Wedding Essentials - - WE DISCOVERIES - Words LOREN DIMAANO Pro­file photo MANNY LLANES Pho­tos cour­tesy of VERSE STU­DIO

To wit­ness a mag­i­cal wed­ding, com­plete with an abun­dance of flow­ers, a stun­ning bride and a breath­tak­ing lo­ca­tion, is one thing. To be able to cap­ture and trans­late that very feel­ing into a pho­to­graph, is an­other ex­pe­ri­ence. Ev­ery cou­ple knows how im­por­tant it is to be able to hold onto pho­tos and mem­o­ries of this very chap­ter in their lives, and it is this de­sire that has com­pelled Verse Stu­dio to shift into a full-blown ca­reer. Formerly known as JLR Stu­dios, as it was founded by J Lu­cas Reyes, Verse Stu­dio prides it­self not sim­ply of cap­tur­ing mo­ments but of fully grasp­ing the joy and won­der­ment of each por­tion of a wed­ding through their lens.

Now com­posed of sea­soned pho­tog­ra­phers and a tal­ented team— Brian Reyes, Paulo Magsaysay, Tim Me­drano, Ar­bee Laber­into and Lucky San­tos—they have pro­duced clas­sic, ef­fort­less and ro­man­tic shoots. “To us and our beloved cou­ples, two things mat­ter most on their spe­cial day: be­ing ef­fort­lessly them­selves with their loved ones, and be­ing able to won­der­fully re­live the mo­ments that mat­ter. We are ded­i­cated to cap­tur­ing our clients at their best, usu­ally in a light, easy en­vi­ron­ment. At the same time, we’re al­ways on the look­out for cap­ti­vat­ing, mem­o­rable im­ages that will stand the test of time. In a nut­shell, Verse is all about clean, time­less pho­tog­ra­phy and an en­joy­able client ex­pe­ri­ence”, says Brian.

As ef­fort­less as the cou­ples’ joy and the light en­vi­ron­ment is how­ever, is any­thing but for the team. Their cre­ative process re­quires a thor­ough sys­tem and a eye that doesn’t fail to high­light ev­ery step of the wed­ding. “Our cou­ples’ per­sonal sto­ries, pre­ferred sup­pli­ers, and unique per­son­al­i­ties serve as our fo­cus and fuel to build a beau­ti­ful co­he­sive set of im­ages rel­e­vant to their taste and theme. J [its founder] has long in­grained in the team to have an eye for story, de­tails, and

rel­e­vance — and putting all those to­gether re­sults in a set of im­ages that shows each of our client events’ unique ap­peal, per­son­al­ity, and style”, Brian shares.

More than their sig­na­ture style of sim­plic­ity and clean­li­ness, their earnest ef­fort to un­der­stand their clients’ story has granted them no­table clients too. Verse Stu­dio was tapped by celebri­ties Saab Ma­ga­lona and Jim Bacarro dur­ing their big day, it was an ex­pe­ri­ence that serves as one of the team’s most mem­o­rable. It’s safe to say that the pop­u­lar pho­tos has made its fair round on­line, suc­cess­fully cap­tur­ing the rus­tic el­e­gance, purest joy, and heart­felt story of the cou­ple.

It’s their abil­ity to be in tune with their cou­ples, and pickup trends that has kept them their pho­tos of rel­e­vance without los­ing its clas­sic ap­peal. Although Brian ad­mits that Verse Stu­dio has a flair for tra­di­tional shoots as they ex­ude el­e­gance and time­less­ness, they haven’t failed to ob­serve that many cou­ples nowa­days have opted for more can­did and per­sonal pho­tos. Brian ex­plains, “We love how per­sonal and can­did shoots are mak­ing waves right now. Much has in­deed changed in shoot­ing styles through­out the years — from the use of strobes to the pop­u­lar use of nat­u­ral light now, from stiff poses to can­did move­ment, the lim­it­less cre­ativ­ity out there is mind-blow­ing. So­cial Me­dia has helped in­spire much of the trends faster than ever be­fore be­cause of its im­me­di­ate avail­abil­ity and world­wide reach. It helps cou­ples, and some­times even pho­tog­ra­phers, search and iden­tify the style that truly works for them.”

If it would seem how­ever, that so­cial me­dia has in­flu­enced the thought that just about any­body with a cam­era can pull off a shoot, Brian un­der­stands that their re­spon­si­bil­ity as wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers is to add a layer of depth and story-telling in ev­ery oc­ca­sion. “What makes wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers dif­fer­ent is ba­si­cally the artis­tic per­spec­tive and the wed­ding ex­pe­ri­ence. Per­spec­tive al­lows us to cre­atively think about the shots that needs to be made, quickly use the right lenses for the job, and thought­fully com­pos­ing, cap­tur­ing the photo that high­lights ei­ther the sub­ject, emo­tion, or mo­ment. Ex­pe­ri­ence then al­lows us to do all these ef­fort­lessly in mo­ment’s no­tice, or even ahead of time —fully an­tic­i­pat­ing suc­ces­sive, unique mo­ments wait­ing to hap­pen through­out the day.”

Their pho­to­graphs are com­posed ev­i­dence of how Verse Stu­dio has not only es­tab­lished it­self as a brand, but has mas­tered the art of story telling. Not dic­tat­ing a story, but un­der­stand­ing the ef­fort­less ap­peal of ev­ery mo­ment of a wed­ding. Po­si­tion­ing them­selves be­hind the lens, to cap­ture ev­ery smile, an­gle ev­ery tear­fully joy­ous mem­ber, and frame the won­der­ment that ev­ery wed­ding has to of­fer.

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