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2017 The Year I Became A Professional Photographer


So this was the year that I officially became a professional. My move from hobbyist to professional photography means I have to improve drastically in my photoshoots. Shots that are worth paying for. It’s no easy move. I actually started right after I got married and my first photo gig was a Christmas family portrait shoot in partner with a good friend and set stylist.

#christmas2016 #thestudioign #familyshoot #iligan

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May your Christmas be fierce. – The Pengs Setup by Balloons and Beyond by Jinggay Photo by The Studio #christmas #photosession

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I also created my photography Facebook page The Studio with the help of a good friend TheYangOne even way before my wedding but it was just last year of December that I got it rolling as you can see the date stamps in our Instagram post.

Well, my shooting, editing and color grading seemed to have transformed in just a couple of months. I had to evolve fast because I am truly a late bloomer in this area. Thanks to my wife who is a stern critic, I had to really improve and she was the reason why I got serious about photography. So she won’t have to complain about bad photos in our travels while her photos of me is always good.

This was my first ever prenup session as a photographer and not as a videographer (yep I am also a videographer but that’s for another post).

#husbandandwife #esession #thestudioign

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Then on May 2017, I got my first gig in a long time as a 3rd shooter (backup photographer – my true first was way back 2014) for a wedding.

The Bridesmaids! Shooting for Ashley Abayan Photography Photo by me… #bridesmaids #weddingph #weddings #ayosaoiiligan

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The Newly Weds! Shooting for Ashley Abayan Photography Photo by me… #ayosaoiiligan #weddingph #brideandgroom #weddings #newlyweds

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I had two wedding gigs as a backup shooter in one week all of a sudden and it was my first time to use a manual lens from Ashley Abayan from Ashley Abayan Photography. A Samyang 35mm 1.4 and a Samyang 85mm 1.4.

It was love at first try with manual lens using live view with my old cropped sensor Canon 60D. Oh and we became close and good friends with Ashley. Thanks also to my former team mate from Stellar Films Tan Suezo from Tan Suezo Films for hooking me up with Ashley and selling me his Sigma 50mm 1.4 prime lens.

Then the Uncomplicate 4 Workshop by Toto Villaruel and Marlon Capuyan happened which I actually heard first from my wife. So I registered and it wasn’t cheap but it was worth every penny. It changed the way I think about the business of photography as much as my eye for composition, details and color grading drastically improved just by observing photos from my shutterbugmates.

Here’s a few samples of my shots from the workshop…

Beautiful invitations and jewelry. @charmpiatan @handmadestrozzi #invites #invitesph #tropical #weddings #weddingph #uncomplicate4

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Here are the rest of my photo set from Uncomplicate 4:

Prenup Concept

Wedding Concept

After we went back from Mactan, Cebu, I was literally like a man given a new pair of eyesight at the ripe age of 37. Most photographers started young, I started rather later but not too late. Anyone can learn at any age as long as they can see well and willing to learn.

You can see the obvious evolution of my shots in my Instagram.

For the sake of content, I shall continue with my story…

Then I got my first ever wedding client last July thanks to Theyangone. This time I was no longer the backup, I was now the main photographer.

Here’s a couple of my shots from that wedding.

The newly weds! Congrats! #weddings #newlyweds #iligancity #canon60d #ayosaoiiligan #josetolentinoweddings #josetolentinoph

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Here are the rest of my photo set for John and Bea click here

Here are a few samples of shots along the way since then…

I am excited for their wedding next week! Congrats to both! #groom #brideph #prenup #tibz&abbie #canon60d #josetolentinoph #ayosaoiiligan

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Tibz and Abbie was my 2nd wedding client. Here’s their photo set: click here

From my gigs as 2nd shooter for Ashley:

Shooting for Ashley Abayan Photography. #blackandwhite #timeless #bride #canon60d #josetolentinoph

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Heading to church! Shooting for Ashley Abayan Photography. #brideph #weddingph #volkswagen #ishootcrop #josetolentinoph

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The groom waiting. Shooting for Ashley Abayan Photography. #groom #weddings #blackandwhite

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Shooting for Ashley Abayan Photography #groom #blackshoes #dogseyeview #blackandwhite #canon60d #josetolentinoph

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Bokehlicious! Shooting for Ashley Abayan Photography. #bokeh #weddingph #reception #sigma50mm #josetolentinoph

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to fun shoots and travels…

Katie – Miss Iligan 2016, wardrobe styling and hmua by Jims Oga #bridal #photoshoot #funshoot #weddingph #ishootcrop #canon60d #josetolentinoph

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Along the way I also got other gigs like birthdays, fun run, anniversaries, baby portraits, etc… which I posted in my The Studio page and The Studio Instagram

Then finally I got myself a full frame camera. Though the camera is actually 12 years old (the first ever digital full frame dslr) but it can still take beautiful photos better than any current crop sensor cameras as of late. Yes, the Canon 5D or dubbed as the 5D Classic has basic features and can’t take videos unlike current crop sensor cameras that can take 4k videos and 120p full hd, somehow 5D sensor as this youtuber said has a magical film look feel output.

Here’s my Canon 5D shots:

Retirement days… #fatherinlaw #likeaboss #5dclassic #canon5d #home #sigma50mm #josetolentinoph

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My wife's little nephew Enzo the smiling kiddo! #canon5d #5dclassic #garden #marigold #iligan #ayosaoiiligan #josetolentinoph

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Mother and child. #5dclassic #canon5d #sigma50mm #blackandwhite #motherandchild #iliganphotographer #iligan #josetolentinoph

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Here are two photo sets of my 5D classica shots:

Kodak Happy Chicky

Mating&Enzo

Pinch Iligan

My hands are actually itching to test my 5D on a prenup and wedding gig.

So there you go. Thank you and will keep you posted about my journey from photo blogging to wedding photography.

God bless ya all!

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The Blood Moon


Looks more like orange to me. Taken on my 4 plus year old little handy Nikon S9100 digital camera with 18x zoom lens equivalent to 25-450mm in a 35mm format. The camera was mounted on a gorillapod.

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Bo’s Coffee @Centrio CDO


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Expresso Crumble

 

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I think this was Numi Tea.

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super close friends: Erica and Leia

From our 38th monthsary celebration in CDO.. chilling at Bo’s Coffee Centrio with Erica.

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Midway White Beach Resort, Initao


An old man looking out his kid.

An old man looking out for his kid.

There were two cable ziplines that I took out because it was ruining the beautiful backdrop.

There were two cable ziplines that I took out because it was ruining the beautiful backdrop.

Notice the two cable ziplines which I took out from my previous shot.

Notice the two cable ziplines which I took out from my previous shot.

What a majestic view of the sea, clouds and sky.

What a majestic view of the sea, clouds and sky.

Initao's lovely gem of a beach.

Initao’s lovely gem of a beach.

I hitch a ride with them. Giancarlo, his lovely wife Orlane and two of their handsome kids, Giullian (left center) and Gavin.

My neighbor and best bud Giancarlo, his lovely wife Orlane and two of their handsome kids, Giullian (left center) and Gavin.

Another awesome view.

Another awesome view.

Lovely place to chill.

Lovely place to chill.

I just love the intermarriage of blue, whit and dark brown colors.

I just love the intermarriage of blue, whit and dark brown colors.

Lovely view from an empty pool.

Lovely view from an empty pool.

On the way to the lone cottage sticking out at the beach

On the way to the lone cottage sticking out at the beach

A great place to sip some cocktail.

A great place to sip some cocktail.

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The zipline tower looks like a soar thumb sticking out to ruin every serious beach shutterbug mood. It still looks beautiful though, but could have been perfect.

The zipline tower looks like a soar thumb sticking out to ruin every serious beach shutterbug mood. The beach still looks beautiful though, but could have been perfect.

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ReyJohn's Mr. Olympic pose.

ReyJohn’s Mr. Olympic pose.

A view of Initao's simple but beautiful beach.

A view of Initao’s simple but beautiful beach.

Two of my best buddies and neighbors.

Two of my best buddies and neighbors.

Is that you Tony Stark? Oh and that's the bare skeletal zipline tower at the background.

Is that you Tony Stark? Oh and that’s the bare skeletal zipline tower at the background.

Hollywood poster pose.

Hollywood poster pose.

Reyjohn and his lovely wife Gina, and Piper the birthday celebrant.

Reyjohn and his lovely wife Gina, and Piper the birthday celebrant.

Post nuptial shot? hehe

Post nuptial shot? hehe

Reyjohn's son Parker enjoying the beach.

Reyjohn’s son Parker enjoying the beach.

Birthday cake for Piper's 6th birthday!

Birthday cake for Piper’s 6th birthday!

Some fisherman looking for something?

Some fisherman looking for something?

Moonbay white beach, name of the resort I guess.

Moonbay white beach, name of the resort I guess.

Banca

Banca

Kids trying to find some hermit crabs I guess.

Kids trying to find some hermit crabs I guess.

Not exactly all sand and clear sunny weather. Storm is coming from that direction.

Not exactly all sand and clear sunny weather. Storm is coming from that direction.

Two ladies under a cloudy late afternoon.

Two ladies under a cloudy late afternoon.

Walk on water.

Walk on water.

Midway white beach resort hotel building.

Midway white beach resort hotel building.

From the left side of the small stony pier.

From the left side of the small stony pier.

From the right side of the small stony pier

From the right side of the small stony pier

The lone cootage.

The lone cottage.

Cottages with mosquito nets.

Cottages with mosquito nets.

Another mosquito netted cottages.

Another mosquito netted cottages.

They fixing this wooden boat.

They fixing this wooden boat.

A view from the back.

A view from the back.

I'm sorry but I have to take a GoPro selfie shot once in a while.

I’m sorry but I have to take a GoPro selfie shot once in a while.

This was Reyjohn’s daughter Piper’s 6th birthday celebration last Saturday held at Midway White Beach resort. I also took the opportuniy to shoot with my recently aquired (Last May 2014) 2nd hand Canon 60D with a 24-70 L lens from a good friend of mine. I used to borrow a lot Leia’s humble but always handy Nikon D3000 but then I though of getting one myself for both video and photos so finaly I got my own gear to snap around with.

The beach is an amazing place to practice shooting with your camera especially in sunny weather. The dominating hues of blues of the sky and sea, the greens of leaves from the trees to the algae rich rocks and the brownish powdery white color of the sand is a great palette to train your eyes for color composition. In short I just love to hangout at the beach even way before I had my first camera.

Midway White Beach Resort is a 30 minute ride from either Iligan City or Cagayan de Oro City (depending how much you can floor your pedal). If you’re tired of seeing black coal colored sand beaches along Iligan Bay and Camiguin Island is just too far or Boracay is just too expensive at the moment, get a feel of white beach sensation under your toes at Midway White Beach Resort. You can also enjoy their jet-ski ride, banana boat ride, ziplining or karaakoe at the beach aside from dipping and swimming in it’s pristine blue sapphire colored sea water with the scenic majestic clouds as a backdrop.

Thanks to Giancarlo and Orlane for the ride and most of all to Reyjohn and Gina for inviting us.

 

P.S. Leia was invited too but decided to stay home to take care of some things.

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