One of the things that editorial photography gifts me is meeting all these wonderful people! I took this photograph of Senator Sonny Angara for Men's Health at his home. How great that he's warm, friendly and very courteous. He took the time to know our names and he was even kind enough to try to laugh at my jokes hahha. Should have voted for him the last time, but well, hopefully there's a next time.
Vintage Wagon for Entrepreneur Magazine. We had them set up this kiosk in the middle of the street. What an obstruction but good thing that they're nice to their neighbors so they were very cool about this pictorial being taken along their street. We even had to reroute a garbage truck. I hope it came back to collect trash. Uh-oh!
Took photos for Caviar, a restaurant that serves well, caviar and they also have a stellar wine collection that would make any connoisseur drool!
I just finished reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon which has been a breath of fresh air for me. I've been really obsessed these past few months on what new project to take on and I had realized that the things that I want to do multiply by the hour. Open a new branch for Camera Cart, study cake baking, schedule my photography workshops, open a new studio for Portraits by Heidi. These, all of these and more, happen inside my head while I'm juggling motherhood, shooting, editing and being a wife. If you'd probably plop my head open, you'll see a huge highway with all these ideas speeding around like F1s. And mind you, this is not something new. This is what happens on a daily basis inside my multitasking head. This is normal, for me that is.
Obviously there's a lack of focus here. I've tried meditation but my brain is buzzing with too many ideas! Fortunately, I got to have a quick chat with artist friend, Jaykee Evangelista this morning and he told me something in the lines of enjoying the process, that sometimes the process is more important than the product. Which truly resonated with Austin Kleon's book. Chapter two was all about process. And it was all about just having fun and surrendering and sharing. It's definitely the journey not the destination. (Have to remember to put that in my stack of mental notes.)
But well you know, sometimes I get so excited. And like Wolverine, patience isn't my strongest suit, too. I want to hasten the process so I can get to the next destination and finally label them as one of my "finished" projects. Then I can start again with the next one. But one of the things that I'm still trying to accept, being in the creative profession, is that the ideas never die down. They are like gremlins (80s reference yo!) that multiply when they get wet. But for the creative folk, ideas multiply when you encounter another person, read another book, travel to another country. Whenever I see opportunity, my brain lights up like a firework display. My obsession to get to end points are so extreme that I often have to find the time just to remind myself to smell the roses, enjoy the scenery, keep calm, and trust the process. That's very easy to say, but so hard to do. And I pray that in my lifetime, I get to do as much as I think I can do.
Oh and a note to you guys out there: Whenever you encounter a spaced-out artist, please be nice. Getting all these ideas, isn't something we can turn off. We're merely processing inspiration and that happens in between meals, during commute or even when we're talking to you. We're strange and special like that.
Dino and Iyay have been together for fifteen years! And we're absolutely happy to have photographed the adorable couple before they tied the knot. For this shoot, we went back to where their love first blossomed, at their university! I told them to bring us to their fave places inside the campus. Dino brought his old red car that they used way back then, not just a prop but a nostalgic piece, bringing us on a trip down to happy memory lane.
Finally guys! Cheers to more years and love together!
I'm 34. God, just saying that gives me a headache! Jesus saved humanity by 33. And here I am, 34.
But there are a lot of things I'd like to be proud of like some of my happy adventures. One of them is choosing my career path. I could've gone corporate and head for the steady safe-net pay check. But I went to doing something I love which is photography because I'd rather be shooting with an irregular cash flow than not being able to respond to my true calling. And I guess I want to look at my daughter's eyes and tell her without batting an eyelash, that I followed THE dream, that I dared to tread rocky grounds and take this wonderful adventure so she would, too follow her own bliss and have a life filled with wonder and mystery. And I guess at the back of my head, I want to let people know that following dreams can be financially, physically and emotionally feasible. I want to inspire. And for selfish reasons, I want to sleep well at night.
So I guess I'm far from saving the world, but I have things lined up. And I'm putting these other dreams out there just because I want to be liable somehow. And maybe the universe will conspire to make all these possible for me, one way or another (because it always has). These please or something better:
I'm not sure if I should put timetables this early. I will, probably soon. But for now, let me have some time to accept and swallow that yes, I'm 34. And that yes, there will be more adventures ahead.