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I ask questions irrespective of age, accomplishment or social level- Tamara-Tiepre Isibor, CEO Da Inspecta Images

 I ask questions irrespective of age, accomplishment or social level- Tamara-Tiepre Isibor, CEO Da Inspecta Images




Introduction

My name is Tamara-Tiepre Isibor ( people call me tallesttp and more recently Da Inspecta) . I hail from Delta state, Ijaw by tribe. I'm from a family of 7. I am the second child and first female child. I’m a graduate from the Benson Idahosa University with a B.A.English Language. I can be described as a woman of many paths but more recently I've focused on being a photographer with specialty in capturing children's special moments.

What I Do
Truth is my craft found me but I didn't realise it early enough. While growing up my dad got me my first camera and I will snap pictures endlessly. Remember those cameras that had films with just 36 or 42 exposures in them? Well fast forward: I finished my national youth service and needed a job. I approached a friend ( Ejiro Onobrakpor) who had a multimedia company and asked him if I could work with him. He told me he couldn't pay because he actually didn't need any staff at that point plus I had no experience on that field ( videography) . I told him I'd work anyway and he said ok. I learnt on the job and gradually he allowed film weddings as well as edit videos. After working for 3months he paid me my first salary which was N8,000 that was in 2008… He did increase my salary gradually. The experience was worth it. Then one day years down the line I had stopped working for his company but he'd call me if he needed extra hands and on this one event he needed someone to take pictures with his camera and he handed the camera over to me and told me what to do. Most importantly he said “Tammie just enjoy yourself” . After the event he reviewed the pictures and was very impressed. There was a second time he handed me his camera again to take pictures and afterwards he told me “ you could actually leverage on photography, you should take it seriously” and that was it

For how long now?
Now this is a tricky question. Should I start counting from when I got my first camera from my dad *so sure*. Well I got my first professional gig 2013

The Beginning
Well I got my first professional camera as a gift from my husband, then I started taking pictures for free just to sharpen my skills. And I'd snap anything and everything. The name of my brand is imageinspecta ( image inspector). The name of the brand I got from being called Da Inspecta by some friends because of my inquisitive nature.
 I ask questions irrespective of age, accomplishment or social level- Tamara-Tiepre Isibor, CEO Da Inspecta Images

Ideology
Sometimes from other people's jobs on and off the internet, other times from within after pondering for a long time, but I always try to build something unique for each client.
Add-ons
I used to be a teacher, I still do it once in a while but not formally, I help plan and organise events, I'm an actress, I love to cater to kids, I do some charity work.

Work Rate
It depends on work load. It could range from 8-12 hours or more.


Fear and Strength
My greatest fear is failing , I just draw strength from knowing people believe in me and in the bid not to disappoint them i brace up
 I ask questions irrespective of age, accomplishment or social level- Tamara-Tiepre Isibor, CEO Da Inspecta Images


Passion
Grooming well grounded children who would take on the world and make positive changes

My Success Definition
Success to me is setting one’s own goals and achieving and surpassing them

Failures and Solution
Performing poorly on a project because I felt ashamed to ask questions. Now I ask questions irrespective of age, accomplishment or social level as long as I get the answer and become a better person from the information gathered.

Influencers
My parents Rev and Mrs K.E.Tiemo, they never gave up on me, Rev James Arheghan my pastor, mentor and inspiration, Ejiro Onobrakpor my friend and first boss who always sees things from a perspective no one else does, Dr Chinyere Efe-Agbonaye my no.1 cheerleader, Isibor Evbas who bought me my first professional camera even if he didn't know how it works, Fast Eddie and Olive who always says to me “ why are you afraid of succeeding” ahhhhhhh Onye Ubanatu who is never afraid to share what he knows.

Life of an Entrepreneur
It's made me more responsible, it's also made me have plans for the future while believing in myself.

What works for me
 I don't know if I can call them skills but it works for me1. Believe in your dreams because no one else will do that for you/ be resilient
2. Be proactive
3. Position yourself like a sponge; soak in every information you can lay your hands on, you never know which one will come in handy
 I ask questions irrespective of age, accomplishment or social level- Tamara-Tiepre Isibor, CEO Da Inspecta Images

The Future
Answer: to be an international photographer and to have one of the foremost photography studios in Nigeria ( to begin with)

To the College Student who wants to become an Entrepreneur
Find what your passion is, most of the time it's something you enjoy doing without stress ( if you catch yourself smiling while doing it, then leverage on it) . Find someone who is already excelling in the field and tag along ,learn all you can and for free if possible. Focus on sharpening your skills and the money will chase you

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