“what should have been chocolate brownies”
This is the full, unabridged version of the article. Thanks, Jie, for sharing it with me! – CP
“I begged my Dad for his Pentax Asahi, his own toy from the 60s and began snapping at the siblings, cousins, the entire Pineda (Dad’s) and Ongkingco (Mom’s) families. I was the family’s official photographer since 12 or 13! I experimented with expensive film pa nun!” she gushes in her normal high spirit.
With acting and musical workshops from her former career, she has been most successful in easing out shyness from her subjects and getting the most introverted to have fun with her.
She confides, “I value spontaneity the most. Of course, there is the initial set up of the scene and I prefer it to be the most comfortable, most familiar of settings for my precious models. Especially with children, I ask the parents to bring familiar objects with them – stuffed animals, favorite blankets, that special Tomas the Train toy – these help put them at ease. Light, loads of natural light! Having a nice, even sunlight is the best of all. I prefer my images in fresh color, the more intense, the better.”
Being granted precious trust and faith by clients is a privilege for Chiqui. Working primarily with families deals with sensitivity, patience and a large amount of tolerance. She concentrates not so much on big events that is mostly stressful to handle, but prefers to tackle the magic of everyday moments normally taken for granted.
My attempt at a self-portrait that got photo-bombed by these two. So very worth it! xox, cp