We knew we wanted to create a fake forest 🌳 but a day to the shoot we didn’t have trees. So when hadiza came in a night before for her final consultation,she didn’t seem too pleased. “Henry I’m not happy oh I don’t care how you do it i just want those trees set up by tomorrow morning”. So I reached out to boniface. For those of you who don’t know boniface , he is the plug.
Next thing we found someone who let us cut his trees but that was only part one . How do we now get them to stand and look like an actual forest. In comes gabby. He also stopped by that night for a brief and I shared my challenge with him and just like that he comes up with the rope idea. “Big H, all we need is a strong rope and we can suspend the trees”. It was getting complicated but gabby sounded like it was possible . Next thing I know we had a forest with the help of his team members and a lot of handy people. 38 people in total 😂😂😂#nojokes
Now to the technical part. How do you bring out something you had in your head into reality. During our first meeting hadiza showed me what she wanted . It had flowers and a see through glass. It was beautiful but it’s already been done. So I quickly said to her ..... “lighting glass is tricky and I haven’t reached that level yet but we would create our own”. So we booked an appointment with @Reedas and I shared my vision for the outfit with her. Hadiza sat there questioning why we myself and Rukaiya were taking decisions without involving her 😂😂😂. When She saw the final sketch, she was more relaxed 😌
Bringing everything together was tough and at times I was scared but I’m so pleased with the result: but what makes me more happy was the process. Seeing how willing everyone was and how much effort everyone put into it. This experience had nothing to do with the skill of the photographer it had everything to do with people. Willing and supportive people. When God blesses you He does so by sending you the right people. Not money , not equipments but the right crop of people and over the years I’m reminded that I would be no where today if not for God, amazing family, friends, clients and the best team anyone could ever wish for. ❤️❤️❤️
Hadiza Yaradua ::::: Fabulous and Fierce at 40 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. Words would not begin to describe what we went through to create these images. I can’t begin to thank every single person who got involved in the success of this shoot. This was by far one of the most challenging photo shoot experiences but it was made easy because of the many creatives who put heads together to see that this came out better than I expected . May God bless each and everyone of you . To my good friend and boss @hadiza_yaradua thank you for letting me express myself and for giving us the platform to flourish at this shoot. You’ve never stopped supporting me from the first day we met and I am grateful to God for clients like you who have turned into family. I pray that the next 40 years of your life would be more beautiful and fulfilling than what you’ve already been blessed with . Have a fabulous day boss . 💄 @jideofstola Turban: @solangehairandbeauty lights: @iamdjgabby Designer : @reedas__ creative director: @iamdjgabby and @thenwando . Special shout to the entire big H team. You guys are a blessing .
“One with God is Majority”. It doesn’t matter what is before you or what the obstacles are. You are more than enough when you have God by your side. This continues to resonate with my mind the more I see this image. There’s a confidence that comes from knowing God. Who is with me on this ?☝🏿✋🏽. I wasn’t going to let Turad go without trying this. It took nearly an hour to create this image and i started to feel I was stressing him out in the process. Men usually don’t have patience for normal pictures in the first place not to talk of convincing my client to stay a little longer for a creative shot. He kept saying “henry please let’s keep it clean and simple”😂😂😂. But I’m glad we did this. I’ll Cherish this image for the meaning it gives to me. 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿. #fineart . Now I want to photograph Nigerian Kings and their queens 😃😃
Say Hello to the Newest Wakilin. 👑 🤴 Mohammed Turad Sha’ban the 1st ....... Wakilin Tudun Wadan Zazzau. 🤴👑👑👑🤴🤴🤴🤴👑👑👑👑. May your Reign be great. 🙏🏿. Here’s wishing you all the very best on your turbanning ceremony and I pray you lead with the fear of The Almighty God as your guide and May He grant you divine Wisdom and cause you to excel in your new role as the Wakilin Tudun Wadan Zazzau. Thank you for trusting us with this very special Portrait. 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿👑👑👑👑👑. All I want is one horse from you sir. 😂😂😂😂😂. Meanwhile , where’s your queen in this picture 😂😂😂😂. Abi should I start doing advert 😂😂😂😂😂. Ok bye 💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿
Special Shout out to @solangehairandbeauty for this masterpiece. All you need to do is tell solange what you want and she’ll do it. I like that she continues to stretch her imaginations every time. Thank you solange for blessing the world with your gift. I pray that you continue to grow in Gods favour . God bless you for always blessing us with your craft . Love you today and always ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #yousabi . Hope your husband doesn’t read the last part 😂😂😂😂😂😂. Ok bye bye 💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿
So I brought my dead leaves 🍁 back. 😂😂😂. So this post isn’t about my leaves but my good friend @bimbokila . I can’t believe you made me go against my word. I’ve never been a fan of competitions and I’ve never really liked the idea of having to create an image for such purposes #personalopinion . I believe that artist should freely express themselves without seeking to be number 1 or wanting to be recognized as winner. Just do you and create for the fun of it. So when bimbo came to the studio with her poppy-dull eyes 👀 and her intense persuasion I kept saying “this isn’t me”. I don’t want my images to be used to rally for votes and all that but she got me when she said what she hoped to use the winnings for 😢😢😅😪😪. Fast forward to yesterday, the winner for the @sapphirescents was announced and it wasn’t bimbo/ #mychest 😂😂😂. Oh well, it was a beautiful experience non the less. I got to work with amazing creatives even her sisters came to assist at the shoot. The process leading to the shoot and the actual shoot itself was beautiful and I’m grateful to God for the experience and the things we continue to learn in this journey. Credit to the winner and all the other contestants. Credit to the judges I’m sure it wasn’t easy picking one image out of the many good shots you had so Weldone. Special thanks to @jideofstola and @solangehairandbeauty for turning my friend into the queen that she is. Finally so sorry for the long epistle 😅😅😅😅😅. Oya bye bye
Creating Portraits of people is becoming challenging for me. I’ve become more concerned about creating an image that “looks” like the subject I’m photographing than just taking a picture of the subject. I want to be able to relate with and connect with the image and not just say “oh it’s a fine picture”. This takes a lot and adds so much pressure a-times so imagine how I felt when KIKI reached out and said she wanted a “grown” portrait. In her own words “I don’t want clean and fresh, I want something that shows GROWN”. My immediate thoughts were that I’ve photographed her more than 5 times , what else do I want to do differently 🤷🏽♂️. What does grown even mean sef 😂. #randomthoughts
I’m very pleased with results we got from this shoot.
I took out somethings from my experience photographing @kikiosinbajo.
1: Shooting your friends is hard work 😓 😂😂
2: People Evolve and it’s ok to capture that in the process
3: Challenge Yourself : you grow as an artist by doing so
Here’s wishing you a wonderful day as you turn a year older today. Continue to shine in all that you do . May God bless and cause you to flourish in all your endeavors @kikiosinbajo
Hair : @sams_aesthetics