Slum2School in Makoko

Eek – I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since my last blog post. Unfortunately my street work isn’t as prolific as my wedding work but I do have a couple of images I want to share. So about a year ago, I was contacted about getting involved with a project called “Photograph A Child”, which was being organised by an initiative called Slum2School.

The idea was basically to have professional photographers go into the Makoko community to the homes of a selected group of kids from the Makoko primary school to take some family portraits. I loved this idea because the children were a lot more involved with the process showing us around their homes and were very excited to have their pictures taken. Slum2School then held a party for the kids afterwards, which of course they loved.

It was quite a feat organising this event, which involved c. 50 photographers, 30 professional volunteers, 25 community based volunteers and over 300 children and the organisational team led by Slum2School founder Otto Orondaam and photog Bayo Omoboriowo did a fantastic job. If you want to find out more about Slum2School and how you can get involved either as a photographer or volunteer, then be sure to check out their website right hereΒ and here.

The Makoko community holds a close place to my heart as they are a big part of the reason I chose to pursue photography professionally, you can see more of my Makoko work here, here,Β hereΒ and here.

Re the day, I tried to treat the session like any other portrait session, so focused on simple portraiture as well as a little bit of environmental portraiture. The kids seemed to love it and hopefully they were able to get copies of some of the pictures. So without further ado, I introduce you to Gilbert, Valeria, Favour and Hannah.

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The 4 children I was shooting: Gilbert, Favour, Valeria and Hannah. They get more excited about this, I promise πŸ™‚
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First we started at Hannah’s home – it’s quite humbling to see the circumstances they live in. This little lady loved the camera and I won’t be surprised if we see her on Africa’s Next Top Model in a few years. πŸ™‚
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Then we headed to Gilbert’s home. where he had quite a lot of family around. His mum was busy preparing fish to sell.
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Now Favour was a quiet little man – very serious most of the time but we were able to get a few smiles from him. Such a handsome little chap. πŸ™‚
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Finally we headed to Valeria’s house where she had lots of family around. She’s such a sweet little girl. I love the picture with her and her mama below.
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admin - Oh wow – this really means a lot Sarah. Thank you so much for your kind words – super appreciated. πŸ™‚

sarah gee - wani, seriously. these are so great! what a gift you have given. love your wedding work, but this… this is another level of beautiful. love the ones that are more documentary-style. thank you for giving to this world.

admin - Thanks Ashley πŸ™‚

Ashley Durham - Beautiful job documenting these children.

admin - Haha – she is a little rockstar. Thanks Larianne πŸ™‚

admin - It really was – thanks Hendrick πŸ™‚

admin - Thanks Debbie πŸ™‚

Debbie M - great street photography

hendrick - what a tremendous opportunity to do some real good.. fantastic images!!

Larianne - Wani, these photos are so beautiful. Hannah WERKED! Haha. Excellent job capturing these families.

admin - Thanks Conchita – it is always a humbling experience working with the kids and if we were able to give them a experience they enjoyed and will remember, then that’s the best gift. πŸ™‚

admin - Thanks Arica πŸ™‚

Conchita Medel - Wow, what a beautiful thing you did by volunteering for that organization!! I absolutely loved seeing all the pictures but my favorites were the individual ones you did of the 4 kids. You did such a great job capturing their little personalities!!

Arica - What beautiful children! Great job capturing them.

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