A new wave of wedding photographers is growing. We are the ever aspiring ones, whose passion is rooted deep in the art of photography and yet we adapt to modern times. Much like these third wave cafes who have gone back to the beginnings of coffee and infused it into the modern society.
With each shoot is our latest masterpiece, a brew of light and shadows. To us, the capture of that perfect moment is a caffeine rush. It is addicting and insatiable.
With social media at its peak, the game has very much changed. To be in this industry, we must adapt and evolve, and yet still be true to our strength and style.
Join me, as I share the story of my journey, from diving head first into a highly saturated industry with just an entry level camera and a lot of perseverance, to shooting hundreds of weddings, to putting up my dream office and showroom, and then, to being featured as one of the top wedding photographers by Metro Weddings Magazine. I’ll also share how I developed my shooting style, where I get my inspiration, and how I work, including using natural light to your advantage, composing an image, posing and post-processing. I’ll answer your questions, including but not limited to:
How to build a strong brand?
How do I attract the right clients and create a niche market?
How do I get destination shoots?
How do I develop supplier relationships?
How do I get my work published?
We’ll even have a one on one session for your other burning concerns, as well as hands-on training where we’ll get to shoot an editorial collaboration with our partners, Blue Trumpet, The Henry Hotel, and TASTEFVL by Bride and Breakfast.
We’ve teamed up with these brands to give you an incredible learning experience and an editorial shoot that would surely boost your portfolio.
The Henry Hotel is a hidden oasis amidst this urban jungle of Manila. It is both new and old. They have kept the original houses and furnishings from the mid-20th century and blended it with modern comforts, giving the venue a very homey and nostalgic feel.
Blue Trumpet PH, though recently established is not exactly unfamiliar with the events industry. Formed by three brands – Joed See Events, Spark + Twinkle, and Vatel Manila – it aims to be a leading player as an event planning, production, and design company.
TASTEFVL is the next-generation consultancy arm of Bride and Breakfast. Fusing strong brand identity and inspirational strategies for clients, as well as creative and educational platforms for everyone interested in inspiration and innovation.
You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from these industry professionals.
Danika Rio Navarro, is a creative director and letterer, a fashion designer by day, and graphic artist by night. Since 2012, she has been working closely with the wedding industry, at first designing wedding invitations which caught the attention of local magazines and then eventually, delved into branding and design for wedding photographers including Jaja Samaniego. Together with her partner, Gian Aguilar, Danika directed Jaja’s first brand look in 2013. Two years later, in 2015, She reunites with Jaja and her team to recreate a look that aptly mirrors the more sophisticated and chic brand that they’ve grown to be.
A Social Media Guru, Danika will talk about creating your brand and the importance of type and design in your photography business.
Ian Simpao started out as an IT and Project management Professional. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer and Marketing & Technical Director of, not only Bride and Breakfast, but also Baby and Breakfast, as well as their new venture, TASTEFVL. He works alongside his wife Janna Simpao who is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of their companies.
Ian will tell you the story of Bride and Breakfast, one of the most influential wedding blogs and tastemakers of the Philippines, and also how to effectively share your work online.
Toni Gozum entered the advertising industry as a colourist, immediately out of college. She initially trained in-house with Underground Logic, Inc., and eventually furthered her knowledge with the International Colorist Academy (ICA) and Media Asylum. Today, she juggles being a managing partner to Happy Folks Studio, shooting and editing for Jaja, and teaching color grading under Media Village Philippines.
Toni will teach you how to read and understand colors to better enhance your image.
So, third wave photographer, here are the details you need to know:
October 6-7, 2015
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2680 FB Harrison St. Pasay City, 1300 Philippines
Snacks and Lunch are included.
There will be a Graduation Dinner in Day 2 (6:00 PM onwards),
where you can meet and talk to more industry professionals.
REGULAR RATE: 20,000 PHP
EARLY BIRD: 18,000 PHP (Until August 31, 2015)
Limited Slots Available
There’s a non-refundable 5,000 php reservation fee to secure your slot.
Payments could be made to this BPI Savings account:
Jermaine Pearl Samaniego 1709 0509 54
If you’re interested to join us or if you have any questions, shoot us an email at