asiko_artist Shot on the beach in Kent over the weekend.
Model Millie from Body London
Styling by Rivkie Baum
Makeup by Melissa Oldridge
Production by Adrian Pini (thanks dude)

I edited this on my iPhone this morning on the train, I think I was a bit bored. #love #art #photography #fashion #portrait #girl #model #beauty #asiko #beach #kent #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #wcw #eyes
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asiko_artist Remembering the weekend at the beach in Kent, love beaches.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman

Everyday keep your dream alive, nurture it constantly and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t.

Shot on my #iphone in #Kent #love #art #photography #spring #clouds #landscape #sun #sky #beach #beautiful #asiko #sunset #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nature #instagood #life #iphonesia
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asiko_artist Sorry I’ve been away from Insta for a while, busy nights and days. Had a busy day yesterday of shooting International Afropop artist @iceprincezamani for @blanckdigital . It was only right that I photobomb our makeup artist @tonikemi and our assistant stylist @eajomale .

Ok here’s my call to action, go over to @blanckdigital and follow the magazine page, we are launching the second issue over the weekend and we are pretty excited about what we have put together. Blanck is an online fashion magazine that showcases some of the best and great achievements in the African creative community, from fashion, art and entertainment.

#love #photography #fashion #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nigeria #africa #instamood #photographer #creative #flashfriday #afropop #music #iceprince
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asiko_artist I have been super busy over the past few months helping @fasindi develop the content for the 2nd issue of @blanckdigital magazine. I work as the Art director which means I creating the look and feel of the magazine and sourcing the creative for the content and providing visual direction forBlanck . Putting together a magazine is hard work and very involving, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Apart from Art director duties I am also shooting for Blanck. I am super excited but also nervous at the prospect of it all.

I think every photographer should be more than a guy or girl with a camera, your eye and your mind are your selling points. Your unique vision and aesthetic go beyond the equipment that you bulk around. For me photography is not about a camera or photoshop, those are simply tools I use, it’s about creativity and perspective, every image I create has a little piece of me. Shot in the summer of last year with the beautiful Emma, @hair_bones_teeth_skin Styled by the awesome @crystal_deroche Makeup by the talented @ots_beauty and the dress by the amazing @jessicabaah #love #art #photography #fashion #style #makeup #girl #model #beauty #asiko #hair #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #tbt #redhead #freckles #photographer #creative #dress #instafashion #instagood
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asiko_artist A few years ago when I saw starting out as an image maker, I was approached by an emerging makeup artist who was building her portfolio. We decided on putting together collaboration with my lovely @lotionspotionsme styling the shoot.

That makeup became the hot potato that is @shomya_lag Elaine had an amazing attention to detail and was great to work with. That was a while ago. I have been fortunate to work with people who actually know what they are doing J. Work with the right people it will help boost your portfolio and show you can pick the right team for any project. The amazing model was French beauty Coralie, my kind of model with big curly red/orange hair and a wild innocence in her eyes. . #love #art #photography #fashion #style #makeup #girl #model #beauty #asiko #hair #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nigeria #africa #instamood #tbt
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asiko_artist I work free …………….. well sometimes

Every photographer learns to accept that sometimes it’s cool to create for free. Yes I said it; work for free. I have got some of my bigger commissions from doing free work. For instance shooting editorials tends to not yield any money but it provides exposure and magazine tear sheets which are important for every photographer.

Now who you create for is the question; if you are thinking of working for free here are a few things to consider but you decide to sign on the dotted line;

What are you getting from this work? Are you really getting exposure? Yea I have met a few people that promised me exposure on their site but on looking at their site, I found that their work wasn’t up to par and nobody really visited their site. Research your collaborators and make sure they can deliver on their promises. People like to talk too much with no real action.

Is the collaboration good for your portfolio? There’s no point shooting for a client who markets baby clothes images if you are a high fashion photographer, it has to be beneficial for your portfolio.
I shot this image for @blanckdigital it is impossible not to love Eku Edewor, she’s a dream to shoot, and her sensibilities very much fit my visual style. I am currently working with an amazing bunch of individuals for the 2nd issue of Blanck, its already looking HOT. #love #art #photography #fashion #style #jewellery #girl #model #beauty #asiko #tribal #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nigeria #africa #instamood #magazine #editorial
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asiko_artist Shot this on my phone two weekends ago on the beach in Winchester, the spring is slowly but surely on its way. Anybody wanna go with me to the beach to shoot in the coming weeks? If you think you have a mermaid look ………………. Let’s do this

#love #art #photography #spring #sun #landscape #sun #sky #beach #beautiful #asiko #sunset #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #nature #instagood #life #iphonesia
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asiko_artist Mami Water
Let your inspirations flow however crazy they might seem. I am inspired by my Nigerian culture and heritage which I find quite fascinating. That coupled with my love for un-reality helped produce this editorial I did a few years ago for FAB magazine. The images were inspired by stories of the Mami Water who are underwater spirits from African myths and folklore.
The shoot was obviously shot in a studio in front of a green screen and then post production work was done to add the environment. It’s all about creativity and pushing oneself. Funny enough I would not want to repeat this, I would rather actually shoot underwater. I think my style has changed a bit since this shoot. Shot with a young team @purplepepperlov styling @officialpaulao model and @trcmakeup Mua. #love #art #photography #fashion #style #swimwear #tbt #girl #model #beauty #asiko #tribal #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #folklore #nigeria #africa #instamood #underwater #mamiwater # instagood #folklore #myth #fairytale
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  •   seanwhitty Won't mind assisting underwater boss.. And the lighting is wicked !! 1mon
  •   purplepepperlov This is one of my fav shoots. Really nice outcome. 1mon
  •   ostynaimz @asiko_artist sir I really love your work...I hope I get the chance to meet u some day...but for now can I get a follow bk pls.. 1mon
  •   trcmakeup I lived Shia shoot great team and amazing outcome pleased to have been doing the makeup hope to collaborate again soon xx 1mon
  •   words_on_longbeach I love this, really brought back memories of rural life and folk tales. 1mon
  •   asiko_artist @seanwhitty thanks dude 1mon
  •   foreverskiny Amazing I saw this magazine a few years ago forgotten there name actually it's one of this pictures I saw that made me realise I can reach out to the world as a model just letting you know you inspired someone! @asiko_artist 4w

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asiko_artist I have been told I am a bit picky about the models I work with. I wouldn’t say I am picky, I have just found over the years I love certain things in model. For me a model is a super important, she’s my collaborator on the day. It’s important she has the right look for whatever story I have created, and that she can emote the kind of feeling I am putting out. Your model can seriously make or break your shoot sometimes, without her I can’t create ideas, she’s my collaborator. I find I am drawn to a certain type of model which fits very well into my style. This sort of subtle thing helps to define your style as a photographer. Shooting with random models does nothing for the cohesion of your portfolio.

The images were from my days in Belgium exploring and evolving ideas. I was looking for a certain aspects for the models I worked with; an ethereal look, a combination of frailty and strength, dancers for movement. #love #art #photography #fashion #instafashion #girl #model #beauty #asiko #fairytale #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #folklore #belgium #woodland #instamood #ethereal #mystery #dancer #tgif
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asiko_artist I love @zainabbalogun she’s my kinda model; she embodies the perfect amount of sensuality and vulnerability that I adore in a model. I wish she was back in London, I would have loved to work with her more often on a muse type level, ah c’est la vie.

Anyway last week I came across this great opportunity which involved a chance to be mentored by the famous photographer Rankin …………….. WHAT!!!! That’s an amazing opportunity I couldn’t pass up. This is a good opportunity to get my work in front of the right people and also learn from #Rankin. As a photographer it’s key to push your work to the right audience who will appreciate what you do, there’s no point the images sleeping on your computer where no one can see them. Don’t neglect the business and networking side of your business.

Please check my profile link and and go the Launching people site and press the SUPPORT ME button on the top right to support my project, which is about the representation of my African Culture using Photography and Film. These images with Zainab were entered into the competition. #love #art #photography #fashion #style #jewellery #girl #model #beauty #asiko #tribal #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #folklore #nigeria #africa #instamood
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asiko_artist Don’t be an A$$h@le

I have been fortunate to work with some great people who have great attitudes to work and are committed to creating something awesome. I have also had the displeasure of working with one or two complete and utter douche bags. Seriously, don’t be an asshole, even if your work is amazing. Nobody wants to work with someone who has a horrible demeanour with diva qualities, Lord knows I don’t. I just wish we were all about creating something spectacular and leave our egos at the door.

Speaking of great people to work with, here’s Editor of #Blanckmagazine @fasindi with Singer Songwriter @lolaraemusic aren’t they gorgeous. And yes that’s me, #photobombing, I think there were threatened by my good looks and decided to kick me to the back. Nonesense!!!. #bts from our recent Blanck shoot. #love #art #editorial #fashion #portrait #music #bgt #photography #potd #bestoftheday #photooftheday #instagramhub #instahub #asiko #girl #instagood #instamood #instadaily #igers #nigeria #creative
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asiko_artist Editing your work
I get asked a lot by other creatives “Which is better Canon or Nikon?” Honestly I really don’t care. Or the other one is “what are your camera settings for that image?” I can tell I wasn’t thinking about camera settings when I was creating that image. Now I understand the technical side of photography is important but it really should be considered secondary to creativity. It’s the personal level of creativity and expression that separates your one creatives work from everybody else. A super technical photograph with little or no creativity is like a photograph without a soul.
So here’s what’s in my bag, so we don’t have those awkward conversations about gear and technicalities that I can’t be bothered with.
Canon 5D mark3, Canon 5Dmark1 (accosted from @alakija ) and a Canon 24-70mm ……………. Yea that’s it. I was thinking of buying the canon 85mm f1.8, maybe sometime before the end of the year. What I am trying to say is that creativity over gear any day.

Shot canon rust bucket 5D mark1 with @hair_bones_teeth_skin model @crystal_deroche stylist and @ots_beauty makeup. #love #art #asiko #photography #photooftheday #picoftheday #potd #portrait #fashion #girl #inspiration #model #conceptual #instahub #instagood #instamood #instadaily #instagramhub #bestoftheday #igers #bodyart #otherworldly #ethereal #alien #lavender #igdaily
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asiko_artist How much do you think your work is worth? £1000 per day, £200 per day, £3000 per day? I think most if not every photographer struggles with this question at some time in their career.
The first step to really creating worth in your work is learning to love and appreciate your talent. Regardless of what others might say, stand up for whatyou create.
It took me a while to come to grips with valuing my worth as an art photographer, its been a journey of strengthening my self esteem and believing in what I create.
I bet you are wondering how to price yourself, go to my facebook page asiko fine art photography, I put a post on it there. Like it.
Once you have decided on prices then stick to them and don't let clients bully your rates down, and believe me they will try. Understand your worth and stick to your guns.
This doesn't mean that your clients can't bargain, it is allowed as long as the client appreciate what you create and genuinely want to work with you. Not all clients are a good fit with you
and your brand. Shot on a cold #autumn day in South #London with #ethereal #beauty Nargiz and #style by @bellaadeleke and #makeup by Anne Sarah Duncan. #love #art #fashion #girl #model #wanderlust #fairytale #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #love #art #fashion #girl #model #wanderlust #fairytale #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #instagramhub #igers #photography #flashfriday #tgif #bestoftheday # photooftheday #potd #instamood #asiko
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asiko_artist I am now working on an interesting portrait project which delves into subcultures that adorn their skin. So if you have scarification on your skin please get in touch, would love to photograph you. As a photographer I have found it's best to develop projects, it keeps my work focused and creates a body of work I am interested in.
A portrait of @alanigram #love #art #asiko #photography #photooftheday #picoftheday #potd #portrait #fashion #boy #inspiration #model #conceptual #instahub #instagood #instamood #instadaily #tattoo #instagramhub #bestoftheday #instahub #bodyart #scarification #scarificationtattoo
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asiko_artist I came across this great quote a few years ago 'If your dreams don't scare you, it isn't big enough'. Dream big my friends.
A shot from a while back with the awesome @bksmhr77 (our model) and @crystal_deroche our awesome stylist. A little secret, the cracks in the wall were photoshopped as I felt that worked well with Brooklin anguish and pose. Photoshop is great in helping you tell your story. I try not to depend on it and in my ideal world I would do everything in camera.
To make his body posture more authentic I got him to actually scream. #love #art #asiko #photography #photooftheday #picoftheday #potd #portrait #fashion #inspiration #model #conceptual #instahub #instagood #instamood #instadaily #scream #instagramhub #bestoftheday #instahub
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asiko_artist Do want you love and have a good ol dance like me. From an editorial shot for @blanckdigital with the gorgeous @amalfashanu editor @fasindi mua @ots_beauty stylist @bellaadeleke hair @rayjeweledbeauty Working with other creatives is an essential part of my work as a photographer, so I try not to be a douche bag. Images are created by a team and not a sole person,
so it's important that every photographer creates the right environment for every shoot.
When I'm not clowning around I actually create images which you can see on www.asiko.co.uk
Happy Sunday everyone #love #art #fun #creative #photography #video #bestoftheday #fashion #portrait #potd #editorial #style #instahub #instagood #instamood #instadaily #instagramhub #dance #celebrity
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asiko_artist Stand apart
'Don't be better, be different' a wise man once said. And the way to be different is ............... drum roll ......... BE YOURSELF, be honestly yourself.
Being yourself isn't as simple as you think though, we are influenced by so much around you that it can be hard to sort through the noise and create something from within. Don't follow the crowd, God knows there are too many people creating the same thing. Be different, be unique and let your inner creative voice speak.
This image was shot somewhere in Greece a few years back on dinky little canon 350D. I tend to love lonely trees against an interesting landscape, they remind me of myself.
PS I've been thinking about photography workshops lately cos I've been getting a few enquiries, what do you guys think?
#love #art #asiko #photography #photooftheday #picoftheday #potd #portrait #fashion #tbt #landscape #nature #tree #summer #instahub #instagood #instamood #instadaily #instagramhub #bestoftheday
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asiko_artist Why do people think the words 'I know a guy who can do it much cheaper' makes a difference to a photographer, well to me anyway. I find it amusing when clients
use this line as some kind of bargaining ploy. I usually politely decline doing the shoot as I know its going to be more trouble than its worth.
Believe in your work and the value of what your produce and then verbally slay all dumbasses who use that stupid line (ok don't verbally slay them, be polite about it). Sometimes these sorts of clients try to make you feel they are doing you a favour .......... really sorry buddy, my favours come from God. Value your work and don't let anyone bully you into taking below your value.
Shot in the summer with Emily from Lenis models during my testing period, can't wait for the summer to start shooting outside again. #love #art #asiko #photography #photooftheday #picoftheday #potd #portrait #fashion #lingerie #girl #model #summer #instahub #instagood #instamood #instadaily #instagramhub #bestoftheday
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asiko_artist Something from a while back. A lot of experimenting and sleepless nights. Do not be afraid to experiment and try new things. "The combination of experience and experimentation will ultimately yield a personal sound" - Mark White.
#love #art #tbt #photography #portrait #style #photooftheday #potd #fashion #model #girl #water #instagramhub #instadaily #instagood #igdaily #igers #magazine #ignation #editorial #instahub #style #conceptual #airbender #waterbender This image brings back fond memories styling with my fantastic wife @lotionspotionsme and makeup by @becksbuki
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