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Photos That Inspired My 2017

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2017 was a rough year. It was bitter and troublesome but I thank God I pulled through and had the best wrap of all years. I lost gadgets, including my hard disk (twice) and most of my photos got lost. All in all, I picked the pieces and these are some of the photos that inspired my year, despite is being so hard.

1. The Boot

A friend called me and asked, “Hey, are you still in Roysambu? I need some shots. And also know that am also low on budget.” I loved this boot.

The boot
The boot

2. The Architecture

In my travels early this year, I happened to visit Tumaini Gardens in Isinya. I took a photo using my phone camera, Infinix had just launched Zero 4 Plus that had a pro-camera. I did some long exposure of the Resort’s swimming pool and posted it on Instagram. The son saw it on my page and tagged his sisters. What followed was history

Tumaini Gardens
Tumaini Gardens
Tumaini Gardens
Tumaini Gardens
Tumaini Gardens
Tumaini Gardens
Tumaini Gardens
Tumaini Gardens

My employer also took me on a holiday in Shanzu, Mombasa and during the retreat, I took a photo of the hotel we were residing – Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa

Flamingo-Hotel
Flamingo-Hotel
Flamingo-Hotel
Flamingo-Hotel
Flamingo-Hotel
Flamingo-Hotel

In my travels, I came across the Kilifi Bridge and Buntwani Pier in Malindi

Kilifi Bridge
Kilifi Bridge
Buntwani Pier Malindi
Buntwani Pier Malindi

3. The Decor

I also happened to shoot at many events and the decor in those events was breath-taking. Sadly most of the photos were lost.

Setup - Royal Orchid
Setup – Royal Orchid
Setup - Royal Orchid Hotel
Setup – Royal Orchid Hotel
Event - Dusit D2
Event – Dusit D2
Event Grounds - Runda
Event Grounds – Runda
Glasses - Lord Errol
Glasses – Lord Errol

4. The Pull

I have an emotional attachment to this photo. I wasn’t working. I was purely a budding photographer and a friend told me to go help him shoot in his company’s team building/charity exercise. I remember telling him that he should count himself lucky to have such a job. Months later, I was in an amazing employment. I thank God.

The Pull -Glaxosmithkline Team Building
The Pull -Glaxosmithkline Team Building

5. The Long Exposure

It was my birthday, we were just from Karura and we were at the Garden City Rooftop. I told my friends to wait for me I had seen a shot.

Garden City Long Exposure
Garden City Long Exposure
Garden City Long Exposure
Garden City Long Exposure

6. The Glam

Nothing really takes me back than the life, the smiles and the joy in events.

Baby Shower
Baby Shower – Royal Orchid Hotel
Ladies dance at a pre-wedding event
Ladies dance at a pre-wedding event
Baby Shower - Royal Orchid
Baby Shower – Royal Orchid
Kids make a speech at a birthday party
Kids make a speech at a birthday party

7. The Portraits

I have nothing to say on these

Bliss
Bliss
Pose
Pose
Child
Child
Beauty Closeup
Beauty Closeup
Smile
Smile

 

8. Amboseli

I happened to go to Ol-Tukai this year. I loved it. It was an amazing experience.

Sunset in Amboseli
Sunset in Amboseli
Mt. Kilimanjaro Landscape
Mt. Kilimanjaro Landscape
Sunrise in Amboseli
Sunrise in Amboseli
Mt. Kilimanjaro as viewed from Amboseli National Park
Mt. Kilimanjaro as viewed from Amboseli National Park

9. The Delicacy

Food in events – The only way a photographer enjoys his shoot is when the client says there will be food. 🤣 The cakes in events this year were just 👌

Dessert - Hemingways
Dessert – Hemingways
Dessert
Dessert
Fruit Tartlets
Fruit Tartlets
It's A Boy Cake
It’s A Boy Cake
Traditional Kikuyu Cake
Traditional Kikuyu Cake
Ladies serve food at an event
Ladies serve food at an event
Strawberry Tartlets
Strawberry Tartlets
It's A Girl Cake
It’s A Girl Cake

10. The Holiday

This year ended in a style. We went on a holiday in Medina, Watamu. It was spectacular.

Medina
Medina
Dusk
Dusk

Family Medina
Family Medina
Splash
Splash
Beats
Beats

It will be so unfair to myself if I never posted a photo of mine here. Now let’s start with this taken by a waiter.

Family Holiday
Family Holiday

And this taken by my bro

Family
Family

And finally this, taken by my sister as I got one thing off my bucket list – Snorkeling.

Me snorkeling
Me snorkeling

You can get all these in a post I wrote here.

11. The Beach, The Ocean

Let me not remind you that this was an amazing year.

Flamingo Beach
Flamingo Beach
Sunrise-Golden-Hour
Sunrise-Golden-Hour

Man's Not Hot
Man’s Not Hot
Sunrise Hands
Sunrise Hands
Sunrise Golden Hour Boat
Sunrise Golden Hour Boat

You definitely have to read this hilarious post

Kitambi & Associates mentors Rono the village boy
Kitambi & Associates mentors Rono the village boy

12. The Travels

I was working with an NGO early this year and I toured four counties. It was an amazing experience

A river in Kitui County
A river in Kitui County
An old car in Kitui
An old car in Kitui
A lorry parks near a KWFT sign in Kyuso, a town in Kitui
A lorry parks near a KWFT sign in Kyuso, a town in Kitui
Malindi's Silhouetted Vasco Da Gamma Pillar
Malindi’s Silhouetted Vasco Da Gamma Pillar
Malindi town
Malindi town
Fishermen in Malindi
Fishermen in Malindi
Men fetch water in Kajiado
Men fetch water in Kajiado
Kajiado
Kajiado
Man cleans trench in Kajiado
Man cleans trench in Kitengela
People walking on a road in Kajiado
People walking on a road in Kajiado

13. Blue Motion Band

Found these two playing at Lord Errol, Runda. These guys have amazing skills. I loved their Jazz & Oldies. Guess who the lady is in the comments, she was at TPF. If you guess it right I will give you a 20% off on your next shoot.

Blue Motion Band
Blue Motion Band
Blue Motion Band
Blue Motion Band
Blue Motion Band
Blue Motion Band

14. The New Job

I finally got a good job and I thank God for it. I look forward to going to work every morning. With me I have the most amazing people on the planet – My workmates. They are funny nutheads like me.

The P.U.N.C.H
The P.U.N.C.H
The Voyage
The Voyage
Bryan, the actor
Bryan, the actor
Water therapy
Water therapy
Sam private yatch
Sam private yacht

15. The Wedding

Yes. This was a classy wrap. It stands out as my best wedding shoot in life. I never imagined I could execute such with just an entry-level camera and a Speedlite.

I see many photogs complaining that they do not have the best equipment, well, I use a very beginner camera, a D3200 and a D3300 and I make sure I make the best out of it. I will do a blog about this Maasai Wedding.

Smile
Smile
Leather Love
Leather Love
Love in the dusk
Love in the dusk
Love
Love
Love - Maasai Wedding
Love – Maasai Wedding
Groomsmen tease the groom
Groomsmen tease the groom
A Maasai Wedding
A Maasai Wedding
Groomsmen pose at a Maasai Wedding
Groomsmen pose at a Maasai Wedding
Maasai Wedding
Maasai Wedding
Bridesmaids pose at a Maasai Wedding
Bridesmaids pose at a Maasai Wedding
Maasai Man Poses
The Groom Poses

Those were the photos that inspired my 2017. All but the Medina Holiday ones were shot with the Nikon D3300. I mostly use my kit lens 18-55mm, yes, I used the kit lens to shoot the wedding pictures. Though old and with a scratched UV filter, I occasionally use my Sigma 70-300mm because my manual 50mm is mostly defective.

To all the photogs out there, use what God has given you. Don’t complain that you do not have this or that. Support each other, psyche each other up, critique each other’s work but from a point of love and should you not be able to do a job give it to them.

There are too many jobs out there. There is this photographer’s fear that if you link a photographer friend to your client he will outdo you. Yes, he can or will but don’t let your envy kill you. That means he is better than you are or there is something the client saw that you didn’t.

Y’all should learn from my childhood friend Billy Miaron whom we frequently call each other and give each other tips on photography. You should check his website bmpicz.com (Not Billy Miaron Pics but Best Moments Pics – haha I got you there – 🤣)

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8 thoughts on Photos That Inspired My 2017

  1. Aaaah…brother man,big up man it’s true when you find that one thing you love doing then the results will be always top notch and you my brother are an amazing blessed person destined for more and more greatness. Proud of you. 2018 ile shoot yangu ina come thru☺..alafu apo kwa pose kuna warembo apo waambie wameweza hehehe…

    • Davido my man. Thanks bro. Those were just humbling words that I need to re-read man. Thanks a lot. #NiJesus bro. Shoot tutafanya. Haha shida sasa siwajui but in case nipatane nao, I will tell them Davido said so.

  2. Hey Siloma! Breathtakingly beautiful!!!

    The gal is called Nyawira, I think she also sings with a band called Nisisi, am I right?

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