Wedding Essentials - - WE DISCOVERIES - Words LOREN DIMAANO Pho­tos cour­tesy of AT­LAS STU­DIOS PH

Ev­ery shot is a story—a mantra that At­las Stu­dios has lived by. Suited to their name, At­las Stu­dios is the prod­uct of a tal­ented team of pho­tog­ra­phers—karen De La Fuente, Mare Col­lantes, Kris­tine Dela Fuente, and An­gelo Men­doza—that have a thirst for travel and undis­cov­ered places. Be­fore de­cid­ing to re­brand in 2017 how­ever, At­las Stu­dios formerly op­er­ated un­der the name Shut­ter­panda since 2013. With a stronger brand image at hand, they haven’t fallen short of their bold claims. “We’re not afraid to cre­ate some­thing new, dif­fer­ent, and strik­ing. We play a lot with edit­ing and post­pro­cess­ing, and shoot­ing, and we con­sis­tently look for ways to cre­ate unique pho­to­graphs. Our team is com­posed of pho­tog­ra­phers pur­su­ing dif­fer­ent tracks in pho­tog­ra­phy such as mu­sic, travel, and photo ma­nip­u­la­tion. So, we are also able to in­cor­po­rate this to our work,” shares Mare.

Their di­verse team walks the less trav­eled road for wed­ding pic­to­ri­als. They go be­yond a stu­dio set-up and make sure they’ve ex­plored an undis­cov­ered oa­sis for po­ten­tial clients. “We travel a lot and we look for places in the coun­try that not a lot of peo­ple have been to or even dis­cov­ered. We’ve driven through roads that we weren’t even sure [would] lead some­where, to see if there’s some­thing new out there–a view that we’ve never seen be­fore,” Mare grins. They’re not just ex­per­i­men­tal with lo­ca­tion ei­ther, they’ve dab­bled in night-sky pho­tog­ra­phy, and con­stantly give dif­fer­ent treat­ments and gears a try to achieve a unique shoot.

It’s their con­stant crav­ing for cre­ative ex­per­i­men­ta­tion that has even­tu­ally led them to un­for­get­table shoots with their clients. Through their four years of ser­vice, they’ve spon­ta­neously driven up to Baguio with their cou­ple, where they even­tu­ally found them­selves at a high­way early morn­ing to catch the beau­ti­ful sun­rise. The team has wit­nessed and cap­tured can­did trea­sured mo­ments of their

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