Halloween Fun Photobooth Project!

While I have not done much work as PanFocus Studios this year, I still have fun with photography. This past Halloween, our office had a very fun contest with our workstation decoration. I decided mine would be a Victorian Photo Studio. The concept is exactly what it sounds like: recreating Victorian-era portraits. Now, I passed on doing post-mortem anything because I did not want to get too morbid, but wanted to keep it a little haunting ;-) I originally wanted to do headless photos using the overlay technique but I could not figure out the layout measurements. That is something I want to figure out someday. 

Here was my setup at my quaint workspace:

Behind the black backdrop, my actual workspace existed. It was crowded, but I needed to maintain the space. I printed out prime examples of photos from this era as part of my deocration, some were of prominent families, some were archived photos on the Internet. For my studio, while there were no additional props and wardrobe available for the photo, prints were only done in black and white. And a surprise guest in the shot ;-)

I made a very bad daguerrotype style case out of available resources: paper. This was a last minute thing for me, but I found little time to put it together and it was kind of a mess. But it covered up my modern camera!

It was fun to participate in this activity, which is my first time joining (after 10+ years working here).

Check out the gallery from those who dared!

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One Kapamilya Go in Toronto, 2016 | Hershey Centre, Mississauga, ONT | Concert Photographer

Taken four months ago back in July 2016, I am now ready to share photos from One Kapamilya Go. This annual event is produced by The Filipino Channel, where I work full-time. I am usually with a camera for our events, and I take shots when I am not too tired from full day and hectic week of preparation work. Here are the concert highlights of this jam-packed event, which also included booth activities in the pre-concert hours. My role in this event is coordinating and overseeing the logistics from the venue to all involved, with much help and support from a team of very dedicated peeps.

Hershey Centre is a multi-complex in Mississauga which is part of the Great Toronto area. Featured in these photos are the main performers and talents named: Kakai, Daryl Ong, Kyla, Morissette, Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil and Matteo Guidicelli.

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Presidio 10K | San Francisco, CA | Event Photographer

Last April, I did a 'shadow' shoot with Orange Photography. I chose to attend the Presidio 10K in Crissy Field, where I got up very early and drove up while it was still dark out to make sure I found parking. My call-time was at 7am, the sun was just rising. Many runners were already there warming up and checking-in. The sunlight was very powerful as you can see in the shadows. I captured runners stretching and waiting for the clock to start at the line. Getting the Golden Gate Bridge in the back is such a treat :) The Presidio 10K is organized by The Guardsmen, a non-profit that supports inner city youth of San Francisco. 

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4th Annual Music For Kids | Vallejo, CA | Photobooth Photographer

Music For Kids is an annual event fundraiser that my band The Little Bits help to put together. It is directed by our friend Esperanza, whose mission is to spotlight talented children in music and provide a fun, safe event for families to bring their young to. This year, the event was private and by-invitation only, and its success was measured by meeting the fundraiser goal. I brought out my photobooth and set up outside -- took in all that natural light allowing me to really strip down on equipment.

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Miss B's Birthday | Balboa Park, San Francisco | Birthday Photographer

It has been a busy 2016 in life outside of photography, so I shoot what I can. Last month, my niece Bea celebrated a happy birthday with a Star Wars theme. Luke and Darth Vader showed up, there was some war and there was also a lot of peace. Bea was cutely dressed as Rei and most of her friends wore their Star Wars gear. The best part (I think) was their Jedi training! I love birthdays!

See the full gallery of the birthday by clicking on the image.

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Surprise Marriage Proposal | Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA | Portrait Photographer

I was contacted on short notice for an availability to capture this surprise proposal. I almost couldn't make it but I really wanted to, so I did what I could to adjust my day's schedule. Very glad I did!

Forecast showed a very rainy weekend, so there was much concern about where to have the proposal. In coordination with the future groom, we eventually agreed to have it at beautiful Palace of Fine Arts. The outdoor lighting in such condition was perfect, really, and the rotunda offered some shelter from pouring rain. It was supposed to rain....   but it held up. There was a lot of mist for sure, but it just seemed so perfect! Palace of Fine Arts is a real special place, and the most perfect for a proposal.

Shortly after the big question, the sun began to shine!

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The venue: Palace of Fine Arts.

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I waited at the agreed spot, and kept an eye for the couple. As soon as I spotted them, I got ready. Here they were walking and enjoying themselves.

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The future groom sets up the moment, with whatever it was they were having a laugh about!

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Then came the kneel....

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And the question.

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She was quite stunned and happy, full of smiles and hugs and everything!

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Not sure if she noticed me at this point but I started to come up closer.

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She continued to celebrate...

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And at this point, she noticed I was taking pictures.

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It was revealed to her that I was really there for it :)
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They asked for a photo with the fountain. Lovely!

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The trail to marriage is open. :)
Congrats, David and Lisa!

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Business Dinner | Club Nokia in Los Angeles and Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA | Event Photographer

Just sharing a little bit more from my work with TFC. This event stretched between two days in San Francisco and Los Angeles last June. It was a dinner for advertising partners and friends of TFC, and a fun little event I enjoy working on. Located within the LA Live sports & entertainment district, Club Nokia's VIP Lounge has the true ambiance of LA's scene: dark, lights and intimate. Delicious hoeurs d'oeuvres prepared by Wolfgang Puck, too! (Edited: Club Nokia is now known as The Novo)

Regency Ballroom's classic and historic decor was a change of scene. It was real nice to work a venue like this that isn't a concert. So much space, yet, intimate enough for downtown clients.

Click each of the images to open up a gallery.

June 9 | Club Nokia | Los Angeles, CA

June 18 | Regency Ballroom | San Francisco, CA

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