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They grow up so fast

Phoenix plays in Manila

This picture was taken in 2006, Jakob was head over heels when the Power Rangers visited Manila.

sentai jakob

Some 8 years later, he’s shouting to the beat of a different drum (Thomas Hedlund to be precise).

jakob phoenix

It was the first concert he ever went to and it was extra special because Phoenix was truly one of his favorite acts.  Hell, he knows more of their discography than I do.

You know the phrase – “you see them grow right before your eyes.”  Exactly what happened.

It was special last night (and I’m waxing nostalgic over a rock concert).

Big thanks to the best concert photographer in the country Magic Liwanag and Karpos Productions for the VIP seats!

 

Advocacy

A Liter of Light @ NIght

I must admit this project took a long time coming.  Messages between me and Mr. Ilac Cruz of Liter of LIght foundation have been exchanged for a good year now.  It was always me saying – “Sure sure, let’s do it when we have the chance.”

My problem was I did not feel a sense of urgency.

What I came to realize was that for issues like these, there is ALWAYS a need for urgency.  Real lives needed to be helped.  Real households needed illumination.  Real money was needed to finance the projects.  The needs for the short film were urgent.

I’m glad we were able to find time and do this for the foundation.  And I sincerely hope it makes a positive impact for the organization.

Visit their site for more information on how you can help.
Music by Marie Hines, licensed from The Music Bed

 

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Let's Put Things in Perspective

Dino Lara

Mr. Dino Lara is a wedding photographer based in the Philippines.  He’s also one of my closest friends.

We were together in our climb for stability, our quest for recognition, and our struggles to remain in top form.  I can write a book about this guy.

And I know the landscape of the country’s wedding photography scene right now is littered with the young, the hip and the cool.  But let’s put things in perspective,  the young guns owe a lot to this fine “older” gentleman.

1.  The guy led the march for digital.  Back when the 1 gig IBM Microdrive cost $1000.  He was rocking a 3 megapixel Canon D30.  Your iPhone cam now has more pixels.  It was unknown territory for most, but he was  a trailblazer.  This was 2001.

2.  He incorporated graphic design into photography.   Way before it was cool.  Way before it was hip.  Because it was his aesthetic.   That tiny picture enveloped by a sea of white, negative space – that’s him.  I remember, there was this Bridal Show in Renaissance Hotel,  people went bananas for the albums.  And even if he could only afford one digital slr then, he would bust out his scanner to digitize the images from his film cameras.

3.  He told the clients,  I’m the artist, let me choose the pictures.  Thus ending the dilemma for clients to choose from a gazillion images and a two year wait for the album.  It is, the Artist’s Choice after all.

4.  For all the edgy/dark/moody/alt influences that the scene has weathered, his pictures, above all,  remain to be the bar by which honesty and purity of emotion and beauty are set.

Do me a favor, greet the man a happy birthday!

I realized I’ve been blogging for ten years now.

I remember when I started to “blog” the videos that we created way back in 2003.

There wasn’t a blogging engine then.  I would go to the text file in the code and just update the entries manually.  it was tedious work but it was nice to connect to an audience.

You also have to remember that this was a time of dial up internet in the country and a PC dominated house hold.  So, I had to make sure that the videos we put up could be right clicked and saved as.  Always making sure the the file was around the 12-15 mb limit.

Thank god for Moore’s law.

I was perusing the Wayback Machine (web.archive.org) and saw that I finally went the WordPress route in 2006.

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(the first iteration of jasonmagbanua.com in 2002)

I noticed I wrote more about personal stuff then.  I was more excitable.  I wrote more often.  Looking back I noticed how brash I was, almost toeing the line of arrogance.  I was gung-ho and wide eyed.  Ahh the foibles of youth.

I hate that I’m more self-conscious now.

And I certainly feel just a tad bit jaded after all that’s happened to me personally.

But I’m glad I was able to chronicle the last 10 years of my life in writing, albeit sporadic and marketing driven.

It’s a great way to see  growth and evolution (for ill or good).  Y’know – change.

Patricia and Alaine

#Hashtag

So we had this quaint little wedding a few weeks backs back in Pampanga.

Patricia and Alane’s was intimate, mostly DIY and very well thought of.  It was an occasion to kick back, hang loose and enjoy the company of good friends and close family.

(I mean really, having masseuses on standby during the cocktail hour is quite uncommon, but when you come to think of it – it makes perfect sense!)

The guests were encouraged to hashtag their Instagram pictures with #bestdayever12112.  What a novel way to remember the wedding day!

You’ll get it if you’re on Twitter or IG.  But you’ll enjoy this regardless.

Enjoy!  Check out the still images I take on Instagram – here.

Music licensed through themusicbed.com
All My Love by Hannah Miller

 

Everywhere We Brand

Just because.

I figured, we were due a facelift.  And we kinda decided, eff it,  let’s go have some fun, break conformity and make people take notice.  The brand, after all has been doing that for years and years.

There were of course no better playmates than Everywhere We Shoot.  Iconoclasts of photography and design in the country.  And honest to goodness kind people as well.

Last year you may have spotted the new packaging here and there.  It’s due of course for a proper portrait session and you’ll be the first to see these lovely lovely boxes.

Below are the 600 gsm cards printed in the UK.  Honestly,  I can only fit in three of these in my card case.  It’s a beautiful card and an even better door stop.

moo cards

 

 

And of course, the  pièce de résistance, the website and blog, will be rolling out pretty pretty soon.  This tops off a year’s worth of work on the brand design.  Excited is an understatement.

Check back soon.

Nikki and Paolo

For You Are Mine

Paolo and Nikki: For You Are Mine from For You Are Mine on Vimeo.

First of all, let me tell you about For You Are Mine Wedding Films. It’s a long time coming and frankly I don’t understand why I haven’t written about it the past year. Perhaps I was busy with my own thing, perhaps it wasn’t time yet. But here we are now, February 2013, and nothing could be more perfectly timed.

Drumroll please: presenting For You Are Mine Wedding Films!

A talented young bunch full of visions and ideas. A group of people who will tell the story of your wedding, masterfully thought of and creatively executed. They have years of experience tucked under their belt and a passion to tell stories in new and exciting ways.

The short of it is this, If I am booked, For You Are Mine will do a spectacularly awesome job with your big day.

Feel free to explore the spankin’ new site, make yourself comfortable and let us know what you think.

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Now let me tell you about Paolo Bugia and Nikki Syyap. Wait hold on, I won’t tell you, watch for yourself…

And this my friends is uber collaborative work! Jason Magbanua x FYAM

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Written and directed by Jason Magbanua
Cinematography by For You Are Mine Wedding Films
Make-up and styling by The Tipping Point Collective

Cherish and Edric

I get to marry my prom date!

Cherish is the fourth sibling of the Ong family that we’ve had the pleasure to shoot.  There was Candice (2003), Jasper (2008) and Jevon (2009).  This year was Cherish’s turn.  The honor of serving a family for that long makes me happy and proud.  It’s a testament to the kind of work that we do and the level of service we provide our clientele.

Though I won’t even begin to speculate how hold Cherish was when her big sister got married.  What I do know is that their love story is one for the ages!   They met during high school and were actually together at the Senior Prom (together together.  not together together).  They lost touch, lived their own lives and reconnected.   What can I say? –  the flames were rekindled.

Now let me tell you about Edric the groom.   Ironically, he is an old soul and a visionary at the same time.  He turned me on to LP records – vinyl.  I knew at the back of my mind that this eventually will happen.  I grew up with my Dad’s records blaring every Sunday morning, his pale pilsen in hand (from Wings to James Last to Deep Purple).  This was just something somebody had to, well, rekindle.

Edric is one of the founding partners of Satchmi. A niche online store for analog music but soon venturing out to other lifestyle products.  It’s infectious how he talks about his passion for all this.  You can’t help but believe.

After our first meeting, he sent me a Motorino (their entry level turntable) and the love affair blossomed.  I’ve long since upgraded to a better system (thanks to Jeff) but you never forget your first.

Let Me Tell You About Fast Forward 2012

But first let me tell you that:

1.  I don’t own a vest.
2.  My abs are more defined
3. and I do have a belt like that.

Major props to Mr. JP Cuison for the artwork below.

Fast Forward is the brainchild of Jayson and Joanne Arquiza, good friends of mine who happen to be great wedding photographers as well.

I shared the stage with commercial directors Avid Liongoren, Sid Maderazo & Lyle Sacris. Motion graphics experts Acid House, DOP JA Tadena and fellow wedding videographer Sheena from Mayad.

I honestly think they overshot all expectations. Kudos to them.

But that’s actually not the point.

The conference got me thinking. And this is always my schtick when giving lectures and talks. It’s a consistent thing I say because it’s something I firmly believe in. Something I lived through from the day I started doing what I do.

Wedding Videography has come a long way in the country. And I’m especially proud of that fact.

This is the first and only time I have committed this to writing. I don’t know why it took so long.

To be able to share the speaking stage with renowned commercial directors is in itself a statement. It means we are respected and recognized. Worthy of the attention and time of the participants. Twelve years (when I was starting out) ago we weren’t. Wedding videographers were at the bottom rung of film and video production, if ever they were considered at the ladder at all.

Twelve years ago, wedding video was an afterthought in this country, after the budget was spent on flowers and invites.
Now we are booked after the venue and often times before the photographer.

An “expensive videographer” was an oxymoron back then. You never spent for video. And a quality output was not expected. It was there for the sake of, not for any aesthetic or production value at all.

But because of hard work, dedication, talent and perseverance of the industry as a whole – the standards, output, respect, professionalism and creativity are all bars that have been raised.

It’s a great time to be a wedding videographer. I’m glad I do what I do.

 

 

Karrie and Ian

Twelve years in the making

So last week we had an awesome wedding in Tagaytay. I was going to use the word “stupendous” but you might think I’m exaggerating, but really I’m not.

The couple were already together for twelve years, they were going to get married in one of the most beautiful chapels in thecountry, they had picture perfect weather and the wedding had freakin’ swords!!! The ingredients of a perfect wedding (and SDE).

It was a thrill to screen the SDE because every other shot merited cheers (shouting, guffaws, heckling) from the intimate crowd. ‘Twas a beautiful sight to behold.

Music licensed through themusicbed.com
I Can Feel Your Hearbeat (feat. Jordan Frye) by A New Normal