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.
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).
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.
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…
Here are the rest of my photo set from Uncomplicate 4:
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.
Sometimes, an ordinary stairs can become a beautiful platform in your wedding day. John + Bea – a wedding day photoshoot last Saturday. #weddings #weddingsph #weddingdetails #succulents #fossilwatch #weddingbouquet #dreamcatcher #iligancity #canon60d #sigma50mm #mainshooter #josetolentinoph #josetolentinoweddings #ayosaoiiligan
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…
Tibz and Abbie was my 2nd wedding client. Here’s their photo set: click here
From my gigs as 2nd shooter for Ashley:
to fun shoots and travels…
Thank you Lord for the new church location. Crossroad – A New Life Alabang Outreach. Leia with the next generation! #newlifeiligan #newlifeph #trinitarian #jesusisgodandsavoiur #newcovenanttheology #bereanmindset #theologystudent #noncessationist #cautiouscontinuationist #noncalvinistreformed #ayosaoiiligan #mastininspired #ishootcrop #canon60d #sigma50mm #iwishwehadfilm #savingforfullframe #josetolentinoph
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:
My journey with a fullframe just started today. I am not saying good bye to crop but hello to big brother ff sensor. That's our tito kitz who is a veteran travel and portrait photographer, also a close relative of my wife. He witnessed my first few ff shots from the first ever classic ff camera. Thank you Lord Jesus for the provision. Though it is a 12 year old ff model but the filmic vintage feel is just magical. What a way to start my ff journey #5dclassic #fullframe #canon5d #2470mm #canonllens #cdo #ayosaoicdo #josetolentinoph
Here are two photo sets of my 5D classica shots:
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!