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Shanel is a close friend of mine from my college days and when she told me about her wedding, and her plans to let me cover it, I was honored. Of course, I wanted to make Albert and Shannel’s wedding video special, and make it something that will remind them of much love they share.

“Pompei” – Albert and Shannel – Same-day Edit Video from David Garmsen on Vimeo.

Over the years, I’ve shot countless E-sessions, portrait sessions, weddings, and debuts in Intramuros. As old as the place may be, its charm remains the same. It has a vibe to it, it gives character to your celebration, it brings out the beauty of everything in its own unique way.

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One of the first few people I met in the industry is JP. JP and I, we’ve done a handful of events together be it weddings, debuts and even a few corporate events here and there.

When he called me to say that his brother was getting married, I was thrilled, excited and honored.

“Now is the start” | Miko and Angeli | Manila Peninsula and Blue Leaf Same-day Edit Video from David Garmsen on Vimeo.

Of all things in this world, the one which gives me the greatest boost in confidence is when people refer the team to their friends and relatives. I say this not because it yields business, but because it lifts my spirit. To be referred is an honor, a responsibility and a challenge. I truly believe that referrals come not only from exceptional work, but also distinct service.

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Back in 2011, I shot the debut a beautiful lady. Her evening was an elegant one to say the least, and her presence stunning. This year, her family once again contacted me to cover her sister’s celebration.

Meryl is a lady who exudes grace and refinement and her debut was one which magnified her beauty a hundredfold. Her gown was an intricate piece of art, drawing the crowd to her even more

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“To everyone who has allowed this very selfish wish of mine, ‘Thank you’”

Above all things, Maria wanted to have her debut in the Philippines. Her wish was born from her desire to celebrate with her relatives here in the country.

Personally, I don’t find her request selfish at all. In fact, I find it very heart-warming. To celebrate your name date is one which you can do any way you please, but to share with the people who’ve seen you grow-up, taught you life’s lessons along the way, and shared their lives with you in one way or another is something far from selfish.

“Here’s to never growing up” | Maria Adriano | Debut SDE from David Garmsen on Vimeo.

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Emotion, a strong inner feeling pertaining to love, joy, fear, anger and like. It is what we feel in times of great importance to us, but that which overcomes us depends on situation. Emotion is something we feel internally, but express externally. To feel, such emotions is perfectly human, and to express them is to be true to one’s self.

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