{ a weekend of x.love } workshop for photographers

there’s so much to talk and rave about what happened last weekend in cebu city, philippines. but i don’t know actually where to start or how to start. i can’t even pinpoint the specific thing that i want to talk about and specific things i want to share, but what i know is that this post will be quite long, as long as the number of hours i spent talking infront of the twenty three enthusiastic participants who never think twice of spending their weekend with us but gladly accepted the challenge even if it will cost them quite an amount of money for the workshop fee, expenses and even airfare for some.

i used to think that doing a workshop in my own country would be more challenging than having one abroad. One of the reasons is participants are actually professional wedding photographers who wish to be updated with the latest trend and with a different discipline, some are freelance photographers who wish to start their own businesses and some are those who are curious of how we do the business, our style and our strategy. but above all i feel that i am not as popular as others, that staging my own workshop is quite a gamble.

the idea of doing one became so solid when i had the chance to be friends with jeff garban of greenandpurplephotos on facebook. jeff, for me, is somebody who is thirsty for real life knowledge, to be specific, he joined a workshop in malaysia recently just to personally hear the words from his ultimate idol jasmine starr. given that fact, jeff is not your ordinary guy. his pursuit for excellence is high. so the idea of doing this, with him as one of those who asked for it was really a pressure on my end. i must say i am quite used of speaking in front of many people. i’ve been active with activities like these in schools, participating in theater or even pageants when i was younger. i have also conducted workshop for basic photography and some advance classes as well but i know that wedding photography as a topic would be different. you must present something different, something they can be inspired of and something they can use in their respective businesses. moving forward, jeff and i used to have small conversations about anything related to life, photography and workshops too. who would ever thought that the simple exchange of ideas would come to life and aptly known as an epic weekend of learning, sharing and laughing at the same time, which is tagged as the x.love-cebu.

staging a workshop like this is quite hard. considering a lot of factors. making it truly successful is far cry from what i imagined. my only goal was just to make it a day of learning, in a more interactive way than making it too technical and share some real life experiences. but at the back my head, i want to stage something really different, intimate but deep, small but will end with a boom, a workshop that will give participants a new mindset as a photographer, as a businessman and as a person.

what happened last weekend is a validation of many things actually. not just for me but about the workshop in general. it also served as answers to my many questions, above all, it became a venue for others to learn not just the creative side of being a photographer but a person as a whole.

we wrapped up the workshop with me shedding some tears while saying my thanks to the many people who never hesitated to give their support. i never expected that much love from people whom i don’t even know personally . based on my personal assessment, it was successful. i hope the same goes for the participants, the sponsors and organizers as well. but beyond the success, what matters for me is i was able to share my experiences in the most intimate manner that i know.

i would like to express my extraordinary love – - –

to the participants from different parts of the country, who joined us, thank you for laughing at my jokes and sharing your experiences as well – - -

jp consunji – cebu
reynald fortuna of vista de lente – zamboanga
reymond ledesma of vista de lente – zamboanga
kat nicolas of nicolas photography – rizal
pam nicolas of nicolas photography – rizal
sang nicolas of nicolas photography – rizal
ryan sumampong – iligan
paopao sanchez – cebu
roldan alindajao – tagum city, davao del norte
bonbon santos – cebu
brian rimer – dumaguete
belle labi – cebu
joseph requerme – cebu
pj geonzon – cebu
quincy tampo of yap photo – bacolod
paolo braza of yap photo – bacolod
stephen cabrillas of greenandpurplephotos – cebu
sandy delantar of greenandpurplephotos – cebu
ed deviber of edx photography – dumaguete
dax cordova – dumaguete
erika padesterio – subic
jr codilla – cebu
jericho brunidor – cebu

to the sponsors who shared their generosity

ariel samaniego of albums and co by inprints for sponsoring our farewell dinner;
cecilio abad and team for creating a wonderful gown for our model-bride from scratch;
andy sinadjan, cielo and suzanne for the hair & make up for both days;
lil gwen’s corner by psyrille for the set design;
peter go of prg photoshop for the prizes;
prima leathers for the grand prize;
vatel manila for the customized bouquet;
leo nicolas and che nicolas of the notion in motion for documenting the workshop;

to ara, daphne and kenneth and to the wonderful people of henry hotel, for their topnotch services and above-the-ordinary food and snacks;

to my photographer-friends who shared and invited their friends to join this workshop – nelwin uy, marky cantalejo, jeff kho.

to gideon hermosa who shared some insights on starting up;

to our real couple-model cedrix and kritie for saying yes to all the demands of the participants. can’t wait to see you tie the knot this december, congratulations in advance.

to the x.love team headed offsite by my wife jen, to jon and aljan for the assistance and of course, to jeff garban who made sure that everything is in place and organized.

to GOD be the glory.

some photos from the workshop. will post a different entry for their photos.

you might to check this blogs about x.love-cebu – - – jeff on x.love-cebu.

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