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AP Spotlight: Wedding Photographer- Wani Olatunde Photography {Nigeria}

Kunbi O / Friday April 5, 2013

Happy Friday! As promised, we have our first ‘Spotlight’ feature for you today. We are huge fans of wedding photography and will be featuring a bunch of Photographers on the Blog so get your pens and pads ready. I am of the strong opinion that your wedding pictures should be one of the key investments when preparing for your wedding- you want to be able to relive your big day over and over so might as well have them documented perfectly right?Our first ‘Spotlight’ is from my Motherland- Nigeria. I met Wani of Wani Olatunde Photography when she photographed my friend and AP Bride Nneka’s wedding last year- I was definitely impressed as I’m sure you were (Check out Nneka and Agu’s Aisle Perfect Wedding HERE). Nigeria has a strong wedding market and it brings me so much joy to see quality talent developing and establishing names for themselves there. Without further ado…Aisle Perfect introduces Wani Olatunde Photography!


About WOP

Wani Olatunde Photography is a premiere boutique specializing in documentary wedding and portrait photography across Nigeria. My photography is reserved for the discerning client who is interested in more than just snapshots but appreciates the art of photography and wants beautiful, quality pieces that can be treasured forever.
Location  
I’m currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. 


Do you travel? 

Yes definitely. I’ll go wherever my bride needs me to be. I am super excited about shooting my first destination weddings in Zimbabwe and the UK later this year. I look forward to doing more of these in the future (call me!)  🙂


What makes your photography stand out?  

I think that’s probably a question that my brides / couples are best placed to answer since they check out several photographers before they decide to book me. However I know my clients are often struck by my ability to tell a story with a single image and to capture emotions making the viewer feel like they are right there in that very moment. I feel truly honoured to be able to participate in every wedding I shoot and so it is important for me that I am able to document and tell my couples’ love stories in such a way that can be celebrated both today and in 10, 20 years time when they share their beautiful wedding albums with their children. I like to think that this philosophy comes across in my images.


What is included in your wedding packages?  

It really depends on which package (or collection as I call them) a couple chooses. Each collection includes me as the primary  photographer, an album and a complimentary engagement session. However I do offer a whole array of products including a range of beautifully crafted albums made in the UK, wall art for the home, beautiful slideshows that can be shared with friends and family online and personalised iphone / ipad apps, which are another great way to share images. Collections can be tailored to suit each couple’s specific requirements.


How would you describe your Photography style?  

If I had to describe my photographic style in 3 words – it would be beautiful, evocative, intimate photography. I see and appreciate the beauty all around me and I think nothing is more beautiful and heartwarming than two people in love surrounded by their nearest and dearest helping them celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. So my ultimate goal is to create beautiful photography that celebrates and showcases love in all its different forms. I feel really blessed to be able to do this for a living. 🙂

 


What should engaged couples look for in their wedding photographer?

As a former bride and a wedding photographer, I think the most important thing is to pick someone you get on with and who you feel is invested in your day. You spend 10 to 12 hours with your photographer and if it’s someone you are comfortable with and trust to take great pictures, you will be more relaxed and this will definitely translate to better images. I would also look for someone who is able to produce good images consistently, so at the initial meeting, ask to see a full wedding album i.e. from bridal prep to end of the day (as opposed to just highlights from different weddings)  to get a better sense of the photographer’s style and skill level. 

 

Any advice or tips for wedding planning?  
I loved planning my wedding so much, that I (very) briefly considered wedding planning as a career afterwards but I know this isn’t always the case, so here are my top 3 tips: 
1) Start planning early and delegate! Use everyone who offers to help – there is no need to do it all alone!
2) Pick a dependable chief bridesmaid – she will be a godsend during both wedding planning and on the day itself.
3) Most importantly, ENJOY your day. Don’t spend so much time worrying about the little details that may not have worked out as planned – focus instead on the man you love and your family and friends who have gathered to celebrate you and your joy and have an amazing day. It’ll only happen once (hopefully). 🙂 

To find out more about Wani Olatunde Photography visit www.waniolatunde.com or email Wani at wani@waniolatunde.com
Thanks for stopping by the blog Wani!