Category Archives: Awards and Press

We’re on TV!

One afternoon, I received a call from Marc, he can’t contain his excitement, “Honey, ABS-CBN is going to feature us on tv! They are going to the studio today to have a short interview.” I too was in panic, I checked my watch, just a couple of hours left, oh no, I have another bad hair day, no time for hair rescue, clothing change. What am I going to say? What are they going to ask? Restless. It’s not everyday this happens, and we must be one of the most video-shy people in Bay area. Definitely we are not camera shy, but video?

ABS-CBN is a Philippine tv network, delivering news, entertainment and content from Manila and US through TFC (The Filipino Channel). The show which we would be on is called Pera Mo Pera Ko (Your Money My Money) and they feature new businesses in a 2-minute segment. Came the writer Mouse Munoz, who interviewed us and he immediately made us at ease. And the segment producer Sam Simbulan was as cool and nice. So here is the video that was aired, credits go to ABS-CBN’s Sam and Mouse, for the wonderful edit =). Thank you guys, for this unusual opportunity. And for our good friend Sir Norman who brought our business to the producer’s attention.

 

 
(In the photo: left to right: Phoebe, Sam Simbulan, Mouse Munoz, Marc)

We Made It!

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Marc made it to the stage, accepting his trophy for winning 1st place at the recent 16×20 print competition for this year’s WPPI Convention held at MGM, Las Vegas. When Marc’s name was called out by Jim Garner and Bambi Cantrell, and I saw his winning photo projected on the big screen, I was blown away shocked, “Honey, you won 1st!”. The Awards Night is like the Oscars of wedding/portrait photographers, and a great way to end the week-long WPPI convention, which was attended by more than 10,000 photographers worldwide.
This is it Photography also earned eight Accolades of Excellence for the categories Wedding, Portrait, Children, Advertising, and Landscapes.



Marc’s “The Modern Woman” won 1st place in the Glamour category.

We made a handful of friends at WPPI, one of them is the cheerful Louis Pang, who is a multi-awarded photographer based in Malaysia, and he conducts photography workshops too. Louis took awesome shots of the event, including this photo of Marc on stage. Visit Louis’ informative blog.
Photo by Louis Pang

We learned megatons in this year’s WPPI.
I took Yervant’s class for 2 days, and I learned from a master. Yervant is one of the top wedding photographers in the world. Brought up in Ethiopia, with an Armenian descent, his father was the official photographer for Ethiopia’s royal family. Fast forward, Yervant owns an upscale avant garde photography studio in Australia. He is a funny guy, very approachable. He took the time to know his students, I think there were 20 of us ‘students’. Then he showed us how he photographs. The next day, he generously shared his digital darkroom techniques. That was priceless.

While I was taking Yervant’s class, Marc was taking Jerry Ghionis’ class, another Australian photographer, who is considered one of the top wedding photographers. Marc was inspired by the Jerry’s unending creative thoughts.

And another speaker I listened to was Marcus Bell. Marc and I have always admired his works. I was blown away with his presentation. He shared about his troubles when starting photography, and how he arise and passed each adversity. He incorporates video and photo stills, which intensifies the impact of a wedding story. A standing-ovation from the audience, when his presentation ended. With our love for movies, Marc and I are working on combining video and photographs, now that we have our Canon 5D Mark2 camera which has HD video, the possibilities are endless.

We are very excited for this year 2009. We can’t wait to work with our clients.

Santa Clara Photography Studio won Awards in WPPI

What a day!

I wake up and I am a year older. My wife is beside me, whispering greetings to my ears, “happy birthday honey” thrice she greets me, but she’s half-awake. I smile. I hug and kiss her and prepare for the day.

I check my emails, and see more greetings from my friends and family. This is an ordinary day, made special, because of the warm thoughts and greetings from my loved ones, long-lost friends, former colleagues, and high school classmates. It’s the thought that counts.

I continue checking my emails. And I was greeted by Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), not birthday greetings, but congratulations for winning their 2008 2nd Half competition. I won 1st place for Individual Portraits category, 1st place for Landscape category, 2nd place for the Advertising/Fashion category, plus 3 more Accolade of Excellence awards for the Engagement and Bridal category. Wow, what a blessing, and what a special birthday gift. I am so happy and inspired. Overwhelmed!

I thank God for this wonderful day.

1st Place – Individual Portraits category – “Muay Thai fighter”

1st Place – Landscape category – “Golden Gate”

2nd Place – Advertising/Fashion – “CK”

Accolade of Excellence – Engagement – “Somewhere in Time”

Accolade of Excellence – Bride and Groom Together category – “Kiss”

Accolade of Excellence – Landscape – “Mirror Lake”

This is it Photography Featured in Santa Clara Weekly Newspaper!

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Carolyn Schuk, the associate editor of Santa Clara Weekly, featured us in the local newspaper. Big grin, when we read the paper today.

Carolyn writes, “[This is iT Photography] has an eclectic style that marries a modern sensibility with a fine art aesthetics. The results are photographs with narrative that uniquely reflect their subjects. Aviles makes the environment and setting integral to wedding and portrait pictures, preferring natural spontaneous shots rather than staged photos. Even his posed photos have a natural, unstudied feel.”

Thanks Carolyn, and thanks Santa Clara Weekly for appreciating our work.
Thanks to our clients and friends and to all of you for believing in us. Your support fuels us and keeps us going.

Much love,
Marc & Phoebe

Marc wins 1st & 2nd at WPPI!

After having oohhhed and aaaahhed from viewing the winners gallery of WPPI competitions last year, Marc and I thought we’ll give it a shot.

Marc entered 2 photos for the landscape/nature category, and guess what, he bagged the 1st and 2nd place! what a blessing!

WPPI is a huge international organization which holds the one of the biggest (may i say) photography international conference and trade show, bringing together 11,000+ photographers.
I entered the Portraits category where i got an accolade of excellence. 🙂 Marc garnered 3 Accolades of Excellence on the Engagement/Illustrative/Pets categories.

Yosemite (1st Place)
award winning santa clara wedding photographer

The Valley of Fire, Las Vegas (2nd Place)
award winning santa clara photographer

Phoebe’s Accolade of Excellence – Zarina (Portraits)
senior high-school photography session

Marc’s Accolade of Excellence – Armageddon (Illustrative)
winning photo of santa clara photographer

Marc’s Accolade of Excellence – Waiting (Pets)
accolade awards santa clara photographer