This blog post is coming to you from 30 year old Onyi who’s now somewhat wiser than she was a couple of blog posts ago. So, what has wiser Onyi been up to? That’s what I’m here to talk to you about.First off, I’m still doing indoor shoots and I love it. I get to experiment with light and angles as I’m restricted when it comes to space. Nonetheless, it means I get to share my world from my perspective behind closed doors. My bed has always been my most productive space. There I’ve traveled the world, started businesses, met beautiful people and even had Sunday roasts with my grand kids on multiple occasions. And for that, I am ”grape full”.After doing some social media research (which mostly involved looking at profiles of successful photographers/bloggers), I quickly picked up they all seem to have some kind of theme going on and were consistent with it. So I’ve been spending time defining my photo edits so I can also exhibit the same level of consistency.I started drinking decaffeinated tea. Apparently too much caffeine isn’t good for you, lol.I’ve been dreaming of a hammock. In other words, going on holiday. I have a couple of holidays lined up for the later part of the year so maybe not too long from now.I started exploring more of Manchester and I’m enjoying it. It’s amazing how beautiful this city is. I’m making it my mission to find all the wonderful spots in Manchester and share it with you lot. Who knows, it might lead to Manchester being seen as more of a tourist location.To make our apartment more homely, I started project “indoor couple shoots”(I know it sounds cheesy, lol) so we can have pictures of us in our space hung up on our walls. I’d say we’re slowly building up a collection.Autumn is coming and I’m just about ready for it. But until then, it’s back to work with me so expect some weekly updates on the blog. I want to say a special thank you to Christella Bijou for making a portrait of me which I used as the thumbnail of this post. Hope you all have a great week!!!
I am a firm believer in actions over words. Doing more of what is authentic to you can inspire others to do the same. Growing up, I’ve always looked up to my dad. This has been and continues to be as a result of his actions. He’s been able to inspire a lot of people by his doings. Sometimes I find myself asking what would daddy do in this situation and that always leads me to the right answer. It’s almost as if he’s become my subconscious light – the light that pulls me in the right direction.I like to do more than I speak and there in lies my character as it is the consequences of my repeated actions. Actions that will in turn inspire others to embody the act of doing.And maybe soon enough I’ll start to see more of the light in me that’ll make me ask the question of what will Onyi do?
Photography and style by Onyi Moss
Assisted by Craig Moss
The past year has been one to be thankful for to put it mildly. I found myself soaring in my career, building great relationships and learning photography amongst other things. You see, I’ve always been a dreamer but 2015 became the defining moment for me to hold on to even bigger dreams – you know, those dreams I thought would never amount to anything due to their outlandish nature. I am now going back to the picture of my biggest dreams and it feels amazing knowing that I still remember every little detail of it.Of course in true Onyi style I want to pay it forward. What does this mean? Well, it means you get a chance to work with me at no cost to you. If you reside in Manchester, UK and would like me to style and photograph you as well as teach you a thing or two about photography then drop me an email so we can get to work.I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully we can create a picture that forms part of your dreams 🙂
Photography and style by Onyi Moss
Assisted by Craig Moss
The other day I was watching a TV show called Marco Polo and a student in training was asked by his master what he would say when asked about the meaning of Kung fu, before he could give a response his master went on to say what it meant.“Kung fu is supreme skill from hard work. A great poet has reached Kung fu. The painter, the calligrapher, they can be said to have Kung fu. Even the cook, the one who sweeps steps or a masterful servant can have Kung fu.”I was enlightened – Kung fu wasn’t just martial arts but the spirit behind it and everything else we so choose to pursue zealously. And in paying closer attention, I realised I hadn’t yet achieved Kung fu but so far I seem to be on the right path.“Practice, preparation, endless repetition until your mind is weary and your bones ache. Until you’re too tired to sweat, too wasted to breath – that is the way, the only way one acquires Kung fu.”
Photography and style by Onyi Moss
ith the quality of cameras made available to us via mobile phone technology and numerous editing apps, you can achieve high quality images and I dare say call yourself a budding photographer. Platforms such as Instagram have allowed photography enthusiast to showcase their work. Many of whom have captured stunning images using nothing but their phone and are happy to let others know with hashtags like #iphoneonly and #iphotography. You can’t help but admire their work and sometimes even try to follow suit.
My interest in photography has led me to capture pictures with my phone whenever I can. And today, I’ll be sharing how I take and edit pictures on my iPhone.
For me capturing pictures on my phone is an art. I think carefully of the images I would like to achieve and piece items together to form the perfect composition. Because I love to share my work on Instagram, I photograph using the square mode on my phone which means I don’t have to crop out anything when uploading on to Instagram. Although Instagram now lets you upload full sized images, I still prefer the square mode. The iPhone has a focus system which when you hold down will adjust your exposure.
I try not to capture images that are over exposed as it makes it harder to edit. I move around to capture a variety of shots. Once I’m happy with a photo I proceed to edit it. My go to editing apps are Lightroom mobile, Snapseed and VSCOcam. Firstly I use Lightroom to bump up the clarity and reduce the vibrance. I then play around with the colours only using the luminance and saturation features till I’m happy with the look. I also use the tone curve to adjust the contrast.
My next step would be to use the the selective tool feature in Snapseed to balance the brightness and highlights if necessary. I sometimes reduce the ambiance and then make use of the sharpening tool to bring the picture to life. The dodge and burn tool is another one I use to lighten and darken selective areas. Finally, I like to use VSCOcam to apply a filter. My current favourite is A6. I try to apply the filter at a minimal level so as not to lose the details of the photo. I also like the tint feature and will sometimes reduce or increase the temperature to correct any imbalance as a result of the filter application. I might use the sharpening tool if necessary and also do a highlight save depending on the filter applied before saving and uploading on to Instagram.
For those wanting to maintain consistency with their pictures, Lightroom and VSCOcam both have features that lets you copy the edits and apply to another image. I hope you’ve learnt a thing on two about taking pictures on your phone and it encourages you to do so ever so often. Be sure to practice playing around with the features until you achieve your desired look. All photos in this post were taken using my iPhone 5s and edited using all three apps. Visit my Instagram page to see more photos taken with my phone.
Do you ever wonder why certain people achieve what’s never been done? Well, I used to until I was categorised as one of those people. It didn’t take me long to realise what I did right. Whenever there is a problem and someone said it couldn’t be resolved, I’d take on the challenge if not for anything but to see if I am capable of resolving an issue others have tried and failed at. I usually find out everything I need to know about the issue by engaging those who tried and failed to see how far they got and the roadblocks they hit. I then come up with possible solutions and consult others to see the potential issues that might arise if adopted. Armed with all this information, I set about to fix the problem, and soon enough, I resolve it.
I find that I always learn something new whenever there’s a problem and so I embrace the problems that come my way by jumping in with a “can do” attitude which has enabled me get to where I am today. In order to be an exception to the rule, you have to first believe you can do anything no matter how impossible it may seem. It is such beliefs that have stirred up the fire that allowed many to excel where others have dared to even go. Today, I challenge you to become the exception, the exception that stirs up the fire in others.
I have always been the type of girl who is brave enough to try something different. Whether it be venturing 5,000 miles on my own just to experience the world or trying out a new recipe and putting my own twist (extra chillies) on it, I will at least try if not for anything but to satisfy my ever growing curiosity. Each time I try something new or different, I discover a new layer to myself.
It’s very easy to think you know yourself based on making the same choices. The moment you realise that there are other options, you’ll not only discover the things that you’re great at or not so great at, you’ll discover the stuff you’re made of. And in discovering what you’re made of, you truly discover yourself. Like the ”Yes Man”, don’t be afraid to say yes to something new. Life is full of so much possibilities, and in it, I keep finding the girl undiscovered.