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Rising Stars: Meet Sammy Oguejiofor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sammy Oguejiofor.

Hi Sammy, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started photography in 2015 as a freshman in college practicing on friends and spending countless amount of hours on YouTube learning more on understanding the camera settings. In 2016, I officially made it a business and did it as a side hustle for extra cash while in college. Fast forward to after graduating from college, I took a bold step to move to California with hopes of growing my business and being able to do it full time professionally and in less than two years of being in California, I’ve been fortunate to not only be a full-time photographer but have my own voice and I couldn’t be more grateful.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I personally believe nothin great in life is a smooth road, kind of like making diamonds, it needs to go through immense heat to get to its true value. So to answer the question, No it has been anything but smooth but at the same time, it’s been an amazing growth process and I would not have it any other way. In terms of struggles, personally for me, it’s trying to get to the next level and have a global reach which is all a process.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a fashion and beauty photographer who specializes in vibrant images. I use my works to reflect my African roots as I am originally from Lagos, Nigeria. Where I’m from, people love to dress really flashy in very vibrant and creative outfits so I tend to create works like that to show my audience the true African culture.

What sets me apart from others is how I beautify the African black skin. Where I’m from, having a really dark skin sets you up to get lots of mockery in your childhood as this type of skin tone would be mostly found on the less privileged in the society so a huge percentage of dark skin models I’ve met all have a story on how they were mocked as a child for being so dark. Knowing this, I create works mostly with people with this skin tone for people back home to see the beauty of the dark skin tone because if someone can see my work as beautiful and realize they are on the same skin tone therefore boosting their confidence then I won.

What are your plans for the future?
In terms of my plans for the future, I am a very big dreamer and I want my photography brand to be known worldwide and also be able to work with more high-end editorial fashion brands and magazines. I also have dreams of opening multiple next-level photography studios around the world fully equipped with different creative sets and lightings.

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