Sunday, March 1, 2009

We Made It!


Marc made it to the stage, accepting his trophy for winning 1st place at the recent 16x20 print competition for this year's WPPI Convention held at MGM, Las Vegas. When Marc's name was called out by Jim Garner and Bambi Cantrell, and I saw his winning photo projected on the big screen, I was blown away shocked, "Honey, you won 1st!". The Awards Night is like the Oscars of wedding/portrait photographers, and a great way to end the week-long WPPI convention, which was attended by more than 10,000 photographers worldwide.
This is it Photography also earned eight Accolades of Excellence for the categories Wedding, Portrait, Children, Advertising, and Landscapes.



Marc's "The Modern Woman" won 1st place in the Glamour category.

We made a handful of friends at WPPI, one of them is the cheerful Louis Pang, who is a multi-awarded photographer based in Malaysia, and he conducts photography workshops too. Louis took awesome shots of the event, including this photo of Marc on stage. Visit Louis' informative blog.
Photo by Louis Pang

We learned megatons in this year's WPPI.
I took Yervant's class for 2 days, and I learned from a master. Yervant is one of the top wedding photographers in the world. Brought up in Ethiopia, with an Armenian descent, his father was the official photographer for Ethiopia's royal family. Fast forward, Yervant owns an upscale avant garde photography studio in Australia. He is a funny guy, very approachable. He took the time to know his students, I think there were 20 of us 'students'. Then he showed us how he photographs. The next day, he generously shared his digital darkroom techniques. That was priceless.

While I was taking Yervant's class, Marc was taking Jerry Ghionis' class, another Australian photographer, who is considered one of the top wedding photographers. Marc was inspired by the Jerry's unending creative thoughts.

And another speaker I listened to was Marcus Bell. Marc and I have always admired his works. I was blown away with his presentation. He shared about his troubles when starting photography, and how he arise and passed each adversity. He incorporates video and photo stills, which intensifies the impact of a wedding story. A standing-ovation from the audience, when his presentation ended. With our love for movies, Marc and I are working on combining video and photographs, now that we have our Canon 5D Mark2 camera which has HD video, the possibilities are endless.

We are very excited for this year 2009. We can't wait to work with our clients.

12 comments:

Larry Q said...

Congratulations, Marc & Fibz! God has been good to you, all these years.

I pray for more feathers added to your cap.

GOD BLESS YOU!!!

Larry Q

Dennis S. Rito said...

Congratulations, Marc & Phoebe!

kyo said...

Hey Congratulations! Ang tindi niyo talaga.

-kyo-

Jen I said...

*hand clapping* Congratulations! Really awesome work! Can't wait to see you Saturday!

christine manabat said...

Congratulations to you both! Galing nyo talaga. More power and God bless.

Rene said...

malupit! congratulations!

Caloy Zamora said...

Congrats Kuya at Ate! ang gagaling nyo talaga!

Caloyzamora

Cindy said...

congratulations marc! for a job well done and well-deserved achievement --- hats off to phoebe as well, a wonderful team player [what a great combo].... san na pala photo mo dito phebs?

uyyy, poging-pogi ang dating natin marc ah [thanks to louis pang for the wonderful photo] - oscar na oscar talaga ang dating.... pa-autograph...

anyway, wishing you both more success, amazing photos, and greener produce!!!

[from: doy and cindy --- hugz from the girls - ella and emma]

Auey said...

Congratulations, Marc! You rock!

mary rose said...

hi kuya & ate phoebe .. congratulations !! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! Hawig ni marc yung babae. kala ko mommy e hehehe..

jang

thess said...

Congratulations po and more power!

'got here via tin's (marikit) blog.