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Meet Tobi Makinde of Makinde Photo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tobi Makinde.

Tobi, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started as a painter, who wanted to capture pictures of his work. I searched around for photographers at the time to take them for me, but I couldn’t find any. So, I set out to buy my own camera. The day I bought my first camera was also the day I shot my first wedding. (A cousins wedding, whose photographer never showed up for the event. I have rarely put my camera down ever since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t really been a smooth road, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Some of the struggles were mixing creativity with actually making money from photography, trying to be stable in the field, and also having a block in the creative process.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Makinde Photo – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in taking a more artistic approach to portrait photography. I am most proud of my conceptual works. I see portraits a lot different from my counterparts. And instead of painting with a medium like oils, pencils, or acrylics; I like to say I paint with light.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
One of my future plans in photography is to eventually own a storefront large enough to create and showcase my conceptual portraits, as well as focus on commercial photography.


  • Simple Portraits $350
  • Concepts start at $500
  • Weddings start at $1500

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Image Credit:

Darius Wright, Steven Wright, Nyajj Lok, Zatarianna Lewis, Tatianna Samuel, Carlene Anderson, Akou Diabakhate, Emma Theresa, Phili Bonyo, Trisha Mondesir, Mykelti Young, Nahdra Ra Kiros, Vicki Gomes, Shanise DeSilva

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