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Friday, June 18, 2010

That Photo Booth

I was finally able to get my picture taken by THAT PHOTO BOOTH at the Private Launch of the hottest club in the country, REPUBLIQ, last June 17, 2010. THAT PHOTO BOOTH offers unlimited high quality prints with a customized backdrop and layout. They cater to almost every event one can come up with- Weddings, Private Parties, Gimmicks, Product / Service Launches, Corporate Events, Fathers' Day, Mothers' Day, and all that jazz. The best part is, THOSE GUYS are very professional and fun to work with. And did I mention that their mobile booth has a very sophisticated and sleek design? ;>

Myself, with THOSE GUYS and Dem Gurlz

Me & Sweety

with the pretty Villanueva sisters, Cris & Rose

Some of THAT PHOTO BOOTH's gigs:





University Graduation

Encore's Anniversary

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

I Love Photo Contests

During the last few days of March, I saw an ad at facebook that was promoting a photo contest. As I clicked on the advertisement, I was redirected to Tetra Pak Philippines' I love Milk Photo Contest, in celebration of World Milk Day. As I went through the contest mechanics, I had several ideas on how to go about my entries. I immediately bought about 5 small cartons of milk with the Tetra Pak logo. I took photos of my sisters, Trixia and Vi, and my niece, Felicia, drinking the milk. So, I submitted the photos and wrote a brief description on each entry.

After a week, I was still thinking of submitting a couple more entries, with a different theme this time. Luckily, the daughter of our laundry lady was at home that day. I gave her a a small carton of Tetra pak milk, and I asked her to smile for me while drinking the milk. She did smile a little, and happily finished her milk. After a couple of shots, I uploaded the photo, gave it a brief description, and submitted the entry.

A couple of months passed, I was aware that the announcement of the photo contest was near. Let's just say my phone's calender is pretty useful ;) I checked the website and read again that the announcement of the winners will be on June 6, 2010.

June 6. I was practically staring at their website. Refresh. Still no update. The following day, I was at work when I received a call on my cellphone.

"Hi, is this Ms. Rica Bañares?" Said the guy on the other end. "Yes, this is her," And he went, "This is yada yada yada (was all I could hear) of Tetra Pak Philippines.." Upon hearing him say that he's from Tetra Pak, I immediately paid attention and got all giddy. "Ma'am, are you currently in the Philippines?" he asked. "Yes," I answered. "We are glad to inform you that you are invited at the awarding program of I Love Milk Photo Contest. You're entry was chosen as one of the Top Ten finalists." I gave out a little screech due to my excitement. The awarding was on Sunday of that week, so I told him, "Sir, could you already tell me which place I got because its a long way 'til Sunday, and I'm really excited!" Zion, the guy w I was talking to, laughed on the other end, and told me, "Let's just say that its very very important that you come on Sunday, and that you're one of the happier contestants." So, excited 'lil old me RSVP'd and again, checked http://ilovemilkcontest.com and there it was, a list of names of the Top Ten Finalists. I was on the list. ;)

June 9, 2010. Awarding Day.

As soon as I saw the activity center of Market Market Mall, I felt nervous. A lot of people were there, participating on games conducted on the event. Then there it was - The photos were exhibited in the middle of the crowd. I made myself through the people and saw two of my entries displayed. There were about 20 photos exhibited, Ten photos were labeled as finalists, and the rest were probably chosen as the judges' favorites as well.
Kuya Kim Atienza hosted the event, and after the games were conducted, it was time to announce the Top 3 winners of the photo contest.

I bagged 2nd Place! I nearly jumped off my seat to claim my awards on stage. It was really a big deal for me, for they announced that there were about 900+ photos submitted, and I felt extremely blessed to have been awarded 2nd place.

Here I was on stage, claiming my awards: Php15,000, A Samsung Point & Shoot Camera, and a month's supply of Fresh Milk in Tetra Paks.

Yes, I am now one of those people who get to take home a giant cheque!

I Love Milk
One of my entries that was exhibited.

I Love Milk Contest
My winning entry ;)

The prices were really great, but being recognized for something you love doing is PRICELESS. ;)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Philippine Fashion Week Photography

Last May 26, 2010, I was given the opportunity to cover Jun-jun Cambe's 2010 Holiday Collection for the Philippine Fashion Week, held at SMX. Many thanks to my friends, Gilbert Ley, who modeled for the collection, and Sheena Gloria, who was one of the show's stylist, for they were able to get me, and THOSE GUYS' Gian and Barry Photographers' Passes. No camera flash was used, so my shots were a little darker, as compared to other photographers' photos.

Black & White

Gilbert Ley
Gilbert Ley
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Junjun Cambe 098
Junjun Cambe 111
Gilbert Ley
Junjun Cambe 141
Junjun Cambe 197
Junjun Cambe 204
Junjun Cambe 265

Gold & Silver

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Junjun Cambe 155
Junjun Cambe 162
Junjun Cambe 256
My favorite from the collection

Floral Details

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Junjun Cambe 245
Junjun Cambe 299

I'm not really a fan of balloon dresses made for a bride, but this one literally gave me the goosebumps when the model seemed to float like a swan on the ramp with this dress on. It was the perfect show ender, for the audience stood up and applauded for the extravagant collection.
Junjun Cambe 316

Junjun Cambe
Jun-jun Cambe

Me & My Sister, Em
Me and my sister, Emerald

To view the rest of the collection:

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Do?

When one gets a haircut, the most obvious way of seeing if the new look suits that person is to simply look at one's self at the mirror. But in our house, as soon as we have a new look, we have our portraits taken. No, not just a regular photo. Yes, portraiture. :)

My sister Karla and her new do :)

Now, who's to say that you're new look doesn't suit you? ;>