Although quite a young industry in Kenya, the photography sector has of the recent past gained grasp and proven to be lucrative. Over the years, the sector has indeed evolved.
From the ‘village photographers,’ we grew up knowing to the modern, sophisticated and technology-fueled photographer that owns and works with a host of digital cameras, lights, and editing suites.
These creative and diligent photographers are raising the bar by combining the significance of art, history, storytelling, our country’s culture, and digital awareness to produce high-quality photographs that are not only being recognized locally and globally.
This growth It is this consistent growth that has fueled a trade that was in the past been looked down upon. Photographers today are part of a significant set of professionals that are reaping handsome business returns by monetizing their craft.
Two questions beg. What has led to this sustained growth in the photography sector? And can this growth be compounded so we have even more entrepreneurs considering it?
February, is the month of love and there is no one who could tell it better, with years of capturing love and bliss through wedding photography, we couldn’t think of anyone better.
When it comes to Kenyan Photography, he is a household name, however, what you might not know is he left, his engineering job with a leading Telecommunications company in Kenya, to pursue his passion for photography. However, at times when it comes to business, it takes more than passion to stay a float.
Join us for this month’s edition of the After Office Hours with Ben Kiruthi, CEO and Founder Sun Africa Studios as he shares his journey in this young industry. The event will take place on 27th February 2020 at Nairobi Garage Kilimani // 6pm to 7pm
Ben will also talk about the industry in general, from the trends to the opportunities and the growth the industry has experienced in the recent past.
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About the speaker!
Ben Kiruthi is a Kenyan photographer based in Nairobi Kenya. He started his photography career in 2010 as a fashion & commercial photographer
He rose to become a household name in the Kenya photography industry and in 2013 he was named among the top 5 photographers in Kenya by Kenya Weddings.
Ben has worked with many companies & individuals and he prides himself in becoming the leading name when it comes to photography in Kenya. He has shot many projects from weddings, events, corporate shoots, commercial works and even architectural photography.
He attended Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology from 2003—2008 where he graduated with a degree in Electronic & Computer Engineering. He then proceeded to work for Smart International as a IT Support Engineer. Later that year he enrolled for a master’s in business administration from the Kenya Methodist University where he graduated with an MBA— Entrepreneurship in 2010. He then proceeded to work for Orange Telecommunications as a Network Engineer and resigned later to focus on his photography career.
He has received several accolades for his amazing photography. In 2015 his photography blog was nominated as the best blog in Africa and he received the award in Lagos courtesy of the Social Media Awards Africa. In 2013 his photography blog was voted the best blog in Kenya by the BAKE Awards Kenya. Also, he has been interviewed severally and his story has been used to inspire many people around the world about believing in their dream & pursuing their talents.
Together with his wife they opened a photography studio in August 2016 dubbed Sun Africa Studios and is now the leading Photo studio in Nairobi with over 20 full-time staff
Finally, Ben conducts free photography workshops and trainings all over Kenya and currently doing workshops all over East Africa to inspire young people to pursue their photography talent. He was recognized in 2016 as one of the top 40 men under 40 by the Business Daily.