Odewole Faith Ayanfeoluwa is a student photogrpaher. He owns the brand sofac_photography where they make people smile. We interviewed Odewole Faith about how his journey began and where his passion for photography has taken him to. Read the Interview with him only at InterviewStories
Can we know you?
My name is Odewole Faith Ayanfeoluwa, a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology , Anatomy Department. I am a photographer based in Ogbomosho, Oyo state.
How did you venture into photography?
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) embarked on a strike action for some months and it was so tiring and frustrating…I then went home and looked for what will make me happy and at the same time, I will be doing something creative so I browsed and made a list of things I could do,I marked photography out at first honestly(I didn’t really like it)…But have always had an eye for amazing pictures. That was how sofac_photography came into existence.
Did you learn photography or you just picked the skill naturally?
I had to learn for a few months in Ibadan… I kept on working on myself through online tutorials too, that’s what hastened my growth actually
Did anyone put you through the profession?
I had to pay to learn from an already established photographer in Ibadan
Which equipment do you use in photography?
We have a lot….Basically the camera is the most important, we also have speed lights,soft box,tripod stand,reflectors, diffusers,trigger less I forget u need a computer system too just to mention few.
How were you able to get equipment?
The thing is you can get everything once its gradual…one leads to another. If you have the Money then go for it…but if not you’ll get them from your income. I started with borrowing camera from my school mum,all thanks to God and her. Then I started buying other stuffs
How much did you start with?
Actually my story is funny, like I said you need a camera basically then a system. But i started with around one hundred and twenty thousand naira (₦120, 000).
How were you able to get the money?
My parents were supportive… Through them basically because I had no source of income then.
Tell us your first experience as a photographer?
It was really funny,it was the first time I was nervous and really scared. I was still a novice,but to an extent I could snap reasonable pictures….not until my Abuja experience,I went with two other photographers
That was what helped my advance in my journey of photography.
Tell us your Abuja experience?
I was privileged to go to Abuja last year with a TV crew(ballspedia TV). I was with two other photographers on that trip,the trip gave me more experience and it opened my eyes to a lot of things in photography.
Is photography profitable?
Yes it is.
How much have you made from photography?
Depends on how frequent you get job and when you u are good people will patronize you frequently.
Do you think people should choose photography because of the money?
No. Photography should be chosen based on passion. If its not passion it will soon fade off
What qualities makes a good photographer?
Humility, Patience, Good relationship with customers. I am also a a professional. These are qualities that I have and I have also demonstrated while working as sofac_photography.
What problems do you face as a photographer?
Funding and time are some of the problems Odewole Faith Ayanfeoluwa faces at sofac_photography.
Time could be a major problem…you will need to take the pictures and edit and clients will be on your neck. Inadequate fund can frustrate a photographer when trying to get equipment to work with
What do one need to be a better photographer?
You just need all necessary stuffs that’s all….your productivity is not really based on the equipment but on your skills personally(I mean how well you can manage the stuffs you have).
What is your brand name?
How can young entrepreneurs raise funds?
One of the hardest things to do while starting up is raising funds actually but I’ll propose you get people who believe in your dream(investors), they can invest in your business based on agreement
Also,they should know that they its w be always rosy,there are twists and bends to this job and we relate to customers according to their different status…..Be flexible in short.
Do entrepreneurs need to have a mentor?
Sure, you need a source of motivation,it must be someone you admire his works that is also better than you.
Advise for student entrepreneurs?
The normal thing people say is that be hardworking and all that but it doesn’t just work like that…. Basically I feel they should put God first and be creative, humility is key and they should use the people around them gainfully… You can’t be everywhere at all times.
How can people contact sofac_photography?
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