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Hey friends! I hope this blog posts finds you in good spirit. As per usual, I’m here with another week in black and white post. I’m actually typing this up while watching the move “Inside Out” which came highly recommended by a good friend. I feel like a lot has happened in the past week. Mostly having to meet campaign deadlines while still trying to keep up with the blog and social media. I didn’t even have time to vlog as much as I was buried into my work. But you know what life is like, you have to learn to priorities and get on with it. And soon enough you’ll catch a break. Well, the truth is I think I might have scored one amidst my struggles. Something major happened which will help push the blog forward even more so. Craig has decided to join the blog full time. So what does this mean? This means that we can do more shoots, travel on a whim and sleep and eat whenever we want to, lol. This is really exciting news especially for me because Craig has over the years mastered his shooting techniques even in the little time we did shoot. Imagine the potential of creating quality content while spending more time doing it. Plus we get to spend extra time together and bring our ideas to life.

Now I do feel like the pressure is on. The pressure to make sure we get it right for the most part cause we’re human and allowed some errors, lol. But seriously speaking, it is something we’ll need to think about carefully and strategise on and hopefully we’ll get the results we set out to achieve. There’s so much to still discover about life and I want to find a way to share our discoveries with you. Perhaps it’ll inspire you to go after the things you’ve always wanted to do. But in the meantime, my new mantra is “let’s live life in the moment, freely!”.

September 17, 2017
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This week’s black and white post is going to be very different from the rest. I decided to share my playlist after one of you lovely folks asked what inspires me. The answer is music. Truth be told it’s one of the few things that inspires me. The right song can ignite a spark in you that can burn through a lifetime. I’m one of those people who doesn’t listen to a lot of mainstream music. In fact, you’ll catch me listening to the same songs and artists over and over again. Most of the songs I love listening to take me back to a particular moment in time and hearing the words and sound feels very much like de ja vu. I’m one for deep thinking so music with lyrics that have substance tend to move me.

One might say I tend to be drawn to sad songs. They seem to be the ones that move me the most. Whenever I feel down, I listen to music. And if the song can move me to tears in that moment then it means it’s giving me the comfort I need to let it all out. I always say after sadness comes joy so it’s no wonder I feel inspired to find joy in other things after listening to these songs. The first song on my playlist, Holocene by Bon Iver, is one I accidentally came across when looking for inspiration on Youtube after feeling unsure of what type of content to create. And now it is my go to song whenever I feel stuck. I’m actually listening to it right now while typing up this post. It always seems to get me writing down creative thoughts. And then we have A Life That’s Good which I came across while watching the TV show Nashville. It’s a song of gratitude. One that makes me feel very grateful for the little things in life like family and friends.

The list goes on, and so do the circumstances in which I came about them. You can listen to my playlist here to see the type of music that inspires me. And hopefully it gives you an insight to more of me.***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

August 18, 2017
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This last week saw me doubting myself at almost every turn. Call me naive, but I didn’t think it’d be something that I expected to happen especially at this point. When I made the decision to take my blog full time, I was full of so much confidence so much so that nothing scared me. Almost as if I was on top of the world. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t lost my confidence, I just experienced a moment of weakness by letting certain fears occupy a space in my head. The thing with self doubt is that only you can really talk yourself out of it. Others may try to convince you otherwise regarding the things that make you question yourself. But if you’ve not managed to convince yourself, these doubts will linger on. The effects of this is often very crippling. Almost as if you’ve experienced some kind of mind paralysis. You’re stuck with these thoughts and you can’t find your way out. Having experienced this a number of times, I know exactly what it feels like to allow myself get caught up in it.

I’m a strong believer in learning from past experiences. One of my favourite speakers phrased it rightly; success leaves clues. I always tend to think back to the last time something similar happened and try to figure out how I managed to get myself out of it. Seeing that my time is valuable being my own boss means I cannot afford to lose any of it wallowing in something negative for too long. To regain control of my mind, I went out for walks which is always a good idea. Getting a bit of fresh air and a change of environment is a great place to start. Giving more thought to this, I felt it was time to plan another short holiday so I got one booked for September. I listened to Holocene by Bon Iver over and over again. Although, it could be described as a sad song, it does tend to get me writing in my journal thus allowing my creative juices to flow. I faced my fears by revisiting my old work to see how far I’ve come which is always a good source of inspiration. That’s why I never delete old posts. It serves as a good reminder of progress to myself and others alike. It makes me feel even more human cause I know I started from somewhere and now I’m here.

I’m excited to say the weekly vlogs will be making a comeback on my YouTube channel so be prepared to see more of me. I’m looking forward to sharing  my new life and hopefully give you folks some insight as to what it’s like to pursue a career in blogging. I’ve got a few projects lined up and looking forward to taking you all along with me.

August 8, 2017
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I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve done one of these but the plan is to be back on track with my usual schedule. I have some huge news for you lovely folks. I QUIT MY JOB! Yep! My last day at work was on the 17th. For some of you who don’t already know, I had a full time job working as a Financial Accountant in a bank alongside my blog. I didn’t make this decision lightly. I’ve been blogging for a little over three years now and initially didn’t know what to expect from this journey. Somehow I found my passion. I fell in love with photography and became good at it. I managed to write an eBook  sharing the things I’ve learnt about it as well. So naturally, I have been contemplating pursuing my blog full time for a while now, and was scared to actually quit my job because it provides for my current lifestyle. But lately, I’ve had this voice in my head saying to me “do it, do it“. How I knew it was definitely time to finally do it was that each time I thought about not having my job anymore, I felt very much at peace with myself.Growing up, I’ve always had a creative mind. I remember keeping a journal of dreams and writing poems my mind couldn’t even comprehend. When I go back and reflect on  the words, it’s mind blowing how I can apply them to certain scenarios that have taken place even very recently. It’s almost like listening to the lyrics of a song for the first time and thinking to yourself “this song is definitely my life story”. I strongly feel like this whole process allows me the opportunity to assume the role of creative director even more so than ever before. I by no means think it’ll all be easy but I’m ready to put in the work to get to where I want to be.The amount of support I’ve gotten from my family and friends has been incredible. Every single one of them have encouraged me to stick with it and hold on to the dream. This has given me a lot of boost to stay focused and do more of the things I love, after all, its brought me here thus far. So what would you expect from me now? Well, I plan on creating more content on my YouTube channel and on this space as well. I want to say a huge thank you to all you lovely folks who have stuck around. I really appreciate you all. I’d love for you to carry on showing me love as this is now my new way of making a living. You can do this by engaging with my content, following me on my social media channels (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook) and also purchasing a copy of my eBook. I look forward to this new chapter of my life and hopefully you stick with me on what I hope will turn out to be an amazing ride.Thanks to my girl Samio for taking these snaps of me.

July 27, 2017
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Recently I shared a post on Instagram asking you lovely folks to take part in a Q&A blog post where I answer your burning questions. Thanks to everyone who engaged by leaving comments. Hopefully this should serve as a reference post when similar questions get raised. Let’s begin!

Which other YouTubers do you follow/watch?

I follow quite a few YouTubers but can’t keep up with their content due to time constraint. The ones I religiously watch are not what you might expect from me though. I never miss a h3h3productions and SoSonia video.

Which camera do you use?

Canon 5D MK III.

Favourite place you’ve ever visited?

Mykonos, Greece.If you have NO idea how to style yourself, where’s the best place to start? 😊

Jeans, jeans, jeans! You can never go wrong with a pair of jeans. It makes for an easy start. You can then throw on a tee or top, pair with sneakers or shoes.

I would love to know what to look for when scouting locations to shoot ❤️

The two things to consider are colours and your outfit. Do the colours in the location compliment your outfit would be the question to always ask.

Where’s your favourite place to vacation?

Europe! Something about it feels very romantic.

Whats the best thing about being a Yorkshire lass?

I’m not a Yorkshire lass but I do love a good Yorkshire pie.How did you get your boo to take all of your photos? Is he professionally trained?

I got Craig to take my pictures by having a mutually beneficial arrangement. I know he loves a good back massage so I trade in a 15 minute massage for every hour he spends shooting me. Now you know how much I work my hands off when you see a good picture of me, lol. He’s not professionally trained. We’re both self taught photographers.

What’s your biggest goal that you’d like to achieve by the end of 2017?

To make full time blogging my career.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

A lot of my inspiration comes from music. You won’t catch me listening to mainstream songs as I do love the odd unique pieces. Music sets a lot of the tone for my work. It’s become my way of communicating.

How do you edit your videos?

I edit my videos using Final Cut Pro.

What are the 5 things you can’t travel without?

My camera, glasses, hat, jeans and journal.How old are you and how years have you been married?

I’m 30, soon to be 31 next month. Although a lady in Tesco wouldn’t sell alcohol to me because I didn’t have my ID. Took that as a massive compliment as you can tell, lol. I’ve been married for over 4 years now.

How do you take such cool pics?

Thanks! I try to focus more on taking a good image rather than capturing a product. I always say if you have a strong image, it should capture the attention of the viewer by making them stare long enough which should in turn draw them to the product.

I’d love to know your camera kit

You can find out my complete camera kit as well as my editing process by grabbing a copy of my eBook.

Any posing tips?

Yes! Music! Just before shooting, listening to music that fits your current mood and keep replaying it in your head while posing. This should get you moving.That’s the end of this Q&A segment. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. Looking to do more of these in the next coming months. Leave a comment with your thoughts.

 

 

July 12, 2017
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I bring you the 21st episode of my week in black and white with so much joy in my heart. Joy that has come about by the immense support I’ve received from strangers around the world in the last couple of days. One of these beautiful souls shared my eBook to one of her Facebook groups which saw my sales hit record high. I couldn’t be more grateful. I received a lot of emails and direct messages from people who have felt inspired after seeing my work. It is beautiful to see how doing the things you love can make someone else go after the things they so desire. The truth is I love what I do when it comes to photography. My passion for it is what keeps me going. I’ve learnt that if I carry on doing the things I love, I am bound to succeed. My passion for creating something extraordinary has led me to want to take Instagram Stories to a whole new level. If you aren’t following me on Instagram, you should. There you’ll find me creating and sharing short stories which I must say do come across as very comforting. There I get to express myself through my choice of music and image framing hence why Carla Bruni’s French pop classic “quelqu’un m’a dit” has been stuck in my head.

Giving back what we receive is only natural. After all, that is what life is all about. We give and we take, only to give again. Keeping in that spirit, I am looking for ways I can give back the joy I’ve experienced these past few days. I came across a fellow Nigerian blogger, Grace, who shared her story on Instagram about her struggle with depression and how she managed to overcome it in the past months. I thought it bold and inspiring to say the least. I know a lot of folks can relate to her, myself included. So when she shared how she’s been trying to raise funds to further pursue her studies to enable her become a professor, I thought it to be the perfect opportunity for us to show her some love. If you’d like to find out more about Grace and contribute towards her post graduate degree please click here.

Well, it’s nearly 1 am and way past my bedtime considering I have to be up in two hours to catch my flight to Hamburg. On that note, I’ll call it a day, or should I say night? Either way, see you folks on the other side.

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June 24, 2017
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