Saturday, December 31, 2011

Shooting by the Beach

My friend is a fashion designer. No, seriously. She's a 4th year student in UST and this is her thesis project. Her name's Mia Jeanjaquet (There, I properly credited you :)) and this is her line of swimsuits/casual wear(?)  called Bod Suits.

What's great about Bod Suits is the fact that you can wear them both on the beach and off the beach. It's a multipurpose piece of clothing that can be instantly transformed from a hot and sexy swim suit into an elegant and stylish ensemble.

It's prefect for people who frequently go to the beach or swim because they don't have to go through the time consuming process of choosing an entirely different outfit for when they are in the water and when they are out of it.

When I heard Mia talking about an upcoming photo shoot at the beach, I knew that it was a great opportunity for me to practice my photography as well as help Mia out by having a second photographer on board for the trip.

We left for a well known island called Lakawon. We first had to travel to Cadiz city which is about a 2 hour drive away from Bacolod and then we had to take a 30 minute bangka ride to get to the sand bar-ish island.

I wish we could have shot the whole thing either during sunrise or sunset towards the "golden hours" of the day but sadly, time constraints led us to shoot at 12 noon to 4 PM. The harsh overhead light coupled with the burning sand and stifling heat truly hampered our photography. But we tried to make due with what we had.

It was no joke shooting for 4 grueling hours under the sun. But it was a great experience! Now I know what it's actually like to do a beach photo shoot. Luckily, Mia's quite experienced with these things and she talked to me about the ins and outs of a shoot like this.

I need to practice more with shoots like these and you guys can be sure that I'll jump at the chance to cover another project like this any time soon.

Product: Bod Suits
Owner: Mia Jeanjaquet
Models:  Anna Chua
              Tia Lacson
Make Up Artist: (Forgot the name) haha

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Head Hunting

Just some head-dresses that were on display at the mall. They were sitting there to be judged by committee organizers for Kabankalan's (a small town in Negros Occidental) annual fiesta, the Sinulog.

Friday, December 23, 2011

My Father's Collection

Some of our fathers like to collect expensive watches, gadgets or cars. My dad likes to collect toys. Not just any kind of toy, he likes collecting die cast replicas of automobile and vehicles.

Ever since I can remember, my father has always had a penchant for collecting things that remind him of the past. Whether it was old photographs, beverage coasters, old tickets or the like, theses items have found their way to my father's secret store houses for safe keeping.

But out of all the things he likes to collect, none of his collections are bigger than his die cast collection of toys. I really enjoy seeing my dad collect these because it makes him happy. The inner child within him is alive in his toys and I am very thankful for that.

When me and my brother left for college, dad also began rescuing all of our old toys from the dumpster. He happily restored them to a 'presentable' condition and displayed them in one of the huge cases he keeps in his 'lair'.

We always wondered why our dad did this since our toys don't remind him of his glory days of being a kid. We found the answer when our mom told us that he rescues all our old toys because they remind him of us, his two little rascals that are all grown up and making fools of themselves in Manila. (cue the proverbial tear here)

As of the moment, my father has an uncountable number of die cast models that dominate the entire second floor of our house. They currently hold residence in our supposed 'guest room' and are now slowly conquering the walkways and library of our house.

It's only a matter of time til these cars make their way to the first floor of our house, but I really don't mind. As long as my dad is happy, the cars can keep on coming.

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Nothing warms my heart more than being at home during the Christmas Season. For the past 4 years that I've been away to college, I have always felt that my Christmas break truly starts when I go home to the province.

Mom's familiar yet cozy decorations never fail to put me in the right mood for the season. These are some shots of the decorations around the house. Dad wanted me to document them so that we have a remembrance of what our house looks like this particular Christmas.

This is a really old photo. 2004 I think. 

Dad loves collecting Christmas memorabilia.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Spontaneous Silay Trip

It was 4:00 PM on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon. The sun was shining, the breeze was up and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. With these weather conditions, my photo-trigger finger was absolutely itching for some action!

Without a second thought, I instantly jumped in a car and drove myself to Silay City. I haven't been there for awhile and I was glad to see the familiar San Diego Cathedral in all its splendor. I really wanted to get to Silay before the sun set. Why? I wanted to be there just in time for the 'golden hour' of photography. This led me to  be a bit 'unprepared'. I was literally in my house clothes (tattered shirt and shorts) and I only had 300 pesos in my pocket without a wallet to keep it in.

After satisfying my urge to shoot, I decided to make use of the money left in my pocket to bring home some bacon. Bacon meaning barbecue. I stopped by Golden Food Park which was a well known BBQ place in Silay to bring home their famous pork barbecue for our dinner.

As I was cruising along the highway on my way home, the sunset was simply amazing. It was a medley of rich and dark reddish hues that somehow reminded me of blood. That's why I just HAD to stop and take this picture.

I pulled my car over to the side almost too fast, jumped out and snapped away. This was a monument to Andres Bonifacio. As we all know, Mr. Bonifacio was a pretty violent guy who fought for our independence. I thought that the blood red sky complimented his silhouette quite nicely.

My Brother's Hobbies

Now that I'm home, I get to spend more time with my "little-est" brother, Julio. He's the only one of us kids left at home in Bacolod while his two elder brothers are off to Manila to get drunk... errr.. I mean go to college.

Since he's mostly home alone, he likes keeping himself busy with some hobbies. Here's what keeps him busy:

First of all, he plays the violin. I'm not quite sure if he really enjoys this since it was my parent's idea but from what I see, he doesn't see learning the violin as a burden but rather as a challenge. He dutifully practices when he has time.

He loves to paint. I'd like to think that he got this little hobby from me. Many of you don't know that I also enjoy painting. But, while other people enjoy painting on canvas and such, me and my little brother enjoy painting miniatures. Warhammer Miniatures to be exact.

Warhammer miniatures are intended for table top gaming. Which means that each specific miniature has specific attributes and abilities that they can use to 'battle' other miniatures. In this game, a player is required to assemble and army of miniatures, paint them, formulate a strategy and face off against another player in the field of battle.

Julio's factory.

Space Marine miniatures.
My little brother is currently working on a Space Marine army. There are lots of different 'races' in the Warhammer universe but he specifically chose these marines to do his dirty work.

It usually takes him around 3 hours to finish one small figurine and 5 to 8 hours to finish a bigger one like a tank. His current army consists of around 40 infantry, 2 Armored Personnel Carriers, 1 Heavy Support Walker, 2 Fast Attack Squads and 1 Heavy Armor Vehicle. (Don't ask. It's a strategy thing haha)

A Christmas Party for the Auxiliary

On December 15, 2011, the 4th Year Students of UA&P threw a Christmas Party for the Auxiliary Staff of the university. This was the first time that a batch ever threw a party in honor of the diligent and hardworking kuya guards, ate photocopiers and kuya maintenance people of our fine institution.

My good friend Jake was tasked with documenting the event and he likewise asked me if I wanted to help. I jumped at the chance and now this collection of happy faces is what greets you.

The Auxiliary Staff

Party games.

It was very touching to see all of their faces aglow with happiness as they were guided through the entire program that was prepared for them by the student organizers. For a change, the auxiliary staff were the ones who sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the show while the students were the ones who did all things necessary to keep the event running smoothly.

Dance number from Squadra.

Goody bags!

Pass the message game. 

Song performances

After a series of party games, dance numbers, and song performances from the students, the auxiliary staff were then treated to a mini fiesta where they were served by the students themselves. After this, a raffle was held where a majority of the staff came away with useful appliances that were perfect for the Christmas season.

Towards the end of the program, you could see the sparkle in the staff's eyes that spoke of a feeling of true gratitude. On the student's part, I think that I speak on their behalf when I say that it was the least we could do for the auxiliary staff for 4 years of stellar service. 

For me, it's good to know that we 4th year students were able to prepare a little 'thank you' for the auxiliary staff before we to leave this university.

Just some of the 4th year students who helped out. (Incomplete)