Meet a 24 Year Old who’s All about Creating Memories ….But Not For Free

 
Peter Kabiru, Kenyan Photographer

By Tabitha Makumi,
Photography is what sets his heart on fire. When he is old and spent…say 85 years old, he still wants to be able to click away and find joy in his work. Meet Peter Kabiru, a 24 year old shutter bug with fire in the belly for creating memories through photographs.

How did it all begin? What’s his advice to budding photographers? Read on…

What was your first job?
I was a graphic designer in a Design and Print company during my field attachment. I was Designing logos, and print materials for different clients.

How did you get in to photography…happenstance or passion?
(Laughs)I boarded the wrong train that led me to the right destination. I joined campus for a degree in Advertising where I specialized with Graphic Design.  Short version of it....When designing adverts, I used to incorporate images in most projects and at times it would be hectic finding the right kind of image to go with an Ad.

That is when an idea of owning a camera came in mind. I used to take my own images and use them in the design concepts. My mum and brother bought me my first DSLR camera. Later on, I found it more fulfilling and decided to concentrate on photography after campus.

How long have you been doing this?
It’s been 3 years since I started shooting.

Which are some of your notable works?
Just to name a few
Food Photography for Tupelo Restaurant
Team Building Photos for KCB Bank
Product Shoot for different online sellers. (Fashion e.g Clothes, Shoes)
Family Portraits
Outdoor Family Photos
Wedding Photos..etc

“Will you do it for free?” As a photographer/artist do you get to hear this question often?

Oh yes…that’s a common question. At this point in time I don’t and won’t do it for free, unless it’s towards a charity organization and they need photography services. For other shoots, commercial or personal, if a client requests for my services, I bill them. (laughs)

Canon or Nikon?
I am a Canon kind of guy

As a photographer, what’s the one thing that keeps you awake at night?
The need to offer the best to my clients and meet deadlines. I’m forced to work late in the night as I edit images for different shoots and ensuring every package is ready to be delivered to the client as agreed.

Worries….yeah they are many. As a freelance photographer I have to always think of my next client, and how will I do the shoot to impress. I tend to focus on shooting something distinctive that tells a story about the couple, family, or even product shoot to bring out high quality images.  A good profile adds more referrals.

In your opinion, do you believe or think a “good” photographer needs a fancy degree? 
Though it’s important to have background knowledge on photography, you don’t need a fancy degree in order to be a good photographer.  Photography is an art. Love and practice. It doesn’t matter how many books you read about photography or how many photographers you listen to everyday, it’s only by shooting and learning on the process that you get better each day.

What have you done differently to be successful in your field?

I still have a long way to go to consider myself successful. I however thank God for the progress I’m making. I identified a market in product photography in the advertisement industry where different sellers need to have impressive and captivating images to use while advertising their products or services.

Technology has made a great impact in today’s businesses. Even in Real Estate, potential buyers are able to view their dream homes over the internet and compare different options. I strive to do more of this, shoot great photos that will impact people and their businesses.

What’s your advice to someone who is just starting out as a photographer?
Anyone who is starting out, they need to acknowledge every step they make, shouldn’t compare with others. Strive to get better from their previous work.

Another great piece of advice that I wish someone had given me when I was just starting out, always make good use of whatever type of camera you are using and create something great with it. Don’t worry too much about owning an extravagant camera or one too many lights in order to capture a spectacular moment.

Someone is reading this and they would like to contact you…how do they go about it?

You can always reach me through my business line 0707912008

How do you relax after a long day at work?
At home spending time with family, talk, laugh, make jokes, eat and eat… I quote Akshat, the incredible dancer from India, “East or west, food is the best.”