Photography, Relationships, Uncategorized

What’s up?

Hello~

I haven’t posted for quite a while, so here’s some life update.

Wedding Preparations

We have been busier these past few months preps wise since we only got less than a year now. Spent so much time looking for, checking out and reading reviews about wedding suppliers. We’ve booked some suppliers already but we’re still far from being done. At first my fiance and I both thought that after booking the church, reception venue, caterer and photographers and videographers everything will become easier. We’re both wrong and we realize that now because there are still a lot that needs to be done. We totally forgot about what we’ll wear and didn’t think about how we’ll manage on the day. I thought we can DIY the rest of the things that we need but now I think I’m expecting too much from myself. I’m slowly realizing that things are more complicated and difficult than we expected them to be so we might really have to get some help from experts. Finding suppliers that are good and love their craft but are also within budget is really challenging. It’s still fun though and we both get to learn new things together.

Other Events

I treated my Mom to a spa session for her birthday. I had a period back then and thought twice about also getting a full body massage, but I decided to go for it. It went well, and I didn’t get any bruise from it. I guess you just have to warn your masseuse that you are in your period and ask to be gentle(r).

My cousin, who’m I did pre-debut photoshoot with, already turned 18 and celebrated with her last July 15. It was an evening party at the beach and we (my niece Rica and I) were asked if we can cover it (though we were actually already kind of planning to do so even without being asked XD). So here’s some of the things that I learned:

  1. It’s hard to do it alone. Good thing I wasn’t but I feel like we could have done better if we were better coordinated? We didn’t plan anything, didn’t know the program, etc., so we just captured what we can. XD Also, we were part of the program and weren’t ready to pass on to anyone the camera when it was our turn.
  2. I should have prepared better since I usually shoot in daytime with natural sunlight. I should have set my camera to a better mode or find a better camera settings to capture evening photos. I was already in auto mode to avoid missing moments but there were times that my camera took too long to adjust, captured blurry or out of focus images, took an image with bad lighting.
  3. I should ask how the event will be going next time for me to have an idea how to get better shots.

I also learned that the battery of my camera can last a whole debut program (continuous shooting) without running out. That’s about 4 hours I think. I’m really happy about this.

I also recently attended a bridal shower for a friend and experienced hand and foot spa, both for the first time. Also the first time I got manicure from someone else. XD I usually do it myself at home. I’m not sure though whether or not I like the color that I chose. It looked good, natural and a bit sophisticated (for me) on their sample but I later realized that it looked like a kiddie nail polish color. I went home and noticed that it shines and sparkle like the toy nail polish for kids. I don’t know. My nails are growing out anyway and would have to do my nails before the wedding so I can change the color then.

What’s Next?

I made two pillow covers using the portable mini sewing machine that my friends gave me on my previous birthday. I emptied out my Nature Republic Aloe Vera gel and just opened a new jar. I’m almost out of my Aveeno foam facial wash, I love it and I don’t know how I can purchase it again. I started using a seaweed exfoliating gel from Miniso and I think it’s really working well. So these are the items that I’m going to make a post on and review soon!

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Family, Photography, Uncategorized

Debut Photo Shoot

I’ve been noting to myself some spots around UP Diliman campus that I thought would be good locations for a photo shoot. My photo shoot partner, or my model-photographer tandem partner, Rica,¬†is so busy with work these days so I can’t schedule a session with her.

Lucky, my cousin Kyra, who is turning 18 this coming June, is on school vacation. So I messaged her in facebook and asked if she wanted to do a photo shoot with me.

I said she could use the photos we’ll take for her debut if she likes them, so I wanted to slightly align the pictures to her celebration theme. Her party will be held at a beach, so I wanted to take pictures that have summer-y vibe. Some of my workmates even sent me samples to help us out. It was sunny and all the whole day, but I’m not sure if I actually captured the vibe. XD Rica said the pictures gave more of a “Spring” and “Fall” vibe and that we should take pictures with “Winter” vibe just to leave “Summer” for the party. We don’t even have those seasons here in the Philippines. LOL.

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Whatever vibe these pictures give, I like them anyway. I hope Kyra liked the outcome of our mini photo shoot as well. My fiance told me that my composition improved. I think I also improved in terms of how quickly I adjust my camera to the changes that happens around, like if I shoot at a different angle, different location, or if the lighting changes (like if cloud covers the sun for a while). I only used one lens, the 18-55mm kit lens, for the whole shoot.

Photography, Uncategorized

Jogging and Bird Watching

Last Saturday, my fiance asked me to go with him to jog. We weren’t able to bring the car and I wanted to bring some things, but then I realized that if I do I will have to jog with all of them. I decided to just walk around instead and take pictures. Here are some of the pictures that I got.

 

My father bought me a monocular lens so I thought it would be great to go bird watching with it. My fiance and I had fun trying to have closer look at the birds flying around and resting on trees. We’re noob bird watchers though and we weren’t able to spot a lot. We can hear different bird sounds and we know there are other kinds of birds around but it was just hard to spot them. I tried taking pictures of some birds resting on trees. Too bad, I left my other lens at home which was more suitable for zooming.

Can you find the birds in these pictures?

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After his jog and a short bird watching, we went straight back home. We were already in the jeepney ride home when we realized that we failed as a social media couple. We weren’t able to take picture of ourselves together. XD What kind of millennials are we? We both have smartphones and I even have my SLR with me (which I used to take the pictures above). The only picture I took of him running was blurred. I will definitely go with him again to redeem myself as a stage¬†fiancee.