Portrait of Janina as she told me her stories and adventures as a strong and determined woman through her eyes.
Once upon a time, carrying only bags of hope and courage, I moved from the Philippines to the United States to embark on a series of unexpected adventures. Photography became my guiding star. As a kid, I always dreamed of being an astronaut to be able to mingle with the stars, to be able to explore the vastness of the universe, and to be able to hear and create their stories. Story will always be king for me. I do portraits and Fashion Editorial photography to narrate stories. These photographs are fragments, frames, intros, chapters, and possible endings of the stories that I wish to share. Being a writing major trained me to be a storyteller. If I am not using my pen, I am using my camera to gather, create and share stories. Most of my photography works are products of my ideas, my dreams and my collaborations with various industry creatives (make-up artists, hairstylists, wardrobe stylists, set designers, photographers, etc). I have worked with notable stars like Kobe Bryant, Jojo, Shaun Ross, Chantelle Winnie, Mark Kanemura and have been continuously swimming and exploring the clusters of universe of star-makers and clients such as FORD, NEXT, WILHELMINA, PHOTOGENICS, Italian Vogue, Zink Magazine, etc.