I’ve never been this excited to post an entry on this blog because today, I am featuring the most talked about party photographer in the parenting world here in Manila– Ging Lorenzo.
Ging has always topped the list for kiddie photographers. She’s also known as THE photographer for kiddie events and family portraits. I’ve been a follower of her website and each time I browse through her shots, I get completely stunned. She shoots living photos. Photos that capture memories you will cherish for a lifetime. I am honored to have her on the site and and I hope you all enjoy the interview.
Let us meet the woman behind the lenses.
Khaye: Tell us a little about yourself.
- I was born and raised in Tacloban City.
- I am an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession.
- I have been married to my college boyfriend for 4 and a half years now (We’ve been together for more than 13 years total).
- I am a mum to a beautiful 7-month-old baby boy named Paco.
- I love to eat.:)
Khaye: When/how did you decide to become a photographer?
I have always loved photography for as long as I can remember (Yes, even when I was a kid in the 80s. Hehehe). Of course, I didn’t have the technical knowledge or the equipment back then but I would always try to “copy” professional photos I see in magazines or studios even with my plastic point-and-shoot camera.
I don’t know the exact moment when I knew I could be a professional photographer, but I guess my journey to becoming one started when I got tired of my day job and wanted to quit desperately. This was 6 to 7 years ago and DSLRs were just starting to become mainstream. A few months before I retired from being an engineer for good, I bought a DSLR kit. A few weeks after quitting my job, I was already attending a month-long basic photography course. A few months after that, I shot my first paid gig.:)
I wrote about how I ended up being a photographer here: http://photosbyging.blogspot.com/2010/10/beginning.html
Khaye: Did you go to school to study photography?
I attended a four-week basic photography course and another 4-week long advanced photography course at the FPPF (Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation). But I think going on actual shoots with some photographers (for free in the beginning) really helped me a lot in the technical aspects of photography as well as learning ropes of the business. And until now, I still attend seminars and webinars to enhance my knowledge about photography and the business.
Khaye: What is your most-used lens?
Definitely the 50mm f1.4. I use it 99% of the time for portraits and around 60% of the time to shoot events. I’m hoping to upgrade to the 50mm f1.2L soon.:) (I’m a Canon user by the way.:))
Khaye: What kind of photography do you like best to shoot?
The happy kind.:) Whether I’m shooting portraits, events, or details, I always like to take “happy” photos. When people look at my photos, I don’t want them to notice the lighting techniques or the composition. I just want my photos to make people feel happy.:)
Khaye: What does photography mean to you?
For me, photography is capturing memories. People hire me to photograph events so they can keep the memory of their special celebrations through photos. People want to have their portraits taken so they can remember a special time in their lives and have a record of how they looked like then. As a mother, I take photos of my baby regularly (I used to do it daily, but now it’s just every few days.:)) because I want to have keepsakes of how he looked like growing up and how I felt every time I looked at him.
Khaye: Can you share with us three of your favorite photos?
This is a hard one because I have a lot of favorites! Anyway, let me just share 3 of my favorites from some of my most recent work. I cover a wide range of photo subjects but I want to focus on kids’ photos since yours is a mommy blog.
The first one was taken during a maternity photo shoot I did late last year. It’s a photo of a young girl who was about to become a big sister (her mom has given birth to a healthy baby boy since then). I just love her expression. I loved photographing her because she’s so photogenic.
The second photo was from a pre-event session I did last November. I loved how the mom brought a whole box of accessories for her baby. And she had the most beautiful dresses! And what I loved most about this photo are the balloons! I’ve always wanted to use balloons in a portrait session and I finally got my wish.:)
The third photo is not a professional photo (that is, I didn’t get paid for it). It’s just a snapshot I took of my baby when we were playing peek-a-boo one morning. As a photographer’s baby, Paco gets photographed almost every day either by a DSLR or by Ipad or phone camera. I love taking pictures of him doing just about anything. (I have tons of photos of him sleeping.) I’m probably lucky because my baby is a naturally happy baby. He smiles a lot. So I also have a lot of photos of him smiling.:) I love this particular photo because he really looks happy in it. And I love the twinkle in his eyes! As a matter of fact, this photo is now the wallpaper on my desktop computer. Every morning, whenever I turn on my computer, I am greeted by a big smile from my baby. 🙂
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