Friday, March 28, 2014

DIY Dog Photoshoot

Recently, I started a new project with a good friend of mine and my two dogs. I think I'm in the part of my life that many people called "QUARTER LIFE CRISIS" where we really want to discover the type of lifestyle or career path that we want to pursue. In my part, I started this passion project of mine creating dog apparels. Having limited budget and resources, I was eager to find things where I can save some extra bucks. I wanted to have good photo materials for marketing purposes but I'm not willing to spend a big amount of cash for studio photos. So I just thought, why not make it a DIY project instead! Having no strong background in photography I try to research some tips in taking photos of your pets. After days and days of researching in our ever trusted GOOGLE, finally I'm ready to start my DIY Dog Photoshoot.

STEP 1 | COME UP WITH A THEME

It's always easier to start a project when you know how you want it to look like once your done. Giving your project a theme makes it easier for you to come up with your concept for the whole shoot. In my case, I chose to go for SUMMER Theme and showcasing it's festive vibe since that's how we celebrate it here in my country. 


STEP 2 | CREATE YOUR DIY MINI STUDIO SET

Renting a studio can be really costly so might as well come up with an alternative. You can create a mini studio set for your dog in a very affordable price. All you need is an Illustration Board, White Cartolina, Double Sided Tape and Scissor.

a. Put together your white cartolina using the double sided tape to serve as your set back draft. Size depends on your preference since we have different type of dogs. 
b. Use the Illustration Board as flooring for your set. (White part should be the one exposed)
c. Construct your mini studio set where there is a roof but slightly exposed to natural lighting. (In my case, I chose the garage.) You can put together your set there and make sure to shoot during 10am - 4pm for natural lighting.
d. Add some props to showcase your photoshoot's theme.


STEP 3 | FIND YOUR FOCUS














One of the best advice I got when you want to take a good photo of your pet is to know where to focus your lens. Focusing in your dog's eyes gives the photo a soul and an added appeal. Also, a good doggy smile won't hurt too. You can get that smiling face from your dog by taking them on a walk before the photoshoot. 



STEP 4 | CHOOSING & EDITING













Choosing the best photo from the bunch is one of the key element of coming up with a good photo material. Once you're done choosing, it's time to do some photo editing. Having a DIY Dog Photoshoot may limit your final material due to lighting. Luckily, Photoshop is available to almost everyone who can use it. You don't need to be a professional graphic artist to edit your photo materials. Just adjust the Exposure of your photo, crop unnecessary elements and add your logo. 


Here are some of the final photos I come up with my DIY Dog Photoshoot project for my Fur Babies Apparels Summer Collection







The best part of my DIY Dog Photoshoot is that it only cost me Php 150.00 ($4) and one day to finish everything. I guess a good dog model is a plus factor ^_^ 

Hope you can try this out with your pets too. If I can do it, surely everyone can. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

14 Fun and Creative Valentines Day Cards

February is considered as the love month and this is celebrated worldwide. I remember my younger years where I even had Fabruary 14 (Valentines Day) as my actual anniversary date. I consider myself as someone who gets cheesy and crafty when inlove. We all want to give something special and unique for our special someone that's why I got inspired to create this blog post. I want to showcase different Valentines Day card ideas that you can try out this year. From cheesy lines, out of the box concept or just something simple yet so sweet.

Let's all be inspired to get crafty and corny because it's that time of the year where Roses are red, Violets are Blue, I am cheesy and so are you! ^_^


"We Fit Together Like a Yin & Yang"
    

Get that cheesy line from a song and actually use it for your V-Day Card Copy


Literally send your partner some love using this paper plane. <3


How crafty can you get!? Be inspired with this cute set of V-day cards. 


Give old pick up line a new twist by adding awesome graphics!


Now here' a good idea to reuse those old toy cars!


Cute can also equals to sweet this month of love ^_^


Another way to get creative and think out of the box. 

Let's not forget all the single people out there! 

Now this is simple yet very creative idea! 

Explore the geeky side oin you with this cheesy pick up line!

A good insight on your V-Day card is a plus point!

This is a good idea for couple who loves to travel! 
Last but not the least is you can use sweet treats for your Valentines Day greeting! You can never go wrong with food. ^_^



Hope you were inspired with my list of crafty and creative Valentines day card ideas. Don't be afraid to think out of the box for this year's season of love. Make that special someone blush and feel loved with your very own DIY V-day card. Because at the end of the day as long as you gave your best effort into it, that's will make it special. 


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

If There is One Thing You Can Give to the Philippines, What is that Gift?

It was last weekend when I checked my email and found this contest from Nuffnang and Globe Telecom asking the blogging community this question: "If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?". It is a great campaign to push this start of the year using the hashtag #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 showing Globe's eagerness to give back to their community. I was excited to join and answer this one but nothing really realistic came into my mind.



While reflecting on this topic, I found a blog post showing pictures of Metro Manila during the 1950's. It made me realize how beautiful our country was without the crowded streets and filthy surroundings. As I read through the comments in that blog post, most of them blamed the government and corruption. I couldn't agree more to that but it made me think if they were solely responsible for it or there were other factors.



I decided to answer this question some other day since I need to drive for my mom. This topic was still in my head as I drove by EDSA early in the morning. The answer came to me as I saw the red light while other cars just drove pass by it. I chose to follow the stop sign even when no one was looking.


So If there is one thing I can give to the Philippines, what is that gift? My answer to that is "I will be a responsible citizen of this country". Driving alone will show you how some people can be so undisciplined and even bad role models for the kids. Crossing in the middle of a highway, over speeding, throwing their trash on the street, beating the red light are some of the few things you'll see in a busy street of our Metro. Most of the time we blame the government but do we ever ask ourselves if we have been good to our country? 

It's the simple things that we do in our daily lives that can affect our future. I guess we get what we give and lately climate change & high criminal rates are few of the biggest evidence to that. As my mom says all the time "It was safer to go out at night when I was young compare to today" and I couldn't agree more. Because as time passed by Filipino people had forgotten to be responsible and disciplined citizens. Choosing what's right from wrong regardless if you gain from it or not. I'm not saying that we should all be a martyr, I just want to push our fellow country men to be a better version of themselves. But for now I plan to start it on myself and maybe inspire other people around me to do the same. Let's look back and promote the real values of our heritage that we forgotten. 


Do you have your own answer to this question by Globe and Nuffnang? Then feel free to comment below or even create your own blog post about it too. Let's all push for this #GLOBEPROJECTWONDERFUL2014 for our beloved Philippines.



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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

14 Adorable Old Couples Photos for 2014

Love makes life so much sweeter and it's a great companion when your hair turns grey. That's what I realized after having to sit with an old couple inside a public transportation yesterday. It was so refreshing to see this kind of scene for me because most of the time I think marriage has it's expiration date. 

The adorable old couple was very out spoken about their life experience. They are going to the mall, same as I to have as put into their own words "quality time together". It is really so sweet to watch them goof around and even spoon feed each other with some pineapples. I said to myself "This is the best way to grow old, to be with someone you can never grew tired off."

So this inspired me to make an awesome blog post for 2014. Reminding everyone the fun side of growing old. The time when you realized that you're spending your life on earth with the person you can never live without. Looking at adorable photos of old couples happily in-love is a great way to brighten up our day.

Young love is sweet but old couple's who remained in-love are priceless!
















True love makes the thought of death frequent, easy, without terrors; it merely becomes the standard of comparison, the price one would pay for many things. - Stendhal 



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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Alpo Philippines Christmas Video | Cute Dogs Give the Best Holiday Gift

Don't we just all love celebrating Christmas? Here in the Philippines, I personally think that it is celebrated in a more special way. As the world knows, our country have suffered from one of the strongest storm that ever hit land. But the Christmas spirit in my country is just too strong to be beaten down by a super storm.

We Filipinos celebrate this season of joy closely with our family. It may be a full house or just quiet dinner time for most small families. But one thing is for sure, dogs are also considered as a special part of the family. I can speak proudly that this is the case in my home last December 24 midnight where I live with my mom and 2 fur babies. Christmas is for the kids and in our case it's for my two doxies.



This video from Purina Alpo Philippines definitely captured the essence of Christmas in a quiet home with a fur baby. Dogs is equals love and anyone who disagrees with this is missing a lot from life. As said from one of my favorite quote “Until One has Love an Animal, Part of their Soul Remained Unawakened”.

So let's all have a furry moment watching this Christmas Video from Alpo Philippines showing how cute dogs give the best holiday gift. Hope you love it as much as I did and wishing you all a lovely end of the year celebration.



You can also check out this post for more cute fur baby videos. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Birthday Celebration | Glad to be Globe Story

I just celebrated my birthday yesterday, making me quarter of a hundred years old. Looking back in my younger years, made me realized that I was not as good with words as I am now. That’s where Globe fits in to my life, allowing me to say things that I needed to say.

It was my high school years when I can actually say that I was young, wild and free. Mostly I found my comfort zone when I’m with my friends hanging out. At home, I was a person with few words.  We’re a family of five and making me the youngest. I can still remember how lonely birthdays can be in our household. The pathetic thing is that in my 25 years of existence I only got to blow 3 birthday cakes. (1st and 7th birthday included)

Every time there was a celebration then, everyone just pretends that it’s a normal day. Making it hard to figure out if it was forgotten or they’ll have a surprise for you.  The best gifts for me were not the things or amount of money that I received. Rather it’s the simple greeting from my family letting me know that they remember my special day. It’s the simple “happy birthday anak” message from my mom that makes my heart skips a beat. Also with Globe I can express my simple gratitude by sending a thank you message back.

Now that we’re older birthday greeting are done face to face. But I’m just happy to look back in my younger years where our life was a little tougher; a simple text message helped us remember that the care within our family was still there.


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John Mayer - Say What You Need To Say



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Friday, March 29, 2013

Creative and Yummy Doughnut Photos

Doughnut has been one of the favorite pastry around the world because of it's delicious flavor and perfect texture. I am personally trying to come up with a doughnut that has the simple appeal that will leave you wanting some more. It's no denial that people nowadays are in search for that perfect food that keep them wanting some more. That I can prove specially here in the Philippines where people literally wait hours in line to take home a  box of donuts that really created social buzz. There are few things in life that we are willing to spend money and spend extra effort. One of the top ten in the list would probably be delicious foods.

As an advertising graduate and now in the field of marketing I do understand how branding affects the craving of the people. Where ordinary pastry turn into a must have due to the demand of the consumer. Although in reality one of the best marketing when it comes to food is their lasting impression to it's consumers. I'm not referring to taste only but also how you present it and the customer service interaction. I do remember my college professor stating that one of the best from of marketing is word of mouth. It is actually true specially that now we are in the social media and blogging era. One consistent consumer insight in my point of view is that good words travels a long way and also that goes for negative experience.

Well I'm getting off track here, I just can't kill the advertising side of me. My whole point for this blog post is that when it comes to marketing in the food and beverage industry image matters. Although I would prefer delicious foods but it will also helps to make it look tasteful. So join my doughnut crusade and let's all check out this collection of yummy but also creative looking doughnut photos.

This donut is perfect for all the fruit lovers out there, this is actually what Lady Gaga pair with her wine.



It's never too late to try something new! Check out this yummy concept for a flavored donut.


Simplicity is beauty! This basket of mini classic donut is a living proof.


Sometimes the little things makes a big difference! Like this little munchkin donuts serve with choco dip.


Let your creative mind pop out in your next donut creation!


Don't hesitate too make your donut look pretty!


Last but not the least.... Classic flavors will always look and taste yummy.


Hope you enjoy my little doughnut adventure in this post. Maybe next time I'll post my own doughnut photos and until then let's all have fun exploring for that perfect doughnut that fits our delicate taste. 

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