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January 2013 Recap

Hi Everyone,

Happy (Belated) New Year! January was quite a busy month for me and now its the first day of February. I was able to cover six Press events, covered one PopUpSwap event and a Bitter NYC photo-shoot. I also have a more supportive team of people I can’t wait to tackle lots of projects with. Not to mention, I got a cool shootout from my director of Career Services at Trinity College for choosing to build my own business. Fashion Week is already here so all I have to say is welcome to 2014, The Year of the Horse. Waiting 12 years for this day, so can’t wait to see what happens next. Image

My goals for 2014

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone had a wonderful New Years! As always trying my best to use WordPress, but I have a feeling that you will hear more of me very soon. This time, I started early in the year and ready to get things moving. Before the events and the photoshoots, here are my goals for 2014. Hope I can get all of them down, you never know!

 

1)    Get signed to shoot with a magazine

2)    Get signed to cover more celebrity red carpets, fashion shows, concerts, and shows.

3)    Freelance with a powerful non-profit 

4)    Join ASMP OR PPA

5)    Conduct at least 12 Editorials in 2014

6)    Hold a gallery event of my work

7)    Fully transfer and transform my website to WordPress

8)    Maximize usage in the social media platform:

                                       i.    Pinterest-Learn more about it

                                      ii.    Instagram-Get at least 1,500 followers

                                     iii.    WordPress-Get at least 50 followers

                                     iv.    Twitter-Get at least 1,500 followers

                                      v.    Facebook-Get at least 1,500 likes in Facebook

9)    Get published in at least 3 newspapers and magazines.

10)  Create a portfolio hard-copy work of 2014 of at least 150 pictures. 

 

Bonus: Go on a date, there I said it!  Exercise and try boxing again! 

 

Until then, let 2014 be an amazing year!

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Skate to That!

Skate to That!

He was amazing at the Tomboi fundraiser event. Can’t wait to shoot with them soon! @Brittany Alexandra Campbell and @Mia Monee Marcus

Secret Hiding Spot of NYC, Part I

IMG_6199Perfect little hiding spot my friend who lived in the city shared with me. A wonderful way to end your day from work in the last legs of summertime.

Daddies’ Little Girl

Daddies' Little Girl

Can’t say much about the relationship of the two men are either siblings or lovers, but I can say that they have a candid strong relationship with the little girl they are holding hands with. 🙂

First Fashion Shoot Client: Bitter NYC

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I have not updated this blog for a few days and I do apologize to my readers! I had such an overwhelming experience this whole week, namely due to New York Fashion Week and the fact that I am a new blogger showed…alot.Gah! I actually had my first ever photo shot with a company called Bitter NYC. My friends in NJ thought I was perfect because I am a killer event photographer and the original photographer bailed out last minute. Why do people assume photography is an all around thing? When I mean this was my first photoshoot, I really meant that I have no experience in fashion photography, lighting photo studios, and models….hot models. Oh, and the shoot was less than a week. I did not want to miss quite an opportunity, so I took the job and self-taught myself fashion photography. I spent the next few days learning about the external flash, strobes, reflectors, and how to position models through YouTube and PDF files I found online. Oh, yes and the convenience of owning a Google Nexus 7. The shoot was in Queens, New York.

I came in late as one of my friends escorted me to the door, informing me that the models were experienced and attractive. He was right! This covered the posing part significantly. I knew what camera settings to put when I arrived, but I find lighting the models the hardest due to the harsh shadows drowning out the white background for some of the pictures I took. I find it annoying, even though it not as bad as others I seen. I can’t burn myself out over my first photo-shoot. I actually gave some instructions to some of the models as well as played with amazing strobes that hopefully I will acquire someday. It made my Canon 60D camera more special. To have colorful beenie hats with edginess, color, and appeal to compliment the models, I can not go wrong. The shoot was the entire weekend and I left with amazing shots I hope to get again for future shoots.

Check out Bitter NYC at:

https://www.facebook.com/BITTERNYC

 

Worth the fight, worth the struggle.

 

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Haven’t wrote a blog for a few days now, so I rather reflect on things close to home than report on some events I have in store for August. While I am thrilled to get press for New York Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week, Afro Punk, and American Basketball Association launch, I still have a ultra long way to go before I actually get there. I often hyperventilate on little things that questions both  my photography/videography skills. Photographers, ever been told that you have amazing photography, but mentally you are not yet satisfied of your current level? Are you only doing wedding photography because you are very good in this section of photography, but deep down someday you always wanted to do fashion photography? That, you want to breathe the same air as models who traveled to Paris, London, and Tokyo? You want to surround yourself with people that only talk about Coco Channel, Audrey Hepburn, and Twiggy, but I am quite sure that your yearnings for these conversations are deemed unfit for the most important day of someone’s life. I am very familiar with Event photography, but I hope to someday do Action, Fashion, and Photojournalism. I see myself practicing Martial Arts such as Muay Thai and Shotokan Karate (or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) as well as both re-speaking Japanese and learning Portuguese to go to both Brazil and Japan.

However, being buried in extensive college loans heavily drown my thoughts constantly. Not to mention, 2012 is perhaps the most difficult year I have ever experience. The pain of getting robbed twice in a year, getting my heart kicked the shit around all my last college semester, a sick grandmother, and hyperventilating that not having a full time job and following a photographer(s) who specializes in Action, Fashion, Photojournalism is quite a mind- fuck. That is not even all in my bucket list that 2012 is quite difficult for me. However, giving up isn’t something I hardly do. And you should not either.  The women in my family (excluding my sisters) are perhaps the most bulletproof people I know. To have a Nigerian-born mom working 16 hours workdays at least 6 days a week and still have time to raise and advise seven children is absolutely amazing. My grandmother is a step  above my mom, who also raised seven kids during the Biafran war. God knows how much mentally she went through since most people experienced the war like Biafra often go mentally ill. My grandma is the sweetest old lady I know. Her smile often makes you forget about the horrors, whether her horrors or yours. In fact, writing this post at this moment shows how lucky I am, to be fully alive, have a place to stay at home, and a camera to continue being a photographer, and hopefully the photographer I want to be.

What You Want by Evanescence

I find that life after college graduation even for a few months is incredibly challenging, especially if you are majored in something that is not in demand. Its really a Health Care and IT/Computer Science-catered economy at the moment; leaving us Humanities and Social Science, Political Science, and Philosophers in trouble. Was it a mistake to major in what we did for the X thousands of dollars in debt we bury ourselves in for a piece of paper that shows our completion of our 4+ years in college? Unfortunately, I have no place in my post to answer this question for you, but I can show you from experience that if you are truly blessed with a skill, definitely nurture it to the best of your ability. It is also wise to do more courses that can help you make you stand out as an individual. I see myself different from other videographers and photographers because I tend to focus on different styles of photography with heavy emphasis on composition and color. I am signed to fly to Cameroon in October as a Still-Photographer/Production Assistant for a movie, yet seeing that I have not returned back to Mother Africa for more than a decade will not be easy. Nor figuring out how I am going to pay for my travel there, whether take out a loan or wait to see if I can get sponsors to assist me.

One of the hardest parts is dealing with the fact that I have not found a full-time job, despite the skills, uniqueness, and energy I have. I always do want to help out in so many ways (videography/photography), but without a full-time job or a strong payback from gigs (I will get to a point where I refuse to do free gigs, unless for important charities) I find myself worried of what jobs I go from there.The fact that as a Nigerian-American, I am limited to career choices my people wanted me to venture in. The old saying of: “If you don’t go to school to become a doctor, lawyer, nurse, you are screwed for life”  often perturb me, but I know eventually I will figure it out. I will be one of the best Nigerian-American photographers out there. In fact, one of the most unique. If I think of it as a competition, I will lose. Its all about doing the very best each day, learning, meeting people, and the works. If you read from my previous post, I have many things planned for myself for this month. For you my readers and for my self growth as a photographer/videographer, this blog will always have some insight of where I am in the world. One thing for certain, I won’t stop doing videos and photography. I won’t give up when the economy gets me down. When my family often discourages me to go back to school to be a stereotypical Nigerian doctor, I stand my ground. It’s finally time I do things for myself and hopefully this can encourage others to do the same. Let’s here it for life, we only live once so do all that it worth the fight.  This post is dedicated to a song I actually wanted to do some kind of short film or photo shoot, but I have to find the time to make better plans the shoot.

Here are sample lyrics to What You Want by Evanescence:

Do what you, what you want
If you have a dream for better
Do what you, what you want
’til you don’t want it anymore (remember who you really are)

Do what you, what you want
Your world’s closing in on you now (it isn’t over)
Stand and face the unknown (got to remember who you really are)

Every heart in my hands
Like a pale reflection

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe
We can break through

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PS: I am not pale, LOL.

Link to Evanescence’s What You Want: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVWazHTunSI

Plans for August 2012

 

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I glad that I have made it to Day 3 on writing this blog, since that was the number I stopped on my Blogger blog. Not to mention, I never enjoyed writing the blog in the first place because I rely on memory to write down past experiences. Having a brand new blog was on top on my bucket list for this month. Now that I am on my fifth post, I plan to write at least 3 times a week, at most everyday. Today was another goal accomplished (writing 3 times a week), as August is far from over for me. I still have quite a few things to do before I am ready for September to breeze by. So I am going to list my goals for this month and the steps I am doing t get there. Hopefully, this can encourage you to do the same. Having a to-do list as a blog can be both beneficial and encouraging. I share mines, for you guys go ahead and get your goals accomplished. Let’s get started!

Goal:

  1. Attend Afro-Punk Festival 2012 as Press Photographer in Brooklyn, NY on August 25-August 26- (I actually got approved as Press, but I have to work hard to get the pictures I wanted since I do not have the Photo Pass. Let’s see. )
  2. Meet some of the performers at Afro Punk- (My goal is to meet Straight Line Stitch, Janelle Monae, Eryakah Badu, and Purple Ferdinand.)
  3. Attend the Ooh La La Fashion in Long Beach this Saturday (Hopefully this will be a great show)
  4. Take another driving lesson from Alex this Saturday (I still do not have a driver’s license)
  5. Get some friends together and start shooting corporate, model, actor headshots, and create a sample music video. (Boy, do I have plans for this one!)
  6. Work with MUIPR and attend their New York Fashion Week event on September 6th. (They invited me)
  7. Work with Long Tran as their videographer/photographer for NYFW.  (I got accepted)
  8. Apply to at least 50 potential sponsors for Yefon the Movie (Money is not easy to get)
  9. Figure out how to go to Cameroon and at the same time make sure my potential employer is fine with me leaving for a month. (TBA)
  10. Have chiomaozuzu.com as my overall portfolio site. (Still working on it) 

More to come guys!

Check out chiomaozuzu.smugmug.com for more pictures!!!!

P.S. Just added….Your girl got Press for the 2012 Couture Fashion Show in New York City!