2009 – The Year in Pictures
There’s really no one word to describe 2009. It was mixed with extremes – from the happiest moments of my life to some of the toughest. The year was about celebration but also of saying goodbye. Campfire Media’s growth has allowed us to service San Francisco while I ventured into the Philippine market. Being in a new country was an immersing experience as a new terrain appeared on the viewfinder. What you are about to see are some images I think define my year in photography.
Lake Tahoe in Northern California opened its arms wide enough for a winter wonderful pictorial. Elena and Steve Brady were hospitable enough to open their fantastic cabin for my team and I. I teamed up with stylist Glenda Macatangay for this shoot as she has a vintage flair that’s hard to imitate. Designer Joseph Domingo lent some of his dresses that lit up and stood out in front of the snowy backdrop.
model adina with host elena brady
stylist glenda macatangay:
I sought out stylist Leslie Foley again for a fresh collaboration. This time with a beautiful model named Malia of Look Model Agency. We decided to go street and I chose the Dogpatch District in San Francisco to be our playground for the shoot.
The NAACP together with the Green Magazine hired Campfire Media to cover their 40th Image Awards Celebrity Golf Challenge at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA. It was such an honor to be trusted by a prestigious organization. We got to meet President and CEO of NAACP Benjamin Jealous, comedians Chris Tucker and Cedrick the Entertainer, actor Keisha Knight (of The Cosby Show), singer and actor Kenny Lattimore and others. I also want to thank at this moment my team: Mike Corpuz, Alfonso Hernandez, David Limin, and Day Nobello.
Actress and model Eva Marcille:
Actor Stephen Bishop II:
R&B singer Kenny Lattimore:
Comedian Chris Tucker with the first black golfer in the Masters Lee Elders (far right):
On the same month, The Green Magazine printed it’s February 2009 issue with a photograph I took of athlete superstar Jerry Rice on the cover. It shows the greatest of all time catching a golf ball as if it were a football.
This was also the month I was invited to shoot a fashion show on Valentine’s Day wittingly called “Lovesick 2” organized by some of the movers and shakers of the fashion scene in San Francisco collectively known as DOGMA. Designer Alex Van Bromssen has gone solo this year in 2010 to set up Lovesick 3. Visit their website to find out how you can attend at www.lovesick3.com.
I meet talented celebrity stylist Mervin Lazaro who heads the styling at GMA channel’s variety show SOP. We collaborate on several occasions including one with the hottest woman in the country (as reported by FHM) Cristine Reyes.
From L to R (clockwise): Paolo Lim, Jar Concengco, Alexie Tiu, Carmel Rivadelo-Villongco, Mervin Lazaro, Cristine Reyes, Cristine’s neice, Vianney Guese
One great thing about being a photographer is helping make someone’s idea tangible. When Mervin wanted to do something half geisha, half Queen Amidala, this is what we came up with.
Fudge Magazine gave me a call to take portraits of artists they were going to feature in their upcoming issue. For me, this probably has to be one of the hardest shoots because you’re faced head to head with a fellow artist – someone who has a precise idea of how they want to come across to the people who sees the photos. One of the artists was fellow photographer Niccolo Cosme who spawned the viral Headshot Clinic (which became so popular, imitations followed). Upon meeting Niccolo for the shoot, he said, “I was worried who was going to take my photos. I was glad when I found out it was you.”
Angelica and I got married! I’d rather not go through the details and mush here on my photography blog, but here are some of my favorite shots taken by Henry Villanueva.
While us newlyweds were enjoying marital bliss (tee hee), the rest of the Campfire Team got busy with the wedding season in the United States. Michael Corpuz of Campfire Media had everything taken care of in the wedding division.
The fashion community in the Philippines flocked to the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia for the Philippine Fashion Week where designers showed off their latest collection for the upcoming season. Designers like Jerome Lorico, Odelon Simpao, Marc Tana, Anthony Nocom, and Bang Pineda were some of the designers that kicked the week off.
I worked with stylist Mervin Lazaro again for a fashion campaign for Bclub Shoes. Actor Rhian Ramos modeled the shoes and bags of Bclub. The photos now are found on Bclub’s website, bag tags and their stores.
If chicks with tattoos are your thing, my shoot with the Death Vixens featured in Fudge Magazine will definitely interest you. You may recognize Sarah Gaugler who also is the lead vocalist for the band Turbo Goth. Thank you to Editor-in-Chief Annie Alejo and Art Director Joel Catapang for having me for this shoot.
I participated in shooting promotional pictures for the newest remake of a Spanish telenovela starring some of the hottest celebrities in the Philippines called Rubi. You probably already see the TV spots and know who’s playing who. Here are some of our shots taken on location at the Subic Yacht Club. Thank you to Patricia Coronado and ABS-CBN.
My wife and I visited the US for the first time as husband and wife. We were able to travel to every important city in the west coast – from San Francisco to Seattle to Los Angeles (and everything in between).
Portland and Crater Lake, Oregon
While I was in the US, I was glad to be able to capture a couple’s engagement – Jesenia and Pablo’s. I just want to thank them again for trusting me. Whenever I look at these pictures, I remember their story and am glad they found each other.
San Francisco based model Charlene Phan approached me to shoot her for FHM Philippines. Perfect timing since I was in town! I worked with stylist Laura Anne Hollabaugh and makeup artist/hair stylist Kristine Burge’t for this shoot at the Bambuddha Lounge. FHM Philippines January 2010 issue is out now on the racks, so please grab a copy. Here’s a little teaser.
My cousin Nick got married to Hiroko Tsuruta at the beautiful Khol Mansion in Burlingame. I always loved the idea of a garden wedding and the fusion of two cultures.
A concept that I had in mind got me returning to Chef Bruce’s family furniture factory in Kalayaan, Makati. Futuristic fashion with a backdrop of heavy machinery and sparks as if they were freshly manufactured was the concept. Printed in Fudge magazine.
No one in the Philippines will forget Typhoon Ketsana or Bagyong Ondoy. When HIPP Magazine asked me what I was doing when the Typhoon hit, this is what I said:
Sense and Style magazine asked me to shoot their fashion editorial with an interesting concept – a museum atmosphere with model on a slight pedestal. We shot on location at the Sentosia clubhouse and used their bare walls to get the desired effect. I also had the pleasure to meet the whole staff – Sir Arnel, Hector, Joan, Nicole, and Ieth.
Food food food. I love to eat it. And I must say, I love photographing it as well. Here are some of the food photography I’ve taken this year.
HIPP (Hip, Intelligent, Progressive Parenting) Magazine has asked me to photograph their fashion editorial for their issue in November. One part of the shoot I will never forget will be the first look with the girl model wouldn’t smile or pose for the first layout. When stylist Charmaine Palermo asked her what was wrong, the girl said, “I’m hungry.” That always makes me smile.
The December 2009 issue of Sense and Style hit the shelves with Rhian Ramos on the cover wearing an asymmetrical dress by Eric De Los Santos. We shot the cover shoot in Manor Club in Eastwood. Here are some outtakes of our shoot.
I also want to thank designer Dax Bayani for the great designs we were able to use in the shoot I did with singer Hi-C. One of the dresses was recognizably the one used in a current soap opera called Katorse by actor Erich Gonzalez.
We shot in a scenic lot in Tanay, Rizal thanks to Jeman Bunyi Villanueva, Mr. Carlos Jose Chaves and Dr. Rene Sison and family.
I look back at 2009 and think it was a pretty good year indeed.