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Influence x Temi Coker

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Influence is an initiative that provides an opportunity to gain insights from influencers who've garnered significant renown and visibility across various disciplines. The Influence experiment allows wave-makers to provide encouragement, motivation and advice with aspirational dreamers through honest perspectives based on their own experiences.

Lagos-born Temiloluwa Coker  is a Photographer, Graphic Designer and an Educator widely known for his creative approach in photography and design. His goal is to help people tell and share their stories through digital mediums. In addition to work on his craft, Temi invests his time into teaching the younger generation the power of creativity and how it can change the world. In the first Influence snip-isode, Temi shares a bit of insight and perspective he wishes he'd carried with him during the early days of his photography journey.


This month marks five years in my photography journey. When I first started, I wish someone had told me to take it one day at a time. We hear this phrase a lot, but don't often put it into action. The day I bought my first camera, I wanted to take pictures like other photographers who had been shooting for ten years. I got frustrated because my shots didn't look ANYTHING like theirs. I did research, watched Youtube videos and tried to get better gear, but I later realized I was trying to skip steps in my journey. There's nothing wrong with having goals, but important to take it one step at a time. Challenge yourself to grow daily, and aim to do better every day than you did the previous day. Some days won't feel like you're growing but trust that if you're consistent, growth will come. We all have our unique journeys but whatever it is, take it a day at a time.  -Temi Coker, Photographer



 Photographed by Afritina Marie. View more of her work on Instagram.



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