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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.

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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

Jeff had to go to Hong Kong for a couple of shoots without me last week. I had to sit this trip out because I broke my leg last month and am still recovering from the operation. (No worries, I’ll be back on my feet soon!) Hundreds of iMessages (mostly of weepy emoji faces from me because I wanted to be there, haha), two awesome shoots, and two days later, Jeff came home and gave me the hugs I needed. He’s the main photographer, and I second shoot and edit. I always love editing his shots, but his more recent work makes me want to marry him all over again.

Matthew and Annalyn’s story begins in Hong Kong, when they were on set for a commercial shoot for Diesel. Anna was trying on clothes in front of a mirror, and caught Matt checking out her legs. She tells this story, and he grins impishly, not bothering to deny it, and you know this is exactly what happened. He asks her out. She says yes.

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On their very first date, on this exact same playground they shot at, Annalyn’s ankle got sprained on the rickety merry-go-round. I’m thinking she must’ve really liked him for her to continue seeing him again after that. And countless times more after. And here we are, six years later — they’re getting married!

It’s unreal how gorgeous these two are together. I love the way they look at each other, and how they make each other laugh. Beyond the crazy, giddy love, there’s rock solid friendship and shared laughter. So this is how my husband breaks my heart in the best way possible, by taking photographs that move me. I missed out, but then he gave me this and I didn’t.

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Aileen walked down the aisle to The Luckiest by Ben Folds.

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I’ve always loved the words to this song. It’s odd but familiar, and nothing short of perfect.

Next door there’s an old man who lived to his nineties, and one day, passed away in his sleep. And his wife, she stayed for a couple of days, and passed away. I’m sorry, I know that’s a strange way to tell you that I know we belong, that I know, that I am, I am the luckiest.

Gabriel didn’t cry. He wept.

It was sweet and funny and endearing because he doesn’t really strike you as the crying type, and my heart was bursting with happiness for Aileen, because goodness, to be loved that much is the best thing. And how lucky are they both to have found each other in this lifetime.

Gab and Aileen, Jeff and I had a wonderful time with you! The day was incredibly happy and so much feel-good, it lingered for days. I’m completely in love with how in love you two are with each other, and we hope you always love like this. Wishing you both all the best, always.

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Ceremony: Saint Alphonsus Mary Liguori Parish (Magallanes Church) | Reception: Manila Polo Club | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Hair and Makeup: Alexis Ching | Videographer: MG Digital | Entourage Gowns: Anne Cuatico | Florist: Notes and Flowers | Coordinator: Erika Bergara of Detalye Weddings

  • Wedding CatererAugust 22, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Wonderful! Very cute couples and elegant wedding. Wish them all the best. :)ReplyCancel