I find in my wife a willing and fun model to work with and with whom I can practice my portraiture. She is always ready and willing to pose for me. She is, what I might call, my muse. Ever since I started to dabble in digital photography, she was always there to support me. According to her own words, she had no choice. She would rather have me shooting pictures than having me around her with a cranky mood. I must say that our time together shooting portraits does help in our bonding together as husband and wife. I guess that partners that shoot together stay together. Photography has a way of connecting people; either through an image that may elicit common emotions or reactions, or through the process of creating the image itself. Either way, I have found that it helped me and my wife find something in common to share between ourselves and the little sphere of the world wherein we circulate.
Every time I have a chance to shoot portraits for my two sons, I always allow them time to express whatever face they want in front of the camera. I usually allow this after we had made the formal portraits just to ease things up a bit. The end result of this exercise is that the two boys would have become so at ease enough to allow me a few more shots with a more natural expression on their faces.
Children are so good at acting up. My children are no exception. They would come up with poses that are usually derived from movies, and from their own wild imaginations. My older son even has his own signature funny face.
Sometimes it does irritate me when they do this out of context but, I have to admit that it does help ease up the tension. I do wonder where they got this funny side. Well, I don’t have to search far and wide because there is no denying where they got it…from their mother! No two persons are the same. In the case of my two sons, the older is obviously more fun-oriented than his younger sibling. The younger sibling inherited his more serious side from his father.
Start them young and keep them motivated. It is easier said than done, of course. Children lose interest very easily. But the time and effort put through to keep the children playing will be worth the effort in the long run. This will also limit the bad influences in their young lives. Although it may not completely eliminate the negative influences, keeping it to the minimum will be quite an accomplishment already. So, here is a hat’s off for all the patient music teachers who sacrifice their time and effort to teach the young children the appreciation of music.
My wife is a member of church singing group called the Oasis Herald Chorale. The concert that was held last December 2009 was one of the last major concerts that the group had. It was intended for fund-raising for the church building project here in the U.A.E. The concert was entitled the Mystery and Majesty of Christmas. It was one of the most successful concerts by the group and a lot of people who attended really enjoyed the experience. All the preparation, the hard work, the expenses, the long practice sessions, and the tension were all worth it. Some of those who attended were already asking about the next concert of the group. Hopefully, the group will be able to participate in a concert organized by our church, which will be a multiple-singing-group concert that will be held late this year.
Annalyn Lorenzo, our female soloist with the exceptional voice
Love Solomon, belting out a solo piece
Betsy Samonte (left), Edzel Zapico and Lei Tabios
L-R: Gerdie, Cheryl (my wife) and Love
L-R: Jinky Baldeviso, Shem Postrero and Rowena Umapas
L-R: Rowena Umapas, Jonathan Corrales and Jeannie Diesto
L-R: Alevem Moralde, Nathaniel Llaguno and Guil Maximo
The church building has already been erected in Ras Al Khaimah, and the first anniversary of the building was celebrated last May 19, 2012. Since that concert, several members have already left the group. Some went home to the Philippines, others moved to another Emirates and some others moved to another country. There were also some who formed their own singing groups. But still, the group continues its ministry through music. New members have moved in and the core members of the group remain intact. The challenges that the group faced had only made the group stronger and more determined to continue its ministry by reaching out to people through music.
All this time that I’ve been practicing and trying my best to improve my photography, I have always been attracted to capturing candid scenes. I love capturing people in their unguarded moments. This is not always easy because, once you carry a camera, people are immediately aware that you are going to take their photos and react accordingly. But I think that the trick is that to actually take their photos and just wait until such time that they will become so used to your presence and actually start to ‘ignore’ you. Then you can start taking candid shots. A fast camera with accompanying fast lens would really be a big help, but you have to be fast as well in capturing the moment. Be aware of the scenes that are developing and be ready to capture it once “the moment” happens.
Another thing that fascinates me is street photography. I have been reading some materials from the internet about it, and the more I read, the more I become interested. It is mostly about capturing the moment, but in a more intimidating environment (at least for me). You have to do it in the streets and with strangers as your subject. It would be capturing real everyday life moments. I would definitely want to try it but I honestly don’t know exactly where to begin nor would I know if I have the guts to do it. But I guess I’ve already did some form of ‘street photography’, only it’s not on the streets and I do it with people I know.
This guy wanted his photo taken while I was trying to get some candid shots.
A window reflection
This picture is not taken with a 50mm lens. But I like its candid nature so I added it here.