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WITH SAMMIE, EVERY PHOTO IS MAGIC!

Once he gets behind the lens, no matter what object is before him, it comes out magical!

Samuel Ogunlaja is the CEO of sammiephotomagic and iRetouch a company he started with his hard earned money, he is a good example of how hard work and talent can put gold in your pocket.

DA: What inspired you to venture into photography?
Sammie: Survival and Independence! I have a big dream and I couldn’t achieve it without a skill. I was pushing to go to the University and there was not one person I could ultimately depend on for my survival. My Parents were not so buoyant and I couldn’t put the blame on them or anybody (I figured that was the best mindset to have if I must really achieve). So I had to learn something that would in turn give me financial independence. Photography was the best at my disposal as I had always loved taking pictures.

DA: At what point did you discover your talent in photography?
Sammie: Well, It was at the point of practice. I had learnt the craft and I was hungry for more, so I practiced. I tried to replicate the works of many top professional photographers and I found that they were not so difficult to create. Just that they have some advantages in terms of access to sophisticated photography gears. I didn’t even see it as a talent until the point when I realized that “personal creativity” is the only thing that makes one’s work unique.

DA: How did you start?
Sammie: I started with apparently “Nothing” – someone else would say I started “small”. But trust me; what I had was too small to call it something, but yet so “Big”. And all I had was a tiny seed of knowledge sown by Mr. Adekola Agoro – CEO, Ukay Photoshop, my passion and my survival instinct. I had no equipment at all. Not even a camera phone.

DA: How did you get your first camera?
Sammie: I saved some money from the little jobs I did back then. My boss sometimes allowed me to use his camera to work when I have a job. But then the money was not enough to get the camera, so I had to borrow. My friend borrowed me her school fees with the bargain that I would pay back before the deadline. I had to take the risk.

DA: What challenges have you faced so far?
Sammie: Majorly, its the same challenges has every other upcoming photographer – Exorbitant cost of equipment.

DA: How did you overcome them?
Sammie: Creativity and Improvisations – DIY (Do-It-Yourself) materials has been my major strength. I had to create some stuffs myself instead of buying them. Sometimes I use mirror, papers, clothes and some other funny stuffs in place of lights and reflectors. And trust me; there is no big deal in some of the materials we buy. We just need to understand the principles behind the inventions and we can replicate them even better.

DA: Who are your mentors in photography?
Sammie: Mr. Adekola Agoro – CEO, Ukay Photoshop, Kelechi Amadi Obi and Clay Cook.

DA: What is your greatest achievement so far?
Sammie: I have been listed as one of the finest Image Specialist with a New York based Company – Selfmade (www.selfmade.co)

DA: What are the first five crucial steps to take for someone venturing into photography?
Sammie: Invest in Learning (knowledge is most important)
– Practice again and again! Try all fields, you will find your strength and uniqueness
– Get out and meet people in the field (the right people of course)
– Be passionate and believe (first in God, then in yourself)
– Be patient

DA: Do you organize trainings? If yes, in what states.
Sammie: Trainings? Yes. But yet to be stable. We are hoping to structure things this year. But none the less, we can recommend the platforms for the interested candidates.

DA: How can we reach you?
Sammie: You can reach me on the perfect platforms
Instagram: @sammiephotomagic
Facebook: @sammiephotomagic
Phone contact: +2348138232689

 

Written by: Anne dili

Latest comments

  • Sammie January 5, 2018, 8:25 pm Reply

    Thanks for the Feature Ann

  • Ella June 28, 2018, 12:37 pm Reply

    wonderful

  • Ose June 28, 2018, 12:39 pm Reply

    good

  • Ayo June 28, 2018, 12:41 pm Reply

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  • Bola June 28, 2018, 12:43 pm Reply

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  • Ebenezer June 28, 2018, 12:45 pm Reply

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