By Oluwadamilola Akinduro
Oluwaferanmi Oyedele is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. Founder and creative director of Forbes images. He’s self taught with a sincere passion for all things photography, aesthetic things, food, travel and inspiring spaces.
With the use of vivid colours and creative lighting, he has been able to create inspiring visual works for a large range of clientele such as; banks and international organisation.
No matter the size of the project, he always brings the same passion and dedication to each individual’s job and it’s his priority to make his clients go home happy.
In an interview with Friday Extravaganza, Oluwaferanmi disclosed how he brings imaginations to life through photography. Excerpts:
What inspired you to pursue photography as a career?
Growing up, I love arts and being creative as well as finding photography as a tool I can use to bring my imaginations to life inform of still imagery.
What type of photography do you specialize in?
I practice portraits and lifestyle photography
What is your favorite subject to photograph and why?
People and aesthetic things.
I believe people (humans) are complex beings with so much depth, a lot of stories and emotions can be told with a photograph of them.
What is your approach to capturing the perfect shot?
When shooting portraits of people, I tend to interact and get to know my subject, then I interpret my knowledge of their personalities into their poses and portraits.
How do you handle difficult lighting situations?
When shooting in a space, I take note of the available light, in the absence or shortage of one, I then introduce my own artificial/controlled lights.
How do you stay up-to-date with the latest photography trends and techniques?
As a photographer, you have to keep learning. A week doesn’t go by without me spending time on YouTube watching and learning from other photographers’ techniques.
How do you collaborate with clients to achieve their vision?
I interact with my clients before and on set of the shoot, find out their visions for the shoot, understand the results they hope to achieve and use all these information to make productions in line of their goals.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out in photography?
Keep putting out work; consistency is key. Build a community, collaborate with others in the line of your field. Market yourself at every chance you get.
If a client is not happy with his photos, how do you handle it or can you remember a time any client had gone physical on you?
When a client isn’t happy with their photos, I try to understand what the fault is and try to find corrections. But sometimes it’s not a fault, the client doesn’t just understand your art, in such case, I carefully try to help the client see the beauty in such reservations.
What differentiates a professional photographer from a hobbyist?
A professional photographer is intentional about his craft, a professional will be business driven and making decisions that will yield better results for his craft.
An hobbyist is just having fun taking images that makes them happy.
As a well known photographer, how do you manage stress at big events?
Proper planning ahead by bringing enough hands on deck, designating roles helps me manage stress at big events.