My eyes, ears, and heart are always tuned to catch real-life stories at events, training or workshops. So here was I trying to take a few photos at a Management and Leadership conference for Female Journalists; this lady kept bumping into me or was it me interfering with her professional photography work. And look at me holding a simple Android phone trying to take my amateur pictures😀 After bumping into her a few times the light in my head turned on! 🌞🌞 The writer in me asked, “what’s her story? So here I am ready to bring this beautiful damsel’s story to you. An interesting, down to earth chat it was. Enjoy meeting this talent.
Me: What is your name? Any brand or pet name?
Tiwa: My name is Tiwatope Badmus… My brand name is Tiwa Badmus Photography.
Me: Could you share the schools you attended?
Tiwa: I had my secondary school at Adesina College, Ibadan.
Then I proceeded to the University of Ibadan where I studied Political Science.
Me: What was growing up like for you
Tiwa: Growing up for me was two-sided… We used to leave somewhere that I termed as a ghetto. I learned a whole lot as a young girl of 5. Street fights and drinking was the order of the day. so I learned a lot of self-defense. I was a really gentle kid growing up.Then by age 6, we moved to a new environment where our movement was restricted then I became the ‘get inside’ kinda kid. I was a very shy girl throughout my secondary school days. But as soon as I entered the university I began to build up the courage to meet and approach people.
Me: Photography! How did you get into photography, what was your motivation?
Tiwa: Photography has always been in me. I remembered as a secondary school student how I used to save my lunch money so I can go take pictures with my friends… How I used to capture the sun moon and stars with my First camera phone which was a Nokia C1.
My Motivation: When I was in 300L at the university there was this very long ASUU strike that broke out and I decided to learn Photography as a passion and then it became my career path.
Me: Do you do anything else besides photography?
Tiwa: Right now, I don’t do any side jobs… I only do photography.
Me: Is it lucrative, I mean pay your bills?
Tiwa: Photography is a very lucrative job.. Especially when it comes to events. I have met several people I would have never imagined if I was on other jobs within a short span of time.
Me: What has been your challenge following this career path?
Tiwa: The first challenge was procuring all the necessary equipment… OMG!!! Photography can be a very expensive biz to start with. Getting clients too was another challenge but when you know what you are doing and they see your work, they will eventually want you to work for them. As a female photographer, I have had experiences of some sexually related insults like a guy was trying to hit me on my back(bum) the other day.
Me: When you feel like giving up, stressed out, what keeps you going?
Tiwa: My passion for the job keeps me going. Most of the time I don’t look at the money. I work because I enjoy what I do which is why I am into so many voluntary groups.
Me: So if I want to become a photographer like you *wink, what do I need to do?
Tiwa: What you need to be a good photographer is in You. You need just your eyes to see something picture worthy of your environment. And then you need to be creative with that you can get behind the cameras and shoot your shot!!! It doesn’t take long to learn if you put your mind to it. In the space of 2 weeks, you can start shooting!
Me: You must have a favorite food…
Tiwa: My favorite food will always be Amala with Abula as a core Yoruba girl that I am 😃
Me: What is your parting word for young people like yourself especially ladies?
Tiwa: Believe in yourself, believe you can do it… Birth your dreams in Prayers. Don’t ever let anyone talk you down from following your passion.
You are strong
You are powerful
You are beautiful!!!
Me: I am so having fun and enjoying your story but hey we to wrap it up somehow😀. On a final note, what else would you like to share about yourself?
Tiwa: I am a Christian and I love God with all my heart.
Me: Don’t go away without giving out your social media handles
Tiwa: Instagram @tiwabadmus_photography
Facebook page @tiwabadmus_photography
Thank you very much for the opportunity, ma’am. I do not take this for granted… I am so very grateful🙏🙏🙏
Hope you enjoyed meeting Tiwa? Go leave your dream, don’t let anything stop you!
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