Photography: Fun way of creating wealth – Faiza
Text by Latifat Opoola @LatifatOpoola
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.