Pho­tog­ra­phy: Fun way of cre­at­ing wealth – Faiza

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Pho­tog­ra­phy is an ex­cit­ing pro­fes­sion but only for those that have mas­tered the tricks of the pro­fes­sion. In this dig­i­tal age, any­body with a smart phone or a cam­era can be a pho­tog­ra­pher but only those with the back­ground knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence can be termed as pro­fes­sion­als.

Faiza Suleiman Ab­dulka­dir is our BizWiz for this week as she takes us into her world of pho­tog­ra­phy.

“Most peo­ple are ig­no­rant of the fact that their cam­era serve as a source of ex­tra in­come. With a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion, a flair for show­man­ship, and the hus­tling spirit of an en­tre­pre­neur; an av­er­age per­son can easily make ex­tra cash weekly with his cam­era.

“You can be­come a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher and make money shoot­ing pic­tures at wed­dings, par­ties, events or as a free­lance,” Faiza said.

She said one does not need to have one of the pop­u­lar, more ex­pen­sive cam­eras or a lot of high priced at­tach­ments and equip­ment.

The mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion stu­dent of Baze Univer­sity started ‘Ee­exa’s View’ in 2012 af­ter she at­tended a few sem­i­nars at the Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai.

“I started this busi­ness in 2012 when my fam­ily and friends kept prais­ing me about the pic­tures I take them dur­ing wed­dings or out­ings,” she said.

Faiza who ini­tially started pho­tog­ra­phy as a hobby said she is now fully into the busi­ness proper even though it some­times clashes with her stud­ies.

The 23year old from Jama’are Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in Bauchi state whose start­ing cap­i­tal was about N300,000, funds said she got from her per­sonal sav­ings, fam­ily and friends said pho­tog­ra­phy is a very lu­cra­tive busi­ness and en­joined oth­ers youth with the pas­sion to start no mat­ter how lit­tle.

Faiza who is in her fi­nal level said, “It takes a huge amount of work to go pho­tog­ra­phy adding that for one to be a pro­fes­sional, he must un­der­stand his gear set­ting, be able to com­mu­ni­cate with his clients ef­fec­tively and must be very pa­tient.”

Her chal­lenge now is com­bin­ing busi­ness with her school­work, but she is mak­ing a way and uses so­cial media to at­tract clients adding that her tar­get cus­tomers are “ev­ery­one who loves tak­ing pic­tures and be­lieves in keep­ing mem­o­ries.”

The young em­ployer of labour whose ad­vice to job seek­ing youths is that, ‘Life is not easy at all; it is bet­ter to start a busi­ness of your own, no mat­ter how small you think it is no amount of ef­fort is too small, as long as you have a vi­sion’ adding that noth­ing comes easy and youths must re­al­ize that suc­cess does not come overnight, it needs hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and most im­por­tantly, pa­tient and prayers.

Faiza Suleiman Ab­dulka­dir

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