Female photographer: Choose something you love, make it profitable
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.