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Meet Daniel Oni of Ponigraphic in West Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Oni.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My photography journey began in high school, where I would take photos of sunsets in my parent’s backyard in Cross Creek Ranch. This evolved into me taking more nature-esk photos in and around the Fulshear area.

I then transitioned from nature to people and objects while taking photojournalism senior year at Seven Lakes. I loved the photojournalism program they offered and my teachers were wonderful. They taught me how to use a DSLR camera and Photoshop. In all honesty, I found it very challenging to use the DSLR unless it was in auto mode and hated using Photoshop because it was hard for me to understand but I’m glad I stuck it out.

Fast forward to college, where I bought my first DSLR a Nikon D3200 and began experimenting with cars, nature and people. During the latter stages of my college life, I had older friends who were graduating and had asked me to take their senior portraits, long story short one became two and two became six and soon I had people who I’d never met previously asking me to take their photos. It was a great feeling to know that people enjoyed my work so much they were willing to pay for it. I felt photography also helped me break out of my shell because prior to photography, I was a hardcore introvert, and today I still am but you wouldn’t know it.

During the summer of my junior year, I spent the majority of the summer learning about cameras, editing techniques, and photography business models and felt that that summer, my photography as a whole transformed because of all I was able to learn simply on YouTube. As for where my business name came from, it was the use of my last name “Oni” and nickname in highschool “Onipony” and thought of creative names to call my business that would catch an eye or be easy to remember and it was my little sister who helped me come up with the name “Ponigraphic”.

Has it been a smooth road?
As with anything worthwhile, there were lots of challenges along the way and even still some I face today. From people making fun of or mocking my work to reaching out to companies or people and getting rejection upon rejection to even doubting myself, because there have been times fairly recently I’ve been left feeling disappointed and sometimes empty. But all in all I wouldn’t trade everything I’ve been through because it’s made me better for today and what I will face tomorrow.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ponigraphic – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a portrait and automotive photographer. I also specialize in animated photos, whether that’s a bouncing 3D image or a layered image where the camera for the photo moves through or plays through the various layers.

My proudest accomplishment has been working a wedding by myself and being able to provide my clients with images and memories they will remember forever. I’ve also been honored to work with brands such as Axe and Filas doing various campaigns for those companies.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Houston’s culture and this city’s spirit. I feel a real togetherness when I meet fellow Houstonians and have made some great friends and lasting relationships here in this industry.

As for my dislikes, the only issue I have with Houston is the humidity.


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@Ponigraphic (my business name) Or Daniel Oni (my name)

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