He styles. He does make-up. He knows fashion.
In almost all of the work I’ve done for print here in Davao City, he’s always been the stylist and the director and it has always been magical when working with Otoi. We get what we intend to get in no time. He trusts me with my camera and I trust him with the magic he does – no wand involved though.
This photo was taken during my recent shoot with him and Jinggoy Salvador for a Father’s Day special.
After a while of not really doing any shoots, this is a refreshing start. And it’s been a while as well that I was in a shoot with fellow photographers, Adi and Gian (https://www.facebook.com/Giantimages).
Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like you to meet Regina Luminario, our ballerina.
Big thank you to Jowe Posadas for inviting me to the shoot.
I got my iPhone 4s last December and since then I’ve been taking photos everywhere. I didn’t have any excuse now that I can’t take a photo of something or anything that catches my eye. I even used it for a quick fun shoot with a friend. He used his Canon 7D. I used my iPhone 4s.
Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not trying to say here that you all ditch your dSLR and just use your phone’s camera. All I’m trying to say here is that with the convenience of having a good quality camera in my phone and that my phone is always in my pocket, it’s not much of a hassle now to preserve and index the scenes that I see everyday.
Enough with the chatter then. Here are some of the best ones I’ve taken so far.
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She is one of my favorite people in school. And I love her to bits like she’s my baby sister.
On December 4, 2012, Typhoon Pablo (Typhoon Bopha) made landfall over Baganga, Davao Oriental. When it arrived, it was packing wind speeds of up to 260 kilometeres per hour and was classified as a Category 5 typhoon.
It was 4:45 in the morning.
Pablo crawled over Davao Oriental and it’s arms spread across Compostela Valley as well. In a published report, “the super typhoon left 1,901 people either dead or missing and injured 2,666 individuals. More than 216,817 homes were damaged or destroyed in 318 municipalities, 34 provinces. Hardest-hit are the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley in Davao Region.”
A day after Pablo made landfall, a relief operations team from the Ateneo de Davao University drove up to one of the town affected by the typhoon. We were the first ones to mobilize relief operations for the typhoon victims.
That was December 5, 2012.
And for more than a month now, the university has not stopped its operations to provide relief for the victims.
I joined one of the relief operations of the university a week after Pablo hit. We went to a barangay in Monkayo, Compostela Valley. Below are some of the photos I was able to take when I was not driving one of the vehicles in the convoy.
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Her name’s Samantha.
Inside her is Mason.
I was lucky enough to have taken a portrait of her while still pregnant and expectant.
DIY beauty dish and some time in the campus.
This is how it all turned out.
Props to Gian for doing most of the hard work for the beauty dish.
May it move you as it moved me.
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion;respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.