‘If you’re good at what you do, gender doesn’t matter’ -Jokotade Shonowo, Poshclick Potraiture
How and when did you venture into photography?
I discovered my passion for photography in 2008, my final year in university even though it’s something I’ve been doing unconsciously for a long time. I decided to learn professionally once I was done writing my project.
I met a couple of photographers who were resourceful and helped me get a head start. Some of them are Kush, Chidi Nwankwo, TYbello , Angela Eboda. I’ve met a couple of amazing photographers along the way, too many to name. I’d say I started professionally late 2009 to early 2010.
How has the experience been?
It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I’ve learnt so much, made friends and created beautiful bonds over six years.
What type of photography do you do?
I’m a lifestyle, portrait and wedding photographer. My first love being portrait but somehow wedding photography found me and since portraiture can be captured in every form I infuse it into my wedding photography style.
What’s your unique selling point as a photographer?
My unique selling point is the experience I create through my images and also my personality.
Can you remember the photography job that gave you your big break?
The job that gave me huge recognition in recent time was Njideka and Uzodinma Nwosu-Iheme in 2013. It was the first luxury wedding featured on Bella Naija. The response I got from that wedding was overwhelming.
What are the challenges of being a female photographer in Nigeria?
I won’t say there is a challenge per se, if you’re good at what you do, gender doesn’t matter. However, the only challenge I’ve had so far was when I went on maternity leave and was away from work for a while.
On returning to work, things weren’t the same so, I knew I had to remain relevant. So, I put in a lot more work just to make that happen.
Photography is seen as a male oriented field, why did you go into it?
I’d just say photography chose me and I didn’t object. I just love photography. It’s made me experience diverse cultures, people, friendship, emotions, etc
How do you handle male admirers on the job?
I get so many “I love how you go about your work” all the time. I just say thank you, smile and move on. A simple thank you never hurts anyone.
Interviews by TINUOLA JOSEPH