Bacolod Wedding Photography: Seeing the 'True' Wedding Subject
For an entire day, the bride and the groom are the center of attention of their families, friends, and acquaintances. They celebrate the union of these two individuals as they take each other as husband and wife. Thus, a wedding takes place through a series of ceremonies and activities scheduled throughout the day. Filipino weddings, in particular, take a lot of time to prepare.
To make every single moment last forever, couples find the right person who can well document this important day. This is where a photographer comes in. From the the wedding ceremony to the wedding reception, everything is done artistically, documented through the photos taken by their chosen photographer. With all the clamor and the activities, however, it is easy for an inexperienced photographer to be lost and miss important, would-have-been picture-perfect moments during the wedding. Thankfully, this is where the expertise of Bacolod-based Filipino wedding photographer Philip Dennis Loyola of Bodyshot Photography and Video may come in. This is where he thrives in and what makes this photographer stand out from the rest.
The Man Behind the Lens
Philip has been the man behind the lens for almost 25 years. Tracing his roots from his table-sized office located near the old City Hall, Bodyshot Photo and Video Shoppe has become one of the most respected and established wedding photographers in Bacolod City and in the Visayas region. He, too, started out with film and later, transcended to digital photography, keeping up with the times. He is one of the first to dabble in the Philippine Wedding Photography business in Negros Occidental and to introduce digital photography.
Capturing the Moment
Philip understands that a lot of things happen during a wedding. There is, of course, the Filipino wedding ceremony, the guests reacting to current events in the couple´s lives, children running around like playful little angels in the venue, and so much more. There are also the mishaps and problems that occur as the bride and groom are kept unaware. During these moments, Philip’s years of experience in the wedding industry comes to play. It has given him the ability to handle pressure and stay relaxed so he can do his job the best way possible. “I try to focus on the simple goal and that is to come up with good results in the end,” he says. Philip is the type of photographer that prefers not to attract any attention while he works, simple and unobtrusive. keeping everything spontaneous and not directing shots. He lets the events unfold in his eyes and capture them in the most creative way possible. Even with all the commotion going on, composing photos has never been a problem for him. “I just know what and when to shoot my subjects – the rest will just follow,” he shares.
Equipped with years of experience under his belt and the knowledge and skill in his chosen craft, Philip is very well versed in spotting and taking shots of his main subjects – the bride walking down the aisle, the newlyweds taking their first dance, or a creative shot of the wedding details. He is able to capture those perfect moments and highlight his subjects well. It is not always all smooth, though. Philip shares that sometimes, his subject, the couple in particular, may not in a good mood. They are humans, after all. It is a problem he often encounters during prenuptial pictorial sessions and even during weddings. “I just wait for them to loosen up a bit and then, I can take the photos that I want,” says Philip.
Aside from his talent and skill in photography, his equipment helps him create magnificent shots. Philip makes sure to update his equipment and purchase the best tools in the market whenever possible. This gives him more room to explore and execute his ideal. One of his newest ‘tricks’ is ‘oil painting’ photography. Also referred to as light painting photography, the photo is taken in the dark but uses a light source similar to a flashlight to highlight the subject. This results to a very artistic photograph, similar to an oil painting in canvas.
A wedding is, first and foremost, about the the bride and the groom. Still, it is not entirely about them alone. It a special day to share with their families and friends who have taken the time to be a part of the new beginning to a new and lifetime journey. For Philip, a Filipino wedding photographer’s job is to present a good flow of the event, giving emphasis to the highlights and most of all, capture the moments at the right place and at the right time. With the expertise, dedication, and experience of Philip and the rest of Bodyshot Photography, every photo they take will serve as an essential part of a newlywed couple’s story, history, and keepsake for the years to come.