My name is Femi, I live in London but I grew up in Lagos.
How long have you been taking pictures?
Taking pictures pretty much since the early 00s on a compact and phone, but I’d say from 2012 when I bought my first DSLR.
When did you get into photography and why?
Travel is my first love, I used to go all around the world and one day I came across the Instagram app and saw some beautiful imagery from places I had been and I wanted to be able to take pictures to that same level.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
My style is pretty much shoot from the hip mostly. I am fascinated by all types of photography, so I’d give everything a go. My main passion right now remains travel and portraiture.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
Shoots are a mixed bag of preparation and click and run. Portraiture is more intricately prepared in order to maximise time, but in general I go with the flow
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
I want to create aesthetically pleasing imagery that is of a consistent high level. I don’t necessarily want a style that is instantly distinguishable, as I don’t believe every picture should look the same or have the same edit applied. I do hope those that like my pictures are pleased to view them.
Do you have an influences you can share?
Influences, I don’t know, I like a lot of stuff out there mainly because I like general photography but I was initially influenced by films, weirdly enough. The framing, the set up etc I take a lot of that consideration into my photos.
What inspires you?
A visit to a new place, an interesting concept, a beautiful model, the desire to get better, these are constantly pushing me to improve my art.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Yes definitely but there is also bad editing or editing that isn’t appropriate for the shot. But as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it’s not for me to judge someone else’s vision.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
Definitely want to go pro and live off my photography and this is still what I am pushing for.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I use mainly Instagram, 500px, EyeEm and Facebook.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I follow so many people, different genres etc, we could be here all day if I were to start mentioning names.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
Mobile photography is just as valid as DSLR photography. The vision is still valid, its just the tool used to achieve that vision. There are mobile photographers out there that take amazing pictures and even better than some people who use DSLRs. I think you find what you are after as a creative and use the tool that bests suits your needs.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I recently changed from a Canon 70D to a Sony A7Rii and I still use my Sigma 35mm Art and Canon 24-70L II. I changed to the Sony mainly because my Canon broke and needed upgrading and I quite like the idea of a full frame camera for what I was after. Also the Sony dropped in price.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
Dream location, that’s tough, I guess right now, it will be Iceland or Bolivia, been on my list for awhile.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
My favourite picture is a real tough one. I have this picture that I titled Desert Runner which I captured whilst on a camel in the Sahara Desert. I hadn’t eaten all day, my body was shutting down and the camel ride was uncomfortable and going on forever. One of out guides decided he would sprint to the top of a dune and I managed to get a few snaps in and one got me shortlisted for a photography competition where I was in the top 20 out of 70,000 entries.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Innovative, Different, Specific.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
I’m all for better quality cameras in smart phones, the skill has always been in understanding your settings, seeing a picture and finding the right mix of light, shadows and colours in your editing.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
Despite many phone cameras getting better and better, DSLRs definitely create better quality images. Its about knowing where you want to share your content to in the end. I mean you wouldn’t show up to shoot a wedding with an Iphone as your main camera nor would you really take a selfie with a Canon 1DX.