Emmanuel's beautiful style went on to attract the attention of major commercial and fashion brands. "At some point, I was able to start choosing what kind of work I did and what kind of portfolio I wanted to build," he explains. "It's been continuous learning ever since and I'm still a work in progress – I still learn every single day."
Whether capturing a high-fashion shoot in the studio or out on location, Emmanuel has garnered a reputation for never repeating the same image. "I get bored very easily, so it's important to make sure whatever I do, every single time I do things in a different way," he says. "If I want to get the result of four, for me it could be two plus two or six minus two. Creativity has many routes, not just one path."
Today, his spectacular images are regularly featured in Nigeria's most prominent magazines, and he has worked on beauty and lifestyle campaigns for several international brands. His advice for photographers wishing to follow in his footsteps is simple: always value what you do. "You also have to understand that you're not for everyone," he explains. "Creativity can vary hugely from person to person, so stick to doing what you're doing. You must be fulfilled and remember why you do what you do, otherwise it's a waste of time."