For some people, knowing what they want to be when they grow up is easy, for many others, trying to figure it out hasn’t been a walk in the park. Fola Adewole, a wedding and lifestyle photographer, fell in love with photography in 2004 when she got a film camera, and today she is taking over the world with her photography, one happy smile at a time. She creatively captures unique moments and freezes them in time forever!
After many visits to Fola’s Photoblog, Femme Lounge has this to say to readers: Put on your best clothes, have a makeup done on you and have a photo shoot. You know how you admire models in magazines and try out different poses in front of a mirror? Now go do it without inhibitions, express yourself before a camera. It is totally unforgivable, to go through life without experiencing the breath taking magic of photography!
Be inspired by her interview and her stunningly beautiful images filled with life and color!
- Tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I am a child of God, a wife to my wonderful husband and a creative photographer of fabulous people.
- Did you go to school to study photography?
Not at all. I fell in love with photography in 2004 when I got a film camera (Canon), I loved it but did not really know how to use it, so I went to Don Barber’s workshop, he did only one on one sessions, I learnt the art of black and white film – printing and developing. Later in 2008 I made a transition to digital influenced by husband who is also a photographer. We are largely self-taught but I have attended workshops taught by Jesh de Rox (a very creative photographer he began changed the photography industry with his textures), Jessica Claire (one of the world’s best photographers, she is a master of natural light especially backlighting) and also by Bob and Dawn Davis (one of Oprah’s preferred photographers and also geniuses with off-camera lighting)
- At what point did you know you wanted to be a photographer & what sacrifices have you made?
During my time in grad school, I had spent most of my time second shooting with my husband Abayomi of Abayomifotos, Ayesha Onyekwelu of Bedazzled Photography, Tunji Sarumi of Tunji Sarumi Photography and Joseph Alawode of Dynamic Flair and I realized how much fun I was having, I then decided to go for a Jesh De Rox workshop and when I got there I noticed most of the photographers there were passionate, energetic and creative people. It was then I decided to abandon any doubts I had and surrender fully myself to my passion, thankfully I have a very supportive husband who has always helped in every way with advice, second shooting and even technical support.
- When you are passionate about something you can do it for free, how true has that been for you?
This is true, we believe in sowing seeds in the lives of people and that’s why last year we decided to run a free wedding competition, which we believe, was won by a very deserving couple.
- Just wondering, have you ever been a tomboy? ☺
Yes, always have been and always will be.
- How do you keep yourself motivated and your work fresh?
With prayer, my husband, simple things that surround us and also by checking out the works of photographers I truly admire.
- What type of photography do you shoot: travel, wedding, food, nature?
Primarily wedding photography
- If not a photographer what would you have been?
- The hardest part of your job?
None, we love every part of it.
- The best part of your job?
Meeting new people, sharing their special moments with them and becoming part of creating wonderful memories for them
- I know photographer invest a lot in their equipments, what are you’re saving up for now?
More lenses, workshops and camera bodies
- If you could be invisible for one day with your camera where would you go?
Into heaven – I am so curious about what it will look like and if my camera will function
- What has been your most memorable shoot and why?
An engagement session we did at Ocean City, the couple was a very fun and creative one. It was a vintage style shoot, she actually showed up in a swimsuit, they had letter signs of their initials, it was so cool.
- Most successful women have had to climb on the shoulders of others to have a clearer view of the road ahead them, who are your own mentors?
My mother and my husband.
- What are the challenges you encounter in your work?
The African Time Factor – African weddings generally do not start on time or end on time, which mean we have to work harder to get the best pictures.
- Your greatest strengths and skills that has been particularly been of help in achieving this.
Prayer, love and professionalism
- What’s the future beckoning you to?
To becoming a better us – in photography and in love.
- What do you think are the success essentials for today’s young women?
God, creativity and focus
- What advice do you have for photographers just starting out?
Practice, practice, practice!
- Tell us One thing you know for sure
With God all things are possible
- Where and how can we know more about your work?