Hey there, Jelito! How are you? What was the last photo you took and what went into the making of it?
The last photo I took was a quick snap of the sidewalk beside Ayala Triangle. The light was really nice and saw a girl walking. I immediately thought that it would look nice in the photo. Sadly, I was too late cause the girl was too far already.
We noticed that your Instagram mainly features still life photos. What’s your favorite subject to shoot? And do you have a favorite surface to take pictures on?
Coffee! For some reason, it became a habit for me to take photos of coffee before drinking it. My favorite surface would probably the white one I use in the morning. It matches anything I shoot and it has become my go-to table.
For you, what’s the most challenging subject to photograph and why?
Anything reflective. Reflections from small objects can get crazy. There have been instances where people saw me standing on a chair because the spoon was reflecting me.
What do you love about photography?
One thing I enjoy the most about photography is the idea of being able to capture a moment that will never happen again. I guess, to me, photographs are a reminder to live every moment like it’s your last.
How long does it take for you to prep your subjects? Can you guide us through your usual Instagram process?
It depends actually. When I want it to look messy, I just shoot it as is: with small adjustments and cleaning up to the scene. But when I want it to look very organised, it takes quite a while before I figure out where an item should be placed.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but we’ve heard that you use a smartphone for all your shots. Is it because you like to get it done faster, or do you have any other specific reasons?
I use a Canon when it comes to work, but for Instagram, my iPhone has been my go-to camera. I also like the challenge of just using your phone to take photos. I enjoy trying to figure out how to properly compose a shot. It taught me to be more careful and aware of the composition & lighting.
We love how your subjects are always so put together. Do you research on pegs before shooting, or do you just wing it?
There are days when I check out pegs online but there are days that I just wing it. I think from browsing Pinterest everyday, I eventually learned how to style some of my subjects.
What are your favorite photo editing apps?
I usually just use Snapseed, VSCOcam. I don’t want to flood my phone with apps that I know I’m not going to use.
Do you have a favorite filter?
Probably VSCOcam’s S2 filter! It’s exactly how I edit my photos.
We’ve seen you do a lot of food photography. Do you actually end up eating the food that you shoot?
Yes of course! That’s the best part of shooting food!
How you keep yourself inspired?
Most of the time, I read through my favorite blogs. I also watch videos of interviews of the people I look up to. It’s always inspiring to hear the story of your idols and how they got there.
How do these inspirations influence your creative process?
Keeping myself inspired never fails to push me to do better in the future.
Browsing through your feed, we’ve noticed you take a lot of photos of eggs. How do you like your eggs cooked?
Such a random question! But sunny-side up is my favorite.
Do you have any favorite accounts that standout from the usual #photos we see on Instagram?
- @geoffhowe – Minimalistic seascapes and landscapes! One of my long time favorites
- @maldemar – I love his lifestyle and travel photos.
- @rodrigo_ – For me, he has the best coffee photos!
Who are your favorite photographers? What is it about their aesthetic that you specifically like?
Alice Gao is one of my long time favorites. I just love how she makes everything look pretty (even leftovers!).
What’s on your photography wish list as of now?
A new home studio!
What’s the last “Instagramic” place you’ve been to? Why?
Baguio! Everything on the way up and down Baguio was so pretty. I wanted to stop every 5 minutes because everything was breathtaking.
Do you have any advice to those who want to take up photography?
Don’t be afraid to show everyone how you see the world.
By Jill de Leon