My name is Michael Igwe Ngerem, the CEO Min Photographyy.
I started officially in 2014, though I was a graphic artist before then with Leadership Newspaper, but have always been doing photography somehow. I was this guy that always had a camera to always take pictures, I loved taking pictures way back when I was little. I never thought I could be into photography fully or professionally, but one day I was in the office I took some traditional wedding pictures for a lady and then the lady paid me twenty thousand Naira for soft copies alone, then I said to myself so I can actually make twenty thousand Naira a day and am sitting down in an office all day and can’t earn up to that amount ,so I thought about it and told myself that that was really what I wanted to go into because I had passion for it before. So switching from graphic artistry to photography was way easy for me since they were related. I resigned that year 2014 and started full time photography as a professional photographer.
I started officially in 2014, though I was a graphic artist before then with leadership newspaper, but have always been doing photography somehow. I was this guy that always had a camera to always take pictures, I loved taking pictures way back when I was little.
The challenges I had initially was getting approval from people around me like family and friends, at first they were scared like what am I going to do, am I sure it can feed me, am I sure I can maintain myself with it and all that but I guess by now all the questions would have been answered.
Then another challenge was after I resigned starting from scratch because the money they settled me with from the place I work was what I used to get my first camera, so it was really very difficult trying to pick up buying every little thing but with time I met other photographers and they put me through and I was able to get to where I am right now. We are not there yet but we are somewhere on the road.
I do mostly weeding photography and will like to really go into fashion and portrait but now commercial is really paying the money because of the environment where we are. I don’t think photography has gotten to the place we want it to be in Nigeria basically, most importantly fashion and portraiture are not really appreciated the way it’s meant to be appreciated here so basically for commercial sake we just do wedding photography but left to me the best step is to move into fashion and portraiture.
What differentiates my photography from others is that I love to capture people’s emotion, I love emotions,
I prefer the pictures when I can see the emotions on your face, I think that’s why I lean towards portraiture more because you can see a lot with people’s eyes, people’s eyes tell a lot of stories. I love it when you can get a lot of emotions from people’s faces and their reactions especially when they are uncomfortable or maybe they are not sure on how to pose, things like that gets to me.