Bisola Ijalana is the founder of M12Photography, the first baby and children photographer in Nigeria.
Bisola, who has been in the industry for five years, won the female photographer of the year at the Exquisite Ladies of the Year award (ELOY) last year.
In an interview with The Nation, she speaks on the challenges and the uniqueness of her job.
On children photography
I started children photography because I felt there was a need in Nigeria for baby photography. After I got married, my husband noticed I had a passion for photography and he encouraged me to go for photography training. After the training, I had my baby and it dawned on me that I needed to take my baby’s photographs. From there I realized that we had more of wedding photographers in Nigeria. This made me thirsty to learn more and then specialize in that genre of photography.
What she discovered about children photography
Children are wonderful gifts from God and they all have different characters. It is not easy to shoot babies; it requires a lot of patience, care and you have to be safety conscious in order to gain the trust of their parents. It is also capital intensive compared to the other genres of photography. I keep buying props because I don’t want to repeat same setups /concept for every child.
On the challenges she faces
Well, there is no job without its own challenges but I have able to combine it effectively because I have a supportive family. My husband supports me one hundred percent and this has kept me going.