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Posts filed under: Destination Shoots

And now they’re a family of four. We’ve shot Neil and Tegan’s engagement shoot and wedding in Manila, and their family portraits in Sydney when Tegan was still pregnant with Edward. A few weeks ago, we finally got to meet the little guy. This family has an endless supply of adorable, it’s unbelievable. Baby Edward is pure joy and sunshine. You cannot look at him and not smile. It’s impossible. I remain madly in love with Ibby, even more so...
When you know she’s the one, you fly off and follow her to another country where she’s pursuing further studies. Well, that was what Jeffrey did. And he married her last Sunday. Regina is incredibly beautiful, but it’s the way she smiles so genuinely and openly that lights up every single room she’s in. And the way she does when Jeff’s around is even more special. Their wedding ceremony was at 4:30pm, but they wanted to have their couple portraits...
This wedding is the perfect example of a wedding being so much more than the weather and the place, no matter how dreadful or breathtaking. Ben and Kate’s wedding was amazing because of Ben and Kate. The day before their wedding, the plane carrying their suppliers and some relatives and friends circled Batanes and couldn’t land because of the storm. There was zero visibility on the runway, and they had to fly all the way back to Manila. They had...
Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment. — Ellis Peters / We usually shoot in Japan twice a year, during spring and autumn. It never gets old. No matter how many times you’ve seen cherry blossoms in full bloom before, it takes your breath away each time. It’s staggeringly beautiful. It was great fun running around Tokyo with Arthur and Tina. I love their chemistry. And the running was literal, at least on their end. They’re marathoners, and...
It’s always a thrill seeing our work featured in magazines. I usually share them on Instagram and our Facebook page when I can, but I’ll blog this one too for a change. For the month of April, we’re on two publications — Lifestyle Asia and Wedding Essentials. We’ve been occasionally shooting for the latter for around 6-7 years now, I think. I’ll share some of our work for them in another blog post soon. Neil and Finina’s beach wedding is...
I watched their on-site slideshow play on the big LED screen at the end of the reception program, from the very back of the ballroom. Even from behind the couple, I saw them laugh and cry through it all, and I was thankful for the dark because I had the silliest, widest grin on my face, had goosebumps all over, and was on the verge of crying all at once. Jeff was at the tech booth playing it, so I...
Jeff and I love laid-back engagement shoots, when it’s pared down to the essentials. We love shooting outdoors, and in existing spaces with natural light that people pass through and occupy on a regular basis. There’s character and history and a realness to these places that resonate with us, which lend to the organic, authentic work we always wish to do. If you follow us on Instagram (@jeffandlisaphotography / @jeffllarena, @lisallarena), you would know how much we love Taipei. If...
We’re kicking off 2017 on the blog with this gorgeous destination wedding. It was the first time we’ve ever had a turtle hatchling release at one. It was at sunset, during cocktails, and it was magical. But it rained hard shortly after that, and naturally, everyone ran indoors. Finina’s father, Secretary Tugade, gave a speech that I couldn’t possibly retell in a way that does it justice, but I, and everyone else, found it deeply moving. He spoke of taking...
Jeff met Doug and Laura a few months ago, but it was my first time to meet them at the airport, when we were all lining up for check-in for our Busuanga flight. Perhaps it was the early hour and my lack of caffeine, but I could have sworn I was looking at teenagers! I’m happy to say that yes, they definitely are old enough to get married, they just have exceptional genes. Lol. This shoot was quite the adventure...
“The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” ― Andrea Gibson / Jeff and I had a fantastic time running around Tokyo with Mon and Ruby. The mood was chill and the conversation easy, and with the autumn leaves as background, we could do no wrong. By the end of it, I literally could not stop smiling. I remember trying to push my cheeks back in but there was seriously no helping...