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Recently, I stumbled upon a forgotten portfolio I made early last year. There was a page where I put together 4 of my all time favorite portraits and boy, how I loved how they all looked together as a whole.

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Here are three of those portraits, except for the last one, which I replaced with an equally good one. I substituted the last photo in this entry because originally, I included a head shot, (also of my ex-boyfriend) and thinking about it, this other favorite portrait of him looks better together with the rest of the photos here.

I’ll feature the said head shot together with my other head shots in the succeeding entries for this PORTRAIT SERIES. Yaaaas! I’m making this into a series where I’ll be featuring my favorite portraits every week! I just couldn’t figure out a quirky name or hashtag (I’ll also be featuring them on my film instagram account!) for this though.

Anyhow, for the first entry, I give you, my all time favorite portraits of all time!

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Out of all the ones I took, this has to be the top 1. I guess it’s the combination of the lovely and shallow DOF (which makes her pop out of the photo) + the composition (with the almost symmetrical lamp posts behind and the lady reading behind her) + my cousin’s shy smile + and the soft and faded tones of the expired film that makes it stand out in my eyes.

  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: expired Kodak Color plus 200
  • Location: UST Quadri Park
  • Subject/Model: my cousin, Ysay

 

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Whenever I go out of the house, I almost always bring my camera(s) with me. Not only that it’s the first rule in LOMOGRAPHY, but also because you’ll never know when something photo worthy comes up. Take for example this one. We went to visit my other grandma in the hospital, when we saw this OOTD perfect spot in the parking lot. I didn’t get what I was going for exactly, but it did turn out pretty nice anyway. And it made it to my ultimate portraits list, so…

  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: fresh Kodak Color plus 200
  • Location: PGH parking lot
  • Subject/Model: my sister, Kat

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This one is a portrait of my brother when we came out for an early morning walk along the beach. Whenever we’re on vacation, I make it a point to wake up very early to catch the sun rise because it’s where all the magic happens! Haha! And I’m forever a golden hour gal!

**Fun fact: I submitted this together with a bunch of other photos to a film community on Instagram called FILM HABITS and they chose to feature this one.

  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: expired Fujifilm YKL 100
  • Location: Pannzian Resort, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  • Subject/Model: my brother, Jus

 

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This last one I couldn’t help but moon over, not because of my ex (ok partly because he’s such a good model, pro eh!), but because of the warm lights and the bokeh! I don’t know what’s with me and yellow lights. They just feel more warm, thus very inviting.

I remember this one taken after we had dinner at the Chocolate Kiss Cafe. It was just a few metres away from the Bahay ng Alumni and I took a couple of photos of him, trying to see if despite the low film ISO (200), the biggest aperture and a slower shutter speed can compensate for the low lighting in the area and apparently they did! I was trying so hard to stay still because of the low shutter speed and I’m glad they still turned out sharp! Plus the bokeh are to die for!

  • Camera: Canon FTB
  • Film: expired Kodacolor 200
  • Location: UP Diliman
  • Subject/Model: my ex, Bri

 

So that’s it for my first entry for my very first FOURtraits. Yes, I know I’m trying too hard to make it sound witty, but I guess I’ll go with it and feature 4 portraits every week until I exhaust all portraits that I have. Can’t wait to feature the rest of them here! Yaaay!

 

Keep film alive,

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