Sunday, January 24, 2010


Thanks to Ms. Mhaki Garcia-Lacap, got these raw shots of their wedding by Smart Shot Studio. I have nothing against formal portraits, really. They're nice, elegant and reflect the solemnity of the wedding tradition. The thing is, it's definitely not for everyone. There are couples who are too young for formal portraits and want it classic but a bit playful, yet there are those who prefer it hard-core classic. I personally like photographers who enjoy seeing the small details, and capturing these for everyone to appreciate. Details, after all, make a wedding (and oh please, don't do infrared too much! Not everything looks good in IR!). Indeed, each to his own.

This is the exact reason why we don't recommend any photographer in particular. The style of a photographer must appeal to you, and by no means should you get a photographer just because they give freebies or they're affordable (You're going to look at your photographs the rest of your lives, are you kidding me?!). When choosing a photographer, look at as much albums as you can. If you like a particular set, ask who took them and request that that person or group be part of the team that will take your photos. There are no second takes in weddings, you know. :-)

I think I like Smart Shot's E-Sessions more than their wedding photos. The treatment is different because, well, E-Sessions ARE different. They show the couple's character more, and are less tense than on the wedding day itself. But hey, that's just me, okay? If I get to see the edited versions, I might change my mind.

I do miss working with Marvin & Mhaki. They're so nice, nice, nice. :-) All the best to you in your new journey as man & wife!


181 A. Bonifacio Avenue
Tanong, Marikina City
Tel. Nos. 948.3871 / 933.1823

Quezon City
64C Cenacle Drive Subdivison
Project 6, Quezon City
Tel. Nos. 926.7571 / 928.7317

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Every now and then, you come across a photographer who sees more than the others - the laughter, the reassuring touch, the tears. It's not just a record of events, it's a record of feelings: that of amusement, blessing, and happiness, respectively. Henry Villanueva's work is all that and more.

For contemporary photographs that pack a wallop and still have heart and soul, Henry surely stands out.

Henry Villanueva Digital Photography
Sta. Maria: (044)641.5353; (044)641.1152
Malolos: (044)662.2681
Mobile: (0918)326.4652; (0928)505.0486

Sunday, January 17, 2010


To edit or not to edit, that is the question. Present-day couples are torn between two schools of photography: one that likes it natural, and one that resorts to editing to enhance results. There is no right or wrong ways of capturing moments; one only needs the eye for it. The important thing is that it is done tastefully, in a manner that is fun and memorable, and in ways where the resulting pictures turn out to be something worth looking at the all the rest of your lives.

320 Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City
+63 (2) 535-0624
+63 (2) 532-6329
+63 (2) 531-9132
+63 (921) 989-8501
Office Hours: Daily (10:00AM to 9:00PM)
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I had the most delightful surprise last December 13. Assisting Nelwin Uy was no other than Bryan Yap of the unforgettable Melo-Karel wedding! I remember us chatting up a storm during a break in the shoot. He's such a fun guy to work with. :-)

(Yes, the guy in white is me!) See the rest of the photos here:

Thanks, sir Bryan, for (always) generously sharing your work with us. :-)

Landline: +632 9404765
Mobile : +63919 8043777

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


Hated the fact that my fat ass is in a lot of frames, ha ha! This is what happens when your venue Operations Manager-cum-florist-stylist also becomes your pseudo-coordinator. Oh God, when will this curse ever end? Ha ha ha!

See the video here. Loved the song ( who sang it?)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


I wonder what gives a better insight into the human condition: lawyering or photography? That's one question for Atty. Raymond Fortun to answer. From a high-profile lawyer (oh, but who can forget him?) to someone working - quite literally - behind the scenes, Atty. Fortun has grown by leaps and bounds to becoming one of the Philippine wedding industry's favorite photographers. Vatel Manila is proud to have its work photographed by W@W's Supplier of the Year for 2009. :-)

See the rest of the photos here.

Raymond Fortun Photography

Special thanks goes to Atty. Raymond Fortun for allowing me to post his photos. :-)


Few photographers are gifted with the eye for form & substance, and J. Lucas Reyes is one of those whose body of work truly inspires. His photographs draw mixed emotions - awe, reverence, & wonder among them. His tagline of simplicity + subtlety + style reminds me so much of why we are working in the wedding industry in the first place. To J. Lucas Reyes, salut! Here's hoping to work with you again soon!

See more here. Thank you, J. Lucas, for allowing us to post your lovely photographs! :-)

J. LUCAS REYES Photography
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