Jide Alakija

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Settling bride and maids.

Okay this is something I don't normally do. Put up a wedding shot or a shot from a wedding that I've done. Please don't ask me why I don't do it I just don't. Today I've had to because I have nothing that I think is worthy of Monday mornings on Alakija.com, all my best portrait work were put up during the weekend and now I need to go out and develop some new material. I don't know maybe I'm getting rather bored of photoblogging, HELP I need some inspiration.

What would you like to see? What kind of images have you not seen from me that you think I'm lacking in? I want a challenge, something to focus on. Someone once said that my still life needs some work maybe I'll do a bit of that....what are you thought? Oh and for those of you wondering this is a semi moment, the bride was sitting on the stair case and I asked the rest of the maids to join her as I took the shot. What are you thoughts on that too. You can also see a few of the grooms men in the mirror in the background and a couple at the sides too. I think this was one of my best weddings from a photographic standpoint. Maybe if I get permission from the Couple I'll show you some more images.

In the meantime those of you that don't say anything now is your time to say something, I need some inspiration! Please say something.

comments (36)

  • shy man who says nothing
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2006, 01:42
Keep blogging! you are an inspiration!
Jide Alakija: WOW! That made you say something. I'm inspired once again....but I don't know what to put up....Honestly!!!!!

Oh and your comment really touched me! Thanks alot.
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Sep 2006, 02:37
hmmm fisheye lens? hmmm expensive len...heehee....lol
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Sep 2006, 02:38
not sure maybe this one worked for me..
How about crop the empty space at the top.
For some refresh, how about go to conservation area, i.e. national park, nature reserve, or something like that, and take shots of real wildlife/wild animals there. What do you think? grin
this is a very good use of colour separation, not like the horrible way i see it used around, awesome shot Jide
  • Mr Skee
  • SkeeTown (SL)
  • 4 Sep 2006, 07:02
there is soooooooooooooooo much out there, open your eyes wider smile
otherwise take a small break and reflect on all the stuff that you have done... or simply just follow skee ;-)
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2006, 07:21
There is stuff, dude....try something abstract...as for this shot..ilike that red carpet for some reason....8/10
  • e etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 4 Sep 2006, 07:45
This is a great shot Jide, I love the way you arranged the groomsmen, very creative....who's going to inspire the newer generation of photobloggers (like moi)? Maybe you need a holiday
  • Mr Skee
  • SkeeTown (SL)
  • 4 Sep 2006, 08:19
lazy man....no more excuses my friend! Try you hands at "Low light photography", now that you have a decent camera smile come along to the dark side... comon, comon, you know you want too. the F2.8 ISO 1600+ awaits you...with open arms. ( Don't forget to apply for you visa in skeetown o! ) smile

Seriously speaking... A short break always helps... you havent missed a day this year I think, which is commendable, but, if you critically look at your gallery you will see dips in creativity when you should have taken a break but you didn't. smile

As many peeps will suggest including, little ol' skee, there are many areas to explore... and you have that potential... If you still feeling that way come evening and the number of comments that you get still hasen't swayed you mood... give Uncle Skee a call... smile
  • dezhare
  • the planet formerly known as pluto
  • 4 Sep 2006, 09:14
I like the arrangement, I just cant see anyone tho....that probably has more to do with my eyesight than your seemingly flawless pictures
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 4 Sep 2006, 09:44
WOW! This is an awesome pic !
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2006, 09:50
Yo Jide, You know how much I DISLIKE you for this shot since I had the wrong lens on when we where shooting this scene (NOTE TO SELF: Always keep all equipement at arms length), The setting for these shots where just perfect, everyone seemed to be in the perfect place, for me I do not think the back foreground is too much, you are showclassing not only the beauty of the brides, bridesmaids and groomsmen, but also of the venue, I do not need to see the eyebrows of the individuals to know this is an absolutely lovely image. For me an absolutely STONKING SHOT, that would take pride of place in any wedding album.

As too inspiration, bro it's not easy to keep being inspired day in day out, producing "very good" (all subjective grin ) images all the time. People sometimes do not undestand how much work we put into this blogging thing. IT IS HARD WORK PEOPLE

What can you do to inspire yourself? When I feel like you do, (which happens often) I take a look into my archive images, I look at the images I have taken previously (at least when I took them they must have inspired me), I sometimes edit or redit & post some of these images, or I look at them and try if I can, to recreate these images and see if I have indeed progressed with my photography.

It does work for me not sure about you, or YOU CAN take images of something/someone you are not tired of shooting, or just do a fun shoot - you know one of those shoots that you are not really bothered if you get stonking shots, one of those, "hey guys what are you doing? Lets have a playfull shoot" kinda thing.

It's at periods like these that people can start to leave this photography thing, inspiring oneself all the time is DARN HARD, but remember, this is supposed to be fun at all time, only when you are enjoying the shoot do you produce some of your best work, so try to find the FUN in your inspiration, it is there, just taking a chill pill at the moment. Me know you are a pefectionist (even though you don't know you are), put up some shots that make you smile or laugh, put up some goofy shots, put up a shot of the Lady, put up a shot of family, those are shots that will always bring up a smile in you heart smile

  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2006, 10:23
Hi Jide, this is a very impressive shot! I am sure the couple will be very happy with it. I also think that we should whip up an e-bourchure for you wedding and other simlar service (i.e. eflyer for poraits). It will cost you nothing and it is a great way of tapping into our Nigerian conection and maximising that. What do you think. It will also allow you to do trail and error, while making money that will finance the prefected version of you hard copy marketing material.
Lovely, lovely picture. i'm not sure about cropping out the empty space on top. Scrolling down i got the feeling of being in a theatre. it makes the picture very dramatic and grand. I think the picture and the composition is briliant the way it is. What would have been perfect is if the groomsen reflected in the mirror had been deliberately positioned as part of the picture. Nevertheless, i think this is a stonker. The colour separation is fantastic. I'm wondering how the colours can be muted and yet so rich. "the shy man who says nothing" is right - this is one of those pictures that bring inspiration. Keep on, keeping on, Mr. Alakija.
  • F. O
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2006, 10:33
I think this is a beautifully composed shot!
Everything seems to work well together to frame the shot! and the bride looks absolutely stunning!
As for inspiration, have you ever taken water (in any form) as a theme... i'd love to see someone capture the beauty and magic of the rain! People always get gloomy when it rains but i think a rainy day is beautiful! So there's a challenge if you choose to accept it 
  • micki
  • United States
  • 4 Sep 2006, 11:21
This is a beautiful image, and I'm so glad you shared it with us!! I would love to see more of your wedding photos if the brides give permission!

I hate slumps, there are many times I've wanted to quit this blogging thing. But I'm not a quitter, and I don't think you are either. Plugging through, every day, it really helps us grow, not just as photographers. It's for moments like this you have to have images in your archives, and then you need to get out there and shoot. Just keep shooting until you get in the zone. It's there, hidden under the cares of daily life, but it's not that far away. Tap into it.
well done oga. I could do with seeing their faces a bit clearer but on the whole like asiko said the negative space works very well.
Wonderful framing, tone and ambience.
  • Ellen
  • New Zealand
  • 4 Sep 2006, 12:45
Awesome shot. I'm new photoblogging but it was sites like yours and Suby's that inspired me to start my own even tho I'm nowhere near as good as you. I don't think anyone would mind if you took a break cause we still have an amazing archive to look thru. As for a challange why not go back to basics. You could do some shots only with your most basic and oldest equipment, and without any editing.
  • Claude
  • France
  • 4 Sep 2006, 13:11
Amazing shot! It's simply perfect.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 4 Sep 2006, 14:07
This is a fun shot, a nice moment.

As for inspiration, that's a tough one, I think everyone goes through it and I've heard a lot of people talk of the same thing; lacking inspiration, in recent weeks.

For me at least, I think it may have something to do with the end of one season and the beginning of another. Not to mention it has been dreary and often downright nasty weather going on two weeks which certainly doesn't help me any. (We finally have a break in the weather.)I look forward to the coming fall season with much anticipation and I am hoping that's where I will find my inspiration.

I have a project I am working on and it helps a bit, I think, in that I have a "vision" for it, but now I need to work on getting that vision from my head, into the lens.
  • Offie
  • East London
  • 4 Sep 2006, 16:40
Jide, always remember seasons ... maybe this is a season for a break, maybe its a season for a rest. You have been faithful to blogging so much that you got some peeps into it, and you have developped a following.

Note: the following comes and goes therefore time out might just be the antidote you so need, it will make you miss the game and come back or hate the game and stay away... dont be afraid to walk away!! It might just be exactly what you need!!

Be rest assured that what ever your decision, you are swayed only by your conviction. Although I do not get all the lingo i have silently watched your site and others, sometimes I am persuaded to comment, other times I remain silent and just look on and read as I know so many others will be saying it anyway.

However, even if you take time out for now, I know you will be back someday if that is what you truly want to do.The decision my dear now lies with you!!!And the one question you should be asking is "What does Jide Alakija REALLY want to do?" Therein lies your honest answer.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Sep 2006, 17:28
Hi Jide, I suppose that we are at oposite ends of the spectrum, you have bags of experience and have been blogging for some time while I take the first few steps into part of your world which I'm really enjoying because it's so new.

I often am frustrated with photography, I pick it up and put it down whenever I feel like it however, I can see your frustration when you post images as regularly as you do (your hobby has become your prison). On the whole, I agree with many of the sentiments noted above the "Take a break" idea however, this comment can be unhelpfull after all, Take a break and do what? I therefore would encourage you to look at different areas of photography some have mentioned abstract and various other subject material, I firmly believe that subject variation is really important. How about documentary style shots or concentrating on a mood anger/happy/sad etc. I do not have a lot of money however, nothing inspires me more than a new piece of kit or a wierd old camera bought off e-bay, it will occupy your mind for a few weeks/months untill you realise that you want to go back to your natural style.

All the best Mal
WOW - amazing composition and colours.
  • Eunice Fingesi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2006, 18:14
Hi Jide,

Might not remember me, as you said, so would remind you. Met at the wedding on the 26th of August, Dylia and Jide's, I did Dylia's hair.

Nice picture... I asked you on the day if i could get some pictures of Dylia, in the hotel room when she was getting her hair and make up done. Can you please get back to me letting me know if this would be possible, and how much it would cost.

Also need to know your price, need to do my portfolio asap.

Thank you and God bless.

Eunice Fingesi
  • blacktinkerbell
  • Nigeria
  • 4 Sep 2006, 18:43
Mr. Alakija, I wish I could help with this challenge you are seeking. All I can say is that I enjoy looking at your pictures and think you've got great talent. It would be a shame if the world were deprived of the great joy these images bring. Take a break if you must but remember that your adoring public awaits.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 4 Sep 2006, 18:47
Crop the top space off and present the subjects on the upper 3rd axis and I'll like it more tongue
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2006, 21:58
Really nice. The colours complement each other so, so well.
  • Sinem
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Sep 2006, 22:03
Noooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Jide, don't take a break. I forbid you from taking a break!
What would Shutterchance do without your variations in colour, clean, sleek b&w conversions, and fantastic portraits?
I would say, wake up bright and early one of these days, go down to the park, with Tosin possibly, take some random shots of her, or the landscape, or just merely the obscure in the ordinary...
Take a look at your portfolio, go back a few months, a few years even; see how far you've got. I can guarantee you'll see things so differently than you might have done in those days. Try out new ways of editing old shots.
Failing these, take a leaf out of Suby's book, pass the camera to Tosin and kick back and relax as she brings home the 'photographic bacon', so to speak.
But whatever you do, do not take a break!
Stay cool,
Sin ps. Lovely shot by the way; only Suby is still distressed over not having the right lens and might go and top himself smile
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Sep 2006, 22:33
Jide...I will try to write down my thoughts in English...and that's not easy...i hope you understand it anyway..smile
I can imagine how you feel at this moment...it is hard to produce a photo every day that reaches the level people expect from you.
On the one hand it must feel overwhelming to have an audience like you have , and to receive so many positive comments EVERY DAY!!
Might even be addictive! ( It would make me addicted anyway smile )
Who doesn't like to be praised to the skies??
At the same time these things make it very difficult to quit blogging....or even take a break for a while....
But...if it doesn't make you happy anymore, maybe it is time to do something else to clear the mind....
It might be time to go painting as you've mentioned to me a while back....or make a combination of those 2 things.
Try to shoot photo's as if you are painting....understand what i mean? (pfffffffffff wish there was only 1 language sad )
or use your photo's to start a painting and develop the painting as it grows under your hands..
These are just my thoughts... i really think photography and painting go along so great...it gives me so much inspriration and joy!
The last weeks of semptember i will start with a painting of your photo, ( the one i've asked your approval on...remember? )and i will show you the results every now and then when i am working on it.
(btw i hardly show any of my paintings to other people...it is kind of scary)
Hope you will find wisdom on your answers....
ps imho Offie is writing very true words...
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 5 Sep 2006, 01:13
Fantastic shot. Reminds me of some of the monte zucke wedding shots. I think we will all miss your images if you take a break. I would try and find the things that drew you to photography in the first place or concentrate on something else creative for a while. If possible try and take a break to somewhere where the natural scenery gives you inspiration. I am lucky enough to live close enough to beautiful beaches or rainforests or scenic camping spots (though it wouldn't look like it with my posts). some times i think we just have to soak it up and not think about it.

Photoblogging has really opened my eyes more and seeing what other photographers like yourself see is invaluable but it can also be tiring tryin to find inspiration for shots that are worthing posting.
Even if you are not uploading we hope you continue to give feedback.
  • milou
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Sep 2006, 18:07
What a lovely happy photo full of smiley people.
  • Wale
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Sep 2006, 01:34
This is pretty. Wonder why one lady is not smiling. Haven't seen this kid of shot before. Good stuff
  • Gbubs
  • Nigeria
  • 6 Sep 2006, 18:10
Now dis I love! It's so tranquil and emotional, makes me think of getting married, lol
  • midi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Sep 2006, 08:54
ahhhhh! same here the shot makes me want 2 get married 2! great shot Mr.Alakija wld u pls cover my wedding 2? wld let u know whn i find a man first....lol
  • calabargal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Sep 2006, 16:33
yeah!!!! Discovering ur photo blog makes me want to get married all over again, just so u can be the official photographer and give me such great shots as this too!!!!!

Lovely work!!!!!

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