GistUs Exclusive: Say cheese! It’s Toyin Dawudu

We hooked up with Toyin Dawudu, a fine art photographer. He took us on a journey into the world of photography. Enjoy!!!

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Toyin Dawudu and I am a Fine art photographer that so happens to specialise in Weddings and Portraits. What more can I tell you about myself? I studied Mathematics at Kingston University. The most interesting thing about me is that I am a Twin and he is much cooler and smoother than myself, so I am always trying to impress him.

Why did you choose photography over Mathematics? What inspired your decision?

Hmmm, I chose photography over Maths because I find that Mathematics excludes a lot of people from a conversation. I mean, if I want to talk about the application of parametric equations in the real world that would not be as interesting as what my experiences where of shooting a wedding in Paris or a Couple shoot in China town.

What sort of events/occassions do you cover?

I enjoy taking photographs. At this stage I find weddings and portraits commissions very fascinating. It allows you to get to meet and interact with people on such a personal and intimate level, the moments spent with them becomes a part of my history.

What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to meet a lot of incredible people. I shot a wedding once, where one of the groomsmen was a molecular physicist and we got to talking about a variety of things that fell in the grey area, as we studied parallel disciplines as undergrads.

What do you hate about your job?

Luckily, I don’t have any horror stories. I love my job and there isn’t any process that I really don’t like… However the amount of time that I scarifice with family and friends in the pursuit of my passion is very sad.

Have you ever had any photo shoots/sessions that went horribly wrong, what happened and how did you overcome the situation? 

Earlier in my career, not having access to equipment and resources was a limiting factor, which took a while to overcome. However it taught me to value and appreciate my talents.

Have you got any mentors/role models in the industry?

Other photographers whose work inspires me, Jide Alakija, Zack Arias and Chase Jarvis. Its not necessarily their talent or skills behind the camera but how their love, awesome personalities and effortless approach simplifies photography.

If you had the opportunity to work with one of them, who would it be and why?

That is actually a good question! If I had to work with one of them that wouldn’t be fair, I’d like to work with all of them. Actually I would pick other photographers, I would love to work with DOP’s such as Amir Mokri or John Schwartzman. They have worked on movies like Pearl Harbor, The Rock, Armageddon, Bad boys 2, National Treasure and so many more films. They are Directors of Photography for movies and the way the work and how the manipulate light is absolutely beautiful.

Where do you hope to be in the next 5/10 years?

In 5 years, wow!!! I would be fully immersed in taking my photography practice into a boutique state, and probably making a slow transition and offering my skills as a Director of Photography.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone who intends to get into the industry?

I would say push boundaries and the status quo, do something that is outside your comfort zone. Most of all love your work and be true to yourself!

What do you do when you’re not working? Any hobbies?

Hobbies when not working, I visit gallery exhibitions a lot, read and socialise with friends. Normal stuff I guess…

Pre-wedding shots

Wedding shots

Picture credits – (C) Toyin Dawudu Photography

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One Response to "GistUs Exclusive: Say cheese! It’s Toyin Dawudu"

  1. Oche Ameh says:

    Nice one Seyi and Toyin!


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