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Holding onto Her Vision: Chantal Edie's Reveals her Innermost Love and Passion for Photography

We love fine art and when we see one, we applaud and acclaim the genius behind the masterpiece. That is why we are excited to show this great shoot by talented photographer Chantal Edie of Studio XL Douala. Read on as Chantal narrates her love and passion for photography, and the evolvement and realisation of her most desired dream.


"Many years ago, way back in England I and Beautiful had a plan. The plan was to organize a vintage shoot in a lovely cottage in Netley. Beryl was in London and I in Southampton and I had just started at the media workshop in Southampton and so badly needed to nourish my never ending yearn to do a photoshoot.

Unfortunately I had to leave England without doing this well planned shoot and I was disappointed because beautiful had everything ready for the shoot. She had taken care of looking for models and their styling.
But as God would want it, Beautiful too decided to come back to the motherland 'Yass' and whenever we met we always joked about our failed plans and still swore to do it.

Some years after in a matter of a week we decided we had procrastinated enough! Beautiful being a pro in the field she had everything ready in no time make-up artist, a stunning model and accessories.
Initially the shoot had to be an outdoor in a rustic looking scenery but because of the rain we decided to do it indoor. We weren't going to push it to another day, not anymore, not after so many years.
This shoot was kind of a comeback shoot for me as well due to events that had prevented me from shooting for a year. We did it finally Beautiful, we finally did our vintage shoot.
Special thanks to my lovely model Edmonda Barbara Guassan who is just so brilliant and amazing. I know she is going to go places, watch out for her you guys!! She is tall 1m80 and Weighs 60kg at Size 36. She is studying Bio chemistry so as to run her own Food industry.

Barbara has got a lot of travelling to do this year; this month she will be attending the prestigious FESMA in Benin and in the later months she will be doing Lagos and Ghana. When I asked her why she was so good a model she said “evidently, I am working hard to be like my icons Alek Wek and Naomie Campbell.”




About Chantal Edie 


Chantal's interest in photography started in 2010 during her walk abouts in a small village called Bursledon in Southampton. She got my first SLR from a second hand shop for 500 pounds which she paid in installments. Her Prof Dr. Evans back then in Hsc encouraged her to join the Media workshop, an adult learning scheme subsidized by local councils to train adults in media and related activities. While there, she carried many projects with the team and learnt from professionals. In 2011 she became the head photographer for FabAfriq Magazine. In 2012 she returned to Cameroon and was privileged to shoot for Iman Ayissi. In 2014 she started working as an operations manager for Bush Marine Services and later as a marketing director. In 2015, she met Zacharie Ngnogue, Director of StudioXL Douala and  decided to leave her job in maritime to join his team. Today she is a co-owner of StudioXL Douala, a photographer and artistic director. Her vision is to create a platform for African women in photography.





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