Solomon N. N. Tetteh. (Professional Photographer from Ghana, Africa)

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Every year that I visit Ghana I meet more and more wonderful people. During this current trip I have yet again met a wonderful and gifted Ghanaian by the name of Solomon N. N. Tetteh. I was recently travelling back to Accra from Kumasi to spend time with my future hubby Yofi, who introduced me to one of his great friends (Solomon) who he has been working along side and shooting with most recently. So Yofi had arranged for the two of us to meet with Solomon to do a little photo shoot for the two of us. Which I found to be very kind considering he was taking time out to meet with us. (More than once as I had a hair drama on one of the days!) Haha.

So, during these past few days I have gotten to know a lot more about Solomon, his background, interests and how he got into photography.

About Solomon N. N. Tetteh:

Solomon is from Accra, Ghana. He has spent most of his childhood days in Osu, Shiashie and Nungua (Ghana). Solomon schooled at Osu Home School (South La Estate Primary), Nungua Presec (SHS).

How he became interested in photography:

His interest in photography started out earlier in his life more as a hobby.  He started taking pictures with a mobile phone before he was in possession of professional camera. Solomon was actually more focused on Dancing and making music. He didn’t really focused on photography because he didn’t have any kind of motivation in that aspect or area.

It was around 2009 when he started operating an internet cafe that he got the chance to study more on photography and manipulations online (Youtube channels).  He was more focused on Graphic Designing than photography. By 2011-2014, Solomon went on to study Graphic Designing at IPMC.

In June 2014, Solomon’s pastor (Rev. Abraham Lamptey) was the one who gave him the platform to officially put his gift to service and use in the house of God. His pastor was the one who gave him a camera (Model: FujiFilm-FinePix S4300) to use for the Church. Rev. Abraham’s photo below)

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From that day on, he became part of the media crew of his church. The church has always been his classroom in mastering and perfecting his craft in photography, “Since its a gift from God, why not use it to serve Him more”, says Solomon.

Sometimes, he would take the camera home after service and during that time is when he had the chance to put to practice everything he has seen other pro photographers do and what he would love to do. It was in July 2015 Solomon had his first own official camera (Nikon D5200).

Who inspires him in terms of photography:

A few of the many photographers that inspire Solomon are Reyv0lution, Dani Diamond, Benjamin Von Wong, Bob Pixel.

What type of photography and work he does:

He mostly focuses on Portraits, Nature & Lifestyle shoots. He also does photo shoots for several event’s (Weddings, Parties, Programs etc) as well as travel photography. Being open to new things, Solomon is always discovering other forms of photography and would love to get involved in more shoots such as Landscape, New Borns, Macro, Black & White shoots etc.

What shoots have been most enjoyable for Solomon:

Solomon’s most joyous and successful shoots have been shoots with children and the youth.

Below is a wide range of Solomon’s best shots and I personally would agree that these are some of the best shoots I’ve seen. His work is outstanding and the attention to detail he puts in to each photograph is wonderful. From personally getting the chance to shoot with Solomon, I got to see how he puts his ideas into play when the camera comes out. He is always bringing ideas on how to make the shoot extra special and not just the average same old photo shoot.

You can also see below my own photos with my future hubby Yofi which we just recently shot last week. To enlarge any of the photos below you can individually click on them.  These photos strictly belong to the owner and should not be copied without permission.

BEACH SHOOTS

 

TRAVEL SHOOTS

 

ANIMAL SHOOTS

 

CHILDREN SHOOTS

PORTRAIT 

MY PHOTO SHOOT WITH YOFI IN ACCRA.

PHOTO SHOOT OF DAVID BORTEI BISSINAH (YOFI) IN ACCRA.

 

I will definitely be using Solomon’s services again and even wish to use his service on my own wedding day one day in the near future and would highly recommend his services to anyone.  He has a kind and polite manner with a very friendly approach which will make you feel very at ease during your photo shoot. 🙂

How can I contact Solomon:

If you wish to book or inquire about Solomon’s services you can contact him on the following platforms:-

Facebook: Solomon Tetteh
Instagram: SolomonJnr
Twitter: SolomonJnr
Email: solomonjnr6gh@gmail.com

Thank you again to my readers! I have been noticing you everyday and appreciate all the lovely comments.  I appreciate those who take interest and take the time to read my posts. So, once again, thank you and many more to come! 🙂

“The world will only highlight the negative so let us highlight the positive”

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Cape Coast, Ghana

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Evening all 🙂

I am a little late in posting (as always) but I have now started my 4th trip in Ghana. I landed 2 weeks ago and Still currently here doing my work so bare with me 🙂 I have so much to tell in such a short time so I will get round to posting my experiences from my trip so far. I have managed to return to the orphanage in Kumasi as planned and will post about this next.  For now, just a quick post following my return to Cape Coast over the weekend. It had been 3 years since I last visited Cape Coast so I had to plan a trip 🙂

So I managed to fit in some time and spend my weekend in cape. I travelled from Kumasi with my sister in Ghana, Akosua. We met up with my longest and dearest friend in Ghana, Ekow 🙂 Ekow was the first Ghanaian I met 7 years ago and it’s been around 3 years since I last saw him. We fight and make up like brother and sister lol He has seen me grow from a stubborn little teenager into a matured woman lol. So I was very happy to see him and spend my weekend with him. Cape Coast is my favourite place in the whole of Ghana and it always has been. So I wanted to make the most of my trip. Our great friend Kofi also came along from Accra. We had a wonderful time and chilled at the beach and enjoyed great food 🙂 I would highly recommend Cape Coast to anyone who has yet to visit. It is one of the most beautiful places in Ghana and so full of culture and history. Even the place alone looks so historical lol There is a lovely beach restaurant next to the castle I would recommend. Great music and good food. Well, I am now back in Kumasi and packing for another trip tomorrow into Accra so I will keep everyone updated during my travels and I will try and have my post up this weekend from the trip to the orphanage last week. For now, enjoy the photos below of Cape Coast 🙂

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Another Side Of Ghana

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As most people know from reading my last posts, i was in Ghana again for the second time on September/October.  My first time in Ghana was on May 2013 and of course it was an experience of a lifetime and i wont forget those wonderful memories but, i have to say, my second trip to Ghana this year was even more special than i ever imagined it to be. I didnt know it could get any better than that first trip in 2013 but this time i felt something different.  The moment i got off the flight, i no longer felt like a “visitor” to Ghana. I felt like i was returning home. The feeling is almost impossible to explain to anyone.  Sometimes (if not most of the time) i feel almost trapped when i am here in the UK.

This sounds crazy i know but i feel i am stuck in the wrong place. I am not saying i hate it here, i have family and friends here but the moment i step back into Africa i feel almost like i’m no longer trapped.  It is almost like that feeling you have when you were a kid and you are in class being taught a subject you have no interest in. For example, i hated maths, so every time i went to maths class i felt trapped and almost like i was forcing my self to get through that hour just so i can rush to Art class.  As for Art, i loved/love art so that class was where i felt most happiest and no more trapped. Understand? So just like Africa and the UK, i feel trapped in one place and free in another.  In an ideal world i would be living in Africa and working there. But since my job (paid job) is here in Scotland, then i am “trapped” here for now until i have everything in order and enough savings to move.  Anyway, what i am trying to say is, the moment i got back to Ghana on September i no longer felt trapped, i felt i could now be my self 100%.  Surrounded by the right people who share the same interests as i do. That happiness is incomparable honestly!

I stayed in Accra for a few days when i landed.  I spend those first few days with some amazing friends, went to the beaches, chilled out, ate plenty great food, danced to some great Ghanaian music and just relaxed to the fullest.  This was wonderful of course but it was the Monday after i landed (2/3 days later) i got packed and ready to travel to Kumasi. Now, i visited Kumasi for the first time in 2013 and i can honestly say i didnt enjoy the busy streets lol but this time Kumasi has became a second home for me and i seen a different side of Kumasi. I lived with the most wonderful family who i love with all my heart and miss them everyday. This family brought me in as one of their own. Their house was right next to a very loud church (lol) which i actually enjoyed hearing everyday. Just down the street from the family house there was this young man selling beef kebabs and sausage kebabs and anyone who follows my blog will know these kebabs are heavenly to me! lol so i would go out in the evening and get some to bring back to the family house and enjoy with some homemade jollof rice made by the households helper.

I also got a chance to visit Kintampo Waterfall this time around. I will post some pictures below. Ghana has some of the best tourist attractions i’ve ever seen and Kintampo waterfall was of course another amazing tourist attraction. I would really suggest that you check it out if you havent already. There is a very lovely young man who will give you a tour around and guide you to each waterfall. Finally when you get the main fall (the largest one) you have the chance to either go in a splash around or just sit on the rock and enjoy the peaceful wonderful scenery. It was one of the most amazing peaceful places ive visited. I would make that my place to go and think and clear my head if it wasnt such a long drive to get there lol

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I also got the chance to visit a primary school (the head teacher was the lady who i was living with in Kumasi) so her son was kind enough to take me to visit the school (you’ll see some pictures below) This of course wasnt my first time visiting schools in Ghana but this time it felt extra special because of the warm welcome i go from all the staff and of course by the head teacher (my step mummy) lol The kids in the school were of course cute as always and some actually made me laugh so hard. One young boy called out “hey Obroni, white lady, white madam, beautiful lady) he used every term of “lady” to get my attention and i couldnt stop laughing, a boy of such young age (around 8 years old) who was calling out every name he could gather in his head for a white lady hahaha i am even laughing while typing this as it was just adorable and hilarious.

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After spending time in Kumasi we traveled back to Accra to sort a few things and while there i lived with some members of the same family from Kumasi. This whole family were taking care of me from Kumasi to Accra! This is one family i know ill love for the rest of my life. They really took great care of me and made sure i was comfortable in everyway. We had some of the most amazing nights together. Chilling out, meeting up with friends, eating great food, laughing together and genuinely enjoying each others company. Their words to me before i left their house was “when every you are in Accra or Kumasi, you come here, this is your home too now, no more hotels” 🙂 Of course i am not surprised at the kindness of these people because i’ve never met anyone in Ghana who isnt kind at heart towards their visitors 🙂 I am just glad i met yet another wonderful Ghanaian family who ill forever hold in my heart.

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I am veryyyyyyyyyyy happy to say that i am AGAIN going back to Ghana 🙂 in just 2 months time! (February) – i cant stay away ! lol I wish everyone would go out to Africa and experience it for themselves. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with Africa and will either never leave or rush back at every chance you get!

I will be volunteering with a small organization which i am now part of (see my previous post for more info on the organization)  Who work hard to help orphanages and widows/elderly in Kumasi (and hopefully by God’s grace, other parts of Africa when the funds become stable)  So i will be flying out on February to take part and do my bit to help out and try and raise as much awareness and gather funds/clothes etc to donate to the orphanages.  I will try my best to find time to post more and post some photos and stories along the way. Thanks to everyone who actually takes the time to read my VERY long posts lol My idea from the beginning is to change peoples negative views on Africa and see the positive sides to Africa and through my own experiences and knowledge i hope i can show people that there is more to Africa than what the media will show you. I hope everyone gets the chance to go out to Africa and experience the wonderful continent for themselves 🙂 I promise you’ll want to go back! Great music, food, fashion, people and sights to see!

I also want to say thanks to all my wonderful friends i have met from all over Africa. I honestly don’t know where i would be without you all. I don’t always have time to come online but when i do and i see the wonderful emails and comments from everyone it makes me so happy knowing that my message is getting across to some people and seeing how much they admire my passion for Africa. So thanks my lovely friends i love you all :*

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