By Rose Kwamboka
Ogopa signed singer Moustapha recently got himself in trouble after Pulse exposed photos of him posing with a nude girl.
The controversial photos sparked heat from the girl’s family that demanded a withdrawal of the photos from the Internet besides an explanation by the Kupe singer. They said the girl, a model, was being portrayed as immoral and of sexual indecency.
Leading socialites Hudda Monroe and Vera, had posted their nude photos on the official social pages in previous months provoking emotions of many followers.
Another socialite Ephy, followed the trend and before we knew it, nude art was becoming the in-thing in Nairobi.
Just who is behind this nude photography? Many now wonder, posing questions as to how one strips naked in front of a cameraman to take a shot.
Well, even as nude photography comes of age, the art of taking photos is becoming a lucrative business as celebrities and other players in the glamour world strive for image change.
From weddings, landscapes and indoor photography, top photographers are now in for the big kill. Just who are the top guys in the business?
KEVIN BUO, 21
Company name: Buo Art.
Specialty: Nude photography.
Celebs he has worked with: Huddah, Moustapha and Vera.
Currently a Graphics Design student at the University of Nairobi, the self proclaimed young achiever got himself a niche in nude photography last year. Most of his work is showcased on sites frequented by the elite and upmarket class. However, he surprisingly charges quite affordable fees. Though his photography is limited to indoor shoots only, he describes his venture as fun. “Nude doesn’t mean explicit. It is a form of expression,” he says. His works are, however, posted on his page on the clients consent, which has to be in writing.
BEN KIRUTHI, 29
Company name: Weddings by Ben Kiruthi/ Faithful Frames.
Celebs he has worked with: Brenda Wairimu, Willy Paul, Chris Eh Baba and Avril.
Awards: Wedding photographer of the year 2012 and second runners up, Photographer of the Year 2012.
The born again Christian took a permanent break from fashion photography late last year to pursue wedding photography on a full-time basis, as this is what he describes as his ‘first love.’ The fact that he does nothing short of high fashion bridal photos, has put him in the most sort after wedding photographer in Nairobi’s list. For Sh125,000, he can make you a wedding you a memorable wedding and as he sets to tie the knot next year, the question arises; ‘Who will take photos at his wedding that will match his works?’
FRANCIS GITHINJI, 26
Company name: Senji Photoz.
Specialty: Weddings and real estate photography.