One of the things that makes Shoot To Earn so cool is that I get to talk shop with photographers from all over the world. In this episode I got to hang out with Juma Bannister of Relate Studios from Trinidad an island almost 4000 miles away from me. It was pretty awesome getting to hear the perspective of a photographer based in the caribbean and how he built his business up shooting weddings all over the world, including the US and Africa.

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What we talked about:

  • Going above and beyond
  • Branding
  • When to take the leap and go full-time.

Inspirational moment at: 24 min 00 sec

“I really wasn’t trained formally, most of my development was practice and research.”
Juma Bannister, Relate Studios
“I never really thought we would get to do stuff like this when we started.”
Juma Bannister, Relate Studios
“When you put yourself in a space where you really treat people well, it opens a lot of doors for you.”
Juma Bannister, Relate Studios


Bio:  Juma Bannister is a wedding and portrait photographer from the sunny islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Juma and Ayinde Smith (cofounder/photographer) operate Relate Studios and have photographed weddings all over the Caribbean, US and even Africa.

How we met: It’s an interesting story how Juma and I met. I photographed a wedding in Trinidad and Tobago about 4 or 5 years ago. Juma saw my photos online and reached out to me via my blog. And we’ve stayed friends ever since!

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