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Finding Happy Moments

Photographer of the Week: Federico D. Osabel IV

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

Some photographers niche themselves in mood shots, finding emotions through the shadows. Federico D. Osabel IV specializes in finding the happy moments from his client’s events and capturing them as remembrances that they can enjoy viewing in the years to come. His business, UEE Enterprises, stands for Ultimate Event Entertainment, and his work runs the gamut of comprehensive wedding and debut coverage, to photo walls at family gatherings. As such, his service is that of capturing smiles.

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    “As a photographer, I started with fun shoots as a hobbyist, and I was luckily able to convert my passion into an enterprise in event photography, starting from children’s parties and adult birthday celebrations which then led to debut and wedding coverage,” he shares.

    While he focuses mostly on human subjects, his first few shoots were of objects, he smiles. “It was my colleagues who encouraged me to get my own camera and join t

    hem as they started a new hobby. A friend would send me PDF documents, and that would inspire me to shoot objects that I would find in my room. This ran an assortment of random ordinary things—a can opener, fruits, and key chains. Anything I could get my hands on, to practice my photography,” he laughs at the recollection.

    He has done travel shoots as well, and was inspired by seasoned photographer Manny Librodo’s work, under whom he attended a masterclass. “It felt like an honor to be recognized by him,” Federico shares.

    He goes the extra mile to make the magic of photography happen, making it his mission to bring an element of art to every shoot he undertakes. “As a visual artist, I want to produce a photo that is beyond natural.  Even if the place or outfit is not so special, I want to bring the photo to the next level so that it catches the eye. I think my start in photography with all those random items helped me develop that skill.”

    Federico shoots in bokeh, and uses Photoshop and Lightroom to edit, he reveals, saying that it helps to make his portrait subjects more beautiful. “I like shooting in color, using ambient light. Then I just convert it to black and white as needed. Everything is composed in my mind even before I shoot, because I believe that as a photographer, as the one behind the lens, you should be able to see things in a different perspective.”

    Photography being his business, customer satisfaction is also another factor for making sure that his images are always at the next level. “In this line of photography, you always have to keep in mind to be of service to others prior to yourself,” he adds.

    He believes that photography is an important tool that the world needs. “Photos can show every situation in life and places around the world. Each photo we make is a memory of the past and through photographs, we were able to go back in a specific time or place, may it be a special day or something ordinary that you can still look back on as the years go by.”

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