The Kenya Fashion Awards 2017

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The Kenya Fashion Awards (KFA) 2017 which took place on Saturday at the Norfolk Hotel were definitely one of the more memorable fashion events in Kenya for 2017.
The event MC for the night was the beautiful Sheila Mwanyigha who took us through the different designs showcased by the different fashion houses, both at home and abroad.
Local celebrities in attendance included Kalekye Mumo, Ian Mbugua, and Polycarp Otieno aka Fancy Fingers of Sauti Sol among others.
The new designs and exotic looks and feels that were showcased on the runway were not only colorful and creative, but they also included an African touch. Of particular interest to me was the Maasai colors and beardwork that got all in attendance excited.
It is never a fashion event without winners. Among the winners at the event included:
  • Couture Magazine – Magazine with the best fashion segment
  • Standard Newspaper – Newspaper with the best fashion segment
  • Vivo Activewear – Fashion brand of the year
  • Tintseh – Fashion Photographer of the year
  • Sunshine Balogun the makeup artist
  • Joy Kendi – Fashion blogger of the year
  • Adele Dejak – Jewelery / Accessories designer of the year
KFA recognizes different categories and each category has different criteria. Some of the categories include students, upcoming, emerging and established. The criteria are different for every category. 
 
Among the sponsors at this year’s Kenya Fashion Awards included: Moet and Chandon, Canon Kenya and Trace Mziki.
 
 
Check out the event video below:
 

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The TechCrunch Battlefield Africa 2017 Event – #TCBattlefield

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What an event Techcrunch Battlefield 2017 was!
This was the first event of its kind to be held in the continent by TechCrunch, one of the largest digital media publishers and tech companies in the world. The event was sponsored by the social media network, Facebook.
The event saw top TechCrunch journos and editors visit the country, most for the first time, and interact with the developer community here and learn about tech and startups in the region. They were also on hand to teach and train startups on how to pitch to investors.
Among the event highlights included panels of investor judges. 15 startups from across the continent, got an opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of these investors with the winning startup, Lori Systems, a startup from Kenya, winning $25, 000, a trip for 2 to California, and an opportunity to pitch their startup for more investment sometime next year in San Franscisco.
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According to the VP for Platforms at Facebook, Ime Archibong, ” Facebook is stoked to partner with TechCrunch to bring their Startup Battlefield to Africa. TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 is a wonderful platform for the 15 African startups tackling local and global problems, to share their visions with the global tech community.”
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TechCrunch Battlefields are held in different cities in North America and until recently started to be held across different parts of the globe. Nairobi, Kenya, was chosen as the first destination to hold the event in Africa due to its position in the region, infrastructure, and the fact that there’s already an existing developer community.
Check out the video highlight of the event here:

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Aerial Silk Aerobics meets Interpretive Dance

Andrea and Joanne in a choreographed dance

What does aerial silk aerobics and interpretive dance have in common?

At first glance the quick answer is ‘nothing much!’ but when we shot  Joanne Ball-Burgess and Andrea Hartley’s choreography at the Mom3entum Fitness Gym on Muguga Green, Brookside this past Friday, the answer is… being on the ground isn’t a dance requirement!

If you’ve never watched aerial silk aerobics live in session then you’d be in awe at how a human being can manoeuvre silk and remain airborne for more than 30 minutes take after take. That and how a mother of three, yogi, dancer and former Sakata judge still dances better than you wish you could.

Damian Marley’s R.O.A.R blared on the portable speaker while David Gitonga, founder of E-Labz, worked his magic behind the camera trying to capture the magic from various angles- a difficult task given that the dancing was… well, dancing, and there was a lot of movement both on the ground with Joanne and having Andrea between two silk fabrics above her.

Here at E-Labz we pride ourselves in creating unique digital content while working on fun projects and this was definitely one of those. It’s safe to go ahead and copyright our bragging rights on being the first Kenyan content marketing company to capture this sort of collaboration, yes?

To work with Joanne, feel free to inbox her via Facebook on Judge Jo1. If you’re interested in learning more about or attending an aerial silk class with Andrea, find her on AER Africa on Facebook. The Mom3ntum Fitness Gym will be opening soon but in the meantime you can check out The Momentum Coffee Bar where we did an interview with Joanne earlier that afternoon. Serene is the word that best describes it, definitely worth the visit.

Videos will be coming out soon on our socials so stay tuned!

 

Maureen Wambaire is a social media manager and blogger at E-LABZ.  Branding is her thing, helping clients showcase their best as they share their stories with the world. Her twitter handle is @wambairem or reach her via email at maureen@e-labz.info.

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Working with King Kanja during the #KanjaWeekendMediaTour

It’s always nice to meet up and work with clients you’ve worked with before because they usually know and understand what they want. In most cases, you also don’t need to educate them on the process and requirements.

We caught up with King Kanja when he came back during his media tour and we got to document the entire journey. As I write this, the tour is ongoing and we’re loving the energy and vibe of this great artist. It is also great interacting with other media and industry professionals while at it which means E-LABZ continues to expand it’s footprint.

 

 

Here’s what we’ve been able to document so far. More content coming soon:

King Kanja on Kiss 100 with Adelle Onyango #KanjaWeekendMediaTour #254videoguy

Posted by E-LABZ Photography on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

 

Today morning at the Homeboyz Radio studios with G-Money interview with the legendary King Kanja as he discusses his new track "Weekend." #254videoguy

Posted by David Gitonga on Friday, June 30, 2017

 

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Dental Health Day with CloseUp

I had a blast when I was contracted to document for Unilever the activities during the Dental Health Day in Eldoret. The long march, the happy children, and the dental clinic experience were all great experiences. The Dental Association of Kenya chairman, former chairman, and treasury were also present. This would be the second time I would be visiting Eldoret and the experience was just as interesting as the first one.

Here are some pictures from the event.

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By David Gitonga

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VIDEO: Martin Scorsese Shot by Shot of ‘Cape Fear’

How do you shoot a scene and permeate the audience’s psyche? What makes a scene so realistic that you can watch it over and over again?

Martin Scorsece is one of director’s who has been able to bring out such level of realism in his work. While he has been criticized for the violent content in his films, he has successfully been able to create hyper creative, and sometimes violent, images by use of ultra quick shots, unsettling angles, and zooms in his work.

Here is  a shot-by-shot look at a scene in one of his earlier movies, Cape Fear, and how is expert camera work is brought out beautifully.

Enjoy!

 

MARTIN SCORSESE Shot By Shot from Antonios Papantoniou on Vimeo.

 

 

David Gitonga

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LIPA NA MPESA Promotion Shoot – Prep

I have always loved documenting an event and in December 2014 I had such an opportunity for one of the biggest brands in the country.  We went on a 4-day trip starting in Nairobi – Nakuru – Eldoret – Kisumu- Kakamega. The trip was exciting for me and for the entire crew and we really had a great time.

Here are some shots of the dance team in Eldoret during their preparation.

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David Gitonga

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VIDEO: Wedding Photography Poses

It’s been a little while since I posted something new, but I have been on the road shooting events. I wanted to post a quick follow-up on the last blog I did on How to Pose Subjects.  I realize that a lot of photographers and photography enthusiasts have covered a wedding or likely have had opportunities to do so.

Here are a few poses that anyone can use to greatly improve the quality and look of their images when shooting the bride and groom on their wedding day.

 

David Gitonga

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Learn About Image Formats

Have you been wondering, and possibly scratching your head, over what image formats you should use for your Facebook post updates, website, or blog? The truth is, some images are best served in a certain style while others are suited for certain channels.

Check out this infographic to learn about the different image formats and their usage.

 

 

David Gitonga

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How to Pose Your Subjects

Whether taking a formal shot or informal shots of a group of friends, as a photographer, it will be necessary to pose your subjects if you want your images to have a nice composition. I always find posing my subjects challenging, especially when am called in to shoot in the last minute without having had time to meet and interact with them.

As a result, I wanted to create a small posing guide that would be of help, not only to me but, to anybody who faces the same challenges as I do.

Here are a few poses for a large number of people, a group of friends, and family members.

1. This pose works when working with a large group of people. Here, the idea is to have the whole group looking like a single object.

2.  For your shots to have that formal or documentary look, compose in full height.  Simply get everyone visible like this.

3. Shooting from an elevated angle to get a higher viewpoint can give your shots a more interesting and inviting perspective.

4. This composition works best for a small team shot such as a music band or a small team of co-workers. Place a known leader in front for even stronger composition.

5. This a standard, ordinary, and common way to pose a group of friends.  It always works, so I had to put it in as well.

6. This is another fun pose. Get everyone lean their heads slightly closer and towards the camera while standing very close together. You are going to love this shot, and so will they.

7.  Have the group form a circle while lying on the ground. Shoot from above. This will make for a killer shot.

8. For this shot, choose a “group leader” and put him or her in front. The others can then join in one by one while standing behind the previous person peeking towards the camera over the shoulder while supporting themselves a little on the person directly in front to add cordiality to your composition.

9. For this composition, put a “group leader” in front while others appear behind each other. Shooting with different apertures for a variety of focus points makes for interesting shots.

Here is a slight variation of the previous one. For this shot. check that everybody is clearly visible and shoot from a close distance with a wide aperture. Focus on the first person and ensure people further away are blurred to create an interesting and unusual looking group shot.

10.This pose works great for a group of friends or family members. Ask the group to make a jump after a short run.

11. Here are some family shots you can try out as well.

 

And here is video:

David Gitonga

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