Happy 2021!

Happy 2021!

For some, 2020 was a big blur that began in March and zipped right unto the Christmas season. For most of us, it was a very inconvenient truth that we all had to swallow with businesses closing left and right, working and shooting from home and strict adherence to lockdown rules and curfews among so many other disappointments. And yet for others, it’s been a nightmare year marked by tragedy and loss. But no matter what, the past year has forced us to reflect on and evaluate what truly matters, work with the resources at hand, seek alternative means of…
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Shooting from home

Shooting from home

It would probably take a longer while before a vaccine for covid is finally discovered. And until that time comes, we have to make do and actually learn to live with this virus. It’s during unprecedented times like these that we are compelled to add not just one or two additional hats to the ones that we are already wearing. As we are forced to isolate and shoot from our homes, we as photographers aren’t just tasked to capture images but to style them as well. My few years studying to be a chef combined with the work that I’ve…
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Behind The Scenes: Descendants of the Sun

Behind The Scenes: Descendants of the Sun

What happens when we can't have the photo shoot on location? We bring the location to the studio! When you're at the mercy of inclement weather and there are deadlines to beat, the job of a production designer/art department becomes all the more crucial. For GMA Network's version of the koreanovela Descendants of the Sun, an army camp and barracks had to be painstakingly recreated inside a small space for the pictorial. I have to admit that our PD did quite a very awesomely meticulous job with the details and textures we worked with on that day. I think that…
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PROMAMA Philippines

PROMAMA Philippines

The ability of a model to conjure just the right kind of emotion with her face and body as the photographer captures those decisive moments is part of the 'magic' of photography. There's a dynamic here that may or may not result in the best images. Working with a model (professional or not) is most rewarding when she doesn't hold back, when she's not afraid to look silly, when she infects everyone on set with her energy and when she gives more then what is asked with her - this is a portrait photographer's dream. When this happens, the photographer…
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The new SMAC

The new SMAC

Here are some head shots for the new SM Advantage Card. This rebranding is very timely just before the Christmas rush! Simple setup really! A beauty dish above center and in front of talent and a soft box right behind the photographer. For added punch, a hairlight falling on the talent's head and shoulders! Photography: Paulo NavarraAgency: PropelClient: SM Advantage
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IGeneration: The Filipino Youth Today

IGeneration: The Filipino Youth Today

While Millennials, born in the early 1980s, continue to be a driving force in the world, an even more fascinating generation is on the rise, poised to contribute even more rapid change in today's evolving culture and technology. Enter the iGeneration aka Generation Z and who were born in 1994 and later and grew up with a smartphone in hand. Similar to Millennials, iGens share constant connectedness in today's ubiquitous social media landscape. Find out more about them here. Client: IGenerationPhotography: Paulo Navarra
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Wish Ko Lang

Wish Ko Lang

Both Jay and I would agree that the studio is our happy place. And for good and practical reason. We're both such control freaks that we would rather simulate the look of a golden sunset or an overcast day with artificial lighting in the convenience of an indoor space with AC, rather than out there with all the heat and smog. (We're brats that way). And sometimes we just can't refuse the call of the great outdoors - and also because, our clients insist and we excitedly oblige and take on the challenge! For this particular shoot with GMA, I…
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