Tracy is a twenty-something
red-headed lady from the Philippines who lives for photography, and takes photos for a living.
This blog's main content focuses on photography and food, the same way this is a mix of her work and bits of her personal life — the two often occur simultaneously.
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Of course, being my forgetful self, I completely forgot to post a set of photos from James & Nicole’s engagement shoot! I owe special thanks to Kiks & Misha (whom we all miss terribly!) who were at the shoot with me. :)
Favorite from the set! I just love the negative space with this one.
I’m almost one year delayed with my US posts — I haven’t even gotten to my San Francisco photos yet!! Shame on me. But now that I have a tiny bit of time on my hands, a new post from my US trip last August 2012.
So as promised in my last post (way back in February!!!), pictures from our visit to the Capitol! This place is so grand. When I was a kid, this building stuck to my young mind so much that I thought it was the white house (kind of like how I thought that the Chrysler building was the Empire State). LOL but I now know better!
We were told not to refer to the Capitol as “the Capitol building”, because it’s redundant — “Capitol” already meant “building”, apparently. My young mind also believed that it was actually called the Capital because…it was in the capital of the US.
Check out that ceiling! It was spectacular. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing it is. If you look at the first photo in this blog post, this is actually the inside of the domed part. WHAT!!! It looks like it’s your normal high ceiling, but believe me. It isn’t. Not even CLOSE. High ceiling is an understatement.
I tried photographing it from a different angle just to see if I could capture its height, but I failed. You just have to visit it yourself; it’s worth the trip, I promise you! And did I mention that we were underground? HOW INSANE IS THAT
This place would have been wonderful to photograph had there been no people, but that’s just impossible (unless I worked there) so please bear with the greatly distorted images of people in these pictures.
Anyway, this was one of my favorite parts of the Capitol. It was so elegant, that I could imagine a ball happening in here. Everything looked so regal, what with the gold and maroon hues. For a place that housed statues of former US presidents, of course you wouldn’t want it to be anything short of grand.
Our tour guide showed us a neat little architectural trick in this room. She faced the floor, and whispered through cupped hands, saying that if any of us could hear what she was saying that we approach the area she was in. IT WAS SO COOL. It reminded me of the episode Natural History from HIMYM where Ted kept whispering things from one area that could be heard on the other side of the room. I didn’t think it was possible, but there we go! This wasn’t the Natural History museum, but it’s the same thing.
I have a tendency to stray away from the large tour group to take photos, LOL. It was a delight to have Tricia’s Canon 10-22mm UWA lens with me (thanks for lending it to me, Trin! ILY), as I wouldn’t have been able to capture the beauty and largeness of this place with just my Pancake!
Hi, mom & dad! My siblings and I are so lucky to be able to travel, thanks to the combined powers of our parents. Forever grateful. They deserve a photo with Martin Luther King Jr.!
After our quick tour of the Capitol, we found this little nook somewhere on the grounds. It had a water fountain where my sister could refill her tumbler of water.
I should really bring a travel-friendly tripod next time.
Design work and teaching are what have been keeping me busy these past weeks, that I sorely miss taking photos. I’ve barely picked up my camera this summer which is a little depressing, but thankfully I have Tricia as a friend! I’ve been spending the past couple of weeks in her company helping her out with her blog photos, but perhaps my favorite “collaboration” with her—if you can call it that—was taking engagement photos of her cousin Gilainne & her fiancé Justin!
They were such a delight to shoot; they were naturals! Tricia and I couldn’t help but feel all giddy every now and then. You could tell there really is strong chemistry between them. A lot of my shots are actually candid, like the first photo here!
You can’t help but fall in love with these two if you were there with us taking photos of them. You can clearly see that the love is really there.
I honestly can’t get over how lovely these photos turned out. I guess it helps when everything is genuine—not just the love, but even how they smile and how they touch. Nothing felt posed, which is one thing I absolutely love in shoots like this.
We were lucky to have had cooperative weather, as well. LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS SUNLIGHT!
While it was a refreshing change of pace to be shooting people, I think it’s time for me to return to my food photography. As much as I do enjoy doing shoots like this, I can never forget what I love the most.
I had a lengthy talk with some really good friends tonight about work ethics, and I somehow realized I need to get back on my feet and just keep shooting (food!), regardless of the presence of client work. Staying active keeps me on my feet, meaning I’m continuously moving towards getting better at my craft, and keeps my brain churning them creative juices. I feel like I haven’t been as inspired as I used to, so I’m making a conscious effort to remedy that, and throwing myself back into the ocean that is food photography.
After all, if my love for photography is as genuine as the love Justin & Gilainne share, then I know that no matter what I do, it will always find me no matter how far I start to drift and pull me back.