Nikon Inc. announced the additions of Jide Alakija and Audrey Woulard to its Ambassador Program. The Nikon Ambassador Program unites some of the most versatile and influential voices in the photography community, joined by a commitment to educate and inspire, while making significant contributions to modern photography and filmmaking, the company said.
Audrey Woulard is a Chicago-based photographer and educator, who has 16 years of professional experience specializing in children’s portraiture, commercial, and editorial photography. For Woulard, portrait photography is more than just capturing a subject, but about providing an engaging experience that taps into the subject’s passions to create a photo that is completely unique to them. Her photography studio, Kids and the City, embraces this very principle, giving adolescents an opportunity to express their individuality and define their own style during their formative years.
Woulard is committed to spreading her knowledge as an internationally known leader of portrait photography, hosting various tutorials and workshops, and speaking at some of the industry’s top events and on stage for Nikon.
“I am passionate about sharing my techniques and experience with the creative community, so that we can learn and grow from one another. I am honored to continue educating as part of the Nikon Ambassador program,” said Woulard on being added to the program.
Jide Alakija is an internationally renowned photographer with more than ten years of experience photographing weddings, documentaries and editorial campaigns. He has garnered recognition by some of the world’s premier collectors and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institute Collection. Alakija’s work has taken him around the world to capture diverse perspectives. Outside of his high-profile client work, Alakija is dedicated to exploring his passion for African art. He is the co-owner of TAFETA, a private London-based art gallery specializing in 20th century and contemporary African art, which is regularly showcased at prominent events such as Art Basel and the Frieze London Art Fair.
In addition to running his New York-based studio, Alakija embodies the Nikon Ambassador commitment of empowering the next generation by sharing inspirational stories on the Nikon stage at tradeshows, hosting workshops around the world, and running mentorship programs in West Africa to educate underprivileged photography students.
“There is nothing more amazing than having the support and backing from if not the top brand in photo imaging in the world in your photography exploits. As an Ambassador I have a voice that’s been amplified because a trusted brand and with confidence I am able to share impactful stories, teachings, and inspiration with my peers,” said Alakija on joining the program.
To learn more about Nikon’s Ambassador Program, please visit: www.nikonusa.com/ambassador. For more information about Nikon’s full line of imaging products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.