Right after booking the flight and hotel for our stay in Macau, I started having grand illusions of shooting the sights and scenes of the gambling haven. So like human instinct I packed my cameras and lenses, my tripod, filters, shutter cable, and other accessories I could fit in my handcarry Urban Disguise 50 bag (boy, was it heavy). My Macau weekend would have been ideally set like this : check into our nice suite at The Venetian, watch the Pacquiao-Rios fight downstairs, tour the place, then shoot all I want at night. It was the perfect plan.
But things got in the way. Schedules and plans changed. Fatigue and laziness also set in. I was tired from the late-night flight then getting up early after just 3 hours of sleep for the boxing match. By the time we emerged from a post-fight afternoon nap, time wasn't on our side anymore. Instead of allotting our second night to photography, I decided it would be best if I spend it with my wife. After all, this trip was an advanced anniversary celebration. So I ditched my shooting plans and just enjoyed exploring the vast grounds of The Venetian, dining and getting lost, and doing a little shopping.
But I'm not one who will just allow the trip to pass by without taking some photos. No way. As we were up early on fight day, we looked for a place to have breakfast, and while going around, we noticed the grand canal parts of the hotel were virtually empty at that time. It was then that I got the idea of going there the next day to shoot Anie. And we did.
It was a joy to shoot, having the place to ourselves, with very few guards politely allowing us to do our thing. We didn't have the luxury of time but the 90-minute shoot was more than enough for us. Anie was a posing machine and all I had to do was tell her where to position herself and press the shutter.
Here are my anniversary snaps of Anie :
Happy Anniversary to my lovely wife. It's our fourth wedding anniversary and 11th as a couple (we got married at the day of our seventh anniversary). Four years. Hasn't been perfect but it's been very good. Our son Seven has been a tremendous blessing and who knows, maybe our next kid is coming soon. :)
To a great wife, a loving mother, a supportive partner, a responsible daughter, a kind soul, a dedicated Christian, and definitely my favorite model, again... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. I love you.
Borrowing some lines from Rico Blanco,
"You hold me like I'm the one who's precious,
I hate to break it to you but it's just the other way around.
You can thank your stars all you want but I'll always be the lucky one."