Shola Animashaun is a multi-award winning visual storyteller, speaker, educator, and author. He is a professional photographer/cinematographer specializing in editorial, documentary, commercial photography and video productions.
He is also into weddings, fashion, travel, and sports photography which has equally brought him prominence. A graduate of accounting and had to turn down a lucrative job in an accounting firm for the love of photography. He is also a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
He acquired his first camera in June 2002, a few weeks before he received the clarion call to serve his nation as National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)
His resilience and attention to client briefs and details has afforded him the opportunities to work for clients in countries like U.S.A , Brazil, Egypt, Dubai , Adis abba , Barbados, South Africa, Kenya to name a few .
He has worked with and photographed top Nigerian acts like Tuface Idibia , P-Square, Don Jazzy, Femi Kuti, 9ice , Wizkid, Ice Prince , Banky W, Omawumi , Waje, Davido, Chindima, Weird Mc , Wizkid , Burna Boi, Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay, Eldee D Don, Funke Akindele, Rita Dominic, Saheed Balogun, Falz Tha Badh Guy, Iyanya, Basket Mouth, Bovi, Sound Sultan, Lynxx, Chidinma, Vector in his studio and he has had the privilege of shooting international acts like Akon, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rick Ross, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Idris Elba The Game, Llyod Banks, T-Pain, Sean Paul, Missy Elliot, Sisquo, Idris Elba, Tinnie Tempah, Busta Rhymes, SUV, Brick and Lace, Ciara, etc. on the world stage.
He has officially photographed for major top Nigerian companies such as Glo for Glo Campus Storms, MTN for MTN Project Fame, Channel O Music Awards, Headies ( Formerly called Hip-Hop World Awards), Love Like A Movie, Basket Mouth Uncensored, Rhythm Unplugged, Fela on Broadway and was the official photographer in charge of the editorial shoot for Hip Hop world magazine since 7 years. He has also worked with international brands namely Google Nigeria, Canon Central & North Africa and the British Council.
Shola Animashaun has executed assignments, meeting needs for both individuals and government parastatals alike, he has worked with the Ministry of Tourism as the official photography company for the Lagos Festival and the Eyo festival for Lagos state, Nigeria Tourism Expo. He has also done several documentary projects with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture on “Agric Yes” Farm Projects recently.
Shola has executed commissioned assignment for several NGO’s, Kanu Heart Foundation, Youth For Technology Foundation, British Council, Positive Growth Africa, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria that educates students in the Slum areas of Ajegunle. CECP Cancer project, Support For African Farmers to name a few.
Over the years Shola Animashaun has won five photography awards including a third place in an international competition with 7311 entries putting a stamp on his chosen photography specialties which include but not limited to editorial, wedding, event, commercial concert, model, sports photography. Shola was one of the 100 Nigerians honored with Ooni Youth Royal Awards in the first quarter of 2020.
He was also a part of the photographers that captured FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil,
Shola Animashaun is the head instructor at his photography academy: Shola Animashaun Photo Academy ( www.sholaanimashaun.com/academy ) which has empowered hundreds of photo enthusiasts and professional photographers for the past eight years. Shola also is the lead director at his Video Production Agency ( www.saproductionz.com ).