asiko_artist 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

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asiko_artist 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.

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asiko_artist 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.

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asiko_artist 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, 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

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asiko_artist 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

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asiko_artist So you got rejected again
So you took your time to craft the perfect email, prepare your best work and put forward the prefect pitch, only to get yet another rejection or another door slam in your face. In our innate need to be loved as humans, it’s understandable that a rejection can be crushing and demoralising. Oh….. it will likely happen more than once, it’s a fact of life. I’ve learnt to take a deep breath and bounce back. Here’s an example of guy who bounced back like a rubber band, continuously. Be encouraged. The rejections of Abraham Lincoln and a few successes;
· 1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
· 1818: His mother died.
· 1831: Lost his job.
· 1832: Ran for state legislature - lost.
· 1832: Also lost his job - wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
· 1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt.
· 1834: Ran for state legislature again - won.
· 1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
· 1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
· 1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature - defeated.
· 1840: Sought to become elector - defeated.
· 1843: Ran for Congress - lost.
· 1846: Ran for Congress again - this time he won
· 1848: Ran for re-election to Congress - lost.
· 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state - rejected.
· 1854: Ran for Senate of the United States - lost.
· 1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention - got less than 100 votes.
· 1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again - again he lost.
· 1860: Elected president of the United States.
He lost his son as well somewhere in there. Never ever friggin give up.
Amazing Keely from Lenis models from my summer series ‘Girl in the green dress’
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asiko_artist What models should know

So following on from last weeks things a photographer should know when photographing a model, I decided to flip the script. To my aspiring models and newish models;

1. If you make a commitment to a shoot, turn up or give the photographer considerable notice that you won’t be shooting with him/her. A photographer puts a lot of time, money and effort into planning a shoot. Be professional.

2. Practise Practise Practise before the shoot. Look through magazines and editorials for ideas on posing.

3. Please always have accurate sizes on your personal profiles (like Model Mayhem). There’s nothing more annoying than a supposedly 5’9 turning out to be 5’7.

4. Watch shows like ANTM and the Face, you will be surprised what you learn about posing and model psychology. If you don’t know what ANTM is, quit now.

5. As a model you are an important part of the shoot, so turn up on time and give off a good vibe, everybody wants to work with models with a great attitude; nobody wants to work with a grumpy boots.

6. Some photographers won’t show you the images on the back of their camera, its nothing personal.

7. Ask for feedback during the shoot, so you know what you are doing is working.

8. For the sake of the living God, change your look and expression during the shoot. Don’t give the same look and pose the whole shoot, its boring and uninspiring.

9. Agree a time when the photographer will deliver the images. Be patient and remind him from time to time.

10. Don’t perv on the photographer, he/she is not a piece of meat either. LOL ok that doesn’t usually happen.

This is Patrick, his agency is AMCK, he was one of our models for a client shoot a few weeks back. He was great to work with, great personality, upbeat and always up for trying new things. I loved his unconventional look. Edited on my phone using snapseed. #love #art #portrait #photography #model #boy #asiko #instaart #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instamood # instadaily #igers #hair #fineart

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asiko_artist I came across the great article from a model Jen Brooks stating certain things for photographers to consider when working with models. I have edited it a bit for instagram. I have picked up these tips up over the years

1. Models enjoy playful banter, it creates a rapport.

2. Don’t laugh at your model and make her feel self conscious.

3. Tell and show her what you like to shoot.

4. Talk to her during the shoot, models like to hear positive feedback on how they are doing to get the best out of her. If I don't like a pose I tend not to say anything, she moves onto the next pose anyway so there’s no point breaking the flow and making her feel like she might be doing something wrong.

5. If she’s a professional she likes direction but also she likes to do her own thing. Creating images is a collaborative process between Model and Photographer

6. Don’t break her flow, when things are getting in full swing, go with the flow.

7. Put some music on to suit the mood and avoid those awkward silences. Some models like music and it creates a rhythm in their movements. No Barry White music guys c’mon.

8. Don’t be a perv, I'll say it again, don't be a perv. I know we photogs are visual creatures and all but I can’t imagine someone perving over me, my wife will deal with them seriously.

9. Show her poses so she can mirror them.

10. Let her know when she will get the images from the shoot.

A portrait of the amazing Jo Elias from Lenis. Makeup by Halima Bepo (who I miss and yes these images going to be used) and Hair by the awesome Denise Grace Coleman. #love #art #portrait #photography #model #girl #asiko #instaart #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday # bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instamood # instadaily #igers #eyes #fineart #tbt

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asiko_artist The photographs I create are an extension of me, there are an introspective look at how I view myself and world around me. These qualify my style, the aesthetic, colour palette, subject matter. Once we truly start creating from the inside with as less BS as possible, a visual style truly starts to emerge.
Some studio portraiture with beautiful Donja, makeup by the amazing Alex Chalk. Can't wait to share these images when I'm done. Shot at the famous Adrian Pini studio.
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  •   konwaliowy Amazing light! Could you tell us something about lighting setup, please? 1mon
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  •   asiko_artist Sure, two light set up. One in front slightly diagonal and the other behind to create some separation from the background. I used powerful modelling lamps @konwaliowy 1mon
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  •   doniaz_nl so curious for the rest! 1mon
  •   kiyanawraps @asiko_artist would love to have you join us on Friday! Are you available? 1mon
  •   asiko_artist So sorry I can't make Friday @kiyanawraps what's your email address? Or mine is 1mon
  •   kiyanawraps Thanks for letting us know. Will send you an email :) 1mon

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asiko_artist Be a creative force. Technicians aren't worth as much as visionaries. I'm not the most technically gifted of photographers, my selling point are my ideas and my creative mind. I still don't know what all the buttons on my camera do. I know enough to get by and manipulate light. We could all benefit from you being a creative force, and creating something awesome. If you ever watched the Face UK with Naomi Campbell you would have come across fierce Raquel. I got to photograph her few weeks back for a few minutes, she's one of those models that inspire me to shoot or as they say, gives me life. Mua @neonvelvet And Hair @deborahlola_ #photography #art #fashion #model #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #instagram #instagood #girl #portrait #london #instagram #theface #fierce #eyes 1mon

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asiko_artist A behind the scenes photo with amazing @gracegraymakeupartist photo credit on my iPhone by @senrabj and retouching by me on #snapseed. It is a privilege to use my direction and talent to create images for someone else's brand. Never take what you do for granted, believe in what you create, be proud and share it with everyone. Check out more behind the scenes from the shoot on my blog. An awesome team that I was privileged to work with; styling @minnaattala , Mua @elbiemuahair , Hair @louiferry #love #photography #model #style #art #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #instagram #instagood #iphone #portrait #london #instagram #bts #makeup #girl 1mon

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asiko_artist As a photographer I have been fortunate to work with some amazing people. I get to meet and photograph some respected and talented individuals. On Sunday I got to meet Funmi Iyanda, an award winning broadcaster and journalist. We shot her for the next cover of Blanck magazine. After the shoot I got to drop her off and bumped into her friend none other than talented singer songwriter Asa. Off course I had to take a picture with her, love her music. Also got to meet Bisi Alimi, an amazing activist and public speaker. The other person in the picture is my trouble making editor Franka. Relationships are key in your world as an artist. They can open or shut doors and so it's important to have a great attitude and be easy to work with. Nobody likes a diva. #love #photography #music #style #art #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #instagram #instagood #asa #portrait #london #instagram 2mon

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asiko_artist If you are like me, you will like creating visual narratives which is basically a sequence of images that tell a story. Some artists use just one image to tell the story, it all depends on style really.
I create the images based on an emotion(s). It's about mood and feelings, so I build from a storyboard from the emotion.
A storyboard details the sequence of image of the narrative and provides me with a guide especially for the shooting day as I can sometimes forget my ideas. It hardly goes according to plan though, which is great as it leaves room for experimentation and new ideas. Here's an image from a narrative I did with Magrete. You can check out the entire piece on my blog which is linked on my profile. So does your style involve visual narratives and do you use one image or several? #love #photography #ethereal #style #art #model #asiko #instaart #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #cloud #instagram #instagood #red #fairytale #style #fineart #portrait #photogram #girl #dancer

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asiko_artist @ajanistry shooting Raquel from the Face for @blanckdigital fashion editorial. I'm shooting Funmi Iyanda for our next cover. Auntie @bellaadeleke is styling and madam @neonvelvet is doing makeup. #love #art #photography #me #style #portrait #asiko #fashion #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #tbt #photographer #creative 2mon

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asiko_artist Taking rejection. It's ok to stumble and it's ok to fall, just make sure you get back up and keep pushing. It hurts when you get a rejection email but don't cry about it, sometimes ur work is not what they are looking for. I have heard people say what I produce is not very good and that's really ok. There are 6 billion people on the planet, some people are bound not to like it.
Doors will close but don't be disheartened as new and bigger doors will open. Believe in your work and I'll say it again believe in your work cos if don't no one else will. Grow everyday and aspire to be greater.
The falling tree was created in holiday in Greece for a project I am working on called the Lonely dreams. I have been lazy with this project and I wish I had more time to devote to it. Devote the time to ur personal projects for it is in them that you grow as a creator.
I want a muse, somebody find me one already #love #art #photography #ethereal #style #tree #asiko #instaart #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #cloud #instagram #instagood #greece #fairytale #style #fineart #portrait #photogram #sky

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