Thursday, December 29, 2011

{Sneak Peek} Family Session with the Pilot's

"The most important things in life aren't things."

The year, 2011, is almost over and I cannot believe it that I have met very nice people, new friends, and families through photography. One of those wonderful people are the Pilot's. Their family session wraps up my year and their photo book is now out fresh from the printer. I'm excited to deliver it to them.

Here's a sneak of this family...

Come back early next week on 2012 for a full post. What a perfect beginning for a New Year!!!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Thoughts for Christmas

A Merry Christmas kisses to all. 

May you have a joyful Christmas celebration 
full of love and peace.

A Project 64 Out of the Box: silver entry. 

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Sneak Peek: It's a Circus

"The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden, heaven is a playground."
 - GK Chesterton -

I just love it when I see a lot of smiles and laughter. There will be more of the joyful session in the next few days. 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Full Post: Pre-nuptial Shoot for Leni and Romel

My heartfelt congratulations to you, Leni and Romel. 
They are such a cool couple and they have a wonderful attitude.

A toast for Leni who is no bridezilla at all. 
Romel definitely made a great choice for you have a good heart.
To Romel, keep up with your cool attitude
and keep your wifey happy all the time.
Finally, here's the full post of the pre-nuptial photos...

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Friday, December 16, 2011

It's Getting Too Crowded

...yet sometimes you have no choice, but to hang in there.

A Project 64 Out of the Box: mahogany entry.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Food: A Bo's Caffeine & Sweets Fix is the Answer

I spent an afternoon so unproductively. I drove to another city and back to our place for a good 4 hours including a 30 minute stop over to pick up something. So the commute approximately took me 3 hours due to traffic. I was so stressed added to the fact that there seemed to be more motorists on the streets nowadays and bad drivers who were not mindful to traffic rules. I had finally flared up when a motorcycle swerved to my right of way without even looking at his side mirror and the driver was just LAUGHING. If an accident had occurred from it; then, he would not be laughing. Sigh it was because of the stressful driving experience that I needed a sugar fix to keep me happy. :) I had been thinking of something sweet like coffee and a blueberry cheesecake. 

I took advantage of the drive thru facility at Bo's Coffee in Banilad Town Center (BTC) in Cebu. This was extremely convenient for a customer like me who wanted to avoid the parking nightmare in most places during this holiday season. I had their reduced fat Froccino Primo Coffee Jelly and the yummy blueberry cheesecake. I loved the brown paper that they used to pack my "to-go" order; so environmentally chic. I also had the chance to finally check out "The Coffee Book", a 2012 planner. I had a hard time finding one in other branches I had visited because they seemed to have run out of copies. Thank you to the courteous Bo's barista who allowed me to leaf through the coffee book while waiting for my order.

If you are into planners and wants something that is unique from those that are sold in the market; then, The Coffee Book is a must. Why? There are pages with beautiful photos and doodles. There is also a monthly planner page which gives you an overview of your appointments and to do's for the entire month; then, daily sections are provided where you can enter more details for each day. There are doodle pages too. I most especially love the photo postcards which you may tear and send to your family and friends. I have no photos though, but I assure you it's one fun planner which will keep you from being bored the entire year. Do check it out at the nearest Bo's branch near you.

I can't wait to complete my coffee card and have my own copy. For those who do not know, this is a limited offer that runs from November 18, 2011 to January 16, 2012. You need to complete 10 stickers to redeem one, so hurry. 

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Just Because: The Huang's and Go's

This is a long over-due full post of a commissioned work I did for a colleague from graduate school and a good friend ever since. No, I did not forget this photo session; and who would when this was one session where an adorable, four-legged, furry dog stole a moment from Pearl and her family. I am talking about Martin, the dog, who peed at my camera bag. In fairness though, I did not think that he had really peed because we were all shouting at him at the very second he was about to answer the call of nature. 

Meet Martin, who had a few minutes of fame. My sister told me that the dog ran away and hid from us after we discovered him. He only came out when we were about to wrap the session. When he approached us he had this slow and timid gait as if he was testing everyone's mood whether we will be mad at him. Of course, we didn't, just look at him...he's all meat and no amount of fur could camouflage it (grin).

Enough on Martin's moment because this session was not for him but it was for Pearl and her family. Pearl and I planned to hold this session on the day that they would be dressed up for a wedding in their family. I could not disagree with it. It would make a picture-perfect ending and I was glad Pearl picked this day for the session. Pearl and Collin made such a lovely couple so I could not resist posing them like it was their wedding. :)

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Which Way Is He Looking?

A project 64: Out of the Box: black entry. 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Giveaway in December

It's 25 days before Christmas and since I'm in the mood for the holidays, I'm giving away a couple of  customized 2012 photo calendar in print. This giveaway is valid only to all the Philippine resident subscribers who are automatically qualified with one raffle entry, but to increase your chances of winning, here's what you must do to entitle you with another raffle entry:

1. Share the Facebook giveaway link in your wall; then,
2. Leave a comment in ArtsyBelle Images Facebook page to let me know.
You have until December 15, 2011 to join. The winners are drawn the next day using a random generator. I hope you are all in the spirit of giving and sharing too. Feel free to spread the word. Thanks!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Finally, I Found You!!!

...and here I thought that I will not find the color other than in the obvious fruit - orange. Two years ago I was crazy with coloring anything. It even led me to craft handmade cards with stamp accents just so I can play with colors. Coloring pencils are my favorite medium to the point that I invested in a good set and a friend gave me a year ago with the one and the premium Prisma colors, which I have coveted for quite sometime. 

Why do I like to color? I find that with this activity it quiets my often busy mind and brings me back to my core. I don't know...there's just a sense of peace when it's only me and my thoughts while I let my imagination run using colors. It is timely that while I am at a frenzy searching the color for Project 64 Out of the Box: orange, I but find it in the stuff that have brought me serenity. 

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

{Engaged} Cat and Mico

"I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul."

"I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body."

"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way than this:

"where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.”

And their love gives birth to a super cute baby CJ. If Cat is the queen of their family and Mico is the king, baby CJ is definitely the ACE. 

The family is apart from each other most months of the year; thus, seeing them together is so adorable.  It's also sweet to see the father and son bond. I hope one day that their family will soon be together wherever their work and destiny brings them.

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 Poem is by Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

ThanksGiving and a Just You Portrait

Happy Thanksgiving to all the friends and family across the pond. This US holiday delivers a great message that is wonderfully celebrated each year. So despite that we don't celebrate this American cultural tradition in my country, I pause and do my own thank you(s) for the year that is about to pass. One of which is being grateful to  meet and to know more each person through photography.

I learned so much from my encounters and come to value the individuality of each one. Adults and kids alike react and mingle differently. The uniqueness of each person's character, attitude, and even pet peeves make them interesting. And since every post is more fun with photos, here's a full post of the portrait session with the most unique person thus far that I have photographed, Jules.

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”  
- William A. Ward -

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