Sunday, October 09, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER FOCUS: PUY + CHIE TALDE OF REALLY AWESOME WEDDINGS (R.A.W)


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If memory serves me right, I first worked with Puy & Chie in this wedding. Since I almost always arrive early (as most VM brides would attest), I always do not meet my co-suppliers. I only know them all by face (thanks to Facebook) and name, but never had the privilege of meeting anyone.

I finally had the chance to meet Puy & Chie during this wedding. This was when I woke up really late and found myself running behind my delivery schedule by 2 hours. The moment the hotel's elevator doors opened, lo and behold! Puy was standing there. Mustering enough courage, I asked,"You're Puy, right?" When he said yes, I offered my hand for a handshake and said,"I'm Dylan. Vatel Manila." And he goes,"Oh, you should meet my wife! She's been wanting to meet you!" And that's how our friendship with Redsheep / RAW started (met Guj & the Photato Brothers that day, too). :-)

It's been a year since that happy day and here we are, looking forward to working together on more really awesome weddings. In this post, know more about what makes RAW tick. Enjoy! :-)
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Q: What led you to a life pursuing images?

Puy: Chie and I started doing photography by accident. When I was still working with HP, they sent me to an assignment in the UK. Since it would be my first - and probably my last - trip there, I invested in a fancy entry-level dSLR thinking I should at least take good photos of my trip. It was love at first sight. :) I never stopped taking photos since.

I, however, came to a point where I experienced a plateau in my interest in photography. I had a camera, but I was shooting the same subject every day: my room, the stuff in my room, the occasional get-together of family and friends. Don't get me wrong, I like being the official photo guy of my family, but I felt I wanted something more. My interest in weddings came when Guj of Redsheep invited me to shoot a wedding with him. Being with Redsheep deepened my faith in God and opened the doors to the wonderful world of weddings.

Chie's interest in photography started when she borrowed my camera during a friend's wedding. She probably shot 10 or so photos during the reception, and she liked the photos she took. A month after, there were two events that Guj and I had to cover: a debut in Quezon City and a despedida de soltera in Makati. Chie asked, "Gusto mo samahan kita mag-shoot?" Right then and there, we bought a camera for her that she used that same afternoon for the despedida de soltera.

Chie: Nasa wedding vows ko kasi na susuportahan ko sya sa photography so here I am, one of the resident shooters for R.A.W.!
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Q: How did you come up with the company name?

Puy: Guj coined that name when we were defining the teams of Redsheep before. It was originally called Redsheep RAW. Along the way, the styles evolved and it was a good time to introduce and cater to different markets. We then took on the classic-contemporary side of Redsheep. After a while, I asked permission from Guj to use the RAW brand and that gave birth to what is now knowns as R.A.W. or Really Awesome Weddings.
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Q: Tell us about your nature as photographers.

Puy: It's all about being real. A photography session with us is an experience. Our approach in taking photos is always simple, but [allows you to] express your inner elegance. We go to weddings as friends of the bride and groom, and not just some bunch of random individuals who will take their photos.

Candid smiles are like pink unicorns. I love love love candid smiles, but it takes patience to capture that perfect moment. But after you get one, it's like seeing a pink unicorn in the wild. Pink unicorns - I just made that up, but I think anybody would be excited to see one! :-)

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Q: Why weddings?

Puy: Weddings are exciting! It's like a roller coaster ride. You get hyped up and nervous during preps time, then peak and get awed as soon as the lovely bride does her bridal march. You again get a rush with all the emotions in the ceremony. And when you think it's done, you get another round of high during the reception. As photographers, we are witnesses to all the wonders and excitement that go with weddings. :) Each story is different. Being with the families and friends of the couple and feeling all the love going around during weddings, I have to say it's the best job in the world!
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Q: What to you is a successful shoot?

Chie: When people in the wedding say 'Thank you' without even seeing the photos. That means that the experience of working with us has been very pleasant. At the end of the day, although we are committed to delivering really awesome wedding photos, it includes giving them the best R.A.W. experience we can provide.
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Q: Being a married couple, how does this affect your work & style?

Puy: I always respect the viewpoint of a woman. No man can ever understand the common bond that women have, so Chie would normally be the feminine side of R.AW. It's a partnership, and I am very lucky to be doing the thing I love most with my wife. Being a former bride herself, she makes sure our brides feel extra special on their wedding day. Everything feminine about R.A.W. is Chie's idea. :-)
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Q: Who do you look up to?

Puy: My first favorite photographer is Jake Versoza, and I was lucky to have met him personally way back in college. For me, he's already achieved a state of treating photography as a visual art in its purest form. Of course when we think of simple, clean, and elegant photography, Jose Villa would be on top of the list.
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Q: What / who influences your aesthetic?

Puy: Our experiences in a particular wedding reflect how the photos would come out. I, personally, am a feelings-and-aura type of guy and it is very transparent in my works which are posted on the blog.
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Q: What do you look forward to?

Puy / Chie: Aside from doing photography full-time, we look forward to working with wedding suppliers who have become our friends along the way. It's exciting to see what they do and how good they are in their respective crafts.
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Q: What tips can you give aspiring photographers?

Puy / Chie: Just enjoy what you are doing. You need to be in a state of personal satisfaction every time you see your photos. Don't worry about your work not being similar with another photographer's work. People would appreciate you more if you show your own style of photography. Just shoot, love what you do, and have fun!

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Really Awesome Weddings (R.A.W.)
by Puy & Chie Talde
Mobile: +63.917.807.6534
Landline: +632.425.3917
Email: askme@reallyawesomeweddings.com

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