Nigerian-born Lola Akinmade Åkerström’s photography and travel writing are characterized by vibrancy and hope. Obtaining a Masters (MSc) degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland with a solid background in Geography, she specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 12+ years and her affinity for the geosciences and maps meant she was born to travel.
Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, National Geographic Channel, several in-flight magazines, New York Times online, amongst others.
Some of her articles and photography have been syndicated on MSNBC, Slate, Yahoo, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun Times, Huffington Post, and Time Warner.
She was in South Africa on a photography assignment for National Geographic Channel and was featured in a vignette called “Through The Lens” which airs on Nat Geo channel across the globe.
She worked as a field journalist on the web team during Eco-Challenge’s Expedition Race in Fiji and has volunteered as a photojournalist with the Swedish Red Cross and World Hope International, documenting their projects in countries such as Nicaragua, Sweden, and Cambodia, and C.H.I.E.F – an NGO based in Nigeria that promotes grassroots health development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and the empowerment of women.
Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative.
She owns and runs Geotraveler Media – a multimedia and travel consulting firm providing a spectrum of travel media-related services from writing, photography, and art to web design, and social media.
She has been recognized with awards for her work.
She is also the cartoonist behind Office Supplies – The Comic © and an oil painter.
She is based in Stockholm, Sweden and available for assignments around the world.
View her official portfolio at akinmade.com.
Personal note - As a photographer, I rarely use flash and always go for natural available light in all my photos. While flash has its purposes and I can use it if needed, my photography style is always about capturing the mood and ambiance of a place, a person, or a moment, and for me, this means using natural light. That will continue to be my challenge and path for the foreseable future.