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You might know this couple from their awesome Coron, Palawan engagement session. If you do, you’d also know how much we adore these two, so I’ll just go ahead and skip that part and go straight to the part where Alicia is, by far, one of the happiest brides we have ever shot, and for this alone, I will want to hug her every time I see her for the rest of our natural lives. There is nothing in the world like a joyful bride. She’s completely enchanting.

And then there’s Marc. He will always be two important things to us: the one who made it possible for me to see clearly underwater for the first time (long story. Short version: prescription goggles!), and the one who makes Alicia this happy. Those forever makes him aces in our book. We shot his sister Michell’s wedding back in 2011 as well, and it felt great to be back in their home for another wedding in the family. Patrick and Michell have a daughter now, and she’s such a little sweetheart.

Marc and Alicia, it’s been epic! Thank you for sharing these days with us. We’ll always remember you guys fondly. Much, much love from me and Jeff.

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Ceremony: San Agustin Church | Reception: Sofitel Manila | Coordinator: Christine Ong-Te Events | Videographer: Mayad Studios | Ceremony gown designer: Vivi Wang | Reception dress designer: Cecilio Abad | Hair and Makeup: Jesy Alto | Entourage flowers and event styling: Nikki Chatto, King Louis Flowers

Henrik and Ria 01

Hong Kong means a lot to us and we’re usually there twice a year to shoot, so it’s pretty familiar, but Henrik and Ria showed us a Hong Kong we’ve never seen before. Well, technically, just Jeff this time. If you’ve been following the recent blog updates, I missed this trip, sadly. But I was getting updates and sneak peeks from him during breaks, it almost felt like I was there. That, and I’ve been having so much fun editing these sets!

They took a few photos in the restaurant that Henrik proposed in last year. Ria sort of had an inkling that Henrik was going to propose around that time, so whenever they went out, she would pat his pants pockets to check if he was carrying a little box in there somewhere. So that night when he planned to propose, he kept the ring in his jacket pocket. Funnily enough, in a scene reminiscent of that FRIENDS episode where Chandler was going to propose to Monica, Ria felt cold all of a sudden, and Henrik couldn’t lend her his jacket because the ring was there. Hee. But long story short, at the end of the night, Henrik asked, and she said yes.

The weather forecast predicted a thunderstorm on the day of our shoot, and we hoped against hope that the sun would shine. Maybe we overdid it a wee bit because it was the sunniest we’ve ever seen Hong Kong by far. But really, Henrik and Ria are so warm and laid back and cheery, they’re practically a sun of their own. I’m forever charmed by how two accomplished grown ups can look like such happy little kids together. When they make each other laugh, it’s almost like you can see the children they were, and I think that says a whole lot. I’m a big fan of these two. Can’t wait for their wedding!! ♥

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vinyl records

The things you love greatly influence how you see the world. We use the word “things” loosely. We don’t necessarily mean just material things, but the ideas, feelings, and experiences associated with them. Jeff and I talk about this in detail in our workshops, that finding inspiration is not about wasting time poring through countless other photographers’ work for something to copy, but about devouring other art forms that move you, actually experiencing life, and discovering yourself. Your point of view, and you as a person, are greatly influenced by what you love and surround yourself with. This is how you develop a way of seeing the world that’s truly your own.

vinyl records

And because everyone is different, our set of things will never exactly match anyone else’s set of things at any given point. On the off-chance that they do though, your decades’ worth of life experiences up to this point guarantees that you will experience these same things differently as we do. There is no ideal set of life experiences, you are free to love whatever you want, and you can be as weird and strange as you’d like to be. It’s how you use the combination of all that and funnel them into your work that matters and counts.

When you put what you love out there, what you love will find you. Kindred spirits will find you. You won’t have to be all similar, but having some common points of interest is always a good starting point. We can work with all sorts of people, but we do our best work with those who get what we’re like and appreciate the way we see the world. As do all artists, really. I’m always so grateful that we get to do that on a daily basis. We have the most wonderful clients.

This is the first volume of things we love, and we’ll try to make this a regular feature here on the blog. We do a lot of this on Facebook and on Instagram (mine and Jeff’s), too. Keeping them on the blog will be like collecting bits and pieces of the world that we love into one little basket.

August is off-peak for us, and we’re loving having some time to read. Here are some of what we’ve been poring through:

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Jeff really dug the Hop Inn hostel in Hong Kong. It’s so conveniently located at Tsim Sha Tsui, and it’s clean, affordable, and totally chill.

Hong Kong

We’re both loving that I’m blogging again. Hee. I have managed to share 4 weddings and 1 engagement shoot these past few weeks. I’m hoping to continue at a similar pace. There’s so much more to share.


I loved how Jeff asked me what I wanted from Hong Kong and I couldn’t think of anything, so I just said “get me something pretty”, and he came home with a camera. I may or may not have squealed when I opened it. This man knows me better than I know myself sometimes. I’ve had my old white 7s model for almost 5 years (and it hasn’t been white in a long time), so this made me ridiculously happy.

Instax Mini

We’re falling in love with shooting with instant film all over again. (Thanks again for bringing this home, Benz!) I have never had this much stock of instant film in my entire life, and I was so ecstatic upon seeing this that I literally hugged myself. I learned on 35mm film and a borrowed camera, and I remember counting all my shots because I couldn’t always swing for more film. This much film will always look like heaven to me.


It made me a bit nostalgic, so I went through a lot of old photographs.


We loved these sad things. Technically, these are still books, but they deserve a separate mention. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volumes 1 and 2. We don’t have Volume 3 yet. I’m not sure I can handle it.

Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

We’ve loved having more time to spend with our son this month, who is growing faster than his mommy’s heart can catch up.


And music, we’ve always loved music. Jeff used to make me mixtapes. And when we moved in together, we’d often be sprawled on the living room floor, singing along to great music and telling each other stories of our childhoods, as we do. He’ll tell me I’ve heard all his stories before, and I never care. I will always want to hear them all again. He’s the best storyteller I know. I think that’s partly why I fell in love with him in the first place.


We’re loving our office and how it always smells like coffee and books. It’s small, but it’s filled to the brim with love. A groom once walked into our office and said it distinctly smells like a German bookstore. So now, it’s on our bucket list to visit Germany. In the meantime though, as it rains outside our office window, my view’s really not too shabby. :)


  • AiaAugust 28, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    I always try to remember everything you said on the first paragraph every time I encounter the things we’ve talked about over Facebook before. It calms me in a way. Thanks for this, Ms. Lisa. :)ReplyCancel

    • LisaAugust 28, 2014 - 5:43 pm

      Hey, Aia! That’s good to hear! My pleasure. ♥ReplyCancel

  • PaulaAugust 28, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    So much love here, Lisa. Been busy here in Sydney, but always love checking your posts during my downtime. Missing you guys!! :’)ReplyCancel

    • LisaAugust 28, 2014 - 5:42 pm

      Thanks, Paula! We miss you guys, too!ReplyCancel

  • ClaireAugust 28, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    I love my kindle – it’s a blessing for someone who can’t help but accumulate STUFF – but I do miss the feel and the smell of real books. Unfortunately, I’ve had to give up reading anything too heavy as my brain is often too tired at the end of the day.

    I see you are a kindred spirit who still thinks that the iPod classic is the bomb. :) I had to explain several times to my guy that the iPod touch will not have enough space for me, EVER. My heart will break a little the day Apple takes the classic off the market.ReplyCancel

    • LisaAugust 28, 2014 - 9:58 pm

      Hi, Claire! I sometimes read from my iPhone when I can’t find the titles I want in local bookstores, but I’ll always prefer real books. I love the smell of books. I dream of converting a future spare room into a library. Floor to ceiling shelves of books. Total nerdfest. Haha. And yes, there’s just way too much music in the world for an iPod touch. :)ReplyCancel