HMUA: Rachel Torres
HMUA: Rachel Torres
- Jayrene Cruz
Model: Hanika and Ira Oyco
Clothes from: Rhipes' Backyard (IG)
Special Thanks to Marg
- Marian De Jesus
everything's a bit clearer with glasses
- Cheska Acosta
Growing up jealous with the cool boy toys my older cousin plays with, I've grown accustomed to remote control race cars, superhero action figures, and Nerf guns. As a teenager, my love for Sunday dresses, ballet flats, and flower crowns did not suffice as my interest in little boy toys still remains.
The concept behind Girls and Their Guns breaks the common appearance of Girl Power partnered with rock star get-ups and dark, strong make-up. Instead, it glorifies what it looks to be feminine while accommodating symbols of aggression.
- Jayrene Cruz
Tell us about growing up and how you decided to become a fashion photographer
As a kid, I really want to become an Architect or to become a painter like my father. But as the years go by and with the demands of life situations, I became a teacher and as I pursued my teaching career I found myself loving Photography and decided to take up Photography Courses; specifically Fashion Photography. I studied at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines under the mentorship of Rxandy Capinpin one of the best fashion and conceptual photographers in the Philippines.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspirations from movies, fictional characters, some fashion editorials from online and printout magazines, locally and internationally.
What was the turning point in your life that made you decide to venture out photography in the UAE?
As I decided to work in Dubai as a High School Teacher, it was also my goal to enter the world of Fashion Photography in the UAE. With the help of some friends who were already in the business of Fashion in UAE, doors were starting to open for opportunities for me to attend Fashion Events and shoot such as the very well known Fashion Forward Dubai organized by Brag Events under Mr. Bong Guerrero.
What do you think of the art scene in the Middle East?
[The] art scene in the Middle East is very unique and very modern, yet preserving the culture of the emirates. UAE is very open to new trends in arts and they give opportunities for artists in different nationalities to showcase what they’ve got and what they can exhibit to people.
Dubai is such a hub of fashion; how do you integrate the Filipino flavor with Middle Eastern fashion in your photos?
As I plan on contributing my work to some fashion magazines in the UAE, I can say that being explorative in my work as a Filipino is one of the best things that I can integrate in Middle Eastern Fashion, not being boxed into one concept but rather looking for more artistic ways to present the image well.
I've seen you work during a photo shoot for an online magazine; you take some very fun and incredibly smart shots of your models. What is the concepting process and collaboration like on these shoots?
Processing the concept is not only done by the photographer. With the collaborative ideas of the fashion team (Fashion Stylists, Hair and Make Up Artists, Art Director) a specific concept of the shoot can be created. With the entire artistic applications of each part of the crew, a specific fashion shoot output will come out into a success.
How do you see the relationship between your job as a teacher and as a Fashion Photographer?
As a teacher of Arts (MAPEH), I can relate my job as a Fashion Photographer by teaching the students to love ARTS as a form of expressing what they feel, what they love to do and by exploring their inner desires to bring out artistic expressions in what they have.
Favorite fashion photo shoot was (with whom, where, when and what for)?
My finals (Fashion Editorial) for the Fashion Institute of the Philippines.
Title: TROPHY WIFE
Models : Stephanie Retuya (1st Runner Up Asia's Next Top Model S1) and Miguel Masigan
Make up Artists: Jacky Pante
Hair Stylists: Ten Franco FashionStylits: AbirAsda and Pol Tapia
Dream commercial project?
For now I am looking forward to have a Major Fashion Editorial Contribution in any fashion magazine in the UAE or other countries to showcase what I can do as a Fashion Photographer.
Lastly, any tips for young aspiring fashion photographers?
Continue to strive for greatness in everything you do and do it with excellence; and don’t lose the inner passion in your craft even though there are hardships and trials that will come your way. Also always be humble and be professional in your work. Treat everyone fairly and do not forget those people who helped you to reach your dream. And most importantly trust and pray to GOD for all his plans for your life!
interview by Eyzell Salinel
photos courtesy of Bethoven Filomeno
We take you to a trip to this beautiful and sunny destination!
filmed and edited by Alexandra Chua
A home is a home regardless of the size and structure of it.
It can be small or big. It also might be broken, but still, it is home. Same goes with life. There may be times that we become victims of circumstances, other times just plainly because of our misdoings. Karma if you call it. Life has a funny way of making or breaking us.
I may have a broken home. I might also have a really f-ed up life, but I choose to make the best of what I have and play my cards in this game called life.
Here I am letting you all have a peek in my life. My tranche de vie. My slice of life.
hover over the photos to know what they mean
- Bettina Manacop
I was scrolling through my usual Tumblr feed when I came across Hannah’s work, summer of 2012. It spoke to me in a sense I didn’t understand back then, but I found myself hooked – looking forward to her next adventures and the documentations that go along with them.
A photographer for National Geographic Creative, Hannah takes shots that tell stories – shown as they need to be seen, candid and unfiltered. Her sense of adventure is what led her to stumbling upon some of the most beautiful sceneries in this world, mustered only by the brave and the curious. She inspires you to let go and let live, experience the beauty that is life. We are after all, tiny tiny beings capable of great things, and the world is ours to explore.
It wasn’t long till I realized why I fell in love with her work. Her photographs are so raw, so full of soul, that they draw you into newer perspectives – bringing you memories of experiences you’ve never had, making you fall in love with people you’ve never met and places you’ve never seen. Hannah takes photographs that give you a set of new eyes to see the world, inspiring you to uncover the deepest darkest secrets of the world and the magic that happens beyond what we see everyday.
- Bianca Galila
all photos are from hannah.ph