LIGHT, CAMERA, AYO:
THE NEW FACE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
AYO ALASI SPEAKS THROUGH PICTURES
YOU’VE GOT ONE SHOT; HIRE HIM BEFORE HE FIRES YOU!
By SAG ORUME
6 JUNE 2021
It’s true. Every photographer changes background. This one completely changes photography. There are few photographers who practice photography, and there are those who own photography, but he’s neither both. Ayo is the art of photography. This is why he is one of the most sought-after celebrity and award winning photographer in the country. Ayo Alasi is an exceptionally skilled, professionally trained and vastly experienced fashion and lifestyle photographer with core expertise in portraits and model shots, studio sessions and events coverage, especially weddings.
He has photographed some of the biggest and brightest minds in the Nigerian and Pan-African arts and entertainment industry including Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD), Ramsey Noah, Ayo ‘AY’Makun, Jim Iyke, Falz the Good Guy, Denola Grey, Yomi Casual, Emanuel Ikubese, Rosy Meurer, Lilian Afigbai, Iretidole, Iyanya, Orezi, Ajebo and the likes. He has also shot the covers and read over pages of media brands such as: SO Inspired Magazine, Complete Fashion Magazine, Ono Bello (OB) Magazine, and Man Magazine amongst others. Some of his ground breaking and result-oriented photographs have been used for several magazines, calendars, banners, posters, brochures and billboards by diverse individuals, corporations and advertising agencies while others have been featured in exhibitions within and outside Nigeria. Recently, he was honored by Man Magazine with the prestigious Best Fashion & Beauty Photographer Award during the Men Fashion Week Nigeria (MFWN).
Ayo is one amongst the select few photographers who ends before he starts a major project. Upon the arrival of your brief, having carefully examined your concept and tailored the cost to suit your budget, this photo genius goes the extra mile to scout for your location, make arrangements for your props, make-up and costume before scheduling a day which is favorable to you, and ideal for the shoot.
I have worked with Ayo on several front. From fashion, bridal, product to editorial shots and he has never for ones disappointed. Apart from his humility, teach-ability and hard earned capability in cracking up clients and taking breath taking images,one thing that stands him out in the league of expert photographers, is his ability to not only make a picture of how a person looks like, but to take a portrait of who they are – check him out via @ayoalasi on Instagram to see for yourself.
During the shoot of one of our Magazine covers, particularly the one with UcheNnaji, I attempted to interview him to chronicle his storybut guess what? He declined the offer “I won’t say jack, SAG” he replied,then went further to say: “I shoot people for a living, photography is the only tool through which I showcasethe beauty of life. My talent has mouth and it will speak for itself”, says Ayo. I believe him. And yes, there’s only one way to find out – book him. I promise, not only will you be dazzled; you will be moved to work with him over and over and over again. And if that be the case, then like I stated before I started, you’ve got one shot: hire him before he fires you.
Let me put it this way; pay before LIGHT, CAMERA, and AYO.