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Manuel Photography behind the shots of celebrities

Emmanuel Kofi Ohene Bilson likes to be called by his brand name Manuel Photography.

On most of the photographs that some well-known personalities in the country share online and on social media platforms, there is a bold watermark with “Manuel Photography” inscribed on it.

These photographs are the works of Emmanuel Kofi Ohene Bilson who likes to be called by his brand name Manuel Photography.

From current to former presidents of the country, MPs, politicians, chefs, musicians, actors, TV/radio presenters, CEOs of corporate institutions, birthdays, engagements, weddings, funerals, among others, Manuel has worked with almost everyone. .

In fact, there’s no big event that you wouldn’t find the CEO of Manuel Photography with his camera and tripod moving up and down to take pictures. Besides taking photos of people, Manuel also has photos with almost every well-known person in the country for his personal collections.

It is no wonder that he has won several awards for his works. The Deputy Editor of The Mirror, Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah (HNBQ), caught up with Manuel Photography (MP), the award-winning photographer, to share his success story.
HNBQ: What prompted you to get into photography?

MP: I believe that venturing into photography was a vocation. I am a professional graphic designer and have worked in this field for five years. I’m a church boy, so one day I was praying and there was an inner voice telling me to get into photography. So I promised to buy myself a camera for my birthday, which I did and that started the photography journey. I didn’t learn it anywhere.

HNBQ: What image of you had the magic of putting you out there so people would know about Manuel Photography?

MP: I started by taking pictures of some people but Ekow Smith-Asante, the actor, introduced me to Okyeame Kwame the musician and others. As a result, I will do photo shoots of them and send the photos back to them. Gradually I started getting jobs from them and other popular personalities.

HNBQ: What kind of photography do you do, just portraits or events?

MP: Currently, I don’t limit myself. I do everything the camera can take, from parties, weddings, engagements, funerals, corporate events to individual photo shoots. I like to capture beautiful landscapes so I take interesting photos of everything I encounter.

HNBQ: Do you work as a team or do your work alone?

MP: I started alone but God being so good I have a team that I work with. They are made up of 12 photographers and videographers. I trained some of them and others were already in photography, so I helped polish their careers and work with them now.

HNBQ: What is difficult to work on? Wedding, funeral or shooting commercials?

MP: I have mastered my craft. However, I have to admit that weddings are usually a little hard to work with. Sometimes you have family members or friends of the client who all decide. Clients aren’t usually difficult to deal with, but those around them sometimes make the job difficult. However, you take everything in your stride and just do a great job that would leave a lasting impression on the client no matter the challenge.

HNBQ: How do you charge, is it based on personality or the amount of work?

MP: Our prices are often based on the type of work you want us to do for you. Some would prefer a few portraits of their events, others would like us to shoot from the beginning to the end of an event. This obviously has a different cost.

HNBQ: It’s wonderful. Where did you grow up?

MP: I was born and raised in Accra New Town. I am an only child and my mother Fanny Bilson is everything to me. I am a Methodist and a devout believer in the gospel. I am also a chorister. I am just a boy from a humble background trying to survive like any other youngster in Ghana. I’m not married, in fact I’m seriously looking.

HNBQ: Where did you do your primary and secondary education? Any other classes after that?

MP: I started primary school at New Page School in Kokomlemle and did my secondary education at Asamankese Secondary School. Subsequently, I obtained a higher diploma in graphic design and web design, a certificate of achievement for the creation and management of website solutions.

HNBQ: What makes you happy?

MP: What excites me the most is when I see my photos going viral with people commenting and sharing them. It tells me that I have progressed in my career and that people are watching what I do.

HNBQ: What do you do in your free time?

MP: I don’t really have any free time. However, I like to travel when I’m not so tied to certain events in town. This is when I take my travel photos. I have the opportunity to document beautiful landscapes, cultures, customs and historical sites. As they say, pictures say it all.

HNBQ: What would you say to someone who wants to get into photography?

MP: For anyone who wants to venture into photography, I would say just follow your passion or your dream. If it works for you, do it great. The ways of God are not the ways of man. Just believe in the good Lord and he will always guide you.

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