George Okoro Photography Waits for the Magic Moment
George Okoro is a lifestyle photographer based in Nigeria. Much of the imagery we see on social media and elsewhere is not faithful to the reality of the moment. Often, the assumption is that life must be duller than the gorgeous, carefully crafted photos we are constantly inundated with, or that the moments portrayed are better than our lives. But, Okoro’s photography proves that there is nothing with greater depth and beauty than authentic moments. In this interview, George Okoro talks to The 7th Magazine’s blog, Luxury Chapters, about connection, the creative process, and more.
- Although you are an experienced photographer, what is one thing about photography you’ve learnt recently?
Recently I have learnt that for me to deliver that portrait that will wow my subject, I have to connect with them deeply. I have always known that I need to connect before I click, but nothing beats when you are able to get your subject to relax and open up, so you can capture not just how they look, but their soul and how they truly feel.
- How has your photography evolved over time, and how do you see it continuing to evolve?
I have understood clearly that the way I relate and connect with my subjects helps to bring out the best in my work. I also put in more time preparing for the shoot than the time spent on the set. This helps in the creative process and gives me joy to see the finished product. My photography will evolve more as I take the business side of it to the next level this year. The change will be disruptive.
- As a photographer who also specializes in weddings, how do you capture a special moment between the couple? Do you wait for the right moment or create it?
So I’m a huge fan of capturing the moment as it happens, and you find out that the client is in awe to see that you captured that image. You find out that those candid images really resonate with the couple because they can actually remember what they were thinking when that image was captured. It really does tell a true wedding documentary in my opinion. Then there are times you have to pose people for sure but then again, I pose, lead you and at some point I wait for the magic moment to happen. It usually happens the moment you start the lower the camera.
- How do think your work stands out from other photographers?
My work clearly stands out because its not just about what you see but also about what you experience. My work reflects my personality and there is no duplicate to that. The work also continues after the session. It really beyond the images we see.
- You’ve said that “every image will be evergreen” that you take. How do you manage to take a timeless photo while capturing a specific moment in history?
I used the word evergreen simply because there is depth to it. The images most likely will remind you of the moment or something special.
- Can you describe one of the most memorable photos you’ve taken?
I have a number of them, but I prioritize a photo of a bride I shot in 2014 because she didn’t want to take the photos because she felt time wasn’t on our side and that wasn’t her main outfit, but the images turned out to be one of the images that propelled my wedding photography career.
- What is a piece of advice you’d give to a photographer, or any artist, who is still in the process of solidifying their vision?
I would tell any photographer or artist to first of all discover the “why,” secondly they have to believe in themselves and try not be like some else. Let your mentor inspire you but never try to be like them when you are unique and you can be better!
George Okoro’s work is a testament to the value of patience. Look longer and deeper. You may be rewarded with something better than you’d hoped for.