Ehimanre + Ada, Central Park Engagement Session, NY

One of the few reasons I moved to NYC was to work with my mate and buddy, Ada and her now husband Ehimanre. They both run a fashion photography agency called Avaloni Studios. Immediately after Ehimanre proposed to Ada, Ada asked me if I'd be willing to do their engagement photos. Of course there wasn't any inhibitions in saying yes. 

Unfortunately I was already booked to shoot a wedding abroad during the time of their own wedding ceremony however I feel special and honored to have had such an opportunity to see the more romantic side of this dynamic Duo.

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David + Vera, Camelot by Martins Wedding, MD

I don't get to shoot many Ghanaian weddings as a wedding photojournalist but whenever I do get a chance to I am always challenged by how different they can be from the usual Nigerian weddings that I am very used to photographing. I met David and Vera through a friend whose wedding I covered so many years ago in Nigeria and immediately we got on like a house on fire at our first consultation meeting in Silverspring, MD, we laughed and joked so hard that it was so hard not to want to photograph their wedding. I had my buddy Joshua Dwain (an amazing Brooklyn, NY photographer) cover this with me haven myself worked with him on a few weddings of his too this year. We both managed to produce some really colorful and amazing images throughout the ceremony. Thanks Josh!

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Marlon + Lanre, AT&T Performing Arts Center Engagement Session, Dallas, TX

I was introduced to Lanre through a very dear friend who I still haven’t met face to face. We instantly clicked when we spoke over the phone. Lanre is a hairstylist who takes her job very seriously. You can see just from her look and styling. Marlon (a really amazing gentleman) is quite a stylish individual himself. It really does help when couples put a lot of effort into their own styling before a shoot.

We deiced to do the shoot with a very editorial bias to it. I took the first two looks at their apartment in the suburbs of Dallas and then the last look downtown at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.