While planning my proposal shoot in Korea, my dear friend Franziska, reached out for tips about the Philippines for their honeymoon. We talked about food and logistics then one thing led to another, a photoshoot. It was only a quick jaunt from Seoul and timing worked out so why not travel there, right?
Planning was a breeze since I’ve been to Manila a few times now. They’ve initially suggested a coastal scene but overland travel will be a nightmare (for anyone that’s been in Manila will know exactly what I’m talking about!) so I suggested a historic backdrop instead. I’ve always liked visiting Intramuros because it felt like another word: a bit of the Spanish architecture, cobblestoned streets, Chinese houses, American relics. So many interesting things to photograph in this location and plus I haven’t done any photography there yet so it was great!
Aside from a minor airport nightmare in Seoul, I made it to Manila. Tired from the late night airport debacle, I set out to the location to scout for our photoshoot. At first, shooting in Intramuros stressed me out because of the amount of people but once inside Fort Santiago, it was perfect – not crowded at all! Lots of space and beautiful textures everywhere. I couldn’t wait to shoot!
Our shoot the following day went without a hitch. Finally meeting her new husband, Wolfi (Wolfgang) was awesome. These two were perfect for each other – very genuine, fun, and very much in love. Our shoot was effortless with lots of laughter. After a humid and sweaty shoot, conveniently enough, there was an ice cream cart – the best way to cool off!
While editing their photos, i was missing hanging out with these two – I can’t wait to see them again in Austria! Hopefully sooner than later!