @halimabepo Hair - Denise Gracia Coleman and Jewellery from Anita Quansah. An amazing team to work with #love #art asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #Nigeria #portrait #girl #model #instagram #culture #jewllery #adorned
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asiko_artist A thought for 2015

Nobody thinks like you and therefore you are unique, embrace it, channel it.
Develop a personal project for yourself. It is in this manner that you will develop your style.
Have a clear vision for what you want to achieve in 2015, write it down be accountable to it.
Challenge yourself beyond what you achieved in 2014.
Know your strengths and weaknesses, develop your strengths and get help for your weaknesses.
Study something creative outside your usual repertoire, a photographer could start a study in video editing, graphic design or picture framing. New things keep your mind sharp.
Most of all, have a positive outlook for 2015 and don’t let negative people or haters burn your cable.
The Image ‘The girl born with flowers’ was created on my iphone using Snapseed and Piclay. Models @samarkhouryofficial I love creating things on the train and I plan to create more iphone art images in 2015. #love #art asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #flowers # #portrait #iphone #2015 #girl #model #instagram
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asiko_artist 2000 people have been killed in the past few days in Nigeria as a result of the terrorist group Boko Haram. They have killed a total of 10,000 people in the past year. These figures defy belief.

12 people killed in France and the entire country marches against terrorism in solidarity, world leaders march with linked arms in protest on the streets of Paris. Take a minute to take in those figures.

Nigerians leaders do nothing, No statements, No efforts, Nothing. There is no anger or outcry, it’s like nothing happened. Are we dead inside or just immune to the situation? I created this image some years ago in celebration of the 54th Nigerian independence, I decided to add blood, it’s appropriate #nigeriableeds #love #art #asiko #nigeria #2000 #africa #potd #mind #sad #wakeup #motivationmonday #instagram #photooftheday #picoftheday #prayfornigeria
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  •   walediamond So painful.....we need the change oo 2w
  •   viviane507 heartbreaking 2w
  •   hopejikiemi So sad 2w
  •   mobakareillustraa I heard its bou 13000 deaths that has bee recorded. Its not just sad it is heartbreaking. 2w
  •   serenamarija God be with them 2w
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  •   mlaini13 Beyond belief. They starve the people to the point of no return. How are they suppose to muster courage to stand up and fight? A disgrace. Real patriotic African leaders get killed, they leave us with puppets. Lest we not get discouraged. #ihaveadream 2w

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asiko_artist Just messing around and experimenting this morning on the train. “The true method of knowledge is experiment.” — William Blake. ‘Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.’ — M. C. Escher. “It is only through failure and through experiment that we learn and grow.” — Isaac Stern

Well if these guys think so, then I will keep experimenting in 2015. #love #art #photography #asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #selfie #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #artist #instaart #inspiration #mind #selfportrait #portrait #iphone #tbt
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asiko_artist What I learnt from 2014

Have a plan: I didn’t have a plan or direction in 2014; I spent my time helping other people with their visions and didn’t create my own. Bad asiko, Bad asiko.

Fear is the enemy: Fear cripples artists, it makes us feel like we are not good enough and our work doesn’t matter. It’s all in your head, step out in spite of the fear, it will change your life.

Believe you are amazing: Honestly I still struggle with this, but as every day goes by I understand the gift of how I think which seems to manifest itself in photography. Believing has come out of my relationship with God, cos I am beginning to understand how He sees me, #lifechanging.

It is a blessing to give: I love to share. I didn’t initially set out to share, I found blogging boring but this way keeps interesting for me.

Social Media helps: 2013/2014 share what you love and people will respond to it. I got to meet great clients and amazing creatives through instagram.

The best work comes from within: The more niche your work, the more people respond to it. And to be different, you simply need to start creating from within.

Who I am: I am first and foremost an art photographer. I shoot whatever interests me in a certain style which is second nature to who I am. I enjoying creating fantasy set pieces, intimate portraiture and haunting landscapes. My work is defined in moods.

Image is from a #portraiture session I had with @ckwayie who I found on #instagram. She is a beautiful woman who has these beautiful freckles on her face. #love #art #photography #asiko #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #girl #instaart #inspiration #beauty #freckles #portrait #red
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  •   vizualzen @asiko_artist always inspiring! 2w
  •   rissikat Beautiful image and words. Thanks! 2w
  •   eyesofpatrick @asiko_artist | I feel like finding a niche is one of my greatest challenges. It feels so permanent 1w
  •   eyesofpatrick @eyesofpatrick | and as always your work is amazing, friend 1w
  •   fz_roach @eyesofpatrick just reading through this and had to respond... Yes you are right it is exactly that...permanent..I too find it hard to make a commitment to one style and genre of art...creativity should be fluid..right!? 1w
  •   emeraldstarfox Awesome words. Inspiring 4d
  •   candidserendipity Exactly what I need to reading believe as an aspiring and young black artist. keep up the inspiring work, it's helping us all 2d

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asiko_artist Happy New Year my Instagram and Facebook family. I pray that God brings you a year Of fulfilled dreams and purpose driven aspirations. I pray your foundations are firmly planted and that you are boldly able to go where you have never been before. 2015 promises to be something amazing. There are too many people to thank this year, who have been helpful to me. I am eternally grateful to you all and look fwd to sharing 2015 with you. #art #photooftheday #photography #potd #2015 #picoftheday #igers #igdaily #instaart #instamood #instagram #instagramhub #tree #asiko 4w

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asiko_artist Merry Christmas to all my friends and peeps on here. I am grateful for another year in an epic journey. Thank you for all those who support what I do and take the time to follow my work. You are blessed and I wish you all the best for 2015. So thankful to God for his amazing grace and my beautiful wife for your love and support, you are truly the wind beneath my wings, we crushing in it in 2015 @lotionspotionsme Jesus thank you for bringing your light into the world and my life, couldn't have done it with you. Super thankful. #art #photography #asiko #christmas #jesus #christ #potd #spiritual #god #believe #photooftheday #igdaily #instaart 1mon

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asiko_artist Shooting for modelling agencies.

I've been asked a few times how I get agency models. The answer is simply about building relationships and finding out what the agency wants. Agencies need images for their new faces which is where photographers come in. To get in with the agencies, check out their site and see what kind of images they need for their girls. Agencies don't want crazy ass concepts with wild makeup and over retouching; they want naturally beautiful images that show off the beauty and bodies of their girls. Put together a PDF of about 5-10 beautiful images of models or people showing that fit that brief.

Pick up the phone, call introducing yourself and express that you would like to start working with their new faces. They will usually provide you with an email to send your work. Send in your PDF of images. You will likely get one of three responses; 1. A meeting request. 2. What sort of model you would like to shoot with. 3. A dreaded rejection email stating your work is not quite a good fit for their models (don’t sweat this, move on and knock on other doors). Tests are a way for the photographers to experiment and get better. It's also a way for new models to develop their portfolio and improve their modelling. This is a mutual beneficial relationship for the agency and photographer.

A model is an intricate and important part to a photographers image, and I for one am inspired by my model. If I feel I am not going to be inspired by a model, I try not to work with her/him, it’s nothing personal, it’s all about the collaborative process and the final image.

This is Tess, she's stunning and from Lenis Models. I tested with her last year summer. Other tests are on my site under 'The girl in the green dress' gallery. I want a muse for 2015, someone fresh that makes me gasp. #love #art #photography #asiko #potd #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #model #instaart #inspiration #beauty #girl #fashion #body
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  •   waikiharnais Amazing. I wonder if the same approach would work with film/video. I've done one screen test with an agency model but it was one of those once in a lifetime/chance moments. 1mon
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asiko_artist A few things on creativity
Everybody is creative regardless of what people might say. “People believe creativity comes in a sudden moment of insight that is this ‘magical’ burst of idea…extensive research has shown that when your creative, your brain is using the same building blocks you use every day…” Dr R.Keith Sawyer, Washington University
There is no secret centre in the brain that lights up when people are indulging in their creativity. Everybody is creative; it just depends on whether we all tap into it what is inherently there.
Nothing magically appears in my mind, it’s a combination of things I’ve seen, experiences I’ve had and a melting point of internalisation. Every idea I’ve had is thought about for periods of time and planned till execution. I don’t always get them right but that’s another story.

Did anybody catch my interview on the Spot? I didn’t I was bored on the train this morning into London and decided to mess about with the image of @doniaz_nl It was a creative process of loads of addition and subtraction of layers of colours gradients and textures. Makeup by @chalkmakeup Bone crown by @beastandburden
#love #art #photography #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #model #instaart #inspiration #ethereal #beauty #girl #bones #tbt #raw
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Inkwell Ade Okelarin
asiko_artist This is Racquel; she is amazing and knows who she is as a model. I only got to spend about 5 -10 mins with her and she dialled up her energy 100%, I really didn’t have to tell her much. I really didn’t have any ideas; it was one of those tests where you see what happens and pray for magic. I saw some tyres in front a mechanic shop and thought about recreating an old image shot by Herb Ritts, where a male model was carrying 2 tyres. I mentioned it once to Racquel and off she went. I was actually blown away.
Modelling is about confidence. Confidence leads to lack of inhibitions and that translates into solid pictures. Photographers love solid pictures and are inspired by great models. Reservations and inexperience rarely produce strong poses, it’s important to let go of the mind-set of a beginner. Confidence will override any sort of lack of experience. As a model, beginner or otherwise, spending time in front of the mirror and experimenting and understanding your body and angles are helpful in your development. Also watch reality TV model shows like the TheFace and ANTM.
There’s nothing that excites a photographer as when a model knows what she’s doing, experiments and makes the shoot collaborative process. There’s nothing more depressing than when a model says I don’t know what to do after you have given her/him a brief and direction. Honestly I don’t want to give too much direction in any given shoot. Tag a beautiful black model in London if you know any. I am looking for fresh faces for 2015.
#love #art #photography #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #model #instaart #inspiration #herbritts #beauty #girl #fierce
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asiko_artist Focus on the things that are close to your heart.

Make the work personal, deeply personal, to the point of glaring honesty. The things you are most passionate about, use them to drive your point home.

Have you seen Justin Timberlakes Mirros video? How personal was that, a tribute to his granparents who had been married for 63yrs. The video was deeply personal and understated with a strong narrative. It won the best video of 2013 at the MTV music video awards.

When you create something personal, it won’t always resonate with everyone but it will leave a lasting impression and let everyone know who you are as a person and your vision. I would rather be the distinct artist I am meant to be, than a technically gifted bland photographer. I think my site is looking more and more like who I am as an artist. Check out my site and let me know your thoughts.

The image is some client work created for a wedding dress designer EstiloModa UK @estilomodauk beautiful model Jess @itsjesswilliams styling by the Mrs @lotionspotionsme MUA @triciadcosta Hair by @thejosephsexperience My personal work looks like client work
#love #art #asiko #photography #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #smoke #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #beauty #wedding #bridal #enchanted
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asiko_artist A portrait of actress and TV personality Zainab on my recent trip to Nigeria. In between filming of the Spot I was able to grab some quick portraits of the presenters.
Every portrait I tend to create is an essence of my sitter and a reflection of me. In some ways it's a bit of a self portrait. For me photography is not about reality or the truth, it's about something created and an alternate world. #love #art #portrait #photography #model #girl #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #mood
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asiko_artist Be good to each other

The creative work life can be a lonely one, there are odd job hours, hours spent in solitude retouching images or creating, nobody to tell you if what you are doing is right or wrong or even how to do it. The things that keep that hustle going is the food you need in your fridge or the roof you need over your head and sometimes that driving passion. So with that said why should I share or network with possible competing hustlers like myself, surely that’s just plain dumb.

Here’s the thing, I think the photography industry suffers because everybody is keeping secrets and nobody is looking to build others up and the industry as whole forward. I saw this more so in my recent trip home to Nigeria. In sharing and creating amazing work, there is less crap and more outstanding work. There is the avenue to charge more for the amazing work done. I don’t bat an eyelid for what I charge, cos I know what I’m worth and I don’t batter about price with clients (well most of the time anyway). In developing a better creative network we can lean on each other for help, problem solve, job share (yes I said job share), provide critique and provide a valuable resource of information for sharing. That is why I share my experiences and my journey, I don’t know it all, I just understand my journey and I am happy to share to help others. Can’t imagine if we all worked together and put aside insecurities and egos.

Some client work from the summer for Wedding dress designer @estilomodauk beautiful model @chloejasminecjw Styled by @lotionspotionsme Makeup by @triciadcosta and hair by @thejosephsexperience #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instadaily #igers #instamood #smoke #instaart #talent #inspiration #fairytale #beauty #wedding #bridal
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