The Aftermath – Manny Librodo Workshop 2011

It was a rainy morning of April 2, 2011. Actually the rain woke me up. Four of us on the hotel room which they call “Kampong Huts”. I didn’t get enough sleep because the dinner ended a bit late. I felt bad for my roommates they probably got less sleep than I did because I snore like hell (Hahaha). 6:00 am we had our quick breakfast then headed out to our assigned posts. It’s time for us to assist “The Man” Manny Librodo – known for his distinctive style of vividness, details and landscape of textures. With him is the beautiful Kharu – you’ll never get enough of her beauty. This lady can reinvent herself on every shoot just amazing, she also does he own make-up.

Rocky Gathercole wowed us with his awesome haute couture designs. I’ve never seen anything like it it’s just surreal. Another model graced us with her presence – Alexia Giensen, also a lovely model. Jacky Forster (former Philippine actress) suppose to do make-up turned out to being one of the model for the afternoon session. There’s also the head make-up artist – Jacqie Agabon surprise us with her artistic make-up styling. Not to forget the brain behind all this – Xilver Claire Events headed by Calay de Pedro. Good thing the rain stopped just before the first shoot. It’s still drizzling but still bearable (thank god for the weather sealing). Continue reading

Baby Kirsten Jae

One day at the office I received and email from my senior high schoolmate and asking me to vote for her son. I followed the instructions and voted. I replied “done” – informing her that I already voted. I went to the contest website of Little Pepo and saw the mechanics. Sounds interesting. I have no plan in sending Baby Kirsten Jae’s photo but my wife insisted. I said I will but I won’t get involved in any way. She agreed on our small talk and submitted Baby Kirsten Jae’s Photo. After few minutes or so they already uploaded the photo of Kirsten Jae on Little Pepo Facebook page. I’m the first to vote. I informed my wife and start her campaign for the Cutest Baby Contest 2011. As I follow the progress of votes I was drawn to it by some invisible force, I can’t resist the urge to promote my little angel. Now I know how it feels like to be a stage father. This will be an interesting and exciting game. If you’ll read some comments you’ll see that things are getting pretty hot on the parents side exchanging comments on how cute their babies are (love your own), different strategies and campaign. Let’s all remember that this is only a game, not much is at stake here only a custom design t-shirt with the baby’s name, top 3 babies will be features on Little Pepo’s website and most important the parent’s pride (priceless). All in all its an exciting game for the parents and a fun contest to participate in (even though the babies have no idea what the heck is going on). Continue reading

Fashion Photo Shoot with Miss Singapore 2009 Pilar Arlando


Pilar was raised in Singapore, but has always had questions about her unique heritage. Her father is of Chinese-Indian descent while her mother is of Portuguese-Indo-Chinese-Dutch descent. Arlando speaks 4 languages, English, Malay, Mandarin (Basic) and Portuguese (Kristang). At the moment, she is also taking up French. She is currently majoring in her Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management Diploma at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).

Miss World Singapore 2009
During the Miss World Singapore pageant, She earned the 2nd Runner Up 2009/10 title; however, due to the furor that arose (credit fraud scandal, bipolar disorder and the infamous mocking of her English language skills by some citizens of Singapore) about the current title holder at that time, Ris Low, she eventually took over her Low’s reign as Miss World Singapore 2009/10. Arlando had also attained a few subsidiary awards during her Miss World Singapore pageant in 2009. Her other titles include: Miss World University Singapore 2009, Miss Personality 2009, Miss Abry 2009, Miss Vitality 2nd Runner Up 2009.
“Rainbow Lady pt.1”
This photo was shot with Nikon D700 and Nikon 105mm F2.8 Micro VR.
Also my personal favorite. Continue reading

Glamour Photography with Ukrainian & Belarus Beauties

Glamour Photography (According to Wiki)

A genre of photography whereby the subjects, usually female, are portrayed in aromantic or sexually alluring way. The subjects may be fully clothed or seminude, but glamour photography stops short of deliberately arousing the viewer and being hardcore pornography.

Glamour photography is generally a composed image of a subject in a still position. The subjects of glamour photography are often professional models, and the photographs are normally intended for commercial use, including mass-produced calendars, pinups and for men’s magazines, such as Playboy; but amateur subjects are also sometimes used, and sometimes the photographs are intended for private and personal use only. Photographers use a combination of cosmetics, lighting and airbrushing techniques to produce an appealing image of the subject.

The Gears

Outdoor photography is not that hard only if there’s enough light and it’s not raining. Well actually it rained a bit but  thank goodness it stopped on the actual shoot. The basic gears to bring aside from my Nikon D700 are speedlights and reflectors. Reflectors are very useful on rendering light to your subject just enough to fill light on the dark shades of the body and face makes a very flattering effect. I always bring my Nikon SB-900 and SB-600 and a portable soft box just in case but most of the time I end up using it for more dramatic lighting. There are many ways to isolate the subject either by light or by depth of field (DOF). The most common in subject isolation is by DOF. You crank the lens aperture to the maximum stop or close between F1.4 – 4.0 – it gives a very good out of focus background. Now this brings us to what lens to use. I always use my Nikon 50mm f1.4G and Nikon 105mm f2.8 Micro VR for this kind of shoot. Some might react why the Nikon 105mm f2.8 Micro VR? It’s obviously for macro photography. People who might ask this were either – 1) They don’t own one; 2) They own one but they haven’t tried portraiture; 3) Just a curious soul. It makes a lot of sense to use this as a great alternative for 85mm (f1.4 or f1.8) or the 135mm f2 DC ’cause you can go very close to the subject for better isolation and if your a fan of “bokeh” this baby delivers a creamy one. I use this lens more often than my Nikon 50mm f1.4G. It’s medium telephoto range gives me an advantage to shoot in a distance giving the model space to do her thing but might be limiting on a very tight area. In this case no problemo ’cause it’s outdoor. I’m not saying the 105mm f2.8 lens is better than the 50mm f1.4G No! It has a different purpose. I use the Nikon 50mm f1.4 for half body shots or full-body shots and use the 105mm f2.8 Micro VR for head shots and close details (like eyes and lips). If you’ll ask me which is the best lens to use I’d say if budget permits – the new Nikon 85mm f1.4G and Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR mark II. That’s all you’ll need for an awesome portrait, glamour and fashion photography unless you own a Hasselblad then that’s a different story.

The Scenario

3 gorgeous ladies in one shoot! What more can I ask for? These ladies can pose, project and having fun while doing it.  Didn’t have the chance to know them well during the shoot but one thing I know about them is they’re full of energy and spirit. Next time they visit Singapore I’ll be there (for sure) to take their photos again.

Baby Photography with Kirsten Jae

Baby Photography

There’s a lot of ways to achieve a good baby portrait – the right equipment and the right timing when the baby is in the mood for vogueing and there’s a lot of materials on the web to give you tutorials and advice but the most important teacher of all is experiencing it yourself. It’s not a walk in the park either specially for babies within 6 months to a year old but for babies with the age of 0-4 months is still manageable (‘coz they just sleep most of the times) You might wanna shoot the first yawn. I remember the first time I saw my baby on the nursery window she yawn at me good thing I have my trusty camera with me. You cannot direct babies on what to pose you have to shoot the right timing. Some babies don’t like props because it’s irritating to them. They put everything inside the mouth so don’t put any props that might get swallowed. If possible use hypoallergenic materials on your props so your baby or the client’s baby won’t get rashes – you don’t want clients suing you for that specially if it involves babies, people will see you as Dr. Evil or some evil creature that harms babies (hehe). Use lights that won’t harm babies. Just use a simple speed-light or much better if you can manage without one and use available lighting. A 50mm f1.4 prime will do the trick. Hope this helps, click away and treasure every captured moment (sounds like a good tagline to me).
My Thoughts

A good remedy for stress (in my opinion and it works for me) is looking at baby photos. Why? Because it reminds us how beautiful life is. Babies grow fast. If you don’t monitor them frequently you will miss a lot on their developments. Every second counts – every expression they make; the first smile; the first sound; the first time they play close-open wiith their hands is just amazing. Before I say to myself “What’s the bigga’ deal with this baby stuff?” (that’s when I was single and no kids of my own) yeah it’s cute but that’s it – No! there is more beneath the cuteness and cuddliness of babies. The magic of something peaceful and vulnerable coming to this dangerous chaotic world gives me an indescribable sense of protectiveness so it’s my responsibility to make sure may little angel is safe from harm. This photo session with my baby means a lot to me (actually it’s my whole world). There is no single day that passes without me viewing the photos of my Baby Kirsten Jae.

To Kirsten Jae:

Eventually you will grow up and may choose not to be with us anymore (or get married… something like that) but one thing is for sure – You’ll always be my Little Angel.

“Diaper Model pt.1”

FHM Model Girl Next Door – Joy Caralde

Joy Caralde – FHM’s Girl Next Door Model of June 2007. She came to Singapore for vacation and I’m one of the lucky guys to shoot her photos. Photo shoot was organized by Paul Reodique from MASP – a Singapore based Filipino with a real passion for photography. Here are some of my photos from the shoot.

All photos was shot with Nikon D700, Nikon 105mm f2.8G Micro VR, Nikon 50mm f1.4G and Nikon SB-900 Speedlight (for fill lights). Location – Fort Canning Park Singapore.
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Kae’s Christening

This is one of the happiest day in my life. Another special event on my daughter’s life and I’m there to capture it. Someday me and my daughter will look at this post and cherish each photo of her christening day. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing at the photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them. This is for Baby Kae. We love you so much!

“Give Me A Dose Of Holy Spirit”

Out Of The Womb

This the most special thing that came to our lives. The birth of our daughter Kirsten Jae (Kae). Words can’t express how I felt. I just want share this special moment to the world.
“Out Of The Womb pt.1”

With Child

I just want to share this special photo session with my wife while she’s pregnant with our baby Kirsten Jae (Kae). Strobbing is one of my favorite photography style you can take full control of the lights more like painting with speedlights instead of paint and brush. Gears used: Nikon D700, my former lens Nikon 50mm f1.8D (replaced with Nikon 50mm f1.4 AF-S version), Nikon SB-900 and Nikon SB-600 Speed lights (CLS).
“Baby Kae (coming soon)”

Jenny – High Key Photography


I don’t really know how to start this blog so I thought it’s best to start with some of my high key shots with my favorite model.