The Journal for New York City's Top Wedding Photographer Jide Alakija

Houston Discovery Green Engagement Session, TX, Olu + Dupe

Not very often I get a couple that does two engagement sessions. Usually it happens when your couple love fashion and enjoy dressing up. I've worked with Olu and Dupe before in Nigeria covering their Nigerian Traditional Wedding in Lagos. Having had that experience with them really added a new dimension to their engagement session. You might be wondering, aren't they married already? Why do an engagement session in that case. Most Nigerian couples have two wedding ceremonies (Nigerian traditional wedding and a blessing). It's very common to do an engagement session between the two events.

San Francisco City Hall Engagement Session, Ani + Adeniye

We flew out to San Francisco to get this engagement session done. We wanted to get a very different feel from their local resident city which is Houston. I was introduced to Adeniye first then Ani while I was shooting a wedding in Houston. They were the most relax couple I'd ever met. The day we met we immediately hit it off, Adeniye was sharing her interest in interior design which in a way lead to the choice of location for their engagement session. Enjoy!

Houston Engagement Session, Ibukun + Tolani

I was very lucky to have shot Ibukun and Tolani's engagement session earlier this summer. I was ws referred to them by Tolani's sister who's wedding I had shot the previous year in Houston. I haven't blogged that wedding yet (one day I'll get round to it as it is one of the most beautiful weddings I've photographed). Ibukun and Tolani have such amazing chemistry quite different from most couples. They share their relationship interests on their YouTube channel which is where I got to know a lot more about them. Tolani is a really talented lady with interests including Hair and  Make up, they both are engineers with who love to dance when they unwind. With so many creative interests it was hard not to feel intimidated doing their engagement photos. With the help of Chioma from Dure Events, we decided to present a different side to their personality by doing a very "Glam" session, quite different from what I usually do with couples. We got them into very stylish attire and took them to the docks East of Houston where we got to do half of the shoot on a boat then we did the remaining part of the shoot in the prestigious Omni hotel presenting their more elegant side of their personality.