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Folajimi T. Famosaya | New York City | Be Your Own Person

Photographer | Creative Director | Creative

My name is Folajimi Famosaya, but everyone calls me Jimi. I am a versatile photographer, producer, and commercial retoucher based in New York City. I specialize in capturing the beauty of glamour, fashion, and portraiture through my unique and innovative approach to photography.

My journey as a creative began in Lagos, Nigeria, where I was born and raised. Even as a child, I was fascinated by the power of images and how they could tell stories and evoke emotions. As I grew older, I developed a keen eye for composition, lighting, and visual storytelling, which led me to pursue a career in photography.

After studying photography in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, I moved to New York City to pursue my dream of working in the fashion industry. Since then, I have worked with a wide range of clients, from top fashion brands to emerging designers, models, and celebrities. My work has been published in numerous magazines and featured in exhibitions and galleries around the world.In addition to my commercial work, I am also passionate about using photography as a means of social commentary and advocacy. Through my personal projects, I explore themes such as identity, culture, and representation, and use my platform to elevate marginalized voices and perspectives.

Ultimately, my goal as a photographer is to capture not just the beauty of my subjects, but also their unique stories and personalities. Whether I am shooting in a studio, on location, or in the streets of New York, I strive to create images that are both visually striking and emotionally resonant.

What were the biggest initial hurdles you faced and how did you overcome them?

One of the main challenges I faced at the early stage of my photography career was self-doubt and a lack of confidence in my abilities. I didn't think I had the necessary skills to produce the kind of results I was striving for. However, I was able to overcome this challenge by seeking out internships and mentorships from experienced photographers and companies. Their guidance and feedback helped me improve my skills and become a better photographer.

The challenges I faced required a lot of hard work, resilience, and support from others. But through determination and perseverance, I was able to overcome them and become a successful photographer. Looking back, those challenges were opportunities for growth and learning that ultimately made me stronger and more confident in my abilities.

What advice do you have for young people locally and internationally who are just starting out in their careers or pursuing their passions?

As someone who has been in the workforce for a while, I have learned a lot and wish I had received some of these tips earlier on in my career. I hope that these pointers will be helpful for young people starting out:

• Pursue your passions and interests. Doing something you love can give you the inspiration and motivation to push through challenges and difficult times.

• Keep learning and improving your skills. This will help you stay competitive in the job market and give you the knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen field.

• Success often requires persistence, so don't give up easily. Use setbacks and challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.

• Build a professional network. Networking can help you find valuable job opportunities, open doors, and learn from experienced professionals in your field. Attend networking events, join industry groups, and connect with people through social media.

Social Media Handles:

Instagram: @fstudios, @69.views

Twitter: @69viewss


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