The very first time i saw the name ‘STJ PHOTOGRAPHY’ was on Instagram. Almost every picture of any Covenant university student i saw was with the watermark ‘STJPHOTOGRAPHY’, and so i searched for him and i found more of his woks. I was lost in awe that i couldn’t stop admiring them.

Fortunately for me, my best-friend knows him quite well so he decided to hook me up with him for an interview.. Anyways, we got talking. At first, i had judged him to be proud but then i was amazed at how down to earth he  was all through the interview. What i admired most in Sipo was his exceptional love for God, i found it amazing.

Sipo talks about his photography career, School,his love life and life in general.

ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Kezzygrace: Tell us a bit of yourself ?

STJ: My name is Sipo, a creative Photographer  born on the 2nd of june 199* from Ekiti state who loves to take pictures of God given beautiful people .

KG:  So how exactly did the name  ‘STJ’ come about?

STJ: STJ is my full name;Sipoloore Tope-Ojo Joshua, so i just added photography to it *smiles

 

 

                           Works by Sipo

KG: How cute. How exactly has the struggle been to be and remain one of CU’s best photographers?
STJ: Well I’m not competing with anyone in CU , I just do my thing . no need for competition. Everyone is good in their own way , so being one of CU’s best photographers is not a struggle , there are so many photographers in CU now that  sometimes you just look  and wonder what’s going on with their works . But every one’s doing his or her thing  so no struggle really.

                                                Works by Sipo

KG: How exactly did you get into photography was it something you had always wanted to do ?How did your career in photography start?

STJ: Well i won’t say photography has always been my passion (smiles) it hasn’t . It was something i just felt i could use to show Gods beauty in people , especially girls . So in  100level second semester, i got into photography. I learnt all that was there to learn about the basics and i’m still learning .

                                                    Works by Sipo

KG: Any challenge as a student  photographer?
STJ: It’s hectic really, having to think of books and both creative ideas*Arrgh. Seeing that i’m studying a course that’s not even really to photography.Honestly, its just God helping me.  Asides that,  i don’t think i have any major challenge except the  normal con’s of being a photographer , like not getting clients sometimes , or even  when you have clients but they be haggling price with you , location to shoot , the need for one or two more equipment things like that.
KG: So  do you have a mentor ?

STJ: I don’t have a mentor , asides God . Though i look up to some few modern and 1950’s photographers,but i wont neccesarily call any of them my mentor.

                                                   Works by Sipo

KG: What’s the wort remark you’ve gotten from someone about your work?

STJ: When i first started, someone told me to give up and that i didn’t have any hope in the game. Sometime last year too, i posted a picture and a photographer messaged me and told me that i only have the right gear but i don’t know how to use it for anything good. But i just had to let go and stay focused.

 

KG:  Was there ever a time you wanted to give it all up  and just end it ?

STJ: Yes! I had a creative block at some point and my school work wasn’t going too well and almost everything was happening too fast .But then i had to calm down , i took some time off, chilled and got myself back. Sometimes  all we need is a break.

KG: Okay on a lighter mood,do you believe in love at first sight?
STJ:
Love at first sight , yes i believe in love at first sight.I believe in circumstances. Love at first sight could be that type of circumstance where you’ve been looking for the right person then you set eyes at someone for the first time then it sparks something within you.

KG: So have you crushed on any of your models?
STJ:  😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂  you want to cast me  sha. Anyways, yes  i’ve crushed on one of my models.

KG: Name??😂

STJ: its  confidential 😂
KG: *smiles…Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
STJ: In five years,  i should be living abroad as an  accomplished freelance and  travel photographer

KG: What’s the most challenging issue you’ve had these few years of being a photographer?
STJ: Time frame, editing pictures and all that.

KG: What is it you love most about photography?

                                                        Works by Sipo

STJ: The fact that its a language , a medium of expressing one’s self in a creative imagery way . Like they say a picture speaks a thousand words.
KG:  Any Hobby ?
STJ: Asides photography ,i enjoy  drumming , eating , playing the trumpet , and oh yes i love talking.

KG: Why exactly do you think you are different from other photographers?Or why exactly do you think you stand out from others?
STJ: Well , most photographers have a particular “style” or theme. But I don’t . I edit pictures and take pictures the way I feel , my mood at that moment . I don’t have a particular work flow , i go with the way the picture speaks . So yeah, i guess that’s different. Plus , with God , you will stand alone and be outstanding.
KG: Any you would love or rather die  to work with?
STJ: Yes! LexonArt , Dani Diamond , Karl Taylor and as for Nigerians – TYbello , MrObinnaObioma and then  some Nigerian models like;Jojolara , AdukeBey , Mide among others.

 

KG: Three Nigerian photographers that inspire you?

                                                         Works by Sipo

 I: Mr Obinna Obioma, Emmanuel Oyeleke, Tope Horpload.

KG: What or who motivates you?

STJ: GOD!!!!!!!!! He’s the only reason i’ve come this far and trust me if you let him lead you, there would be no way you’d slack.

 

I think it’s best i end the interview right here  with such beautiful advice.  When you let God take charge of your business, he’ll make everything work out for your good though people would try to pull you down and all  but God would fight for you. I mean, even the bible says ‘if God be for us, who can be against us?’.

I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as i did ? please feel free to check out more of Sipo’s works on Instagram @STJphotography_ and let me know what you think about him or his works.

And yes! i’d totally recommend him for your events( fashion shoots, weddings, event, etc) and i’m sure you wont regret it.

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

Kezzygrace

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23 thoughts on “THE INTERVIEW :SIPO TOPE- JOSHUA ~STJ PHOTOGRAPHY

  • July 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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    Omg, I’m famzing on a low but I came across the of the girl with the hat and before I knew it I was on his page for hours…I love your works so much. And I salute your love for God.
    I love photography too but I’m still learning the basics

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm
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      Hey Naomi , thank you soo much , please do message me on Instagram if you need any tips on photography

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  • July 6, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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    This is some awesome stuff yo. God really blesses those who bless him! He should keep up the great work. 😌

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    • July 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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      Susan yes o he really does..Too much motivation i must admit..Thanks for reading dear

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  • July 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm
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    Stj a brother with such a big heart i love him so much,his works are outstanding. I highly recommend him for a great photo, nice work kezzygrace inspiring the youth thanks

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    • July 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm
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      Indeed he has such a big heart Jacob i totally agree with you and yeah his works are amazing!!!..Thanks for reading Jacob and thanks for the complements you are way too kind..Thank you

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  • July 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm
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    So much inspiration😊😊. I’m glad I read this. GOD BLESS YOU

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  • July 6, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Sipo is a great photographer and he also has a great personality. Welldone sipo.

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  • July 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm
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    I love this, u just encouraged me never to give up

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    • July 7, 2017 at 7:42 am
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      I’m glad it did ebun.
      Thanks alot for reading and please keep pushing dont give up

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  • July 8, 2017 at 9:51 am
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    STJ has always been fully committed to Excellence and we see that boldly written all over the works he has produced…. He is an encouragement never to look down on our small beginnings, and just keep at the game…. You will be a Master of ur act some day.
    Love You Man!!! More Grace!

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