In this Post, I will be talking about 3 important aspects.

The challenge, the photo essay, Next year goals.


Marking the end of an era (for now) on my blog, this will be my last photography challenge of the year 2019! I want to say that this challenges have made me a better photographer because I tried out new things and I shot from different angles. That’s what makes creating so much fun!

I vlogged the whole behind-the-scenes process and it is on IGTV!

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This time around, I reached out to a photographer who is also my friend TOBI ROTIMI to borrow his prime lens 50mm f/1.8 which everyone close to me+ twitter followers know is my next dream lens.  A prime lens has more advantage than a kit lens because of its fixed focal length and high aperture up to 1.8. My kit lens cannot do that and it means it cannot provide that light you need into your camera at a given time. Prime lens changes the photography game for me and this was what I was gunning for during this shoot. Unlike my previous photography challenge – this was shot during the midday which has a lot of disadvantages because of the harshness of the sun. You see, compared to golden hour, midday sun is high up in the sky and its impact on the subject is harsher because there tends to shadows on the model’s face. Your models start to squint and get uncomfortable. NOT COOL!

So you need a good shade, a diffuser to direct the shadows away from the model/subjects. I vlogged the whole behind-the-scenes process and it is on IGTV! I will put a link below for you to see. Most of the tips I used in my last post were also used in this post as well. 

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Besides this shoot being a challenge, I also wanted it to be a photo essay. I prefer the aspect of photography that incorporates words and storytelling. Which is why I want to branch into documentary/street photography (as soon as I get over my shyness). 2020 will be my year of exploring newer parts of photography & videography. Stay tuned!

I titled this photo essay STARES because I wanted to explore human identities through their body language.

Photo Essay

Title: STARES 

Description: Exploration of human identities through body language.

Models: Feyi & El-Nino 

We often describe people by their personalities and how they interact with other people. It has in fact been proved that you don’t need to speak before you can communicate. Which explains why people are still able to communicate when there is a language barrier; you read people body language, how they respond to you, their facial expressions and more. It might be a normal thing but I truly find it interesting because like I said I am leaning towards documentary photography, most photographers don’t need to tell you about their images before they grasp your attention. It’s really powerful. It is storytelling and I live for things like this.

These images were shot with my camera Canon Rebel T3 with a borrowed lens Prime lens 50mm 1.8 also known as the nifty fifty. It costs about 30-35k in Nigeria (in case you want to buy me a Christmas gift, this lens is perfect).

2020 GOALS 

Speaking of goals and aspirations for the next year, what are you looking forward to creating in the first few months of 2020? 2020 will finally mean I will be doing my NYSC program and if things works as planned, I hope I will be improve on my photography skills and definitely submit my stories, essays and photographs for recognition.

What are your goals and aspirations for 2020?


Makeup: Makeup by Dira (@makeupbydira)

Photographer assistant: Olayemi Ajayi (@yhemhi)

Creative assistant: Tobi Rotimi (@_theloba)

Vlogger: Adedeji Akinfabiyi 

Models: Feyi (@makeupbydira)

El-Nino (@Iam_elninoo)


If you came from suzanwrites, Welcome! Susanah Ajiboye was born and raised in Osogbo, Osun state. It took her years to finally discover her full potential as a writer. Now, she knows she understand you can use words and visuals to tell powerful stories that can make a differences. And that is what she is doing, one post at a time.

Let me know what you think!



I blog on photography and how to make the most out of your beginner friendly camera. My blog posts focus on budget friendly ways to create images through photography. Subscribe to my mailing list and get informed of my latest Post!

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