Jide Alakija

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I'm not completely happy with this one but I thought I'd change the script a bit by putting up an image from a recent wedding I covered. This shot caused a bit of comotion, my mobile phone fell out of my pocket a few moments after it was taken, and guess where it landed.........?

Yep, just by the bride and groom. Trust my chances, of all the places, right? As Skee would say, "Jide you're sooooo clumsy!" Which is true. Most of the crowd were not pleased at all (I got a few evil eyes looking up at me after the incident). The bride found it quite comical, in fact I remember saying "I was wondering why the confetti was being thrown so early"

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Is anyone ever completely happy with a shot?
Funny story but I have to say "Shove the cell phone into your camera bag."
Jide Alakija: Now I'm looking at it again this morning I'm definitely not happy with it. I've seen what I should have done to it before posting. Thanks M.

You are right, I should have put the phone in a bag or another pocket but then again I didn't anticipate the drop.
lovely story!!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Patrick.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 13 Aug 2007, 07:47
Very nice, great vantage point for a clever composition
Jide Alakija: Thanks Simon.
  • adaoha
  • 13 Aug 2007, 07:47
LOL at the story, got me really laughing though. I don't think it's so much to do with being clumsy, but a great story nonetheless. The bride's response was pricesless. I did wonder how you were able to isolate the bridesmaid on the walk, and how she knew to look up. Did you holla at her as she walked past. lol.

This definately has the whole alakija trademark, as in when I saw this, I knew it had to be one of yours.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ada. I took it from the balcony, I called out for her as she was coming. I knew what I wanted from her when I saw her walk past. I'm planning on putting another shot from this wedding from the same view point tomorrow.
Awesome awesome awesome capture bro, as to the mobile phone incident, why am I not surprised, is it not the Alakija fella smile But I am sorta surprised at the evil eyes, but you know our people, how can a lowly photographer ruin de wedding.
Jide Alakija: Gosh! You're one of the ones hurting my self esteem....never!!!
  • Ovo
  • UK
  • 13 Aug 2007, 09:32
Yes Jide, this is to me, one of those trademark Jide, "where was he when he took this picture. It is fanatic and i will treasure it forever" pictures that you do so well.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ovo.
  • lolayinka
  • 13 Aug 2007, 09:38
people make such big deal out of nothing,so what?things happen that we have no control over,it's not even about being clumpsy,the fact that you didn't do it on purpose makes it pardonable.the day was about the bride,if the bride thought it was funny,then it was.just be more careful next time.nice shot.
Jide Alakija: You know what? I share your viewpoint. We are such an ungracious race! Especially we Nigerians, I've just read a book by Philip Yancey called "What's so amazing about grace?" and this incident is a typical example of the ungrace we show in the world today, we leave no room for error less be get crucified for it, funny thing is we go back to God for grace and forgiveness as we know he'll run to us with open arms on our return.
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 13 Aug 2007, 09:46
Beautiful image, interesting pint of view.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Frank.
I like it the way it is..it's not every wedding that you go to that you are presented with such a elevated view Point... I have a shot like this but I prefer yours becuase the space is exclusive hers without no hang arounds.

Thumbs Up, Well Excuted.
In regards to the Mobile Phone, I don't think you are clumsy I think that you are just dedicated to what you do to the point that everything else around you becomes secondary.

Did you get the shot off everyone looking up pissed.....that is one for the Album.....lol
Ooops! All that matters is that the bride wasn't too ticked off!
I really like the angle of this picture. The girl looks very much like a family friend of mine, Bukky Ogunbanjo, I think I remember her middle name to be Deola, though I'm not entirely sure. Is she the one?
nicely captured Mr Alakija, ur colour work is very good as usual
  • mal
  • 13 Aug 2007, 20:38
you are not completely happy?!?! Hmmm! I had better stay away from this style of image then because I'm looking hard and I find an image that really pleases my eye! mal
  • Mo
  • London
  • 14 Aug 2007, 00:27
I've recently discovered your blog and have spent the past few days viewing your archive. All I can say is, what an incredible journey you've been on with your photography. I look forward to following your work in the future!
This is a great capture.The angles are really strong and work well for this shot. As it happens, I was a guest at this wedding and from where we were sitting it was quite an amusing moment when your phone fell down, made me smile anyway. The best thing though was your facial expression when it happened... now THAT was a kodak moment!
  • Laurence
  • 14 Aug 2007, 12:38
I love this picture, she looks SO happy!!!
This is brilliant !!!
  • teewai
  • lagos
  • 7 Sep 2007, 14:56
i must confess i culdnt resist d urge to comment on ur art anymore. ur story got me out of d closet! lol

i admire ur works mr alakija and i hope one day to be like u. photography is my passion but im finding it hard to start off.

nice story...makes d wedding one to remember!
Jide Alakija: I suggest you get an audience in the form of a photoblog. It will help you in your development as a photographer!

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