Saturday, April 30, 2011

OH, SHOOT!


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The moment Larry Halili of My316Photo wrote me requesting for a bridal bouquet for a photo workshop his company is holding in Pampanga, I didn't have second thoughts of saying sure, we'd be glad to provide you guys one!

I don't call it frustration (I simply call it 'lack of training'), but I have always been fascinated with the art of photography. Every now and then, I shoot, too, just to see if I have any chance at all of making any photo worth looking at, ha ha! At any rate, Vatel Manila has always been supportive of our photographer friends in the industry which explains why we use official wedding photos when we blog.

This workshop in Pampanga, among others, is our small way of contributing to the training of future photographers. All the best to you! Keep on shooting! :-)
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Location: Angeles City, Pampanga
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Photos courtesy of

Larry Halili of My316Photo
Mobile: 0915.900.6895 / 0916.471.5955
Email: larryhalili@rocketmail.com

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

HAPPY PEOPLE EAT HAPPY FOOD!


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Last February 2011, several wedding suppliers came together in what would be a monthly gathering of friends. This third meeting last May 19 saw us eating out at this cute, basement restaurant called Nomnomnom Happy Food, first referred to us by Lace T. of K. by Cunanan Catering. Need we say that the resto looked like a K setup? Ha ha! The food was good, too, and the company, even better. :-)
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Sa uulitin! :-)

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All photos courtesy of
MyPhotato
by Kel & Mar Laquindanum
Numbers:09172416485; 7767242
Email: myphotato@yahoo.com
Office: Moonwalk, Paranaque

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LOCATION GUIDE:
Nomnomnom Happy Food, E. Rodriguez cor. Tomas Morato
Tel. No. 02.502.2919

Monday, April 11, 2011

WE'RE ON BRIDAL BOOK!

Bridal Book calls this wedding,"...a distinct blend of modern style and classic elegance...the affair...had a touch of timelessness." Definitely one of our favorites! Read more about Kate & Noel's story here. :-)


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Stoked to have worked with Cecilio Abad, MetroPhoto, K. by Cunanan Catering, The 3rd Party, & Threelogy. :-)

SDE: OLIVER + BELLE

Love Is - Belle and Oliver from daniel lei studio on Vimeo.


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Daniel Lei Studio | Photo & Cinematography
Look for Daniel Lei Sarmiento & Joannie Candi
Landline: (+632)334.9037
Globe: (+63)906.272.2320 (Primary)
Smart: (+63)920.501.6209
Email: thestorycircle@gmail.com
YM: wsi_lei

Sunday, April 03, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER FOCUS: PAOLO FELICIANO


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What led you to a life pursuing images?

[To make the] long story short, it actually came out of [a] need. I run a graphic design company in Pampanga and part of it includes designing marketing collaterals. There came a point when the photos I was being asked to use by my clients just didn't cut it, so I decided to do it myself. I didn't know anything about photography then. All I was certain of was how I wanted the photos to look like. What followed were a lot of trial and error sessions, endless Googling, and several purchases from the bookstore. It was a pretty bold move back then, but I'm glad I did it.
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Tell us about your nature as a photographer.

As part-furniture and interiors photographer, my job is to make sure that my clients' works look as good in photos as they do in real life - which is actually easier said than done. Furniture and interiors, after all, are two of the more difficult subjects to shoot. So early on, I had to train myself to master, control and take advantage of how light interacts with my subjects. On top of that, you have to have a really good eye for details as these make or break a photo. That being said, I try to apply this to all my photos, weddings included.
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If you would look at my wedding photos, you will notice that they are crisp and vibrant. Weddings are happy occasions, and beyond the people, the details, and everything else that is happening, I try to capture life - and that is what comes through my photos.


Why the shift to weddings?

The beauty of shooting people is that you'll never know what to expect. Weddings are a welcome change to my regular routine. Shooting weddings always make me feel like I'm stepping into an alternate universe - a perfect world where everything is beautiful and everyone is happy.

What to you is a successful shoot?

When both the client and I are satisfied with my photos, then i know that i did a good job.
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Who do you look up to?

For local talent, that would be my mentor, Terry Uy. I am also a fan of Jessica Claire.

What influences your aesthetic?

I live and breathe design. Because my photos are often used as part of my clients' marketing collaterals, I tend to light, compose and frame my photos with a final layout in mind. Weddings are no exception. Probably that's why I often get told that my photos would fit nicely on posters or album covers.
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What do you look forward to?

As i shoot various subjects, every shoot brings new excitement. I always try not to do new shooting and processing techniques, the challenge of keeping my style in place keeps me fresh.
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What tips can you give aspiring photographers?

Keep on shooting. Practice even if you don't need to. And treat every shoot as if it were your last.


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Paolo Feliciano
Mobile: (+63)917.535.4760
Email: paolofeliciano@gmail.com
Read Paolo's blog here!
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