London & Lagos Based Fashion, Commercial & Advertising Photographer » News and tips for creatives, models and anyone interested in Photography, art, travel or anything creative.

I’ve been hoping to add Behind the scenes (BTS) videos to my workflow and here’s the first of them done during a beauty shoot collaboration.

This started out as an idea to collaborate between my friend and talented makeup artist Bolanle. We set up this beauty shoot as our first collaboration And we’re pleased with the results.

For details of the shoot process check back soon for it’s own post. For today, enjoy the video and resulting 6 page beauty editorial published in Pride magazine London.

 

Double page stread in Pride magazine London.

Double page stread in Pride magazine London.

Double page stread in Pride magazine London.

Double page stread in Pride magazine London.

Double page stread in Pride magazine London.

Double page stread in Pride magazine London.

Photography by David Otokpa (www.otokpa.com)
Follow me on twitter: @davidotokpa
Follow me on instagram: davidotokpa

Makeup and Styling by Bolanle Okusanya Feyita (makeupproonline.com)

Models: Arna & Sherene
@ Cliché Model Management

Special Thanks to Knack Studios | Justin Barnwell
www.knackstudios.com.au for the Video.

Share this post on Facebook|Follow me on Twitter|Email post to friend|Contact Me|Pin Me

I’ve been gone for a long time and burried with both work and personal things. That’s no excuse for me abandoning my blog for this long.

Now is when I should promise that it won’t happen again but the truth is busy times come and once they do, other less important things get pushed further down. The blog is very important but even more important is servicing my paying clients so I can continue to do what I love and bring you regular work.

 

Well here’s a tearsheet from a job for OK! magazine (Nigeria). One of the things I love most about editorial work is you usually have more creative freedom than with advertising jobs.

We didn’t have too much time for the shoot but we had a great team so we got about 4 looks done very quickly.

Hope to see you all back soon. Enjoy.

(September issue of ok magazine)

 

OK! Editrial spread.

OK! Editrial spread.

OK! Editrial spread.

OK! Editrial spread.

OK! Editrial spread.

OK! Editrial spread.

OK! Editrial spread.

OK! Editrial spread.

OK! Editrial spread.

OK! Editrial spread.

 

 

Share this post on Facebook|Follow me on Twitter|Email post to friend|Contact Me|Pin Me

I recently kicked off a portrait project on “Motherhood”. In the run up to Mothers Day, I’ve decided to honour a few of the mothers I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph on here. Thank you to mothers everywhere for all you do and don’t do so kids all over can

The idea began from my admiration and fascination of mothers and the many roles they embody in taking care of children.
I decided I wanted to say a few words in my own language about different mothers. Just about them.

 

This is the first post in this series, check back on Monday for the next.

I met Sabine through my girlfriend some time ago and had the privilege of spending some time photographing her. Here are a few “words” about her in my language…

 

Portrait of mother smilling whileSabine Adeyinka Deep in Thought.

Share this post on Facebook|Follow me on Twitter|Email post to friend|Contact Me|Pin Me

I spent my valentines day shooting a “live” fashion story themed “My dark Valentine” which was organised and put together by AIU London fashion Dept and in support of Cancer Research UK. (Live means the shoot was open to members of the public to watch while the entire day unfolded).

 

The styling was done by students at the University’s fashion Dept and all clothes provided by Cancer Research UK (24 Marylebone Street branch)

It was a long but fun day and I got to meet and work with a talented team.  You can view some images from the shoot below.

For further information contact:

Kim Blake (PR) – kim.blake53@gmail.com/ 07768273858
Lesley Davis (AIU) – ldavis@aiulondon.ac.uk /07974428583

 

 

Models: Marie Claire & Hannah
www.firstmodelmanagement.co.uk

Thanks to:

AIU London  (Gill Stark & Lesley Davis)
www.aiulondon.ac.uk

Cancer Research UK
020 7487 4986
www.cancerresearchuk.org

Electric Hairdressing London
www.electric-hair.com
Tel: 020 7935 0015

The Session School
www.thesesssionschool.com
Tel: 0207 224 3127

KV Communications (Kristel Valaydon)
www.kvcomms.com

Share this post on Facebook|Follow me on Twitter|Email post to friend|Contact Me|Pin Me

Humanity – We are all people is one of my least known projects but one of the ones I am most proud of. One I will likely have hung in my kitchen for a long time!
Photograph of eggs representing humanity

 

The brief was simple really; to create an image that would conceptually convey the idea of humanity. That regardless of our skin colour, age, race, sex, etc. we are all the same.

The image also had to be visually pleasing and attractive. Not the traditional images of shock and horror that we are confronted with most times.

 

This got me thinking for a while and I decided to take a path most unusual to my work. I really wasn’t sure where I would go with the project but I had decided on 3 things.

The first was I wanted a graphic image. Something that would look beautiful hung on a wall from far off. One that would hide it’s true meaning from any viewer at first glance.

The second was that I did not want to include any people in the image.

Finally, I didn’t want to rely heavily on post production (photoshop). I wanted to get the image in camera and do very little in post.

 

The resulting image was the outcome of the project and here’s an insight to my thought process.

 

All eggs are individually different.

You can take 10 chicken eggs and look at them and they would all be unique on the outside. No two are ever the same. Much like human beings.

Crack them and they all appear inside as well. Much like we are.

 

It doesn’t matter what race, sex or size we are. Our blood is all the same colour.

I chose to shoot the image using chicken, duck, quail and ostrich eggs to get various sizes. The colours are all different, eggs, are from different time periods, sizes, shapes etc. Representing race, age, shape or physical properties respectively.

 

I hope you enjoy the image while remembering to love. Let us Love each other.

Share this post on Facebook|Follow me on Twitter|Email post to friend|Contact Me|Pin Me
  • May 19, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    Chika ThankGod - I relished this!

M o r e   i n f o