Point of no return

I traveled to Nigeria about two weeks ago to visit family and visit tourist spots in the country. One of the sites that I visited was the Point of no return in Badagry, Nigeria: this is the area in which slaves were transported from Nigeria to unknown parts of the new world. It is also a very beautiful beach area, and I’m looking forward to new developments currently taking place to make this into a more historic and tourist friendly site. I took a few images with my Google Pixel while I was there. Please enjoy.

Tosin, A Portrait

I went to NYC this past weekend to take some portraits of my brother Tosin to commemorate his birthday. Tosin picked a location on 15th and 6th avenue that had a nice background he really liked. He wanted natural portraits which weren’t posed, so I had to be quick to capture the moment because it’s usually hard to duplicate it. After completing the shoot for that location and getting lunch, we concluded the photo shoot at his apartment in nyc. The images came out quite good. You can view the images from the shoot here.

Christine, A Portrait

I went to Flood Hill in South Orange to take pictures of Christine. Christine and I met at Essex County College about 20 years ago while students at the college. I hadn’t seen her in 7 years. It was great to see her again looking radiant and as youthful as ever. It was a fun shoot as she took direction well and made it easier for me. Here are some images from it. You can view the rest of the images here. Have a great day!

Summerstage P-Funk, Main Source, Chloe & Halle

Yesterday, I went to document the Summer stage event held at Queens Corona Park. It was a great concert with great food. I got introduced to the group Main Source who have actually been out since 1991. I don’t know how they slipped through my radar, but they put it down. Great performance from Chloe and Halle and the Funk master himself George Clinton. You can view more images of the concert on this link.

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I did some interior design photography for a client yesterday. It’s actually my first time doing this type of photography, and I was a little bit intimidated at first, but I rose to the occasion. I think the trickiest parts was how to balance my off camera flash with ambient lighting most especially in rooms separate from what you are shooting in and maneuvering in a small space. I brought one speed light only; I wish I brought two. I had to resort to lowering the shutter speed of the camera to allow for ambient lighting in connecting rooms. The client was pleased with the images and, at the end of the day, its what matters. Here are some images below:

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I’m doing interior design photography for a client tomorrow, so I decided to rent a wide angle lens for the project: a 12-24 f4 lens from Nikon. I took it for a test drive outdoors and came up with these images. I’ll be posting my work for the interior design photography project later. Have a great weekend!

KST Productions – Hush No More

I was hired to document KST Productions “Hush No More” event. It was a monologue by several actors that spoke about their experiences with heartache, pain, love and happiness. I am honored that I was trusted to document it. Things didn’t start off on the right foot though because I found out on the day of the event that the venue was changed, so all my plans for the venue and lighting was out the window. The location that the event eventually took place was the NCC community gym at 56 Hayes Street. The gym had fluorescent lighting, and the stage lights weren’t the most appealing, but I made do. I had my assistant Matt assist me with setting up the lights for the red carpet and other things. I set up one light for the stage. this was my first time using the Yongnuo wireless speedlight triggers and receivers for an event, and I highly recommend them. The event went off with out a hitch, and I got some really nice images. Here are 5 images from the event. Please enjoy.

Matthew, Portraits

I needed to test my new softbox using my speedlight and high speed sync flash photography, so I asked my nephew if he would be my test subject. He agreed, so we took a ride down to Flood hill in South Orange. I ended up  not being able to use the softbox because it was very windy and I had no assistants to hold the stand to prevent it from tipping it over. I used the flash by either holding it in my hand or placing it on the ground. Here are some images from the shoot. Posing clients is my weakness, but I’ve been learning and practicing how to pose my clients to get more portrait gigs.