Category Archives: Portraits

Senior Photos

I WAS also commissioned to take the photos of the senior students for their yearbook. Here are sample shots I took outdoors where the kids were given the chance to show their individuality through the clothes they wear and how they pose.


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Hari ng Karagatan 2012

I WAS commissioned to photograph the contestants for the Hari ng Karagatan 2011 (King of the Oceans 2012), a local male pageant in my town. It was my first photo shoot of this kind. I have done weddings and other events, but not portraiture.  So, I did what I thought was the right thing to do.

The shoot was rushed and unplanned. I was called at 9AM and the call time for the photo shoot was 1PM at the A Montana Resort in Alabel, Sarangani Province. The sun was too harsh, we started at around 4PM. I also had to do quick post-processing  of the photos as I had to turn them in the following day.

So much for my excuses, here are the photos I am talking about, led by the Mr. Photogenic, which I was also asked to pick.

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Fun Photo Shoot at Kawas Beach

Kawas Beach


WHEN WE arrived at Kawas Beach for my family’s New Year’s Day celebration, I looked for a site where I can take some good pictures.  I easily spotted an area where there were no people. Usually, the beach teems with people on holidays. The Kawas cove is bordered with mangroves on both sides and we went to the right side which had rocks that I imagined would look good in photographs.

Only my nephew, who is a registered nurse, was game for a photo shoot so I tagged him along to help me out. We both became photographers and models. He is a natural. He is not timid to execute his own poses so instructing him wasn’t a problem. I also asked him to take pictures of me and I took courage to take off my shirt. LOL.

One reminder I gave him was to make sure that the horizon isn’t tilted so as not to spoil the pictures. Well, there might be some photographs where the horizon has to be titled, but not for the concept I had in mind.

Here are some our outputs:

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After the photo shoot, I have made the following realizations:

1. It is hard to be a photographer.

2. It is harder to be a model. *laughs*

We went back to our cottage with skin scorched by the heat of the sun but very pleased with how the photos turned out.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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MY STUDENTS were lazing the day away at the garden when I thought of toying with one of my students’ camera. My student Jade, who is also enthused to learn photography, wanted to know how to manually adjust the focus of the camera’s lens. We tried it with Princess  Alex who gamely posed for us and we had our instant photoshoot. 😀

I call these photos below, mayumi, which  could mean gentle, maidenly, or soft.

Model: Princess Alex Santos

Location: Maribulan Alabel, Sarangani Province


The Thinker — Another Attempt at Vector Art

HERE’S MY second attempt at vector art.

This time, I completed it in less time compared to the first time I tried it.


To serve as my guide, I used a desaturated and posterized layer of the original picture at a depth of 6. That made the process a lot easier. However, I had to smoothen some areas a bit to achieve the look I have for it in mind.

Used the pen tool in rubber band mde for the background. I also created a version with different backgrounds but I realized that they looked much like clutter than art.

I also added that badge in the bottom right portion. 1987 signifies the year I was born in. I’ll be 22 soon.

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