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of mine presented me the opportunity to work here in Cambodia. After making the decision to travel to Cambodia and begin my new journey I hadn't any idea of how many doors this spontaneous trip would open for me… 9 years later I am still here and still counting! I just can’t stop learning. Everyday I always need to know something new, something that makes my art more beautiful
What are your goals?
To travel the world with my family and make memories..
Would you say your career is your passion?
YES. A big yes! I love what I'm doing. Making memories, telling stories and creating something that you can share to everyone is my passion.
What project are you currently working on?
We will be opening a multi themed studio that will consist of small backdrops which will include a set up of old historical European facades, a coffee shop or 1950s influenced american diner. There are more options for wedding photography.
Would you say you are successful?
For me success is a hard word to to define. People have infinite satisfaction. Right now, I'm not yet satisfied I'm still hungry to fulfil my dreams.
Who is your biggest influence?
My mom, definitely my mom. She opened my eyes into this beautiful world. She encouraged me to explore my talent as she loves photography, so you can say the passion and drive was inherited from her.
How does your photographs differ from other photographers?
The intention of videos and photos evokes emotions, I want to tell a story. I want the audience to see my vision and I do this through the photographs. I treat my clients as friends, one of my clients became my best friend after the wedding I filmed for them and last but not the least I love my job and I'm happy.
What is your specialty in the field?
I film a lot of music videos. I actually love making music videos, the very first MV I produced, directed and starred in was for a friend.. Before that I filmed a lot of wedding videos. I also create short films as well, my long term goal would be to produce and direct my own full length film.
How has Cambodia influenced your work?
The culture, local customs, traditions and people influence me with a lot of things. In regards to the industry. I think I have a big contributed by using my knowledge and skills, for wedding videos in particular. Back in 2011 I released the first cinematic wedding film in Cambodia, after the release I had a lot of positive feedback and now most wedding videographers follow the same direction. I have noticed most studios in cambodia also offer the same cinematic wedding film. I'm happy I was able to share something my own skills and expertise. It is an achievement and something to be proud of.
What would be the best advice for you can offer to someone who wants to work in film or photography?
In this industry it is crucial to be hands on. Your business represents you. You have to have passion and love what you do. one more important thing that you have to remember in this industry. Always remember to be friendly, this is an important characteristic to have.
What have been some trials and tribulations you have had to face or encounter here?
At the beginning I was told I couldn’t film and produce videos due to my lack of experience, that small criticism motivated me to prove them wrong. The very first video we filmed, I had used my own camera film as well as my friend’s brand new camera, which at the time I didn't know how to use, in the end we were able to produce a music video. That was my first ever music video, from then on it was only uphill from there.
What is your life motto?
“Nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa” Translated it means, “God helps those who help themselves”