When Nigeria’s UK base showbiz impresario and foremost Afro-Beat promoter SEGUN popularly know as King SMADE married his long-time gorgeous girlfriend: SIANNE at a colourful Nikkai Wedding Ceremony.
The Afro-beat promoter whom has been single handedly instrumental in bringing some of the biggest Afro-beat stars from Nigeria, the likes of WizKid, Olamide, Davido etc to sell-out concerts at the Indigo 02 in London inherited the showbiz traits from his dad whom equally a music promoter in the 70s, he brought the likes of juju music stars like King Sunny Ade, Ebenzer Obey etc to the UK in his heydays.
The 2000 capacity sitting Millennium Suite venue in Essex was filled to the the brim with friends,families, guests and of course fans of the couple whom have thronged the venue to catch a glimpse of some of their favourite Afro-Beat stars that had flown in from Nigeria to grace the wedding.
The interesting thing was that I shot the wedding alongside 6 other ‘Official/Unofficial Photographers’ from other photography outfits and it was a an uphill task trying to get a shot without another ‘Photographer’ getting in the frame or scrambling for the same shot or shooting behind me, but like they say in show biz “the show MUST go on….”
I’ve always advised my clients who needs more than one photographer for their weddings/events to HIRE one MAIN photographer and ask him/her to turn up with his team, it doesn’t matter if the clients needs 10 photographers. The MAIN photographer then goes ahead to ‘Hire’ people he can work with and designate them to different task and angles, with this everyone can work for you in a well co-ordinated manner and you get more varieties, no duplicated images, consistent style and quality, clean images and most of all trust me…it’s cheaper.
I guess because SMADE + SIANNE are adored and are well known in the Nigerian Afro-Beat/Showbiz industry, it was hard to stop ‘Paparazzis’ getting photos for various mags, bloggers, online mags etc…hence the flood of ‘unofficial photographers’ scrambling for shots as well….
I really enjoy shooting as a ‘SOLO SHOOTER’ it’s hard and very risky, but it’s kinda hard finding someone to tell a wedding story the way l like to, those that I really adore their style equally have a tight shooting schedule every season..hence l go into every wedding all by myself year in year out to tell the couple’s story from every angle that I can simple because I float and I move about a whole lot, but hopefully I will find someone to second shot for me in 2016, but for the time being I’ll just carry on shooting all by myself as usual…..
A very hearty Congratulations to good friend and lovely couple: SIANNE + SMADE here is wishing you a blissful union, happiness and the very BEST as you sail away as Man + Wife…
Here are some highlights I picked out for you while I await your wedding album: