Reverb’s Jazz Workshop

Some photos from Reverb’s Jazz Workshop this afternoon.  Enjoy!

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Ray and Karen Get Married

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Ray Serion and Karen Ong are the people behind HAPADOG – the japanese hotdog place over at Alabang Town Center.  They got married yesterday, January 2, 2013 and I was fortunate enough to have witnessed the event.  I knew that it was going to be one big and beautiful wedding so I decided to take the opportunity to take some photos while I was at it.  After the whole ceremony, there’s the traditional petal shower as the couple walks outside the church and this time around, they had balloons too.  Being a guest, I opted to stay far back so I won’t get in the way of the photo/video team as they do their work.  I opted to use the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM lens but ran into some problems because people would stand in front of me or their balloons would block my view.  Even if I stood on the gutter to gain some height, there wasn’t much I could do if somebody got in the way.  Fortunately, they kissed a few times and I was able to capture this moment just as they ended their kisses.  You could see the passion and joy in their faces even after all that kissing.  So congratulations and best wishes to Ray and Karen as they begin their journey as husband and wife.

Dessert by Bizu

I attended the wedding of Ray Serion and Karen Ong last night and it was a huge and beautiful wedding.  While the event was pretty massive, tiny little details were attended with great attention by the couple and the team who put everything together.  One of the highlights of the reception was the dessert station and here are some photos of what was available for the guests that evening.  Enjoy!

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People Photos

People are always an interesting subject to take photos of and this post is all about their photos.  My professional work has blessed me with many friends and I always appreciate their presence and company.  At the same time, I’ve also been blessed with opportunities to capture a moment of their life and preserve it in a photo.  These are just some of the photos of people I’ve taken through the years and as far as photography goes, neither is there a single theme nor style present in all of them.  Perhaps I could simply refer to these as snapshots of people that I’ve encountered during those times that I had my camera along with me.  While I was digging through my files to pick out my favorites, I was reminded of the events which took place during the time that these photos were taken.  People photography may be challenging but also very much rewarding.

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2012 Hot Air Balloon Festival

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This is Daisy, the happy hot air balloon.  The yearly hot air balloon festival gets bigger and bigger.  They dubbed it “the weekend of everything that flies” and it’s always a fun day for everyone.  For events like these, a long lens really comes in handy.  A 70-200 or longer lens (prime or zoom) is a nice companion to have to get better shots.  For the budget conscious, both Canon and Nikon offer consumer grade 55-200/250/300 lenses with IS/VR for their APS-C DSLRs and they deliver pretty good results too.  We drove out early in the morning to make it in time for the balloon flying but didn’t stay around for too long.

Hiraya’s Christening

Last September of 2012, I was asked by a friend to take photos of her niece’s Christening.  Hiraya, the child, was baptised at Christ the King Parish in Greenmeadows Avenue.  It was a cloudy Saturday afternoon with occasional rainshowers.  It was a bit dark at the baptistry but fortunately the video team brought some lighting equipment to brighten things up.  A child’s Christening is a significant day for the child and the family because it marks the child’s entry into the Christian world.  In a certain way, it also sets out the path which the child will take as he/she grows up.  The family and the community are there to guide the child as he/she takes on this journey.

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