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Category Archives: Journal

Fiercely

I rarely write about marriage, or us as a couple. It happens maybe once every couple of years, when the urge bubbles up and I can’t contain myself. I write to and about our son often. Corwin is 4 years old and won’t remember most of these things yet, so I feel this urgent need to put it down on>>

Gravities

Jeff and I always teach that every artist needs to set aside time for personal projects. Even when it’s busy, even when you’re swamped, you owe it to yourself to do this, creating something for nobody else but yourself. This is what sustains you when the work gets hard, and there will>>

Eight Years

Jeff & Lisa Photography turns eight years this month. In our wildest dreams as wide-eyed kids with the barest of equipment, we never imagined a better eight years. We fell in love with photography and decided that this was what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives. We were young, crazy,>>

On Gratitude

I posted this on the Jeff & Lisa Facebook​ page over the weekend because it was a lovely unexpected message as my day was ending. Some of our former brides saw it, left comments, and made me cry. Made my entire month. If I don’t say it enough, I truly am thankful to be able to do work>>

Dance.

Last Monday in Tagaytay. When I stepped out of the van that morning for Jon and Rica’s wedding, the fog was so thick, I could barely see two meters ahead of me. But here’s a little secret: I loved it. Jeff and I will always wish for sunshine, but if it doesn’t happen, we shrug it>>

Love and Stories

“Tell me a story.” During our freshman year in college, we’d often find ourselves lying down on his bedroom floor, listening to his mix tapes. I’d ask him to tell me stories of his childhood, of his life before me, of random things that happened to him that day. Since then,>>

Hands

I have this fascination with how people hold hands that I picked up from Jeff. We used to write each other letters during our senior year of high school, and he once told me you know you’ve found the one by how your hands fit together. And while I now think that he mostly just said that so>>

Things We Love

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>>

Sundays and Road Trips

I took some photos on a drive to Subic fairly recently. I needed to get away and clear my head then, so we hit the road. We drive south of Manila often, to Tagaytay and Batangas for work, so we went north this time. Back in college, Jeff would borrow his dad’s car and pick me up Sunday>>

Photographs as Proof

I shared an old black and white photo on Instagram earlier, and it’s been at the back of my mind all day since. I first saw this photograph 2-3 years ago. My heart still breaks each time I see it. It’s by Duane Michals, taken back in 1974. Below it, he wrote: “This photograph is>>

What We’ve Been Up To Lately

The past couple of months have been all sorts of amazing for me and Jeff. We’ve been all around Manila and Tagaytay, and flew to Singapore, Cebu, and Amanpulo for some shoots. We’ll also be heading to Hong Kong in a few days for more. I haven’t been able to find time to blog, but>>

The Things You Love, The Things You Are, The Things You Never Want to Lose

“Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” – The Wonder Years They say we remember the world in still images. And your life’s most important moments, you remember them this way, as photographs. This is something>>

Moving In

For the past five years, our office has always been our spare bedroom and the nearest Starbucks. We shoot weddings and engagement sessions on location, and have never had any need for a studio, so we always found it pointless to get a separate office. To be honest, I liked editing in my pajamas>>

Long Overdue

There’s a box full of long, handwritten letters and printed out emails that I’ve been keeping for a long time now. So much of us was built on those first months when all we had were words. That was fifteen years and half my life ago. He told me recently that he’s always writing>>

Sharing A Little Bit More

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. The thing about preparing for a workshop is it really makes you scrutinize every last bit of what you do yourself.>>

Life on Instagram

Jeff and I worked on a personal project called Portraits of a Marriage back in 2007, as I mentioned last year. It was a photoblog of diptychs of our daily married life. I’ve always wanted to pick it up again and continue, but we just never found the time. We’ve recently become active on>>