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

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Jenny Salvador
March 5, 2012
The first time i saw this set of Wayne and Pia before, i was so impressed by your work! Everything is pecfect! And look where you are now, you Have truly evolved and at par with the best photographers out there. You always deliver with passion and perfection. As a friend, i am so proud of you!
    March 5, 2012
    Thank you Jen. Just got lucky. W&P were easy to photograph... How're your shooting engagements there in San Francisco??

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