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Jer Sandel. Photographer.

Storyteller. Instructor.

Motivator + Kickstarter.

My story

I have been a lifelong admirer of photographs and the stories they made me see. Never considered myself arts-inclined until I picked up the camera and fell in love with the possibilities I could make with it. The burning curiosity soon became a passion. I've never stopped fanning it since. 

I'm a photographer because I love being alive : witnessing our beautiful world, trying to comprehend the qualities and quirks of human nature, surviving the twists and turns that we all go through. The camera is not just a tool for expression and creativity for me, but also a companion as I go through life. I like to document while appreciating all the experiences that come my way. Good or bad, I'll take pictures.

As time goes by I have come to recognize that photography is not just an art form, but also an effective platform for empowering people. I'm proud of the images I've captured over the years but nothing compares to the fulfillment I get when seeing the work of former students or colleagues who realized their own possibilities : what they could create and what they could become. It's amazing what a small dose of instruction, challenge, or encouragement could lead to.

Photography is the perfect witness for our journey. It makes us see. It makes us feel. It makes us change. Then it makes us remember. It moves us and moves along with us. And I've grown with it the past twelve years.... also the most interesting years of my life, simply because I see the world in a different light.  Being a photographer is not merely a profession but also a lifestyle. More importantly, a mindset : Focus on the positives, highlight what's important to you, take every shot as if it's your last... and always be thankful in between.


Bachelor of Arts

Major in Public Administration

University of the Philippines - Diliman

Photography Training / Workshops

Basic Photography, Post-Processing, and Color Management

Jo Avila

Advanced Photography

Regie Fernando

Landscape Photography / Night Photography / Advanced Post-Processing

Chasing Light (Jay Jallorina & Edwin Martinez)

Virtual Reality Photography

Mitz Picardal


Studio Lighting

Ken Go

Wedding Photography

Oly Ruiz

Post-Processing for Portraits

Parc Cruz


Beauty & Glamour Photography

Borj Meneses

Fashion Photography

Neal Oshima

Food Photography & Styling

Jo Avila & Pixie Sevilla

Artistic Post-Processing

Amorsoloesque (Jon & Maricris Carlos)

Conceptual Post-Processing

Gerbie Pabilonia


Cityscape Photography

Jay Jallorina


Aerial Photography

Jay Jallorina & Zander Servando


Founding Officer / Social Media Manager

Focus Bulacan

Planning Committee - Luzon representative

Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation - PhotoWorld Cup

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