White Noise

October 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Picture a pleasant, daytime walk in the forest. So serene. So picturesque with sunlight streaming through the leaves and the branches. Charming, right?

For this year’s annual Halloween shoot, I take away that illusion of a beautiful scenery and add a pinch of grim and eeriness to it. Let’s take a walk in that same forest just when it’s about to get dark. You hear a rustling on the side. You see what seems to be a ghostly figure passing by in the distance. Finally, you shout out,”Hey, did you guys see that?” Naw, it’s just your mind playing tricks on you. Or is it?

Happy Halloween, folks.

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Photography: Christine Cueto
Designs: Bree Esplanada, Joyce Maw, and Celine Borromeo
HMUA: Maria Faizel Tan
Models: Kirsten Pickett and Mina Ejambre of Wafer Models
Assistance: Mier Macapaz, Naiz De Gracia, and Gail Geraine

Mega Magazine: Man of Style June 2015

August 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

“I’m giving me something don’t get me hurt
I’m living of nothing to make it work
Because you’re my runaway

How’s everyone doing? Since my last post, I’ve been juggling the day job, freelance work, personal work, and going off on random adventures. So I can describe how behind I am with my editing with one word: completely. It’s been months since my last post here and, well, how could I ever top my underwater shoot? I’m still very much in love with it.

This set though means a lot to me. Back in May, my assistant and I got lost in Danao City (no, really) to have what I feel is one of my most important shoots to date. I finally had the chance to shoot for Mega Magazine. *inserts happy dance* My model was fellow Cebuano, LJ Almendras, for the June 2015 Man of Style spread. Lj and his family were so wonderful, warm, and welcoming; it made shooting feel like a breeze, despite the intense summer heat.

Many thanks to David Cua, Angelo de Cartagena, and Mega Magazine for this amazing opportunity. Fingers crossed that there will be more projects to come. ❤

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Photography: Christine Cueto (yours truly)
Assistance: Phyl Villarino
Model: LJ Almendras

Secret of the Sea

April 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

“The sea, once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of wonder forever”

I’m proud to say that I have been much more active lately. So much, that I’m actually having trouble catching up with my editing. But hey, I’d like to consider that a good problem. For now, I’ll be skipping to my most recent shoot, one that I have been dreaming to do since I started photography in high school. The summer season in the Philippines is finally here and what would be a better way to greet it than with an underwater shoot at the beach? I started planning it out last month with fashion designer/good friend/mermaid, Abigail Dahlberg. She’s had a lot more experience with taking photos underwater than me, so I knew she was well suited to be my stylist. I called on my trusted makeup artist, Eunice Enrera, to be part and one of my newest fave models, Elizabeth Von Kalm, to be part of my team. There were a lot of obstacles that came my way, but I’m so so grateful that everything fell into place. (The universe does love to troll with me.) We drove all the way to Oslob to shoot in the beautiful Sumilon Island. Why go all the way there? Well, I knew the waters in Sumilon would be very clear and how could you say no to a mini summer escapade? There is still I lot I need to work on with regards to underwater photography. This was my first, but definitely not last, underwater shoot. I’m excited for the next one already! Hope y’all enjoy going through this set. Much love.

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Photography: Christine Cueto (Yours Truly)
Model: Elizabeth Von Kalm
MUA: Eunice Enrera
Styling: Abigail Dahlberg
Special thanks to Jon Cabiles for being my underwater photography consultant.

Femme Facade: Shane

February 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

“All the faces we’ve forgotten,
All the tracks we’ve given up
Only saw you for a moment, no it was nowhere near enough”

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Photography: Christine Cueto (Yours truly)
Model: Shane Velasco of AD Models
HMUA: Maki Evans Garcia
Designer: Dexter Alazas

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Femme Facade: Alina

February 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

“And so you finally use it
Bedding with me you see at night
Your heart wears knight armour”

I don’t think I got to greet everyone yet. Happy (relatively) New Year! How has the first 31 days of 2015 been treating everyone? Whether it was good or bad, let’s embrace the 2nd month with open arms. I’m welcoming this love month with a shoot I did ’round September. Cebu designer, Dexter Alazas, gave me this wonderful opportunity to join a shoot dedicated to female talents called Femme Facade. Here, we’ve got the lovely Russian model, Alina, dressed in a romantic, red gown designed  by Dexter himself. This is the first set of our Femme Facade shoot, and it won’t be the last. So do expect more from this series. Enjoy!

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Photography: Christine Cueto (Yours truly)
Model: Alina Vashko of AD Models
HMUA: Janice Barillo
Designer: Dexter Alazas

Floreia

December 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey, y’all! How have you been enjoying the Yuletide holidays? I hope it was nothing short of wonderful. I’m quite happy I get to enjoy this little break. What does one do when she gets time off from work? She works on other things! Haha. So this has been a long over due post. This is probably one of my biggest shoots for 2014. Why? Well, this shoot was for Floreia’s website. Floreia is an eco-friendly accessories company who turn botanical scraps into beautiful fashion pieces. Twas such an honor to shoot for them. I love their advocacy and the work they produce. The creative team I worked with made the shoot extra special and inspiring. I can always count on Stacy’s Exclusive, Blaq Mafia, and Little Bvck to give their 150% to help produce a great shot. Hope y’all enjoy the photos as much as I did creating them. Cheers!

Want to know more about Floreia? Check out their website:
http://www.floreia.com/ 

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Photography: Christine Cueto (Yours truly)
Models: Leslie Booc and Danniemarie Aberilla of Stacy’s Exclusive
HMUA: Little Bvck
Styling: The Blaq Mafia
Assistance: Neil Briones

In The Lonely Hour

November 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

“Seems like I’ve just begun
To understand
My intimate is no one”

How’s everyone doing? In the midst of this crazy, hectic schedule of mine, I think I can finally start sharing the [abundant amount of] backlogs I have hidden in my hard drive. I’ll start off with this test shoot I had a few months ago with the charming New Yorker and good friend, Raymond Humphries-Erickson. Hope y’all enjoy. 321654