Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Nadia Comaneci

I took the opportunity to have my photo taken with gold medalist olympian, Nadia Comaneci in P&G's OGSM event yesterday (thanks Rolly for the shot).
She was the first to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. She is one of the most well-known gymnasts in the world and, along with Olga Korbut, is credited with popularizing the sport around the world. She leaves today for the US.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Petre & Tintin's Prenup

Yestreday I did Petre and Tintin's prenup at UST, it was my first time to use a Nikon D80 dslr. Thanks to Mr. Norman Antonio for allowing me to put it to the test. There were no crash tests involved just the overall picture quality revealed here... I could say that I was happy to use it and it exceeded my expectation.:D

Weddings: Out of town

Here are some shots I took on last saturday in Dagupan...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New site

I'm currently working with Earl on my new website, Its been awhile since we got together to build a new one and I'm really excited about it. I'll be updating my blogsite,rates and packages and also my album layouts are given a new look, This is something I really look forward to as improving and expanding performance in this job. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, June 18, 2007

The finer things in details...

Have you ever looked closely, I mean really close and have seen how intricately-done the make up of a bride is? Or have you seen what makes her shoes seem magical? Or simply what makes up the ambience where a bride once prepared right before she is wed? That's where the small details come in and relate to us. These are things that could not be missed out. Although they fall small in overall appearance, they become significant and tell a lot about a wedding.

Journalism not a trend.

Here are some photos I pulled out of my hard drive earlier today that would reflect journalism in wedding photography. These definitely are not your grandmother's wedding photos. Although, Wedding journalism is common nowadays, I believe it is not a trend and is here to stay. Capturing moments and details that tell a deeper story has always impressed me rather than the traditional staged and repeated shots taken from one wedding to another.

Choosing a wedding photographer for your big day.

This question has been asked and answered so many times before, some already know what they want for their big day. Perhaps, it is my turn to give my philosophy on this matter. We could categorize the requirements in choosing a wedding photographer as such:

1. Years in the business - This defines the experience and overall mastery in documenting a wedding. Full utilization of equipments, confidence to relate with various characters in the event, well-versed and familiar with event/venue protocol and ability to troubleshoot in almost all circumstances is highly expected. Well developed workflow system. Efficiency and grade are also a direct result of this.

2. Shooting style - Empahsizes the distinction of the quality of shots produced in the wedding day and in the manner it was taken. (e.g. formals, candids, fun and/or elegance, dark or bright colorful images. Balance of imagery like illustration of the couple, family, bridal party, guests, details, etc...) Favorite shots of the photographer and interpretation of subjects are revealed as well. One thing you could also find out if the photographer performs as a director or silently captures during the event as a consideration for selecting.

3. Post production - Quality of album offered, selection of artistic and appropriate images, layout style and skill in enhancing digital files (presentation of the photographs).

4. Reputation - Valid feedback relevant to the overall output of the photographer and final album from other clients are essential and vital information that would be crucial in the final decision in selecting a photographer. As a standard, the photographer should be true to every word he exemplifies. Is he proper in his' ways, manner of speech and appearance that would be appropriate for the wedding day? I believe this is not exempted and is partly a reflection of professionalism and related to refinement as a standard.

5. Rates - This is regarded as the most important for some people. Every photographer has his' own price instilled, different skill levels, equipment used and costs in production define the cost of investment for the couples.

With all of these factors to be taken into consideration, you will pretty much find yourself pointing at the direction that best suits your wedding photography requirement. As a philosophy in mind, I believe in the saying "You get what you pay for." But one must be careful in following this since it could not always be applicable in some cases. One must be mindful also that if one settles for less it is not always the best choice since the chances of it not meeting your expectation/s increases and in this "once in a lifetime" event you only got one shot at this.

Wedding photos would probably be the greatest photos you would ever have in your lifetime unless you are a cover girl or commercial model. A bride will forever look her best in her flourishing white gown and complementing bouquet of florals. Thus, this would also be your greatest investment in photography. Invest wisely, enough that it would satisfy and not frustrate you. I can hardly wait to get married, don't you?

Friday, June 08, 2007

Intensity One

Last night I had another event with Abs-Cbn and it was star-studded. We had Ryan, Judy Ann, Aga, Ruffa, Boy, Kris, Vhong among the few that were there. I was really amazed to see the 26k girls perfrom a dance number, they were really soooooo hot! Just like the title of the event - Intensity One!

Monday, June 04, 2007

June & Maritess

It was my first time to shoot a wedding at GCF's new worship hall. Inaugurated last year, the building is relatively new. Pastor Luis Pantoja officiated the wedding rites for Pastor June and Maritess with Pastor Art as their wedding coordinator, primary sposonsors were mostly members and pastors of GCF as well. It was good to see a lot of friends and bible group members at the ceremony and reception. I've been a member of Greenhills Christian Fellowship since 2001.