What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
Lay off. Every disappointment they say can be a blessing in disguise. I’ve always loved entrepreneurship a.k.a “being your own boss”. I did engage in buying and selling business in my home country but nothing of such since I came to Canada. The photography business idea came right after I got laid off in an oil & gas company during the industry recession of 2016.
What then inspired your being a Photographer?
Photography was never a purposed business; one thing I was certain about is taking great photos with my phone. Friends would randomly give me their phones to take their photographs. I remember covering a friend’s baby dedication at Guelph sometime in 2016 with my iPhone. His aunt who also attended the event requested to see the pictures; she commented “these photos are amazing my dear, I can imagine you with a professional camera”. The rest is NOW, not history.
Did you study Photography in school?
Answer is NO. I did take a photojournalism course during my first degree; as a Mass Communication student, photojournalism was a core course. It was an interesting course to me even though my specialization wasn’t Broadcasting. I learnt the significance of capturing images, how pictures tell stories, how captions can make or mar a tabloid/magazine. I knew the basics; nothing practical at the time.
What’s your educational background?
I studied Mass Communication for BSc. degree; graduated in 2010. For Masters, I studied Human Resources Management and graduated in 2013 from the University of Windsor.
What motivates you?
From a photographer point of view, I am motivated by good results. Being a self-trained Photographer, the progress I see in the images produced has been my driving force of becoming better.
How do you define success?
Pardon my definition but success in my own dictionary entails failure. Many are times, we may fail. You must be ready to pick up the slack, take failure and criticism as a stepping stone and strive to make progress by correcting your mistakes while focusing on the goal. You are a “success” when a past mistake doesn’t repeat itself.