Wedding Supplier

Trail Blazing Bacolod Wedding Photography

By Ronalyn Umali | April 2011

Occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and family reunions are best remembered through its photos and videos, a testament of joyous moment of loved ones being together. But there are special occasions, like weddings, where in you take extra effort to make sure that the best moments are captured and kept through the years.

Wedding Photo By Bodyshot Photography

Wedding Photo by Bodyshot Photography

That is why many couples, especially those living in the provinces, feel more “secured” in getting wedding suppliers from Manila thinking they are more advanced and modernized compared to province-based wedding photo and video professionals. Philip Loyola, owner of Bodyshot Photography, was able to get past these notions and prove everyone that province-based wedding suppliers (especially Bacolod wedding photographers) are just as good—if not greater—than Manila wedding photographers.

So how does Philip Loyola, a Bacolod-based wedding photographer and videographer, stay at par with Manila counterparts?

Wedding Photo by Bodyshot Photography

"The Ruins" in Talisay, Negros Occ.
Wedding Photo by Philip Loyola

“I do workshops abroad and even have (photo) shoots in other countries as well. I offer services and quality as what Manila wedding suppliers offer. I even join photo and video competitions locally and internationally from time to time” he said.

Philip Loyola does not only join wedding photo and video competitions—he makes it a point to win them. In 2009, he bagged the first place in the Same Day Edit Video category at the Wedding & Event and Videography Association (WEVA) International in Florida, U.S.A., showing how natural he is in shooting and editing wedding videos.

Bodyshot Photography's Humble Beginnings
Before getting recognition locally and internationally, Philip had to start from the very bottom just like everyone else. From a cramped old office near the old Bacolod City hall, Bodyshot Photography was able to grow and become an established wedding photo studio in Bacolod.

Wedding Photo by Bodyshot Photography

Bacolod City Hall
Prenuptial Photo by Philip Loyola

“Because we started from a very humble beginning, our growth was gradual. But after some time, we were able to build up a name from one patronage to another. We also built good linkages with local and national media,” Philip said.

For the past 25 years, Bodyshot Photography has been serving and uplifting Bacolod wedding photography. He is considered as one of the pioneers of digital wedding photography in Negros, having introduced it in weddings ahead of other Bacolod wedding photographers.

Bodyshot Photography's Service Commitment

For Philip Loyola, competing with both Manila and Bacolod wedding photographers opens an opportunity for his team to improve and be consistent.

Wedding Photo by Bodyshot Photography

Wedding Photo by
Bodyshot Photography

“I always deliver more than my clients' expectations and try to give them a different and new style. We always compete with Manila suppliers and we offer just the same as what they try to introduce every now and then. We always give the best in every event we document. We consider that our obra maestra no matter how big or small the wedding is,” Philip said.

In terms of being updated with the latest technologies and innovations in the Philippine wedding photography industry, Philip makes sure to “study it, adopting it when needed. “I always invest in top quality equipments aside from the talent and knowledge that I always tried to develop and learned through workshops and seminars abroad.”

But above all the technologies, new gadgets, and customers satisfaction, Philip makes it a point to always enjoy his work because aside from it being his business, “photography is my passion.”

Over the years, Bodyshot Photography was able to prove that province-based wedding suppliers can indeed survive, grow, and compete with those wedding photographers from Manila. It just proves that the quality of service does not rely on where the wedding photographer started or where he is located, but on the man behind the business.