Tunde Olaleye is a Nigerian wedding photographer based in Lagos. Albeit a graduate of Mathematics, Tunde has an intense passion for photography and his works are proof.
He spoke on his life, career and more in this interview with Iludio.
Please tell us about yourself and your business.
My name is Olaleye Babatunde, a graduate from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo state with B.Sc. in Industrial Mathematics. I am a photographer by profession and the C.E.O of Mimshach photography. I am married with a daughter.
How did you start and what inspired you to get into the industry?
It started out with my love for pictures. I used to take loads of selfies and this was in 2008, then it grew into profound love for images. I met a graphics designer called Jeff in church who had a digital camera and extra laptops through my best friend. He thought us some basics on how to shoot and also a little on editing. I already had love for pictures, so it was easier for me to start creating my own images since I had a free camera to use. My friends and I covered mostly church programs. Mimshach photography started officially and professionally in 2014 after I graduated. It was responses from the people I took photos in church that inspired me to make a business out of it outside academics
Will you start Mimshach photography, if you were to do it all over? What would you do differently?
Yes I will. Differently… I would have started before I got out of school.
What has been your greatest motivation?
The Word of God and a few colleagues in the business.
What do you think of the Nigerian/Ghanaian wedding industry? Has it changed over the years and how?
Yes it as changed a lot. Now most weddings have amazing decor that helps photographers to create good images.
What differentiates Mimshach from others in your line of business and location?
Customer friendly, always ready to learn from anybody, and accept constructive criticism.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
The word of God, my wife, nature and movies.
What do you expect from your clients (brides/grooms) and what don’t you expect?
I expect my clients to be calm, wear a smile, look good & comfortable and be patient. I don’t expect them to be impatient or not pay for services rendered.
What do you like about Mimshach and working in the wedding industry?
I love the fact that the growth is constant.
What are the most rewarding aspects of providing your service? What are the frustrating aspects?
The most rewarding aspects are when I deliver a job and the client pays without hesitation and I get referrals from clients. The frustrating aspect is when it takes forever for a client to pay the balance.
What advice do you have for brides and grooms regarding your business?
If a photographer needs to take a picture at a particular time, they should indulge him or her because you never can tell the idea behind it.
What advice do you have for the up-and-coming in your line of business?
This business is highly competitive I must say but it doesn’t stop you from having your own clients, thousands of weddings happen every week so there is room for you. Just keep improving on you, believe and pray more.
What awards if any have you received?
I got an award from a gospel group in Dec 2017 appreciating me for supporting their concerts.
What would you like our readers to know?
Mimshach photography is the photography company you need for that event, because we are the best at what we do and your budget is our price.
Check out our works @mimshach_photography on Instagram and mimshach photography on Facebook