Can we please know you?
My name is George Okoro and I’m a Nigerian! I am from Imo state.
I am a graduate of Economics and Development studies from Igbinedion University, Okada. I did my high school in Federal Government College Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom state.
When did you venture into photography?
I decided to quit my job and pick up my camera as a business in 2012. Prior to that, photography for me was a hobby. I never for once thought or dreamed of being a professional photographer when I was younger but today I must say that quitting my job was the best decision I have ever made in my life.
You are better known for weddings. Apart from weddings, are you into any other form of photography?
Shooting weddings is something I fell in love with because of the photographers I admired as a rookie. I had my eyes on Jide Alakija’s wedding photography and I was amazed with his work and it really inspired me. I shoot other types of photography. You can check my website www.georgeokoro.com for more on that.
Back to weddings, have you ever had a wedding where you absolutely did not like the setting and had to work really hard to find good background?
Every wedding is unique and beautiful in its own way, but sometimes you can have issues like the weather and lighting on location. Backgrounds should never be an excuse for poor images. As a professional, you should be able to make the best out of every situation. Wedding photography is not about beautiful environments! It’s way beyond that.
Not all perform well in front of a camera. What’s the way around this?
Every wedding or portrait photographer should be able to communicate with his subject. This is made easy by having meetings and consultations with the subjects before the actual day of the shoot. In cases where you can only meet them on the day of the shoot, you can research about the person or make sure you engage them on set before you start shooting. You can engage them on the telephone and try to find out their personality. One line from you on set can make or mar that session. Never jump right into shooting anyone without trying to learn a thing or two about them.
What is your photography kit made up of?
My Kit is made up of lots of things I can’t even name all of them, but the basic and important ones are those that I will call the “must-haves”: My camera body Nikon D800, 24-70mm 2.8 Lens, 70-200mm 2.8 lens, 85mm 1.4 lens, Speed light, Reflector .
What would be the top 3 elements photographers breaking into wedding photography should prioritize?
Understand light because it’s the secret to good photography.
Acquire good lenses.
Get your pricing right from day one.
You covered a good number of, I dare say, high profile events in 2014. Name five of the top events you were proud to shoot in 2014?
2014 was an amazing year for me! If you follow my work you know that it’s difficult for me to choose the top five. I will leave you to answer that question (laughs).
What are your most challenging shooting situations, and how do you overcome them?
For me, a difficult shooting situation will be not having the time to express myself on set. I dislike when people show up late and leave me with little time to work.
Which photographer do you look up to?
I look up to people like Jerry Jheoni, Susan Stripling, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Obi Somto, TY Bello, Jide Alakija . Amazing guys!
For clients that are considering working with you, what’s the best way for them to start? How far in advance should a client try to book you?
Because of my schedule I like to work with people who contact me at least 2 month to the wedding. Clients can contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill the contact page on my website and I will get back to them ASAP.
What do you think is the future of photography? With the rise of camera phones, mirror-less cameras and other new technologies, where do you think all of this is heading? Will DSLR still have a place in 5 or 10 years?
Because having leafs on your back will never make you a tree and hanging a camera on your neck doesn’t qualify you as a photographer. A DSLR doesn’t make the photographer either because he can work with phones too. So long as the world is alive, art will never die.
Other than photography, what are your other passions or hobbies?
Other than photography, I love to travel but lately I have not had time to seethe world.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you for having me.
Culled From Rhodies World Print Magazine