Mike & Mai Photography Joins Wedding & Portrait Photographers of Asia – Philippines
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8 November 2012 / Makati City. This day marked a milestone in the Philippine photography industry when the Wedding and Portrait Photographers of Asia – Philippines (WPPA-Philippines) was launched at Hard Rock Cafe, Glorietta 3. The event was participated by several photographers and digital artists, both new and very experienced, and it wasn’t long before the place was packed. Registration started as early as 12 noon, and by the time they started the program, there were only a few seats left.
We got there relatively early since there were still a lot of seats available. We also go the chance to sit next to some WPPP (Wedding & Portrait Photographers of the Philippines) members, and it was a delight to talk to such a fun bunch(a shout to you guys especially Ernie, Noreen and Terry, who won the pilot competition). Before the program started, we asked for lunch (Burger and fries!) and drinks so that we could focus on the event. Sad that we weren’t able to bring our camera though.
Aside from the raffles, the interesting parts were the introduction of what WPPA and WPPA-Philippines was about – the mission, vision and objectives, along with who the WPPA-Philippines officers would be, and the demonstration of how a photographer would be appraised to be or get the different titles of a Master Photographer. The most exciting part was the judging of the entries for the Pilot Print Competition (Congratulations again, Terry!), where we watched first hand how photos are critiqued and judged.
The event was concluded at around 5:30PM with Lito Sy, the President, Jun Miranda, and Mark Chua giving their insights on their plans, and giving more details about the processes for membership, and joining contests. Honored guests from WPPA, Jim Liau, Matthew Tan, Patrick Low, and Alvin Leung also shared some experiences with WPPA and their respective WPP chapters.
After the event, the only thing left to do was JOIN!
There were several reasons why we decided to join an organization of photographers, but the one reason that stands out the most is our thirst for knowledge or our desire to improve our skills. Gaining new techniques, and improving our skills are not just for ourselves. It is our passion to deliver quality photographs to our couples and clients that push us to hone our skills even further.
Taking more and more photos during weddings and events are not enough. Joining contests that WPPA-Philippines will hold will allow us to experience how our photos fare against other quality shots by other photographers in the industry. Right now, we chose WPPA-Philippines because joining it will let us discover the standards in the international market when it comes to weddings and portraiture, and even landscapes. We will also be joining other organizations soon!