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  • We are Jeff and Lisa Llarena, wedding photographers, husband and wife, and the best of friends. We share some of our work and stories here. For more, follow us on Instagram @jeffandlisaphotography, YouTube (new!), and Facebook.

Goki and Maylyn’s Anilao Engagement Shoot

This was our first time to meet Goki and Maylyn. A few minutes into the shoot, I felt compelled to ask how long they’ve been together. Because it felt like they were still on their first few dates. He laughed with abandon, out loud, and with a joy so tangible you could almost reach out and>>

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,>>

Ever After: Neil and Tegan + Ibby in Sydney

We were in Sydney last week and took pictures of this beautiful little family. My heart is full. We shot Neil and Tegan’s engagement session and wedding three years ago. It rained buckets during their engagement shoot (hair and makeup by Karen May Reyes, styling by Rabbithole Creatives),>>

Carlo and Angel’s Iloilo Wedding

He writes her letters. In longhand. And on their wedding day, this — “Then, ‘love’ was a fleeting concept. It came and went as it pleased. But with you, my heart stayed put… The beating of my heart became less erratic and is now more precise, like a pendulum swinging with a purpose: to>>

Paolo and Kelloggs’ Tagaytay Wedding

We first met these two at Kelloggs’ cousin’s wedding, which we also shot. We haven’t met them before because they booked us online, so it was a pleasant surprise. They came up to us and said hello after our on-site slideshow played, and I never got around to telling them this,>>

James and Angelica’s Engagement Shoot

Early morning light, coffee, and a bookstore. Jeff and I are geeks and bibliophiles, so getting to run around an empty bookstore again was a treat. It’s been a couple of years since we last shot in one. We’re not quite morning people, but we happily wake up for that glorious light>>

Christopher and Heidi’s Amanpulo Wedding

There is a special place in our hearts for Amanpulo. It’s peaceful, serene, and the most beautiful private island resort we know. White sand, incredibly clear turquoise waters, and impeccable service. Nothing quite like it. When we read Christopher’s email last year, confirming that we>>

Richmond and Elaine’s Tagaytay Wedding

It feels great shooting weddings in families we’ve shot before. There’s history there for us, and familiar faces. It’s like coming back to a book we have loved before, and discovering entirely new chapters. We love the continuity, and the stories take on a depth for us that we>>

Carlo and Anne’s Baguio Wedding

“For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” — W.B. Yeats 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>>

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>>

Buko and Kitchie’s Wedding

Theirs was a stunning Modern Filipiana affair by the bay. The entourage bouquets by Vatel Manila, and the event styling by Dave Sandoval were both to die for, and Jason Magbanua‘s work on video was sublime, as always. OPM songs played during the reception, and I couldn’t help but groove>>

JV and Tata’s Montecito Wedding

On the morning of JV and Tata’s wedding, I learned that Tata was the first Editor-in-Chief of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine here in the Philippines. I needed a good few minutes to let that sink in. I think I freaked out for a little bit. In our seven years of shooting weddings, this has>>

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>>

Atsushi and Monica’s Wedding

These two were set to be married August 2 last year and we were booked to join them since 2013, but Monica had to undergo surgery and the wedding had to be postponed by a year. In a way — and I don’t think she knows this — she saved me from myself. At that exact same time, I was>>

Anton and Ana’s Tagaytay Wedding

We first met Anton and Ana over Skype, as they were planning their Tagaytay wedding all the way from New York. I remember being smitten with Ana immediately, because really, that smile. I don’t even need to say more. Watching people and getting a feel for them and what makes them tick is>>

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,>>