Welcome to Kodjoarts Videography & Photography. We maintain the artistic vision through all phases of art. Highly equipped with an excellent work ethic and capacity to effectively manage creative projects and provide the best quality videography & photography. We offer wedding videography, marketing videos, music video production, commercial videography, corporate videography, photography, Aerial drone services and many more! We will go above and beyond to make sure you are happy with what we produce! Our goal is to serve you with the best quality services at an affordable price. Contact us today to learn more about our services and rates.
From Togo to the US – Challenges Met & Overcome
Born in Togo, Kodjo Somana immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was seven years old. Although his parents had moved in search of new opportunity, they still struggled in the years that followed. There were many challenges that he had to overcome, and one experience that stuck with him was a church visit when he was nine: the pastor prayed for him, encouraging him to continue to follow his heart and trust in God.
At a young age, Kodjo discovered a passion for storytelling, spending hours upon hours practicing his skills painting and drawing. By the time he was in middle school, he had gone "professional," taking artwork commissions and stretching himself creatively. He was growing every day, pushing his ability to express himself – and discovering yet another passion, this one for entrepreneurship. It was a few years later that he resolved to become a filmmaker.
Attending Columbus College of Arts & Design, Kodjo studied Filmmaking and earned his BFA in 2016. He then went on to launch his videography business, putting together a high-energy, positive team. As a filmmaker, videographer, and business owner, he has made it his mission to go above and beyond all his clients' expectations, putting service at the center of everything that he does.Trusting in God all those years ago, Kodjo could not have known where his life was headed. Because of his faith, though, he knew that it would all work out in the end. He was always confident that by pursuing his dreams, he could impact others, putting smiles on their faces. It had been a long journey from West Africa to the present, but it was all for the best – all the challenges, all the struggles, everything.
Passions for Creation & Self-Expression
Yazmin Ruiz-Daruda first rekindled her interest in filmmaking while she was attending Columbus College of Arts & Design, where she received her BFA for Cinematic Arts in 2015. Originally thinking she was going to pursue a career in animation, she took a video class at Columbus College of Art & Design and decided to throw herself into filmmaking wholeheartedly. Filmmaking and photography reignited her vigor for storytelling, a passion that dated all the way back to her childhood. As much as she enjoyed animation, there was an enthusiasm that she felt when she was behind the camera.
Around the same time that Yazmin decided to pursue filmmaking, she met Kodjo, with whom she took on a team project. There were challenges that they needed to meet, and in the course of meeting and overcoming those challenges, they discovered a chemistry conducive to the creative process. While building their business together, they overcame new challenges and achieved goals through teamwork that only cemented their dedication to filmmaking and entrepreneurship even further. Together, they are always looking to expand into different genres of filming to keep their minds active and explore new areas of creativity. Filming weddings is one of her favorite things to be a part of, and getting to hear every couples love story and seeing how in love they are is a consistently wonderful experience. Yazmin has been happily married to her high school sweet heart Jacob for 4 yours now. Sharing everything together, they have grown to become best friends. They know how to support one another and encourage one another to follow their dreams and live up to their full potential. They have two fur babies at home, an Australian Shepherd Blue Merle named Malcolm and a fluffy black cat named Jinx, both of whom they love dearly. Yazmin's favorite pastimes are painting, yoga, photography, and learning Japanese. She has plans to travel to Japan for the first time ever in 2020.
Working with Joy & Enthusiasm
Meeting Kodjo through her sister, who was enrolled at Columbus College of Arts & Design at the same time as him, Katia Craig is currently a second-year college student. That was 2013, and it turned out to be a meeting that would change her life, getting her involved in an environment supportive of her creative and self-expressive endeavors. She is majoring in Nutrition, and her driving passion in life in wellness. A vegan since 2015, she cares about helping others to find health routines and habits that work for them in the long term – focusing on the power of smart eating. One of her favorite pastimes is cooking, and she uses vegetables more than anything else, emphasizing the variety of flavors and culinary concepts that are possible with greens and other veggies.
A true ninja behind the scenes, Katia has extensive experience and expertise in videography, photography, and editing. From her early days spent experimenting with Kodjo on short films to the present, she has uncovered a lifelong love for developing stories and ideas in an artistic way. She has completed a wide variety of projects, including wedding projects, for which she had done a great deal of editing. Part of Katia's sharpness with regards to her wedding work comes from her fascination with wedding themselves: she finds real joy in watching couples who are in love and doing everything in her power to breathe life into her videos, making a record that enables couples to relive their special days. Even on the longest work days, she finds in this and in the people around her motivation to keep on going and to dig deep within herself for insight and focus.Katia married her best friend Shane in 2017, and they have two fur babies together.