Monthly Archives: March 2007

  Wedding Photojournalist Association24 Mar 2007

I just got an email yesterday that Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) accepted my application for membership.

“The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.”

You may check out more information here.

I am now a proud member!!! :)

CATEGORY: // News & Updates
DISCUSSION: 14 Comments

  The Paradox of Thinking22 Mar 2007

“Don’t assume boundaries that aren’t there.”

In the early days of wedding photography, a couple would just chooses 50-60 pictures from say 120 shots taken by their photographer, then those selected shots will be in a matted album with combination of 5X7 or 8X10. Everybody was happy with the setup and nobody really asked what if I want 5X6 or 8X8 or 4X9.5 or 3X7.8 or 5.3X8.9, and so on. Well, I did ask that question and the suppliers said it would be expensive to do a mat for unusual sizes of photos. Most photographers didn’t ask because they know it’s not worth the trouble to think outside the box. As a newbie photographer then at Y2000, I am very sure that’s what I want to do. Then came digital which all solved my problems.

I have proven that I am not unconsciously limiting myself of any non-existing boundaries. :)
“Set some limit.”

When possibilities are endless, it may not be fruitful all the time. I may not end exploring my horizon and ended up with nothing. The limit I’m referring into is to have a framework in finding a solution. Now, that’s the paradox of thinking. Art with process? Creativity having a procedure? or in wedding terms, shooting a wedding with pre-conceived shots or template. No, I am referring to putting a limit so my creativity will struggle within the given limit. One best example of limit is time.

Anyway, I made an example of putting a limit to myself. What if I can only shoot at square format and only B&W. Would the images come out nice? Would it still give an impact? Is the combination of images, square format and B&W work with each other?

View slideshow here

I like it but you got to tell me. :)

CATEGORY: // Ideas
DISCUSSION: 5 Comments

  Looking at Life20 Mar 2007

For several days, I’ve been trying to overwhelm myself with B&W images. I’m trying to rediscover its powers and impact. I’m doing this because I really believe that B&W will always be a part of photography. Based on my little survey below, 20% is a best number of B&W images in an album. Though a minority in the overall number of shots, I’m always trying to maximize its effect.

During my search this weekend I found a new hero. Visit

Elliot Erwitt has an amazing eye on how to look at life. His pictures have a lot of wit that I have been struggling to achieve from day 1 of my photographic career. From time to time I get to capture one like my rings and donut shot. Most B&W artists would concentrate more on shadows, texture and contrast. Elliot’s work doesn’t show much of those but rather focusing more on life itself.

Now, I’m making an effort to improve on how I look at life. I might stay away for awhile with those technical things like light and shadow, sharpness, contrast, etc but rather search more on images that possess more meaning and relevance.

Last Saturday, I shot a 5th birthday celebration in the morning and baptism in the afternoon. It’s not a grand as the usual weddings that I shoot but its essence in life are the same.

I suggest to all of you who’s reading this post to stop and look awhile at life. It’s a very rewarding moment every time. I know because it’s what I do for a living. :)

CATEGORY: // Ideas, // Opinions
DISCUSSION: 7 Comments