I specialize in Event, Editorial and Portraiture photography. I have taken pictures at various entertainment events in and around Detroit, such as renown poet Jessica Care Moore's "Black Women Rock", Divinity Roxx (former bass player for BEYONCE), and Les Nubians at the infamous Cliff Bell's. I also hold down a full-time position in food services to help fund my passion.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Abby Oladipo. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I have two Westies and a Calico. I love to shop and eat at various oriental restaurants.
Abby Oladipo, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I fell into photography by mistake. A friend needed pictures taken and asked if I would do it. I agreed to and realized how much fun I had doing it. I guess I was bitten by the "shutter bug"! Ever since then, I continue to seek out more opportunities to learn and develop. I've discovered that my passion is capturing life through my lenses and waiting to see the reaction of my clients when they view their images for the first time. I also enjoy the "storytelling" aspect of photography.
Who is your inspiration in life Abby Oladipo? How do you keep inspired?
I am my inspiration. I believe that working hard every day will help me to achieve my dream of becoming a celebrity photographer one day soon, and I coach and encourage myself towards reaching that goal daily. I also find inspiration through capturing the special moments in life and sharing them with others.
We all make mistakes Abby Oladipo; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
During a session, I got upset with my lighting tech because she forgot a piece of equipment needed for the session. I realized that remaining frustrated about her mistake would give the session a negative vibe and so apologized because I was in the wrong.
Abby Oladipo, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
When faced with this, I usually tend to multitask. For example, I had a five-person band shoot, and while I was focusing on capturing the lead vocalist, I had the other band members practising their poses--both individually and together. This is where having a full-length mirror comes in handy! My goal is to make sure that everyone is treated as a VIP.
Please tell us Abby Oladipo, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
My very first wedding shoot. My assistant and I arranged a pre-planning meeting with the couple to gain a sense of when and where certain ceremonial events would occur throughout the ceremony, and also to decide what would be the most important of the shots that the couple wanted. We also accompanied the Bride-To-Be to the venue to obtain a general layout, so that we could map out our movements before the day of the ceremony (i.e. best placement to capture the ring exchange, kiss, etc.). On the actual day of the event, we were able to use this plan to help corral the wedding party in taking formal pictures before and after the ceremony. We did the same for the reception.
Abby Oladipo, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I have found success in achieving this in the way that I coach clients to pose in natural ways that express their personalities. I help to make them feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera by encouraging then that all that is needed is for them to be his/herself. I may also show the client a picture or two to reiterate this point. That tends to put her/him at ease when, and the shoot flows smoothly.
Abby Oladipo, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
When I captured a Divinity Roxx concert. It was great because I contacted and coordinated with her directly, and was happy with how the images developed. I also felt like shooting her event got me a few steps closer to capturing a Beyonce event shortly.
Abby Oladipo, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I had an event at the world renown venue St. Andrew's Hall shooting Waka Flaka (sidenote: the movie "8 Mile" was shot here). The lighting was a standard stage lighting setup. However, I was still a Novice photographer and did not have the correct lens that I would have needed to capture sharp images. This ended up working in my favour, however. Because Hip Hop is an edgy genre, the "noise" on the film, actually added character and excitement to the images that were captured.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
The advice that I would give would be 1. Study 2. Work Hard 3. Know your equipment and Gear 4.Practice! Practice! Practice! 5. Ask questions and seek the expertise of those who you admire as a photographer
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to work with fashion and human interest magazines (vogue - fashion, essence - fashion/editorial), as well as with concert and venue events (i.e. music concerts and theatre).
Photographer: Abby Oladipo @snugglezbugglez