She Wasn’t Afraid To Bloom | Floral Couture Styled Shoot in Lagos

So one of my goals this year was to organise more styled shoots to give me room to play and explore and grow. So the idea is to do something new every quarter so I am constantly pushing myself and I have to say, it’s been quite a rewarding process. In January, we had the Bridal Beach Photoshoot, which was super fun. This time I wanted to go in a completely different direction and do some beauty work in the studio that was more focused on the subject that the environment. I also wanted to do something that I hadn’t seen done in the local beauty space, which was how the idea of Floral Couture was born at like 2am one morning.

Now I have an unhealthy obsession with fresh flowers and I never get to work with them enough in Lagos. I also have an unhealthy obsession with my favourite florist in Lagos, Oghogho of Aralia by Nature. I call her the floral goddess because she is so passionate about creating and is truly gifted at what she does. So our conversation basically went like this:

Me: Oghogho, I want you to create some amazing floral pieces that can be used as accessories so I can shoot them

Oghogho: Ooh, what would you like?

Me: Whatever you want, I trust you – just go crazy!

Oghogho: <Dam of ideas burst forth>

Me: <happy dance> let’s do this!

I really love what Oghogho came up with and I kept the styling simple so the focus was on the pieces themselves. What I really wanted to convey was the idea of flowers as wearable art and I think we achieved that with this shoot.

We had a wonderful creative team, with the one and only Dupe of TasalaHQ on hair and Omon of BeautyCook Studio working her magic on makeup.

Catch22 Models, Bolutiwi and Adepero also did a great job bringing our final vision to life.

Also a shout out to Adetola of Salako Adetola Photography for assisting on the day.

For the photographers, gear used: Canon 5D MkIII, 50mm, Elinchrom strobes and a tonne of reflectors.

We were super excited to have this shoot featured on Genevieve and here are the list of people who made it happen:

Vendor list:
Floral designer: Aralia by Nature
Balloons: RibbonRoom
Hair: TasalaHQ
Model: Bolutiwi and Adepero, Catch 22 Model Management

Let’s start with the slideshow, which includes some behind of the scenes of the shoot:

And now some of my favourite images…enjoy 🙂

brown corsage beauty portraits lagos wani olatunde

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brown corsage beauty portraits lagos wani olatunde

brown corsage beauty portraits lagos wani olatunde

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pink purple pastel floral skirt aralia by nature wani olatunde

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flower cape aralia by nature lagos portraits wani olatunde

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red wine flower crown avant garde aralia by nature wani olatunde portraits

red wine flower crown avant garde aralia by nature wani olatunde portraits

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red wine bouquet stylish avant garde aralia by nature wani olatunde portraits

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pearl hanging bouquet lagos aralia by nature wani olatunde portraits

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If you are a vendor interested in partnering up on a shoot, send me an email at wani@waniolatunde.com with samples of your work or links to social media. #letscreate2017

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