By Esther Nantambi
On September 24, 2021, at exactly 1:00 pm, a convoy of cars came to a halt at Munyonyo UCB Rise Lake View Drive, the home of former Head Master Namilyango College School, Mwami Muguluma. Music played and decor alighted the place. The mood was celebratory.
A daughter of the home, Leticia Nabukalu, the Manager and Head of Operations at Walter Photography was introducing Walter Kabuye a.k.a Melanin King, an award-winning fashion & Afrocentric photographer and CEO Walter Photography.
Rocking his signature dreads hairstyle, the groom arrived stylishly clad in a traditional Kanzu and coat, while his bride was adorned in a gomesi, matching with his attire.
“My family is not traditional. They know the kind of job Walter does and they are very proud of him. They also love his signature hair. He is the Melanin King,” submits Leticia.
‘Exceptionally smart but usual,’ one may think, considering the couple’s well-suited traditional attires. This however was no surface couple. Running a photography company teaches you a few things and this couple left no stone unturned to represent style in a pre-traditional wedding African- Centric photoshoot. They wore both Egyptian and African Kikooyi attires. We had an interview with them.
Why a pre-kwanjula photoshoot?
We made a pre-photoshoot because it is one of the services on our kwanjula and wedding packages. We wanted to have a feel of what we do. It is one thing to be doing something and another to experience it. Our shoot was so much fun, it was full of positive energy, everyone on the set was free-spirited.
Isn’t it expensive to make outfits for a shoot like yours?
Your photoshoot places look different. Where was each outfit shot from?
Why Dynamic for your photography and not Walter Photography?
We wanted a different feel and Dynamic is one of the best wedding photographers in Uganda. We were looking for someone who would bring out our concept very well as we had envisioned it and he delivered very well.
What do you love most about your fiancé?
I really do love the way he loves me. He can do anything for me. I have witnessed this over the years and people in my circles can testify to it. He loves me right.
For a young couple in a relationship that is also working together, what are your magic tips?
- We pray together for the grace of God to be with us and at the center of everything we do. We wake up at 6 am to pray to 7 am. We are very spiritual people and we acknowledge that we don’t do this on our own, it’s God’s grace.
- We don’t work on Monday since our week and weekends are busy. Usually, on Monday, we go for dinner to keep our relationship bright.
- While on set it is work time. When we get home, it is about us not work.
How do you manage your finances? Who pays who?
Since it is a family company, it would be hard to tress finances, so we use a structure. We have operations, finance and creativity departments. The finance arm of the company tracks every money that comes in and at the end of the month, I and Walter are paid according to the company system.