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Who is Moko Mettle-Nunoo?
Preserving human expression through the art of photography our next Diamond Legacy Group Spotlight Monday entrepreneur, Ms. Moko Mettle-Nunoo, is bringing imagery to life one click at a time.
As owner and founder of M2N Photography, Moko is dedicated to creating portraits that are client specific and designed around the personality of the subject. Each session is combined with the vision and creativity of the photographer to bring forth the finest details in each picture. Obsessed and intrigued by human interest, Ms. Mettle-Nunoo is a true professional and innovator of her craft.
Based in NYC and raised in the cultural melt pot of Brooklyn NY. Ms. Mettle-Nunoo continues to explore new spectrum by expanding her brand to include style, makeup and concept consultations. Dedicated to documenting history through photograph, Moko is inspired to uplift spirits and lives by the motto "We cease to exist without the preservation of memories"
With Nigerian roots, Moko is a unique beauty inside and out, her passion for photography raises her brand to new heights, as she continues to focus on preserving memories for ages to come.
What made you get started in your industry?
Initially, I did not have my eyes set on being a professional photographer. I have always loved photography, taking pictures and being in them; I was the designated photo taker for friends and family because I was good at posing and directing. I am the person who has everyone’s pictures in a photo album, cd, flash drive and online storage. If you have ever been around me, most likely I have a photo of you even if you didn't know I took the pic. Long story short, my mom purchased what she thought was a pro camera (it was a point and shoot) for my birthday and I started using it whenever I would go anywhere. From then, I purchased my own entry level DSLR camera and a girl I went to high school with hired me to do her children’s events. That was the birth of M2N.
Walk us through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did?
The first thing I did was research what camera and lens I should purchase to start out. A coworker of mine is also a photographer so initially, I picked his brain about what equipment I needed. I also joined online forums and read books that I purchased. I am self- taught through online classrooms, videos, diagram, reading and most of all practice. I didn’t really start getting steady work until 2015 when a DJ and owner of an event company started hiring me to do the photography at his events. In the summer of 2016, I rebranded myself and took a break from events to focus on portraits and branding myself in that genre as well as fashion and beauty. I am happy with the direction my photography is going in, but I won’t be satisfied until I am one of the greats; I am looking forward to what the future holds for me.
What do you consider are your specialty?
Portraits are definitely my specialty. Ironically, because I am a textbook introvert, I love the one on one connection with my subjects.
Do you see yourself making this full-time?
Without a doubt
What can we always expect from your company/brand?
You can always expect that Moko will go all out to make sure you have the best experience with M2N Photography. I am always prepared and will continue to "wow" my clients with how hard I work, my ability to be accommodating and how humble I am. You can always expect my very best because my work is a part of me.
What was the best advice you every received and why?
The best advice I’ve received is to stay true to my passion, get out of my comfort zone and trust the process; Rome wasn’t built in a day.
What tips can you recommend that you’d would most likely only share with a close friend or comrade on success?
The tips I would give a close friend is the same I would give to a stranger on the street. However, I am a little more forceful with my close friends so I’d most likely end the conversation with “If you don’t do….., you’re wasting your life”
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What can we expect from you and your company/brand in the next 5 years?
Growth and expansion, I am working on my makeup artistry and developing my brand to include makeup, styling (fashion), as well as hair styling services; A one stop shop. I also am looking forward to getting published, collaborating with others in my industry and traveling.
What do you think will be the next big change or shift in your industry?
The industry has shifted so much in the past couple of years, there has been a surplus of new photographers and entrepreneurs, I expect that amount to grow. I expect new technology that will blow the visual artistry community out of this world and make it enticing for everyone to get out there and be creative.
If a young entrepreneur walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
It would be the same as I tell myself. “The road to success is a journey, not a race. Be consistent and persistent, but not too hard on yourself, it’s okay not to know everything. Refrain from comparing your process or status to others, which is a true recipe for disaster. You can do all things though Christ that strengthens you.”
How do you define a legacy and what are you doing right now to create one?
I feel a legacy is like a photograph, it remains even when you are dead and gone. It is proof of your existence, generations will know your name. With branding myself I believe that when people see or hear M2N or my images they will see Moko. I am my brand because it is and always will be part of me.
We are honored to showcase this extraordinary woman, in hopes that it will inspire you to follow your dreams. If you are looking for creativity and innovation for your next photo session and would like to connect with Moko please send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her website http://www.m2nphotography.com/ be sure to follow her on social media: @m2nphotography on Facebook/Instagram
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