If names such as Huddah Monroe, Vera Sidika and Carozan Kwamboka ring a bell, then you may need to know this Kevin Buo guy. 📸 📸
Kevin Buo is only 24 years old but his massive reputation in the Kenyan photography industry precedes his seemingly unthreatening stature. He is the owner of the renown Buo Arts which is arguably the most sought after photography studio in Nairobi City.
His passion for photography began after he had just completed KCSE in 2009, but he had not yet decided whether he’d want a career from it. In fact, at University, he decided to take a course in Graphics Design. Meanwhile, he took his father’s digital camera and started taking photos just for fun.
He says that the more he took the photos, the more his passion grew. Before he knew it, he started taking photos of his friends applying his skills on Photoshop from a class he was taking to transform the photos from ordinary to extraordinary.
Given his passion and his amazing skills, he started having clients, then, before long, celebrities lined up in his studio for photo shoots. His first celebrity client was Eric Omondi who actually approached him! Talk about your work selling you. Since then, he has worked with big names such as Daddy Owen, Avril, Nameless etc.
Kev also works with big businesses that want him to do their activations and advertisements. This job gives him a fat income – indeed far more than those in banking entry jobs can dare dream of. He also seems to have established a brand and launched the careers of socialites along the way 💃🏼 😂. He says that the most important lesson he has learnt on the job is:
You have to perfect you work, it has to be perfect before you release anything to the public because there are people looking up to you out there.
This story is adapted from an interview that Kevin Buo did with Daily Nation’s Buzz Magazine.