Elopement Wedding in the Philippines: John & Angela’s elopement in El Nido, Palawan x destination wedding photographer & cinematographer @redsheepphotocinema. Shot and filmed on location: Pangulasian Island Resort and Lagen Cove 2, El Nido Resorts, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Leica M. Sony A7RII. VSCO.
When your then boyfriend makes a song for you and eight years later, you use it for your wedding video. #relatable
On a serious note, this song, "The Island" by John Hardwick - the groom himself! - is simply beautiful and we're so honored to use it for our very first elopement film.
January 29, 2017. 7:20 AM. As I was waiting for the boat to take us to the island, I read an email from Angela that was sent the day before. The words “EXTREME rain tomorrow during our entire ceremony” leaped from the screen of my beloved P9. And all the weather apps in Androidom and iOSphere concurred: the chance of extreme rain was indeed high and very likely, borderline “a definite certainity”, right at the corner of “you’re damn right” avenue. But strangely, being a control freak and all, I felt this sense of calm that was totally the opposite of what was evoked by the dark, foreboding clouds that were already upon us. I mean, I’ve seen the good Lord calm waves, clear up skies, and grant us a Milky Way shot in what should have been an extremely cloudy, let alone starless night. [This one.] Hardcore Grace FTW. And even if it did rain, I was glad to know that John, Angela and I were all on the same page: we will shoot outdoors no matter what, and no amount of rain will drive us inside a conference room or a clubhouse. (You can still see the threat of extreme rain in most of the photos.)
Fun Fact: The photos in this portfolio blog entry are 95% organic. As always, I just tell my clients where to stand; the what’s, when’s, and how’s are kept as candid and organic as possible.
Not-so-Fun Opinion: Like steak sauce or gravy to a 28-day Dry Aged Bone-in Rib Eye are intrusive instructions and contrived poses to what are otherwise genuinely spontaneous moments together.
Yes. That’s it. *pause for effect*
Take it all in.
Because fifteen minutes from now, it will all change:
from calm to chaos;
from the chirping of birds - the creaking of cicadas, to the whirring of motorboats;
from the three of us sharing pleasantries, to that rowdy group tour’s quasi obscenities.
Fourteen minutes and forty seconds to go, before this tranquil silence fades away.
What just might be the best reason to stay in Miniloc - that two-hour window of the Big Lagoon’s pristine beauty - would have to wait another day.
I got a little poetic there. And this Big Lagoon thing is just one set in Peter and Alexis’ adventure engagement session in El Nido, Palawan. Sharing with you guys our 2-day itinerary.
Day One: On an indigenous outrigger boat or a bangka.
Picturesque, but going from one place to another takes 40 minutes.
3:00PM Lagen Island Sandbar
4:30PM Pinagbuyutan Island. There are no more tourists by this time, but you only have a 30-minute window for shooting because the island is east-facing.
5:30PM Bacuit Bay sunset cruise
7:30PM Starry night shoot at Miniloc Island Resort
Day Two: On a kayak. And a speedboat.
Everything is just 10 minutes away.
7:00AM Kayak from Miniloc Island Resort to the Big Lagoon. There in 10 minutes. Figuratively a stone’s throw away. Literally five stone’s throws away if you have a decathlete’s right arm.
9:00AM The tourists slowly trickle in. Time to go back to Miniloc.
4:00PM Cadlao Island
5:00PM Ipil Beach until evening
It’s quite funny that in one of her emails, Alexis was worried that they wouldn’t have enough free time to enjoy El Nido because we were shooting for two days. The thing is, redsheep shoots are free time to actually enjoy El Nido. *smiley with a wink*
My first shoot with the Fuji X-H1. GoPro Hero 5 Black + Shoot Dome Port 5.0 + Leica M240 + Sony A7SII + VSCO Film. Peter & Alexis’ adventure engagement session. Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido Resorts, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. April 2018.
Ryan & Angela's intimate Bali destination wedding. Filmed and shot on location: Villa Atas Awan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. October 2015. Color remastered March 2018.
I don't know exactly how to introduce Ryan & Angela's Bali wedding film:
...how it was done almost entirely handheld and intentionally without a steadicam, or how Angela and her bridesmaids did their own hair and makeup (and how boys, given ample pool time, will always be boys), or how an intimate wedding with just 14 guests allowed us to give at least a second of exposure for each one of them, or how cool it is that everyone flew in from the US, or how thinking out loud already does the job of introducing Ryan & Angela's Bali wedding film.
This set has a backstory that's rather interesting. These were all shot and filmed last September, during our then recently concluded filmmaking workshop in Verona, Italy. Just hours prior to this session, we didn’t have anyone to shoot. Our models - an Italian faux* couple [not "faux Italian couple"] - because of, errr… “reasons”, which I firmly believe were also - faux - made a last minute cancellation.
So there we were, "in fair Verona where we lay our scene", utterly clueless, but, by no means helpless...
Enter, stage left: Andrea & Anastasia
*Looking back, I'm thankful that we didn't have those models - good-looking as they were - for the afternoon session. They weren't a real couple in the first place and that would have defeated the purpose of the workshop. Buzzwords: organic, authentic. There’s little added value in shooting subjects who are already comfortable in front of the camera.
And so, after my early afternoon Keynote on filmmaking, we went out for two things: to look for a couple to shoot*, and to have a very late working lunch; prosciutto e funghi pizza, tiramisu and espresso would have been a worthy consolation if we didn’t find anyone. The thing is, I couldn’t ask just any couple if they were willing to be an integral part of our workshop. Heck, we were in “fair Verona” and more than great Italian food, there's never a shortage of lovers (star-crossed or not). More than finding a real couple, and more than finding a willing couple at that, there was something else that I was looking for - not the physical appearance or the way the dress; they had to share this "very particular vibe” which I really can’t describe with words, verbose as I am as you might have noticed already. It was up to the good Lord to lead us to the right place, at the right time, to a willing couple that shared the vibe that I was looking for. Note that it was almost three in the afternoon and my appetite was leading me elsewhere.
[ Enter, upstage right: Nicolas and Joanne. ]
Long story short, I approached Nicolas and Joanne as they were about to leave the restaurant. (Coperto!) I told them about our predicament with our “no show” models*. And, just like that, and in a very enthusiastic tone even, Joanne said “Yes!”. I promised to keep the shoot as fast as possible; it was perfectly understandable that they wanted to see Verona as well and I couldn’t take more than 30 minutes of their time. The interesting thing is, they’re from Vienna! I was there two weeks earlier so I had something to break the ice with, like my adventures with sachertorte and käsekrainer (Nicolas & Joanne! Danke schön for saying “Yes!”).
There. 30 minutes, all-in: 15 minutes walking time, 15 minutes actual filming time, one cinematographer, one camera, no changing of lenses, no storyboards. And once again, the good Lord provided. Just in the time of nick… or just in the nick of time, rather, and for the nth time. And, thirty-minutes and a glass of eiscafe (iced coffee) later, He will usher in another couple for us to shoot.
"I guess we have time for one more." And so, after a glass of iced coffee, a "no" from the couple seated next to us, and 30 minutes later, we went around again to look for another pair to shoot. [ Enter: Andrea & Anastasia ] We spotted them about 20 yards from us, in one of Verona's narrow alleyways. 'figured that they were locals, so I let Valentina do the talking this time. I didn't want to sound like Aldo Raine pulling off a "Gorlami" in front of them. After listening to Valentina's pitch in Italiano (I could infer terms like "workshop" and "filmmaker" because of hand gestures.) they said "Yes", not "Sì"; their english was spot on! And, guess what. They [also] visited Vienna a month ago. No BS. Easy icebreaker again. This time, we talked about how Italian coffee (the original espresso, of course!) is way better than Viennese coffee. I believe in Divine orchestration - "qarah" - not coincidence. And, seeing how things turned out, I'm glad that our models did that last minute cancellation. Our good Lord to the rescue. For the nth time.
redsheepphotocinema wedding filmmaking workshop and mentorship program. Verona, Italy. October 2017. Leica M. Sony A7R II. VSCO.
So here's what we did:
(And by saying "here's what we did", I don't claim this to be an ultimate fool-proof travel guide of sorts. This is not a definitive 5-day South Island New Zealand itinerary.)
Day 1: Auckland
Arrive in Auckland late afternoon. Just enough time to take an evening stroll and enjoy a local burger joint (BurgerFuel!). Our trip also coincided with the British and Irish Lions Tour so I had a glimpse of Rugby Fever in Auckland that evening.
Day 2: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
Early morning flight to Christchurch. They're strict with carry on baggage so here's a lifehack: wear a jacket with pockets big enough for cameras and lenses. *smart ass wink*
Arrive in Christchurch. Pickup the pre-booked rent a car. Not as photogenic as we wanted it to be, hence the lack of exposure for this shoot. Note to self: get a vintage-looking camper van next time.
3-hour drive to Lake Tekapo. In hindsight, we should have taken the more scenic inland drive instead of Highway 1. Took us four hours with occasional shooting stops along Highway 79. Not bad though.
Arrive Lake Tekapo two hours before sunset. Just in time for a golden hour shoot, rack of lamb for dinner and qarah ("right place right time, God-orchestrated") Milky Way shots. The Church of the Good Shepherd's silhouette + dark sky conditions + winter time = astrophoto perfection.
2-hour late night drive from Lake Tekapo to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. I slept almost the entire time. Jet lag, just a few hours of sleep the night before and the very cold weather. Arrive midnight, feverish, but excited nevertheless.
Day 3: Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park
4:00AM. More Milky Way shots before sunrise (which was at 7:00AM). This is what we came here for. A quick morning session near our log cabin, followed by a hearty-hefty lunch buffet at The Hermitage Hotel. Hike-cum-shoot to Instagram staple Hooker Valley Track. Leave for Queenstown shortly before sunset, but not after I take my bucket list shot of two people walking down an empty road with Mount Cook's prominent peak in the background. You can do that on your way down 20-minutes from the National Park.
Dinner at quaint Arrowtown, 1 hour shy of Queenstown. Really good artisanal pizza and craft beer (IPA!) at The Fork and Tap to end the day. Late evening at our Queenstown Airbnb. Best. Airbnb. Ever. Watch The Killing Joke on Netflix before hitting the sack.
Day 4: Queenstown - Lake Wanaka
Morning Airbnb shoot. Late lunch drive to Lake Wanaka for “That Wanaka Tree”. Consider spending a night here if you want to shoot at Roys Peak. Back to Queenstown for dinner and a late evening city shoot. (Fergburger! Give 'em a call instead of falling in line. Shake Shack is still better x far.)
Day 5: Auckland
Early morning flight back to Auckland. Enjoy a 12-hour layover - lunch at Depot Eatery, enjoy two local coffee shops - Mojo & Remedy - late afternoon catch up with a friend - before flying back home.
New Zealand Adventure Engagement Session. Charles & Nikki. June 2017. Canterbury - Lake Tekapo - Aoraki / Mount Cook Nationa Park - Lake Wanaka and Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. Color remastered March 2018.
Sneak Peek Post. Entire set coming soon. San Diego Wedding: Jamal & Teresina’s L'Auberge Del Mar oceanside wedding in San Diego, Southern California, USA x destination wedding photographer @redsheepphotocinema (Guj Tungpalan & AC Lemi) Shot and filmed on location: L'Auberge Del Mar and the University Club atop Symphony Towers. San Diego, CA. Leica M. Sony A7SII. VSCO.
El Nido Elopement: Livio & Tsunade’s elopement in El Nido, Palawan x destination wedding photographer @redsheepphotocinema. February 2018. Pangulasian Island Resort & Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido Resorts; Big Lagoon Beach and Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Leica M. Sony A7RII. VSCO.
Chapter One: "Scarlet"
"It has to be perfect."
It took Tsunade one hour to put on her scarlet kimono. One hour - even with Livio's help. But I didn't mind at all. My eyes were glued to my newly purchased viewfinder, shooting almost ceaselessly as one would expect from someone seeing something as intricately beautiful as this for the first time. Everything had to be done in the correct manner, as spot on as a Marunouchi Line subway on a Monday rush hour. A wrong overlap of the fabric would imply going to a funeral instead of a wedding. And the consequence? Thankfully not utter banishment or something as dire as seppuku [ 切腹 ]. "My relatives will just make fun of me." *sweat drop*
...to be continued.
Destination Wedding in the Philippines: Janis & Zane’s intimate beach wedding in El Nido, Palawan x destination wedding photographer & cinematographer @redsheepphotocinema. Shot & filmed on location: Stunning Republic Resort & Papaya Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Janis & Zane (LHR > MNL/ENI). Imagery & original music for the Instagram video by redsheep. Leica M + Sony A7S. VSCO.
A seemingly relentless tropical downpour. Just two hours left before your beach wedding. What will you do? For Janis & Zane, it's as simple as this: #suckitup.
After all, "RAIN" is "R-A-I-N", not "R-U-I-N." Cheesy and preachy as it may sound, what spells the difference between the two is "U".
September 2016. Color remastered July 2018.
I have a problem. A good one. I'm running out of shooting spots in El Nido. I've been shooting almost every week since the year started and I want to give my clients something more than my usual Bacuit Triangle: the coconut tree-lined shores of Pinagbuyutan Island, the Lagen Island Sandbar - easily the best place to shoot an hour before sunset thanks to Lagen Island's silhouette - and the third vertex, the west of Bacuit Bay sunset cruise, for inside-the-boat golden-to-blue hour shots. Those three, Cathedral Cave, and, tide-permitting, Snake Island. Secret Beach, because of sheer distance and practicality, is out of the question for after-wedding portraits.
Surely, there's more to El Nido than these spots, so I was looking for logistically feasible options that are quite near to the usual beach wedding spots: Big Lagoon Beach in Miniloc Island and Cove 2 of Lagen Island.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not tired of shooting in El Nido, and I don't think I ever will. And I've mentioned that it's always like the first time given how dynamic the lighting and weather here is. I've seen El Nido's bright sunny best and stormy/trade windy worst!
Enter: this. Tour D, which addresses two issues spot-on:
One. It features locations that I haven't been to - Bukal Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Pasandigan Beach, Paradise Beach, all of which are in Cadlao Island, the poster boy of Bacuit Bay - and my new personal fave Ipil Beach. I've been to most of the islands in Tours A, B and C.
Two. Most are a few minutes by speedboat from Big Lagoon Beach making them feasible for post-wedding portraits.
And so I went that Sunday morning, on a private island hopping tour. Private. Trust me, it's worth every penny, particularly if you're taking lots and lots of photos.
Ah, but wait. Who will I shoot? The elopement that I'm shooting isn't until the next day, and I don't want to shoot my elopement couple Rudy and Francesca on a two-fold unfamiliar ground. First, the new locations - I wasn't sure then if they were worthy replacements of my usual favorite spots, and second, I was using a new GoPro thingie that allowed me to do those half-and-half [ half surface-half underwater ] shots that one would typically see on IG: a GoPro dome. Surely I don't want to use it for the first time on a commissioned shoot.
I didn't want to do a "models wanted" or "couples wanted" post - in the same way that I don't like mainstream advertising, announcing my travel schedule guns blazing and whatnot. Nothing wrong with it. It's just. Not. Me. (Well to each his own.)
And so, I decided to let the good Lord do His thing: put me at the right place at the right time. Qarah in Hebrew. Strong's H7136. Like what He did for me during the filmmaking workshop in Verona, Italy, or the wedding in Venice. Or those Milky Way shots in Mauna Kea or New Zealand. Or finding my missing car keys in Iceland. Or that time when I was in a van going to El Nido. Then this guy starts drawing me - beard, earphones and all - on his "Mol-uh-skeen-uh" (i.e, Moleskine). Using a just a black Sharpie. Candidly, like a taste of my own medicine when I do street photography. With artistic prowess. While on a zigzag road somewhere in Northern Palawan. And so we chatted, exchanged travel stories, and hours later, I gave them my usual "Beta" of El Nido (cocktails and tapas at Republica and pizza at Altrove!), then, after a few disclaimers, there. Done deal. Van and Aiza - a hip, like-minded and typically "redsheep" couple, ready and willing to join me in a private island hopping tour. Well that time was this time.
GoPro Hero 5 Black + Shoot Dome Port 5.0 + VSCO Film + lots and lots of HSL adjustments. Plus some Sony A7RII shots.
Adventure session with @vanhoangart and @msaiza (No, we're NOT hipsters. All three of us!). Love that Patagonia LoPro Trucker Hat BTW! Tour D, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. March 2018.
A celebrity lifestyle and fashion shoot in El Nido featuring Canadian TV host, model and social media influencer Marina Bastarache. Sounds like a pipe dream for a guy who primarily shoots beach weddings. I was more than ready to show Mademoiselle Marina my favorite shooting spots in El Nido, but lo and behold, early morning of Valentine’s Day: "Gale Warning. All island tours cancelled."
A fashion shoot in El Nido without access to any of its iconic islands?!? Isn't El Nido essentially about island hopping in Bacuit Bay? It felt like hitting a brick wall when I found out about the coast guard's announcement. And like sea salt sans artisanal ice cream to an open wound, the weather that morning was close to perfect! Well, that was until 2PM. The thing is, even if it was bright and sunny in the morning, it could go really bad and stormy in the afternoon. Anyone who went out for an island hopping tour might not be able to make it back once the waves go pounding! The Philippine Coast Guard made a good call. Seriously.
And I thought we had it all figured out - Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Entalula and both Lagoons - a private custom tour in a well-planned sequence to minimize photobombers and hordes of selfie-stick'ers; such was Plan A, with at least five sets of swimwear. We already took note what to wear and where.
Enter: Plan B. From Bacuit Bay to its bayside beaches. From island to mainland: Corong-Corong, Lio, Nacpan and Las Cabanas - all of which are worthy alternatives having their own unique charm. Am I right, @marinabastarache? *smiley*
Celebrity lifestyle portraits and fashion shoot. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. February 2017. Marina Bastarache for @juneswimwear and @bikinivillage.
El Nido Wedding: Piotr & Karolina’s intimate beach wedding in El Nido, Palawan x destination wedding photographer & cinematographer @redsheepphotocinema. Shot & filmed on location: Stunning Republic, Corong Corong, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Sony A7RII. Leica M. VSCO. Color remastered, June 2018.
This is what I really like about El Nido: throw awfully bad weather at it and it still looks ethereally beautiful. This, and the vibe, the sandbars and sunset bars, a horizon that's never boring, and the pizza, definitely the pizza. El Nido = LOVE.
Update: It’s been more than a year and more than a dozen shoots after and I haven’t seen El Nido as stormy as this, ominous dark clouds and all. If you’re here because you Googled “el nido wedding”, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but this portfolio entry is not the typical bright and sunny tropical beach wedding that you’re expecting. It has “stormy” written all over the fineprint. Still breathtaking nevertheless.
The Nordic Sessions. A collection of pocket shoots, adventure sessions and engagement sessions in Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Dong & Cynthia, Sólheimasandur, Iceland
Sam & Brooke, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland
Ronald & Johanna, Malmö, Sweden
Niclas & Kristine, Lofoten, Norway
Philippines Elopement: Struan & Nedal’s elopement in Apulit Island, Palawan x destination wedding photographer @redsheepphotocinema. Apulit Island Resort, El Nido Resorts, Taytay, Northern Palawan, Philippines. Leica M. Sony A7RII. VSCO. Voigtlander lenses.
Nedal is a fellow street photographer, which goes without saying that she wanted a full-on, 100% photojournalistic, street photography shoot for her elopement in Apulit. [Absolutely no posing, I swear!!!]
Interestingly enough, Struan and Nedal met in a street protest in Sydney, so while doing the shoot, we had an intellectual exchange that revolved around varying political worldviews: from the Apartheid, to Australia Day-Invasion Day and how the Aboriginals are the most marginalized ethnic group in the world (and how the world isn't aware of it!), not to mention the ever-controversial plight of Palestinians in Israel (or Palestine, depending on which side of the fence you're on). (For the record, I'm pro-Israel - my Lord and Savior was a Jewish carpenter - but it would do everyone a favor if we just sat down and listened to each other. Respect.) Excuse me while I play my Rage Against the Machine Spotify playlist and detune my guitar to Drop D.
Jacob & Sabine's picture-perfect garden-in-a-castle wedding was held at Schloss Nikitsch in Burgenland, 98km south of Vienna, just a stone's throw away from Austria's shared border with Hungary. Auf wiedersehen Wien. Hallo Austrian countryside.
Our portfolio entries are anything but detail intensive, but heck, this just might be enough to compensate for all those times wherein we opted to leave them out. Couldn’t help it. Everything was just eye candy - simple yet elegant - basking in gloriously warm summer light.
Wedding Design and Planning: A Very Beloved Wedding (@averybelovedwedding)
Floral Design: A Very Beloved Bloom (@averybelovedbloom)
Photography: Ashley Ludaescher (@ashleyludeascherphoto)
Cinematography and additional photography (these photos): redsheep (@redsheepphotocinema)
Make-up and Hair Stylist: Strahlkraft
Ice cream: Hoxton & Hill
Venue: Nikitsch Castle
Cake: Das Tortenstudio (@dastortensutdio)
Rentals: Rotfuchs (@rotfuchs_moebelvermietung)
Stationery: Milia Ink (@milia_ink)
Wedding Gown: Pronovias (@pronovias) & Fine Dress (@fine_dress)
DJ: Face II Face (@face_ii_face_djs)
Catering: Theuer & Punzet (@theuerpunzet)
Venice, Italy Destination Wedding.
That's all we're allowed to disclose. No names. No date even. The thing is, this is one of the most [effortlessly] beautiful weddings that we've ever filmed.
Los Angeles Engagement Photos: Peter & Alexis’ engagement shoot in Los Angeles, CA, USA x engagement session photographer @redsheepphotocinema. Shot and filmed on location: 1st Street Bridge, Downtown Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA. Leica M. VSCO.
Chillin’ with Peter and Alexis, in the eye of the storm that is the Los Angeles midweek rush hour. We were obviously oblivious to the chaos in the 101, as cool, calm and collected as we were in El Nido a few months earlier.
Next, Griffith, where it was anything but tranquil. Man I’ve never seen that place as packed! With a weekday crowd that seemed like the average weekend crowd on steroids, patience was indeed, a virtue. So there I was, armed with a little “すみません (sumimasen)” here and “lo siento” there so we could do our shots.
(Great seeing you guys again! That Ballast Point craft beer six-pack as a send-off gift was very much appreciated!)
One of the shots in my bucket list is a photo of someone on an empty street in New York City: think "I Am Legend" but a lot less apocalyptic, "Vanilla Sky" but a lot less Tom Cruise-ey. In order to achieve that, you have to be in a Universal Studios backlot with matching green screen, CGI and all as in the former, or you would have to be a hotshot Academy Award-winning Hollywood director with enough calibre to be given the privilege to *actually* shutdown not a few New York City blocks on a particular weekend -- the latter. It's either those two or you have to be the POTUS himself, or perhaps just have him in the same hotel as where you are on the morning of your wedding day.
And that's exactly what happened: President Trump was attending a Republican event at The Pierre, and, as protocol would dictate, they had to shut down a few city blocks within the vicinity. (Sorry Carissa, but when you called me up the night before, I was actually stoked!) And good thing Pao and Carissa were perfectly cool, calm and collect with it, not sulking over walking a few blocks up instead of getting picked up by the bridal car directly at The Pierre's driveway. You guys are awesome.
Pao & Carissa's New York City Wedding. Filmed on location: New York City, NY, USA.
Preparations: The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York
Ceremony: St. Ignatius Loyola Church
Reception: La Grenouille & Restaurant DANIEL (Michelin Starred Cuisine by Chef Daniel Boulud)
Makeup: Lilian Yeung
Hair: Jay Wee
Gown: Vera Wang
Soundtrack licensed under the Music Bed. Instagram soundtrack by redsheep. That was our 6th original music track and the first one featuring the Roli Seaboard Block (the intro's very [very!] subtle steady glissando part) and the Korg nanoKEY2 (the intro's arpeggio pattern). "Untitled redsheep track no. 6", or, as I fondly call it, "Metropolis pt. 3". Best enjoyed with 🎧. But that's already asking too much from you guys. *chuckles*
Three, or was it four shoots ago, I made it a point to stop using the "K" word - "Kiss" - when I'm shooting. If you're into the authentic-organic thing (if you think about it), "Can you guys kiss?" is the not-so-evil twin of "1-2-3 Smile". Don't get me wrong: directing leads to great-looking photos. But if you also value authenticity and it's not just 'great-looking photos' that you're after, then it's a big deal how real - unquantifiable as it may be - that kiss is. Which makes the last few photos in this post very special.
Thank you, Owen and Nikka, for giving me a glimpse of that very intimate moment. And I learned from Nikki and Diane how you guys normally are (ha!), which made me realize how rare this moment was all the more!
Owen & Nikka's engagement session. Shot on location: Chadpidan Boulder Beach, Batanes, Philippines. October 2017. Color remastered, April 2018.
Kleines Cafe. Albertina. Prater. And the alleyways of Innere Stadt.
It's easy for one to conclude that we were trying to pull off another "Before Sunrise"-themed shoot, but we weren't.* We intentionally left Zollamtssteg Bridge out this time. It's just B-- & L------, the soft early morning sunlight, and this oh so beautiful city by the Danube. "Milkshake".
B&L's Vienna Engagement Session. Shot and filmed on location: Vienna, Austria. Color remastered, April 2018.
*Well admittedly, the three of us are fans of the movie. But do you want to know a better love story IMHO? It's "Good Will Hunting". No, not the one between Matt and Ben. It's Robin Williams' - or Sean's enduring love for his wife. That, is what love is, my dear friend.
Considering an elopement in Pangulasian? Here's a tip: get Villa #28.
It arguably has the best view of the resort's beachfront, and it even has its own swimming pool - perfect for that pre-dressing up downtime-chilltime that's distinctive of an elopement - and an infinity pool at that, one having a perfect view of Pangulasian's sandy cove and Bacuit Bay's outlying islands.
Oh, and one more thing: that evening was LIT! Not that kind of "LIT". The other kind of "LIT" - literally LIT (i.e., "well lit", not "this party is lit, fam!"). Thanks to a bright full moon that we saw rising from the east almost simultaneously as the sun was setting! So surreal!
Aaron & Gaby's El Nido, Palawan Elopement. Shot on location: Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Resorts and Big Lagoon Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
That was a rush. So much in 48 hours, I can still remember it one year after:
I took the early morning flight back to Manila from El Nido, the day after an unforgettable April Fool’s day wedding there. (Well, the wedding was real and very much heartfelt. Nothing about it was a joke.) I only had a few hours at home for a shower nap — I mean, power nap — and to charge my lenses, clean my batteries - ha! see what I mean! - and double-check my already pre-packed gear before my late evening flight to Tokyo.
Enter, April 3: our shoot starts 2 hours before sunrise. I’ve always wanted an “empty street night city shoot” for quite some time now, and because of schedule constraints, by hook or by crook, I had to start shooting just a few hours after our plane landed. By 2:30AM, we were on our way to downtown Tokyo. After what was a lame excuse for a good night’s sleep - a blasphemous abomination of your usual 8 to 10 - I found myself shooting Che & Dezzy in the empty alleyways of Shinjuku, then, straight to Meguro River for sakura sans tourists shots, followed by a quick mid-morning break (I was too excited to sleep!) then off to Shibuya then Roppongi for the late night part of the shoot. The Vimeo video player is set to repeat indefinitely. The first frame of this short film is the same as the last - beginning from the end - blurring the line between early morning and utter evening darkness. Is it 4:00AM? 11:30PM? Shortly before sunrise or way after sunset? That’s how I felt that day. Welcome to urban oblivion.
Che & Dezzy’s engagement session slash save the date film has been out for months now, but it took me a while to come up with this - the Director’s Cut. I really want to take it slow, sure and steady whenever I do pet projects. (i.e., Director’s Cut versions of films that you see here). Passion projects are more of "when I want to/how I want to", and not even a hint of "have to", even if it takes a full year. It also took me some time to come up with the right musical score. I wanted to stay away from the convenient trap of an uberurban Tokyo feel, analog synths, appregiators, drum machines and all. This musical score, an almost blatant Birdman rip-off entitled “Avian XX or The Underrated Trait of Stupidity” (OK, OK, music inspired by…), is actually the 5th version, the one that I’m finally happy with.
Che & Dezzy’s Tokyo engagement session. Shot and filmed on location: Shinjuku, Shibuya, Meguro River, Roppongi. Tokyo, Japan. Original score: “AvianXX or The Underrated Trait of Stupidity” (c) redsheepphotocinemusic 2018 All Rights Reserved.
The three of us were all on the same page on how to go about with their New York City engagement shoot: NYC - Manhattan in particular - should be recognizable, without being too familiar or too touristy; chill, because we were two days shy of their wedding day; and, lastly, unabashedly run & gun because of the inevitable: the holiday crowd, shameless photobombers (seriously dudes, just don't), and a very steep exponential decay of daylight, from golden hour and deep darkness in... *ahem* a New York minute. Hello, New York in December.
Pao & Carissa's New York City engagement session. Shot on location: Manhattan, New York City, USA. Makeup: Lilian Yeung. Hair: Jay Wee.
Hisamizu & Raquel’s engagement session in Singapore. Shot and filmed on location: Downtown Core, Singapore. Original score: “Invisible Horizon” (c) redsheepphotocinemusic 2018 All Rights Reserved
“Hey Lynette, aren’t we taking [table-to-table] group photos?”
”It’s not that kind of wedding.” *smiles politely*
And “not that kind of wedding” is definitely my kind of wedding. *smiles exactly the same way*
Boon & Lynette’s Singapore Wedding. Shot and filmed on location: The St. Regis Singapore. "Don’t Hesitate" performed by Heather Lee licensed through The Music Bed // Streaming, Internal & External Uses // Single Use | Perpetual © 2018 Heather Lee Music themusicbed.com
Maia Torres. Debutante Portraits (Pre-Debut).
Shot and filmed on location: Shibuya and Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Legazpi Sunday Market, Yardstick Coffee, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Color remastered, June 2018.
When Joyce (@thedelightfulmissjoyce) contacted me about the prospect of doing a debutante shoot for Maia, her cousin, I was hesitant. (I just Googled “hesitant thesaurus” right now. I’m looking for something with a stronger connotation. Oh well, "hesitant" would do.) Debutante portraits - isn’t that shooting young ladies about to turn 18, long gown and all, with a princess-like demeanor? Nothing wrong with it, except that I’m not good at it. Honestly. Seriously. (Shhhh… but I’m really not good at making people pose editorial style. Don’t tell anyone. *chuckles* Kidding. It’s no secret.) So there, I was already preparing my list of 20++ photographers that they can consider - colleagues and industry friends who I’m sure can and will do a better job than me in doing shoots like this. But when I met Maia for the first time, I learned that her favorite post from my site was my Street Photography Gallery of Stockholm and Copenhagen, and that she would like to do something similar for her pre-debut Portrait Session. “Oh, cool. She knows what she wants, she knows what our brand stands for, and she knows what she’s getting into. Street is the shiz.”, I figured.
So there, what happened next, in two cites almost 3,000 kilometers apart, was one of the most enjoyable shoots that I’ve ever done in my career. MAnila:MAia and TOrres:TOkyo was just a coincidence. Or perhaps, having subtle undertones of destiny, that this shoot was meant to be.
LAX > MNL/ENI, followed by their two-week adventure "tour des îles" from Cebu, Bohol, Siargao and finally, one night in Manila for a cup of damn good third wave coffee and a visit to one of Conde Nast Traveler’s best restaurants in the world (that Yardstick + Your Local combo) -- before flying back home. (The French Press coffee in El Nido town didn't disappoint either!)
Matt & Elizabeth’s El Nido Resorts elopement. Lagen Island Resort, El Nido Resorts, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. 2016. Color remastered, May 2018. Leica M. Sony A7R II & A7S II. Voigtlander primes. VSCO Film.
"Guj, we just wanted to let you know that we're awkward - as in really awkward - in front of the camera."
I get that all the time.
OK, not ALL the time. Maybe 90% of the time to be more accurate. It's either that, although not verbatim, or something like "We don't know how to pose." Good. Because I too am, errrr, awkward in front of the camera. *high five*
Tell you what: we won't do a photoshoot. Yes, "won't". We'll just "hangout". The camera that I use is rather small and is anything but intimidating. And the most that you'll hear from me are instructions on where to sit or stand, or where to walk. The exactly what, how, and how often, it's all up to you. Truth be told, making people look good through posing isn't my gift. I thrive in spontaneity. I'll throw in what you call moment bait from time to time, if needed. Essentially, it's just you guys being you guys.
Case in point: AC & Winona, after that oh so damn good brunch at Jack's Wife Freda, then wandering around SoHo and Nolita, just "hanging out", talking about, errrr, stuff in under an hour and a half, walking, bathroom break and Sunday coffee at #SaturdaysNYC included.
AC & Winona’s New York City engagement session. Shot on location. SoHo and Nolita, New York City. December 2017. Color remastered June 2018.
03.09.2016 Mac & Jhunie's Batanes Destination Wedding. Fundacion Pacita & Marlboro Country, Batan Island, Batanes, Philippines.
Go*. Just go**. If Batanes is in your destination wedding short list or travel bucket list, don't think twice. It's been weeks already, but I'm still enthralled by the sheer beauty of this place. And to think that it's my third time shoot in Batanes already! I think it might take three more before I reach the "been there - done that" phase.
And this. The styling. I've seen postcard-worthy locations ruined by event styling that's tastleless and a five-letter "B" word in the vernacular. Definitely, not this one. Go get these guys to do your Batanes wedding. Their sense of aesthetics - *the audience goes oooh* - that's the stuff Pinterest boards are made of.
* ** During the summer months, of course. I've seen Batanes' bad side. It's sad, gloomy, ominous, dank, dark, foreboding, etc... you can say goodbye to those Milky Way shots at night.
Makeup: Pia Reyes
Hair: Franchesca Jewel Lopez
Coordinator: Zharmaine Gutierrez of I.B.S Batanes Travel and Tours
Ceremony flowers: Flowers by Party Lovers
Ceremony stylist: Drew Librero
Bridal gown: Mak Tumang
Groom's attire: Ziggy Savella
Bridesmaid gowns: Teena Sabrina Tan
Entourage flowers: Tropical Blooms Florist
Officiant: Pastor Armando Gallardo
Wedding favors: Yaru Gallery
Singers: Lheigh and Jheni Ibanes
Host: Daisy Gabuan
Reception: Cafe du Tukon of Fundacion Pacita
イブキ と エミ with a little bit of Led Zep.
Ibuki & Emi’s Singapore Engagement Session. Little India and Farrer Park over the MBS, Gardens by the Bay, Tiong Bahru and Haji Lane? That's Ibuki and Emi. They wanted to show a Singapore that's closer to their hearts, haze aside.
Little India is home to these fellow Michel Gondry fans, who also share the same disdain for pop music. Thanks for the Otoro & Uni treat guys!
Birth. School. Crush. Like. Love. Purpose. Marriage.
Owen and Nikka, ladies and gentlemen: from childhood crush and 15 years of togetherness, travel blogging, up until now with their very own wedding photography brand - Baguio City's best at that. So imagine the pressure that I felt when I first saw Nikka's email signature when she inquired. And the pressure was just there, ever persistent, lingering for months until I met them for the first time, when Owen told me, [translated from the vernacular], "Just be yourself and shoot like you always do."
Owen and Nikka, I've said this plenty of times already, but thank you (again!) for trusting me. You guys are seriously one of the nicest and most appreciative couples that I've ever worked with, and, more than that, more than the honor of shooting a fellow wedding photographer's wedding, it's really your warmth and friendship that we'll treasure a day and a half short of forever. (Love you guys too!)
Owen and Nikka’s destination wedding in Batanes.
Fundacion Pacita and Basco Lighthouse, Basco, Batanes, Philippines.
Flowers & Styling: First of April
Bridal Makeup: Paolo San Juan
Bridal & Entourage Hairstyling: Dianne Joie Alcantara
Entourage Makeup: Loreto Dacoroon & Krizia Guevara
Bride's Dress: Teena Sabrina Tan
Groom's Suit: JE & Co.
Catering: Cafe Du Tukon of Fundacion Pacita
Bridal Tricycle: Chanpan Tours
Wedding Planning & Coordination: Glam and Style Weddings and Events
On-the-Day Coordination: Janice Alasc
Invitation Printing: Sureprints
Souvenirs: Amihan Leather Crafts
Headshots and portraits for Ukranian model Daria. Downtown Core, Singapore.
Eleonora's extended summer this year: from the Philippines' oh so fine beaches this month to Milan Fashion Week in September.
Lifestyle & fashion shoot in Cadlao Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. GoPro HERO 5 + Shoot Dome Port 2 + Sony A7RII.
This is *epic voice-over pause* best-case scenario, off the charts El Nido weather:
One. Warm white daylight from dressing up to the ceremony (a tad too harsh for sensitive Irish skin);
Two. That 4:00PM post-ceremony sun that enveloped Shan & Winnie as it made its way through Lagen's jagged cliffs;
Three. A near-perfect sunset, perhaps the 2nd best that I've ever seen in El Nido. The sun was a warm orange sphere as it touched the horizon.
Four. That blue hour sky, hypnotic as a dying ember;
Five. And. Lastly, a clear night sky, perfect for that "house specialty" starry night shot. Even the tidal conditions were perfect.
Shan & Winnie's Lagen El Nido Resorts Destination Wedding; Lagen Island Resort and Lagen Cove 2, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Seph & Chris’ Taytay, Palawan Destination Wedding.
Shot on location: Apulit Island Resort, El Nido Resorts, Taytay, Palawan, Philippines. Taytay is an hour and a half South of El Nido, but you’ll still get the same world-class treatment that you can expect from any of the other El Nido Resorts.
This - Seph & Chris’ destination wedding - would be my testament on how far I could go in shooting a wedding photojournalistically. Some couples would get us because of the travel factor in our photos: those tiny people-big big sky shots or those ethereal Milky Way and night sky shots; some, for the filmic quality, but Seph and Chris, they were drawn to the photojournalistic and reportage aspect. This set might be a bit too street photography-style, gritty and anti-glam for your usual Wedding Pinterest Board - body ink, alcohol, dark shadows and all. I even left out photos of the gown, shoes, bridal bouquet and the other usual wedding details for good measure. All these, because one - to prove a point, that you can be both photojournalistic and picturesque at the same time, and two - because I frickin’ love to shoot this way.
Shawn and Serene. Aside from the fact that their wedding date is a numeric palindrome - that’s 07102017 - and that the music in their wedding film was done by a local band, here’s one more thing that made this wedding noteworthy: there’s this air of excitement, joy and “first-time” anticipation as if they didn’t already have their wedding solemnization a couple of months ago!
Shot and filmed in Singapore:
Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator
The Fullerton Hotel
The Colonial @ Scotts
Wedding photos and same day edit video by @redsheepphotocinema
Our Instagram account is not "instant" in the strictest sense, but here's a glimpse what we're doing, where we're at and what inspires us. Please do follow us @redsheepphotocinema.
"...just to clarify: you don't want me to shoot you guys while you're getting ready? What about the rings and your gown?"
"Nah. It's just a dress anyway. Just shoot us candidly as we go hiking before the ceremony. It's one of the things that we really enjoy doing!"
...and so, we hiked all the way up to Pangulasian Island's view deck an hour or so before the ceremony - 40 minutes in total including a 5-minute 'cameras and smartphones down, I want to take this all in' moment - trading the usual pre-wedding 'getting ready' stuff (including the first look!) for something that's more worthwhile and meaningful for Chris and Icelle.
El Nido Resorts adventure elopement. January 2018. Pangulasian Island Resort and Lagen Cove 2, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Roughly 36 hours prior to this, it was skyscrapers and hawker centers. And, just like that, it was back to boardshorts and flip flops. Ito and Margaux's #adventuresession was our first in months, and it was good to know that we were all on the same page on how things should go: chill, dressed down, just them having a good time and not trying to be.. errr... "artistas". With their wedding just two days away and all those "To Do's" on their mind, the last thing that they wanted was a full-on photoshoot. Think of this as a quick breather. And so, we had a blast: with near-perfect weather and a jaw-droppingly beautiful sunset *points Heavenward*, that kayak trip from the mangroves of Panglao Bay to Virgin Island was definitely something that you'd want to keep from Lacuna Coil, I mean, Inc., Lacuna, Inc. [*coughs* Eternal Sunsh..*]
Ito & Margaux’s Bohol Adventure Session.
Shot and filmed on location: Bohol, Philippines. Momo Beach, Punta Cruz and Kayak Sunset Tour c/o @kayakasia.ph
Destination Wedding Videos. Or Destination Wedding Films rather. (I prefer using the F-word because it connotes something crafted... something... cinematic.)
We've compiled a handful of our short films that accurately represent our brand* of filmmaking:
(Wooohoo! redsheep binge-watching for beginners!)
Destination Wedding Films
El Nido Elopement (John & Angela)
El Nido Destination Wedding (Janis & Zane)
Bali Destination Wedding (Ryan & Angela)
Venice Destination Wedding
Nikitsch, Austria Destination Wedding (Jacob & Sabine)
Batanes Destination Wedding (Mac & Jhunie)
Kilkenny, Ireland Destination Wedding (Daniel & Sheila)
Wilson Phillips "Bridesmaids" Surprise in Bali (Mike & Liz)
Sydney Destination Wedding - Same Day Edit (Em & Van)
Engagement Session Save the Date Films
Roadtrip Engagement Session Teaser (Koke & Pam)
Singapore Engagement Session (Ibuki & Emi)
Zambales Engagement Session (Dave & Aby)
*redsheep short films are generally characterized by the following:
- mood & treatment: natural, candid, not overly directed, nothing too contrived; having overtones of intimacy and authenticity.
- camera movement: handheld as much as possible. Drones? Only upon request. But if it were up to me, I'd do it entirely handheld. Minimalist gear setup: the less that it feels like a shoot, the better.
- content: People-people-place-people-place. No ring shots, gown shots, make up shots since 2011.
- look & feel: filmic, cinematic
- location: *wink wink*
- lighting: natural light
- and, song choice: timeless, preferably nothing too mainstream unless it gives a faithful representation of the couple or the day itself.
We've also included some "legacy" videos that were filmed before 2014. Some aspects, such as camera movement, are no longer consistent with our brand. (i.e., We don't use dollies, cranes and jibs anymore; we use stabilizers and steadicams sparingly.)
redsheep "Legacy" Films (pre-2014)
El Nido Destination Wedding (Dawid & Karolina)
Singapore Wedding (Adam & Emily)
El Nido Destination Wedding - Same Day Edit (Raphael & Daniela)
Thanks and happy watching!
Sneak Peek. Janry & Rica's Hong Kong Engagement Session & Adventure Session. Kennedy Town, Central and Lion Rock, Hong Kong. Full blog entry to follow on how to get there. Because if your main purpose is just to take photos and hiking is just a means and not the end itself, there is an easier way. *wink*
"It took us quite some time to get to the decision to elope, but at the end of the day we wanted what felt true to us and didn't want the wedding to become bigger than us." Exactly Chris & Sarah's words.
Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Resorts, Big Lagoon Beach and Pinagbuyutan Island. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Makeup: Janka Ced.
The challenge that I face whenever I shoot in Paris is this: just how do you photograph two people in love in le overly photographed La Ville Lumière? Where do you draw the line between being too touristy, and being too snobbishly local that Paris becomes a tad too unrecognizable already? (Like something from a Pinterest Board called “10 Parisian Streets that only locals know about”.)
Ron & Abby's Engagement Session in Paris.
If you’re a Malmöit (cool demonym huh?), you would have enjoyed that weekend: clear skies, bright sunny and all; not the other kind of Scandinavian “summer" - rainy, gloomy and grey - which was exactly the case a few days earlier.
Ronald & Johanna's Malmö engagement session. Shot and filmed on location: Malmö, Scania, Sweden.
A redsheep engagement session in a nutshell? Just happy people being happy people, with one or two artsy moody shots, for good measure. Buzzword-hashtag: authentic/organic.
Singapore Engagement Session Photos: Lewis & Siaw Fun. East Coast Park, Potato Head Folk and Keong Saik Road, Singapore.
Sneak Peek Post! Mick & Kalena's El Nido Destination Wedding. Shot & filmed on location: Lagen Island Resort, Entalula Island (Beach Wedding) and Dibuluan Island (Welcome Dinner), El Nido Resorts, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Don & FT's Singapore Wedding, right in the middle of Downtown Core. Fun Fact: Art Deco imagery in the wedding details and the reception setup were made (with love) by Don!
Filmed on location: The Fullerton Hotel, Empress and Privé at the Asian Civilizations Museum, Downtown Core, Singapore. redsheep Cinema + M Weddings (Photo).
A Tale of Three Milky Way Photos
Part One: "Spoon-fed, from a Silver Platter"
Dark sky location, check.
Above cloud cover, check. (9,300 ft above sea level!)
Low humidity, check.
Good weather, check.
Away from artificial light with virtually zero light pollution... Check. Even with a bright quarter moon, you still have a fighting chance - definitely the right place to shoot a Milky Way. In fact, this is one of the best places in the world to do this. You just have to be there at the right time to shoot the Milky Way's Galactic Center: that insanely picturesque and ethereally beautiful cloudy cluster of red giant stars. And being there at the right time without planning for it? That's a God-orchestrated "qarah" moment.
Ryan & Angela's engagement session/adventure session. Shot on location: Mauna Kea Observatory and Kona lava fields, Hawaii (Big Island), HI, USA.
It's by far the most beautiful sunset that I've ever seen:
The locals and the El Nido Resorts staff agree. If these guys who get to experience this daily say that it the most beautiful sunset, then it IS the most beautiful sunset!
And to think that we almost gave up on our sunset cruise: the late afternoon sky, as seen from Big Lagoon Beach, was dark, gloomy and covered with a thick layer of clouds. This, the oh so bland sky, was a stark contrast to what was Bernhard & Joanna's wedding cake: Hotel Sacher Vienna’s Sachertorte!!! A chocolate sponge covered with chocolate icing, and filled with a layer - or two - of apricot jam. (Ohh that was really really really good!!! They said it’s best served with whipped cream).
Now where was I... O yes, the sunset! Going back, we trusted our instincts and still went for the sunset cruise. *voila* This amazing view surprised us! It was grace that - quite literally - was showered on us from above. We are so much grateful for this surreal moment that we all experienced. And thank You also for that striated layer of clouds that filled the sky - like a fluffy carpet unrolled for us by the good Lord himself! [I’m still in awe whenever I see the portrait].
This is what I love about beach weddings - El Nido weddings in particular: the weather is very unpredictable, but it can and it will surprise you, literally adding colors and hues to the story that is your big day!
'till next time!
Sneak Peek Post! Ronald & Johanna's El Nido Destination Wedding. Shot & filmed on location: Lagen Island Resort, El Nido Resorts, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Original music by redsheep.
Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Janis & Zane (LHR > MNL/ENI). "Day Before" beach engagement session.
Serendipitous. [ser-uh n-dip-i-tuh s] adj.
4. Sitting beside a total stranger on a plane, who happens to be going to the same summer music festival that you're going to. And as it turns out, that someone also likes the same music - and tons of other stuff - that you also like. To add to that, both of you have been living in the same city (London), and were born in the same country (Latvia). Janis & Zane's story. Total strangers. Sitting beside each other. On a plane. Going to the same summer music festival. Oh, did I say that already? #truestorybro
Miniloc, Apulit, Pangulasian, and finally... Lagen Island, El Nido Resorts.
So it's Lagen for the sunset and the sandbar.
Miniloc for the local feel and the proximity to the Big Lagoon (think: kayaking to the Big Lagoon before the tourists arrive).
Pangulasian if you want both a sunrise and sunset, and…
Apulit for a Rio-ish cliff vista, milky way shots and for black-tip reef sharks just below your water cottage. (Amazing actually. They're harmless. Definitely not like watching an episode of #damnnatureyouscary on BET.)
Watch out for redsheep's Guide to Getting Married in El Nido. Coming soon. "Soon", meaning, when I have the extra time to actually do it. *chuckles*
Kevin & Anna’s El Nido Elopement. Shot on location: Lagen Island, Big Lagoon Beach and the Big Lagoon, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Where to shoot an engagement session El Nido?
Pinagbuyutan Island for that quintessential tropical island feel. ('em coconut trees! Hey, look! I'm in the Philippines!) Helicopter Island for a breathtaking view of iconic Cadlao Island, and Big Lagoon for it's Big... errr... Lagoon. Seriously speaking, go there before 9:00AM, before the whirring from motor boats drowns out that calm, ethereal silence with welcome overtones of birds chirping. Big Lagoon's pristine waters are best enjoyed in a kayak. Heck yeah. And since I'm already at it, yipee ki-yay.
I know it's pricier, but go for a custom tour, and schedule it accordingly, against the flow of tourists. It's ideal to start earlier than 9:00AM, way way before boathoards of selfie stick people turn an otherwise empty tropical beach into a photobo--... or photo minefield rather. No offense to those fond of selfie sticks, but having plenty of people around will make your engagement session significantly more challenging.
Shooting during the sunset hour? Nacpan Beach, hands down. It has a west-facing isthmus of sorts that offers a killer view at any time of the day. What more during the golden hour. But if you're not willing to take the 40-minute trip north of El Nido town, just take a sunset cruise in El Nido bay, just a few clicks west of Miniloc and Entalula Island. Or choose El Nido Resort's Lagen or Pangulasian Islands. If you're staying in El Nido town, master the art of the chill (i.e., doing nothing without getting bored) over some tapas at Republica Sunset Bar, or practically anywhere along Corong-corong Beach. You can also take the dirt road past El Nido Garden, the one going to Cadlao Resort, if you want to see Cadlao Island basking in golden sunlight.
Dinner? Trattoria Altrove. Go for the Prosciutto Pizza. 4th best pizza outside Italy IMHO. The place is usually packed, but there's Trattoria Altrove Express one block away. Hipper vibe, same great pizza.
Oh will you look at that. I was just thinking out loud, hammering away on my keyboard, and there you have it. A travel blog entry of sorts!
Kevin & Anna's engagement session. Shot on location: Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido Resorts Lagen Island Resort, Helicopter Island and the Big Lagoon. Private tour c/o El Nido Resorts.
A pint of Guinness in an Irish Pub right at the heart of Inistioge Village. This, just minutes before the ceremony in a medieval-looking church across the street. Add to that a bridal prep sequence inside a 250-year-old Gregorian manor house. This is as Irish as it gets. But wait, there’s more… Ireland's warm evening light, and the much warmer company of their closest friends and family. All these, plus an intimate wedding reception at a Michelin Star restaurant. #weddinggoals, ladies and gentlemen, wedding goals.
Daniel & Sheila’s Destination Wedding. Filmed on location: Mount Juliet Estate and St. Colmcille’s Church, Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland. Aspect Photography x redsheep Cinema.
06.25.2016 Yoray Ofek & Beatriz Borja's Shangri-La Mactan, Destination Wedding & Engagement Session. Filmed on location: Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines.
redsheep photocinema x Rainbowfish Photography
Cathy Cantada x George Aliben (Make-up & Hair)
The Events Studio by Gideon Hermosa
02.11.2016 Henrique e Evelyne's Apulit Island Resort Elopement/Destination Wedding. Apulit Island Resort (El Nido Resorts), Taytay, Palawan, Philippines.
A Cariocan couple. Speaking fluent Mandarin. (And Portuguese, obviously.) Eloped on an island resort in the Philippines. All these, wrapped in 30 seconds of an Icelandic post-rock tune.
The Perks of an Elopement Entry No. 24a & 24b.
a. The level of stress is basically nil, and it goes without saying what the level of chill is.
b. The level of intimacy, of course. But then again, there's the obvious drawback of not having your loved ones around. (And Henrique took care of that with a surprise video that he made.)
01.08.2016 Hong Kong Engagement Session & Destination Wedding. The Pottinger & The Verandah, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Coordinator: Nicole Froelich / BespokenFor Weddings, Hong Kong
🎶 ...I will be king / And you / you will be queen... / 🎶
🎶 Though nothing / will drive them away / We can be heroes / just for one day 🎶
Editor's note: Luis & Steph are bona fide Bowie fans, not stowaways aboard the David Bowie #hypetrain. Got a flat tire? 🎶 Ch-ch-ch-ch-change it. 🎶 #lxshk
01.15.2016 Abaca Boutique Resort, Cebu, Philippines.
Felix & Jasmine: From New York City to Cebu. Welcome to the Philippines!
Photo & Video: redsheep
Coordinator: Tisha Cue
Gown: Vera Wang
Hair & Makeup: Vanessa Gamus
Décor & Styling: Simple Wishes
Sounds & Lighting: Intensity Services
Cake: LMG Pastry Chef
Ceremony & Cocktails Music: Cebu String Quartet
Reception Music: Adlib Band / DJ Allan Raymundo
Smacked right in the middle of NBA Finals Fever is the celebration of Matthew & Marissa's love... something equally contagious, hot and intense if you ask me. (Go Warriors!)
Filmed on location: Old St. Mary's Cathedral & The Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
Batanes Engagement Session | 11.2014
[Updated & Remastered. 12.2015 ]
Ian x Johanna's Batanes engagement session & wedding save the date film. Filmed on location: Batan and Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines. Featured locations include the Alapad Rock Formation, Valugan Boulder Beach and Nakabuang Beach.
Ken & Giselle's engagement session featuring Karl, San Francisco's fog personified. #KarlTheFog
Mario & Kris' Napa Valley Destination Wedding. Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville, Napa Valley, California, USA.
Coordinator: Cole Drake Events
Makeup: Pia Reyes
Hair: Jay Wee
Florist: Vanda Floral Design
Photo & Video: redsheep
Felix & Jasmine's engagement session in New York City. Shot on location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, Grand Central Station and Central Park.
Pangulasian Island Resort [El Nido Resorts] Destination Wedding [Elopement] | El Nido, Palawan, Philippines | 04.2015
Dylan & Ivy (Just Dylan & Ivy) El Nido, Palawan Destination Wedding Photos (Elopement) by redsheep. Shot & filmed on location: Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido, Palawan. Styling by El Nido Resorts.
San Sebastian, Spain Engagement Session
Sherwin & Valerie's engagement (prenup) photos. Shot on location: San Sebastian/Donostia, Basque Country, Spain.
Paris, France Engagement Session | 07.2015
Sherwin & Valerie's engagement (prenup) photos. Shoot locations: 3rd arrondissement, Musée du Louvre, Place des Vosges, Trocadéro Gardens and Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Paris, France.
The Royal Pita Maha, Ubud, Bali Destination Wedding | 05.2015
Remember the Wilson Phillips scene from the movie "Bridesmaids"? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOK7ijzywgs) This real world/real wedding counterpart is inspired by it: driven by love, friendship [and stage fright], and not a bit hampered by that long flight from Cali to Bali.
Sneak Peek Post! Mike & Liz's Ubud, Bali Destination Wedding Video by redsheep. Filmed on location: Royal Pita Maha, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Engagement Session & Pre-wedding Shoot: Tanah Lot, Bali.
Photo & Video: redsheep Photo & Cinema
Coordinator: Botanica Weddings (Bali)
Guest performance by Wilson Phillips, from Cali all the way to Bali.
Instagram Hashtags: #lnmbalinski #botanicaweddings #letsgotowherever
El Nido Destination Wedding | 03.25.2013
Dawid Steenkamp & Karolina Pelc's destination wedding photos and highlights video. Filmed on location: San Fernando, Nacpan Beach & El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Sydney, Australia Destination Wedding | 03.2015
Em & Van's Sydney, Australia Destination Wedding Video (Same Day Edit) by redsheep Cinema of Manila. Filmed on location: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney - St. Bede's Catholic Church, Pyrmont - Quay the Rocks.
Em & Van's SDE will be available for public viewing starting March 15. Meanwhile, enjoy this sneak peek post.
Engagement Session & Pre-wedding Shoot: Bondi & Tamarama Beach.
Welcome Lunch: Atrium, The Grounds of Alexandria.
Wedding Preparations: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Church: St. Bede's Catholic Church, Pyrmont
Reception: Quay - The Rocks
Photo: Chestknots (Manila)
Video (and the additional photos below): redsheep Cinema (Manila)
Coordinator: Binta Hellesmans (Sydney)
AV: Bombora Audio Visual (Sydney)
Florist: Susan Avery (Sydney)
Post-wedding Cruise: COAST Harbor Cruises
"Never Wanna Grow Up" performed by Katrina Stone licensed through The Music Bed
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Singapore Wedding & Solemnizartion | 11.2014
Sean Lee x Dawn Ow's wedding highlights video. Filmed on location: Marina Bay Sands & NOSH Restaurant, Singapore
Photo: Bloc Memoire Photography
Video (and additional photos): redsheep Cinema
Coordinator: Wedrock Weddings
Makeup: Cleo Chang
Florist: Floral Magic x Heaven in a Wild Flower
Fundacion Pacita, Batanes Destination Wedding | 12.2014
Anton Abad x Cha Morados' Batanes wedding photos & wedding highlights video
Photo & Video: redsheep Photo x Cinema
Coordinator: Joseph Albert Vila Company of Brides
Singapore Engagement Session | 11.2014
Kenneth Estaca & Kristaline Carlos' engagement session (prenup) photos, taken at Tiong Bahru, Singapore.
Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu Destination Wedding | 12.2014
Dominic Hernandez x Katrina Chua's destination wedding Same Day Edit Video and wedding photos taken at Cowrie Cove, Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines.
Singapore Engagement Session | 11.2014
Adrian Reeves & Edna Lim's engagement Session (prenup) photos were taken at Haji Lane, Singapore.
Singapore Wedding & Solemnizartion | 11.2014
Adrian Reeves x Edna Lim's wedding photos were taken at Blue Bali, Cluny Road, Singapore.
Photo & Video: redsheep Photo x Cinema
Make-up: Cleo Chang
Capones Island Save the Date Film | 02.2013
David Dulaca & Aby Puzon's save the date film and engagement session (prenup) photos, taken at Anawangin & Capones Island, Zambales, Philippines.
Vienna, Austria Engagement Session | 10.2013
Jay Bartolome & Meg Oberndorfer's engagement session (prenup) photos were taken at downtown Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna (Wien), Austria.
Malibu Destination Wedding | 04.2014
Malibu destination wedding video, filmed on location: Malibu Rocky Oaks, Malibu, Southern California, USA.
A steadfast love. This love story is the epitome of a lasting long distance relationship. An epic venue with an insanely gorgeous view - heck yeah Malibu Rocky Oaks! (And to add to that, here's a cool backstory: this is Mr. Chow's "Mexican" Villa in The Hangover 3. The one where Marshall [John Goodman]'s gold was kept.) This was indeed one cool wedding to film and we're really glad to have been a part of it.
Singapore Wedding | 07.2013
Adam Stamenkovic x Emily Loke’s garden wedding cum Serbian Archery Ceremony, filmed on location: Raffles Hotel, Singapore.
The Serbian archery ceremony: the Ting Hun, Chinese tea ceremony and Pamamanhikan on steroids. You'll need a quiver of thirteen arrows, a bow - anything between Legolas' and Hawkeye's will do - an apple, a 1:1 list of zany consequences for every missed shot, lots of love and determination. (In the most dogmatic form of this Serbian tradition, a miss means the wedding is off.)
Adam, a NY wedding photographer based in Singapore - gifted with a keen eyesight, was able to hit the apple in just a few tries. One day after, Adam his bride and Emily, (founder of Paper Tiger Press, Singapore's first letterpress studio) tied the knot at the iconic Raffles Hotel.
Editor's Song Choice: "Let Us Love (Instrumental)" by Need to Breathe from the album Outsiders (c) 2009 Atlantic Records Licensed through The Music Bed (License Type: Wedding & Portrait Photography & Videography // Streaming, Internal & External Uses // Single Use | Perpetual) themusicbed.com
El Nido Destination Wedding | 12.2012
Raphael Bick x Daniela Zheng’s El Nido destination wedding Same Day Edit video, filmed on location: Miniloc, El Nido Resorts, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Raphael and Daniela are seasoned globetrotters. Among all the places that they have been to, they chose our very own El Nido. (Raphael has been to Antarctica! ...and I'm so tempted to use the word "cool". ) Raphael and Daniela's friends are from all over the world (READ: INSEAD - The Business School for the World) and they wanted a place with sheer beauty and charisma that can draw even the busiest investment banker or consultant into a week-long tropical frenzy. In a nutshell, that's 55 guests from 20 different countries. 2 islands, 1 awesome wedding.
The reprise starts at 03:26. Enjoy!
Editor's choice: "Sunshine" by James Peel (c) 2010 Catapult Records Licensed through The Music Bed (License Type: Wedding & Portrait Photography & Videography // Streaming, Internal & External Uses // Single Use | Perpetual) themusicbed.com
“Connection” | A Save the Date Short Film | 07.2014
Dominic Hernandez x Katrina Chua’s wedding save the date film featuring an ensemble cast: Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson, Jake Cuenca, Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao, Dimples Romana and Moi Bien. Filmed on location: Prost, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Why did Katrina choose Dom over Piolo, Sam, Gerald and Jake? And why did Dom choose Katrina over Bea, Shaina, Dimples and Moi? “Connection”, a save the date film for Dom & Katrina's wedding.
con·nec·tion / kəˈnekSHən / noun.
1. a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.
2. the theme of Dom & Katrina's Save the Date film for their wedding on December 20, 2014 at Shangri-La Mactan Resort in Cebu.
3. beats the hell out of good looks, wealth, tenure, achievement, talent, et al. as depicted in this short film.
steadicam/dolly operator/key grip MIKE MERCADO
"b" camera operator RYAN PALADA
gaffer/production sound mixer ELAIN OJEDA-SUBIDO
director/DoP/story/film editor/colorist GUJ TUNGPALAN
performed by Secret Nation licensed through The Music Bed // Streaming, Internal & External Uses // Single Use | Perpetual
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Bohol Destination Wedding | 01.2014
Sam Eslamieh x Ledh dela Cruz’s Bohol destination wedding photos and highlights video. Filmed on location: Amarela Resort, Bohol, Philippines.
A surprise zombie pseudo-bride, a Zoolander inspired pillow fight, an epic groom dressing up sequence a la Ali G, a "first fight" in lieu of a first dance, wedding vows that are rib-tickling yet still heart-warming, and the island of Bohol, whose charm remains unrelenting in spite of 14 hours of downpour. These are just some of the highlights of Sam and Ledh's Amarela Bohol destination wedding.
San Francisco Wedding | 05.2014
Barry Bagaman x Julianne Abelgas’ San Francisco wedding video. Filmed on location: Mill Valley Inn and St. Cecilia’s Church, San Francisco, California.
With smiles as warm as the California sun and an entourage that's ready to party, Barry and Julianne's wedding was such a joy to film. Move over "Say 'Cheese'", it's "Say 'Hennessy'" for these guys!
Photo: Artpix Portrait Studio
Video (and the additional photos below): redsheep Cinema
Coordinator: Cierra Lockwood of Dreams on a Dime Events & Wedding
Makeup: Kat Paule
Florist: Natalini Flowers
Catering: Four Seasons Catering
Graz Engagement Session | 10.2013
Justin x Jhoanne Castelo’s couple shoot (postnup) photos were taken at Schloßberg and downtown Graz, Austria.
Kinderdijk Engagement Session | 10.2013
Jackie x Marcel’s engagement session (prenup or pre-wedding) photos were taken at Kinderdijk and downtown Rotterdam, the Netherlands (Holland).
Paris Travel & Lifestyle Portraits | 10.2013
Lifestyle portraits, taken at an undisclosed Parisian residence, Paris, France.
El Nido Destination Wedding | 12.2013
Petras x Daiva Maciulis’ El Nido destination wedding photos and highlights video, filmed on location: Stunning Vistas Resort, Papaya Island and Helicopter Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Meet Petras x Daiva, and their best man Mantas. They took a 14-hour flight from Lithuania to the Philippines for an intimate beach wedding in El Nido, Palawan. (Yup! That's everyone - the bride, the groom and their best man! That's a 1:1 ratio between team Lietuva and Team redsheep.)
New York Engagement Session | 04.2014
Jon & Agnes Walker’s "engagement session" or couple shoot (postnup) photos were taken at the Brooklyn Bridge, Fifth Avenue, Broadway, Radio City Music Hall and Times Square in New York City.
Chicago Engagement Session | 10.2012
Richard x Norris’ engagement session (prenup or pre-wedding) photos were taken in Chicago, Il.
San Diego Engagement Session | 05.2014
Bong & Sheryll Go’s "engagement session" or couple shoot (postnup) photos were taken at Coronado Island, San Diego, Southern California, USA.
El Nido Engagement Session | 10.2012
Matteo x Maja’s engagement session (prenup or pre-wedding) photos were taken in El Nido and San Fernando, Palawan, Philippines.
San Francisco Engagement Session | 05.2014
Barry Bagaman x Julianne Abelgas’ engagement session (prenup or pre-wedding) photos were taken at Alamo Square and Crissy Field, San Francisco, California.
Bay Area Wedding | 07.2012
Dominic Lejano x Caroline Capulong’s wedding photos and Same Day Edit video. Filmed on location: Christ the King Church, Pleasanton and Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, Vallejo, Bay Area, California.
"Take Me Into the Beautiful" by Cloverton from the album "Cloverton" (c) 2008 Cloverton Licensed through The Music Bed (License Type: Wedding & Portrait Photography & Videography // Streaming, Internal & External Uses // Single Use | Perpetual) themusicbed.com
San Francisco Engagement Session | 07.2012
Dominic Lejano x Caroline Capulong’s engagement session (prenup or pre-wedding) photos were taken at Napa Valley and Battery Spencer, Sausalito, California.
Bohol Engagement Session | 02.2013
Dawid Steenkamp x Karolina Pelc’s engagement session (prenup or pre-wedding) photos were taken at Alona Beach & Bohol Beach Club in Bohol, Philippines.
Boracay Destination Wedding | 12.2012
Karl x Han’s Boracay destination wedding photos were taken at Asya Premier Suites, Boracay, Philippines.
Hong Kong Destination Wedding | 06.2013
Jeff x Joyce’s Hong Kong destination wedding photos and Same Day Edit video, filmed on location: Island Shangri-La, Admiralty, Hong Kong.
Photo & Video: redsheep
Gown: Vera Wang
Floral & Decorations: My Elegant Wedding, Hong Kong
Music: Orfeo Strings (Hong Kong): 3pc Jazz Band & Harp & Violin Duet
Make Up & Hair for May 10th: Can You Studio by Tik Tik Wong (Hong Kong)
Make-Up & Hair for May 11th: Suki Make Up by Suki Lam (Hong Kong)
Editor's Song Choice: "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat" by A New Normal (c) 2012 Licensed through The Music Bed (License Type: Wedding & Portrait Photography & Videography // Streaming, Internal & External Uses // Single Use | Perpetual) themusicbed.com