Vigan – September 2015. Nine hours drive north of Manila, with a busted tire due to road works and unlit provincial roads, we arrived in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and only had a few hours of sleep overnight in preparation for a location shoot in the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte. When photographers feel bad about people grabbing their photos without proper credit and argue that the photo is not free, yes, it is not free, in fact it is very expensive to capture just one shot that landed on the client’s web catalog.
This one shot took us an additional three hours drive from Vigan to Paoay, a joy ride with an all terrain vehicle and in the middle of the ‘desert’, there is no changing room nor makeup corner. How to look elegant when BTS, everybody was powdered with dirt and sticky sweat? I have no idea how Nancy, the model, managed to stay poised and fierce looking. Of course we had the client’s styling assistant to manage those fair traded indigenous woven wraps made of banana tree and Abaca fibers.
This was in the first set of the photo and when you know you got it, you can then relax because you know you got it.
The sun was setting fast and we were counting on what photographers call the magic light which is very late afternoon that gives a cool tone to a photograph. This was in the first set of the photo and when you know you got it, you can then relax because you know you got it. The client was with us during the shoot and she agreed the first set rocked. We continued on with two more sets but lighting turned bad and we didn’t want to risk another three hours travel back to Vigan for a party hosted by a local official.
Here is our cast photo with the client, Madamme Ditta Sandico, her friend, styling assistant and my crew. Probably my most unforgettable and exciting shoot ever.