Before moving these photos to my archive, I thought it would be nice to share 'em here.
I was asked to join Bulacan's Next Runway Top Model, now on its second "cycle", as a mentor-photographer. I was very hesitant at first, entering the competition at a late stage, but I was very open to the idea because of three things : 1.) I liked the concept, a full-production competition to find and develop college students to be confident and competent models, 2.) I couldn't say no to Aavron delos Santos, one of the organizers, because I know how his crew works, and I'm of the opinion that surrounding yourself with people who excel in their field could also improve your craft, and 3.) believe it or not, I've always considered shooting models as my weakest point in photography. I just don't like to make people pose, and would rather have someone direct them for me. I find it awkward, personally, especially the sexy poses. That's why I don't shoot models that much, and I'm very happy just shooting my wife and my son as my models, to be honest. But as it is, I took it as a challenge to be part of BNRTM so I could get out of my comfort zone.
The competition got off to a great start. I became the mentor for House of Prada, together with Manny Halasan (designer) and Donna Porras (hair and makeup). I loved our team and our aspirants. I think our house was distinct because we had no animosity or too much stress. Hahaha. But seriously, we took things in stride and things progressed smoothly.
Anyway, here are some photos from our shoots. Starting with the "school uniform" shoot that I thought was a straight-up pictorial featuring the aspirants in their uniforms. Little did I know we were supposed to use a concept. It was too late when I found out we were allowed to alter or tweak the looks. Imagine my utter surprise when the other houses uploaded their photos using zombie/androgyny/Glee themes. Hats off to them. We did what we could with this shoot.
For our second shoot, fully aware that we were to use a theme, we did a "royal rebel" concept.
The video crew documented our Royal Rebel shoot. Thanks a lot for this. We really appreciate it.
I'd like to once again thank everyone in House of Prada. Manny, you're awesome and cool. Donna, you're great and I'm still amazed how fast you work. To all the aspirants, thank you for your cooperation. I know not all of you were able to project like I wanted to, but thank you for trying. We all did our best, and I'm very happy for that. PRADA AND PROUD. Clean, elegant, classy.
To the BNRTM organizers, thank you all. I enjoyed my stint and I'm proud to have been a part of the competition. It's an honor to be among the best photographers, designers, hair and makeup artists, and coaches in Bulacan. To the logistics and documentation crew, THANK YOU for facilitating our shoots. Couldn't have done it without you. I'd also like to thank my friends who helped tremendously with the shoots : Red Bautista, Jay Salvador, Lem German (and Queenie). I'd also like to thank my wife Anie for sharing some tips during the first shoot.
In spite of all these efforts, I can't help but air my disappointment about how BNRTM ended. The road to disaster is paved with good intentions. I'm not burning bridges with anyone, but after hearing both sides of the story, and seeing for myself how things transpired, I came to a conclusion. I'm proud of having been a part of BNRTM, but it's time to close this chapter.
It's time for REVAMP.
This one I almost passed up for some reasons. The weather was awful, then I just got home from the metro and I was arguing with myself if going to the concert (which was a 45-minute drive by the way) late at night was sensible. And of course, it was one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions that I had to let my wife know...and I didn't have a clue how she would react. But you know, she understands my love and passion for music and photography. And how could I pass this one up, when the organizer would provide me a free ticket and allow me to shoot? So off to KB Gym in Malolos I went...but I have to admit along the way I was still pondering my decision. The weather was really scary.
Anyway, I got there safe with no hassles. The main act took a while, a lot of waiting, but when it was time, I got down to do what I love to do : listen to awesome live music while shooting (hopefully awesome) photos.
Tonight, it was Up Dharma Down.
I decided not to finish the concert but I enjoyed every bit of it. Shout out to UDD for the fantastic peformance. Frontact Pulso was superb, too! I'd like to thank Julie Santos for the free tickets and access she gave our photography club Focus Bulacan, and to all the organizers, congratulations! BSU students, just keep on organizing these concerts. And may you also continue to give free passes! Because I really appreciate them. :)
Thanks for viewing. Till the next one!
Last weekend, I joined another edition of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. It was the first Scott Kelby event for our new photography club Focus Bulacan, although almost all of us have attended an SKWWPW leg before. Anyway, I make it a point to join every year primarily because of two reasons : it's always nice to see old faces and meet new ones during a big event such as this, and the Scott Kelby photowalk is my one sure way to shoot street photography, a genre I'm very much interested in but have rare chances to dabble in.
This year's location (Malolos city proper) was already very familiar to most of us, but we did it anyway. We never know what we can capture out in the street. I decided not to enter the worldwide contest this year, so I kinda just enjoyed the walk more than shooting, mingling with friends and having isaw and other streetfood. We had a great time, to say the least.
Here are my photos from this year's photowalk, the chosen few I had after the hour-and-a-half walk :
And that's about it. But let me share my favorite photos from past editions of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.
2009 - Malolos city proper
2010 - Pamarawan Island, Malolos (black-and-whites shot with an infrared camera)
2011 - Malolos city proper, shot with the Fuji X100
And finally, from last year... 2012 - Baliuag city proper
That's all, folks. See you in next year's edition of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk! :)