What do you use for photography?

Nowadays, I consider my Fujifilm X-Pro1 as my main camera and XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS and XF35mm F1.4 R as my top lenses. I used to mainly use a Canon 5D Mk II with a 24-70mm f/2.8L lens which almost never leaves the camera, but I’m totally convinced that Fuji will rule the world and now only use my Mk II now for studio-lit pictures. I also have a Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens on days when my back and shoulders hurt (from shooting long hours) and when I simply prefer to bring something lighter. Lighting-wise, I have pink AlienBees, a square Falcon Eyes softbox, and an AlienBees beauty dish. I got my ABs from the US!

How do you edit your photos? Can you teach me how to do it? What are your settings? Your photos look so creamy.

My photos are pretty much a product of the following: Lightroom, Camera RAW adjustments, actions and curves on Photoshop CS5. I edit each photo differently so it’d be hard to do a tutorial since it would totally yield different results for everybody!

I usually use M mode since I like to be in control of each of the important settings - ISO, shutter speed and aperture. For that creamy effect, as much as possible, I try to not use ISO higher than 400 so I won’t get too much grain. Fuji quality is amazing though. One of the reasons why I converted was because you can’t really see grain unless you go higher than ISO 1600.

I have my own sets of recorded actions and curves… which are not for sale. :)


What is your hair color? Where do you get your hair done?

- I have a long hair history, and right now I honestly don’t know what my hair color is. After a series of blotchy dye jobs (which started about late 2012) at my previous salon (which I have been a loyal and paying customer for 4 straight years), they did a poor repair job was so crappy, it made me transfer salons. So I went to Park Jun’s in Glorietta, where I found a new hairstylist who managed to fix all my hair problems! Lena was the first to cut 6 inches off my hair, but Chay was the one who cut my hair into a lob and dyed it red the first time.

I now go to Status Salon and Louis Phillip Kee under a sponsored contract. 

What is your height? How come you look so tall in your photos?

I’m only 5’3”, but I have the weirdest short-torso longer-legs proportions. Sky-high heels and low-angles make me look taller than I really am, too! 


Do you have siblings?

Yes, I do! I am a middle child and an only girl, actually. I have 3 brothers - My eldest twin brothers Chase and Juju and my younger brother Calel. We’re all 4 years apart.

Do you have an advocacy?

Yes, I do! I am currently one of the brand ambassadors of Operation Smile. Operation Smile Philippines provides free reconstructive facial surgery to indigent Filipino children and young adults born with cleft lip and cleft palate deformity. 

Looking for a new one, so hit me up if you’ve got a cause!