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Make It Blissful x Fujifilm

Make It Blissful x Fuji 1

Taking good photos is one of the gazillion things I need to improve on as a blogger and as a regular user of visual social apps like Instagram.  Good photos are an effective way of conveying a message, telling your story and of course, capturing memories!  This is why I decided to attend the Make It Blissful x Fujifilm Photography Workshop last July 18 at J Cuppacakes in Makati.  (Thanks so much for the invite, Martine!)

So what exactly happened during the workshop?  Scroll down to get a glimpse of that fun afternoon!

Make It Blissful x Fuji 2It started out with Martine giving some quick tips on how to take better photographs.  One of the most helpful (but often neglected) tips, of course, is that lighting is everything.  Follow Martine’s Instagram (@martinedeluna) — she may not be giving photography tips on her Instagram accounts but she takes the loveliest photos which you can definitely learn from! :)

Make It Blissful x Fuji 4The Fuji team then made us apply what Martine has taught us using their cameras!!! Their featured camera was the Fuji X-A2 which I’d definitely purchase if I only had the budget right now!  I’ve seen how it could take sharper portraits, clearer night shots, and more “true to life” travel photos.  Visit this site and see for yourself!

Make It Blissful x Fuji 5My fellow bloggers had an enjoyable time trying out the Fuji cameras by taking snapshots of items prettily styled by Boqueria Lifestyle Market!  In the photo above: Sheila Catilo, Love Ocampo, Marilen Montinegro, and Rhiza Oyos.

Make It Blissful x FujiThe photo above was by Love Ocampo.  Love was taking a photo of Audrey taking a photo of Rikka taking a photo of me!  All using Fuji cameras, of course!  Thanks, loves! :)

Make It Blissful x Fuji 7Our venue sponsor, J Cuppacakes, then served us these delicious snacks!  This is one of the rare times I’ve taken food shots because I suck at them, haha.  I decided to take a shot at it because this was a photography event! :p

Martine De LunaThank you, Martine and Fujifilm, for such a light and relaxing afternoon.  Looking forward to future collaborations! 😉

Make It Blissful x Fuji 8Our loot from the event! :)  Camera strap from Henry’s Professional, teacup from Boqueria Lifestyle Market, and the cute pink eco bag from Maricel Mendoza of A Sweet Cottage! Thank you, all! :)  You may check out the official event hashtags on Instagram: #fujifilmphlifestyle, #teaminstaxph, #blissfulwithfujifilmph.

We can apply all the photography tips and tricks we learn but at the end of the day, what’s important is that our photos are real and authentic.  To see my attempts at taking good photographs and capturing the things I find interesting, you may follow me on Instagram. :)

Have a great weekend!

The Blissful Blogging Workshop and Why I Had a “Great” Afternoon

Blog Workshop Manila

So, the workshop that Audrey Angcos and I have been organizing finally happened last June 28!  The workshop was called Blissful Blogging: How to Plan for A Meaningful Blog.

When I got home that evening, my sister asked me, “So how was it?”, I answered, “It was great!!!”.  “Great” is kind of a vague and default answer, I know, but I really meant it.  I wasn’t able to further elaborate on it because I was too tired then, but here are some reasons why I felt it was a “great” afternoon:

IT WAS INSPIRING. The workshop was held at Tweedle Book Cafe, a very inspiring place for learning, working, conversations, and me time!

Have you been to the place yet?  If not, do drop by one of these days!

To Jamie, Benj, Edsel, Paolo, and everyone at Tweedle Book Cafe: From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for accommodating us.  

Tweedle Book Cafe is the newest library cafe along Scout Gandia in Quezon City!  You'll find all sorts of books here --- from Filipiniana to sci-fi to chick lit including old Sweet Valley High books!

Tweedle Book Cafe is the newest library cafe along Scout Gandia in Quezon City! You’ll find all sorts of books here — from Filipiniana to sci-fi to chick lit including old Sweet Valley High books!

Of course, their coffee is excellent.  Aside from coffee, they serve lunch meals, pastries, and craft beer.

Of course, their coffee is excellent. Aside from coffee, they serve lunch meals, pastries, and craft beer.

IT WAS ENRICHING. The workshop was conducted by no less than blogging guru Martine De Luna who took everyone through the blogging basics and challenged them with BIG questions like “What is your blog’s world view?”.

Martine is a sought-after blog coach with clients from all over the world!  This was her first workshop since she went on maternity leave to give birth to cute little Krista.  I’m one of the biggest fans of her Make It Blissful workshops which you can check out here.

To Martine:  Again and again and again, thank you!  It was such a pleasure to have collaborated with you on this.  I learned so much from you, as always, and I’m sure the participants did too.    

This is actually Martine's signature workshop where she generously shared what she knows about blogging, including the mistakes she's made along her blogging journey and of course, the lessons she learned from them.

This is actually Martine’s signature workshop where she generously shared what she knows about blissful blogging basics, including the mistakes she’s made along her blogging journey and of course, the lessons she learned from them.

The workshop had the right balance of lectures on blogging concepts and practical applications.  Martine did a fantastic job in spurring stimulating discussions among the participants.

The workshop had the right balance of lectures on blogging concepts and practical applications. Martine did a fantastic job in spurring stimulating discussions among the participants.

IT WAS ENGAGING. It was a pretty packed workshop, attended by 18 passionate individuals who filled the room with touching stories and exciting ideas the entire session.  

Man, the energy of these ladies was contagious!  Their enthusiasm in conceptualizing and discussing ideas for their blogs during one of the group exercises sure did awaken something in me.  What a lively and creative bunch!

Everyone was laughing while Mar shared her group's blog idea with wit and candor!

Everyone was laughing while Mar shared her group’s blog idea with wit and candor!  Photo by Audrey Angcos

I love how after the event, the ladies still lingered in the venue, all engaged in small group discussions about blogging or what-have-yous.  This is one of the fruits of blissful blogging — being able to connect with like-minded and like-hearted individuals.  I learned that common interests or experiences are not necessarily needed to be able to connect — sometimes, a common outlook or “world view” can do the trick.

18 lovely ladies from different backgrounds but with the same passionate world view gathered together for the workshop that afternoon.  Thank you all for coming!

18 lovely ladies from different backgrounds but with the same passionate world view gathered together for the workshop that afternoon. Thank you all for coming!

To you, blissful ladies: Thank you so much for attending our event but more importantly, thank you for your openness in sharing your ideas and stories, your fire and spirit.  

IT WAS FUN! Because of course, I had a blast organizing the workshop with my virtual-turned-real-life friend Audrey!

Why did Audrey and I do the workshop again?  Well, we have seen how the whole concept of blissful blogging has made a positive impact on us and we wanted other bloggers to experience it as well. Audrey, in particular, has once shared with me her desire to create healthy and positive blogging communities, thus, the drive to really bring these women together even just for an afternoon.

Audrey is one of the most real and sincere people I know.  I’ve planned and implemented several events in my line of work but wow, Audrey was still able to (unknowingly) teach me a thing or two when it comes to organizing events like this.

We felt both tired after the event but we were in agreement that it was the happy kind of tired. :)

To Audrey: As usual, it was a pleasure working with you.  On to our next event!  (PS: Let's keep in mind our plans for "someday", hehe).

To Audrey: As usual, it was a pleasure working with you. Now, on to our next project! (PS: Let’s keep in mind our plans for “someday”, hehe).

There are a couple more people we’d like to thank but I’m saving that for another entry. :)

So yes, that’s why I had a great time!  Haha, I wish I had a wider, less boring, and less cheesy vocabulary of adjectives to describe it but really, they accurately capture how I feel about that afternoon.

What’s YOUR definition of a great afternoon or a great time?  If you attended the workshop, did you have a great time as well?  I certainly hope so!  Sound off on the comment section below! :)

Have a great week ahead!  To those who missed the workshop, please stay tuned for another project that Audrey and I are working on with Martine!

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