When I first started I was very reluctant. I had a million and one excuses. Super scared. Full of doubts! I chicken out every time couples approach me to ask if I do engagements and weddings. But I really wanted to learn and I really looked for my direction like what area in photography should I pursue.
Slowly, over time, everything unfolded. They say when you are truly passionate about something; you will never stop aiming at getting better. I had my sad share of criticisms. Human as I am, I cried and felt bad. Then, I realized these people would help me do well.
My first camera was a Canon 450D. The first lens that I played with was a Canon 50mm 1.8. I had two because I broke the first one when I tried going around wearing high heels. I fell on the floor and broke my first love. That was the only lens I could afford to buy.
I later on learned that photography reflects the heart of a person. We might be shooting side by side with the same subject, but the photos will always come out different. I believe that photographs have genes. It has it’s own DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid). No matter how you copy someone else’s work, it will come out different. Thus, I stick to my own style. It didn’t happen over night. It just grew. Evolved.
Life happened and so here I am. No longer reluctant!
These were the photos I took from my first ever engagement session. Not as an official photographer yet. But as a wide-eyed and it-feels-like-I’m-in-heaven photographer. Mango Red was there. I love their work to bits. It’s fun. It’s quirky. It’s them.
Recently, I received an email from a young photographer who wanted to apprentice for the summer. I asked for her portfolio. It reminded me of how I first started. Don’t stop believing!
Angel, associate photographer/ mega stylist/ creative director/ writer, takes really good photos. I bug him every time we shoot to give me his files. I find it also funny every time he tells me what he needs to review his shots first (delete some) before he gives it to me. I just have to convince him that he’s father will be proud of him.
Photos from the archives circa 2010 | Wayne & Pia Congmon
Hair & Make-up by Jessie Glova