Fe­male pho­tog­ra­pher: Choose some­thing you love, make it prof­itable

Daily Trust - - YOUTHVILLE - Text by Eseohe Eb­hota @sleek_­diva88

As a grad­u­ate of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, why didn’t you prac­tise your pro­fes­sion?

To­day, how many grad­u­ates in Nige­ria get to prac­tice their pro­fes­sions? You sim­ply serve, pray you are re­tained by your place of pri­mary as­sign­ment (if it’s a good place) and be­gin your life as an em­ployed grad­u­ate or at least, that’s how mine went.

How did you start bear­ing the name ‘Miss Ma­ree’?

My name is Rose­mary; Miss Ma­ree is also my name.

What trig­gered your love for pho­tog­ra­phy?

Hon­estly, I have no in­ter­est­ing story. I sim­ply just got tired of work­ing for peo­ple and be­ing un­ap­pre­ci­ated, re­signed, picked up one skill out of the nu­mer­ous skills i had ac­quired over time and built on it.

As a young pho­tog­ra­pher and be­ing a fe­male in a male­dom­i­nated pro­fes­sion, how do you cope?

Cop­ing in the in­dus­try has no guide­lines. You sim­ply learn from ev­ery trial and tri­umph. Ev­ery day you learn some­thing new, meet new peo­ple, and deal with new chal­lenges. The key word I guess is ‘adapt­abil­ity’.

How can one be­come a trained pho­tog­ra­pher?

The­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal train­ings are needed. Hav­ing the tal­ent or ‘an eye’ for pho­tog­ra­phy isn’t enough. I never had an eye for pic­tures; I had an eye for colour com­bi­na­tions and fi­nesse, and clean cut lines. I’m still work­ing to­wards where I want to be as learn­ing is an ev­ery­day process.

You teach at the Cen­tre for Arts and Cre­ative Tal­ent (CACT). How does the cen­tre work?

Not too much, re­ally. We are com­mit­ted to ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple in the arts but at af­ford­able prices.

What is your ex­pe­ri­ence with sat­is­fy­ing cus­tomers?

I have had a very sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, though I still learn new things and new tech­niques of sharp­en­ing my skills. But for those who love what I have done so far, it’s a job well done from them.

What strate­gies do you adopt to at­tract cus­tomers?

My strate­gies are same as ev­ery­one else, I guess. I try to max­i­mize as many mar­ket­ing fields as pos­si­ble.

Be­sides pho­tog­ra­phy, what else do you do?

I’m a full time pho­tog­ra­pher.

What are your achieve­ments so far in the busi­ness?

I can say I have achieved a lot. Don’t even know where to start. For per­sonal achieve­ments, I’d say. I have learnt to look at mat­ters ra­tio­nally since I have to be my own critic. Hon­est crit­i­cism helps to mould you as a per­son. For pro­fes­sional achieve­ments, recog­ni­tion would be one. My work is now get­ting recog­ni­tion and I keep get­ting rec­om­men­da­tions. Some­times from peo­ple I don’t know.

What is your ad­vice to youth on work­ing to­wards be­ing self-re­liant?

You can be self-re­liant. How­ever, ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent. Some peo­ple need jobs while some don’t. If you don’t want to work for some­one, choose some­thing you love and work on it, if it’s prof­itable.

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