Portraits: Alyssa

Make-up, Photography: Elisa Aquino / Modeling, Styling: Alyssa Lapid When I have the opportunity to mentor younger people through talks and workshops, I always tell them, “Actively pursue your craft, perfect your style – but do not limit yourself.” I learned how to shoot portraits at 18, to write about beauty and do make-up at […]

Portraits: Niki Colet

Make-up, Photography: Elisa Aquino / Modeling, Styling: Niki Colet We were 2 gawky girls fawning over Makati’s red light district – in chunky heels – mesmerized by the glaring signages, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and the occasional foreigner with a young Filipina. It was a bizarre side of Manila we hardly saw, and it was fantastic. We […]

Portraits: Hannah

Hair, Make-up, and Photography: Elisa Aquino / Modeling: Hannah To Writing about God has been so difficult for me lately. The universe seems so dark and unforgiving. It takes so much courage to make sense of grace. Photography lends a hand during these trying times. When I don’t want to think, and when I feel […]

Portraits: Olympía

Listen to Olympía on Soundcloud. Watch the official music video for Nothing Wrong here. Photography: Elisa Aquino Make-up and Hair: Rachel Torres

Portraits: Hannah

On our last day, Hannah and I toured our colorful neighborhood and found the most animated backdrops. Lately, I find that it takes very little to commit to creativity. Sometimes, it only takes devotion and a heart which desires to find beauty in every corner. Photography and Make-up: Elisa Aquino Modeling and Styling: Hannah To […]

Portraits: Alyssa x Menina Step

If I published this entry weeks ago, it would probably have been a ‘pity party’ type of post – familiar to me and my readers. Since we’re being honest, I easily could have produced paragraph after paragraph stating how I can devote much time and energy to keep my craft alive yet not be assured […]

Portraits: Samantha

“What I see is that look in her eyes, the one that says she’s worthy of that stare, that all the attention is well-deserved. That’s when I click the shutter.”  (BJ Pascual, PUSH) Through the years of taking portraits – I started in 2011 – I’ve come to photograph the same faces over and over […]

Portraits: Ica

  “How are you?” “I’m in a really good place right now.” Lately, I’ve been taking the time to get in touch with a lot of my friends who are younger than me, and I find that they can teach me so much about humility, faith, and love. My perception of the three have been […]

Portraits: Jeline Catt

          There are places which stay with you through time. Memories continue to linger, to persist within us though people are gone, places are abandoned, and priorities change. At  seven, I felt what it was like to truly lose anyone for the first time. After a day of play, we were […]