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 […]

Exploring Home: Bohol

A few days after my 24th, I found myself on a plane to uncharted territory. I lost myself in Bohol upon seeing the most awe-inspiring, pastel colored sunset at the Bohol Bee Farm while, of course, stuffing myself with delicious homemade Avocado and Melon ice cream from The Buzzz Café. How could something so beautiful exist? For the next […]

Travel Diaries: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

There is a sense of normalcy, at last. Elections season is over. Friendships have been restored, campaign posters no longer deface the streets of Manila, and my heart is lighter upon letting go of misplaced anger – over headlines and 140-character sentiments. April and May have been unimaginably full: making my new blog live, speaking in […]

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 […]

Exploring Home: Binondo, Manila

Most of my photos are grounded in people, I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out experience etched on a person’s face.  (Steve McCurry) As a portrait photographer exposed to the the deviously flawless world of beauty and fashion (photography) so early on in my life, the fear of imperfect photographs has […]

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 […]

Exploring Home: Coron, Palawan

My memories seem to betray me as each day – back in the rowdy cosmopolis – passes by, and words that I try to conjure never seem to compare to the reality that was. As Joan Didion would put it, “Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember.” Coron was pure […]

Life via Instagram: Coron

At the beginning of the year, I whispered a bold prayer to the Universe. I told my Greatest Love I was willing to let go of the familiar, the comfortable to discover His unfathomable, vast creation. I no longer wanted to be cooped up in this safe space I built for myself. I longed for […]