Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Photo Works

After two months of not blogging, i find myself yet here again typing and sharing my thoughts and insights.

Well, I don't have much anything to share except I had a wonderful time dealing with my photography. I have established myself as a commercial and business advertising photographer here in Davao City, Philippines and I think I pretty much have the right market here.

Last July, my mentor commercial and advertising photographer flew in from Manila and had a shoot and mentoring session with him. It's a lot easier working personally than to talk to my mentor through Facebook. I had heaps of photoshoots for the past weeks and most of them were commercial. Lastly, I showcased my photos and advertised my work in the 1st Kadayawan Trade Fair and Exhibit at the Davao Convention Center last August 18-21, 2011.

Things that I've done were simple but it made an impact. It's time to "un-stereotype" Davao photographers here because it is said that all Davao photographers end up being a wedding photographer. And I said, no. Wedding and Business Advertising Photography are pretty much different in perspective and approach. It's Moment vs. Selling.

Anyways, here are my recent photo works. Enjoy!

                                                          Crislene Design and Dress Shop



                                                                    Axia Crystal Shop





Team Davao - Rifle Team

Team Davao - Pistol Team

Team Davao - Pistol

Ms. Alodia Gosengfiao at the 5th Davao Cyber Expo in SM City Davao
July 29-31, 2011

Katy Perry ET inspired shoot

Lady Gaga Redhood inspired shoot

Mardi Gras inspired shoot


Monday, June 27, 2011

Declared for something Good and Hearty

Work has slowly paced down on me for the last 3 weeks and I'm urging to do more work at the moment. I owe too many people here in blogging blogs and pictures of my interests. But not to worry now, I have placed my hands, my mind and my heart here infront of the computer. So that only means one thing, I'm stuck in Facebook (Laughs sarcastically). Ofcourse, I'm back to writing now.

There are a few things I want to talk about. I wanna tell you all that my Billboard downtown already expired. Yeah, I know, seeing it gone makes me feel sad and it sucks. But I have accepted it already because I know there will be things bigger coming along my way. I just have to focus and work on my goals.

To anyone who hasn't seen my billboard, go to this link website Life's Pamphlet Snaps :)

I'm going to Beijing!! Why? 00:00hours of June 8, 2011, I checked on Cebu Pacific's website, one of Philippine's Low Budget Airline, thinking that there maybe promo fares of any kind. There I go and found out their seat sale of PHP0.00 fare was up on June 8, 2011 and lucky of me to visit in the right moment at the right time. I tried my card if it would push through but before that I typed in the details of mine and my two other friends who were there on that night and typed in the right number of days and flights. Unfortunately, my card didn't push through because I forgot one of my security code or something. Then my friend offered me his card and told me to try it. He hoped it wouldn't push through and I thought otherwise because I was the only one excited for the three of us. And there I go, typing everything again from the start and finally placed in the card details and after continuing, website prompted our confirmation number and we were all booked in. There we were looking at the monitor laughing but after a few seconds, our laughs disappeared. Imagine this :)) that shifted to this :| ....

I mentioned in one of my older posts that I wanted to visit a few countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong etc. That includes Beijing. And now, I'm booked to Beijing! WoW!  Next on my list are Europe and the rest of USA I think. and apparently, I am currently applying for a photographer position in one of Europe's cruise line. Geee. I should probably add more countries in my list. EL OH EL :))

to those who haven't read my blog about the lists, check this Mile High

I declared that 2011 would be a good year for me and it would change me. But not everything has come good like knowing and seeing my Grandfather have his Heart bypass surgery or seeing someone you just met dealing with the loss of his love one. It hurts and its sad to know these things. A lot of these didn't made sense, but someone taught me that when He doesn't make sense, you just have to believe in Him and pray to Him. Now, my life has been shook and awakened and turned around 360degrees.

In everything I do now, I do it with Him and with Love <3

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Watcha Say

I reckon 2011 is a very pretty good year for me... I hope! 

Time flies by so fast. I started this year with a bang, and now I'm riding the cool cool winds. I feel bad about whats happening in the world these days. Quakes here, floods, global warming... I just hope my love ones are safe from the natural disasters that are occurring and I pray that the world learned a lesson with the things happening. 

I'm currently working on a big big photo project but I can't discuss the details of this project yet. The only thing I can share with you gals and guys reading out there is that with this project, I feel so so good about it and I am not wasting my opportunities. There's so much to learn yet I feel so well taught by my photo mentors. 

I do have magazine assignments that I have just been accepted to. I have to sort that out because I haven't even started any of my assignments. Goodluck on me with that LOL. 

The link below is my online portfolio. Please do check it out. Any inquiries, please do email me at: franik_18@yahoo.com

I just took a break to make this blog. Going back to work now. Thanks gals and guys! 

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Cup of Tea

Here  is another collection of my concept shoot with Kelly entitled, "Graffiti". 

This concept most probably out stands all the photo shoots I did during my entire stay in Mackay, Australia. The wardrobe that Kelly wore was one of her creations; during the time when she was still in Fashion School. I pretty much liked the heels that she was wearing here and somehow complimented the whole outfit and made suitable for the composition of my photos. It pretty much contrasted the back ground and the wardrobe she was wearing. 

If I stayed a bit longer in Australia, I would have probably built a name for myself slowly and surely. I think I am ready to tackle the professional side of photography. Fashion would be my priority and Wedding photography comes second. It's a different ball game in OZ and I have plenty of Filipino Ideas and concepts that would probably attract and amuse strayans. Oh well, till next year OZ! Ill be coming for you and winter! 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shoots on my List

We have recently concluded our second photo shoot and all I can say is that it was so amazing. It was like spring time in summer. That was the idea. A "Fashion Glamor Photo Shoot" that is.

As the winter here in Queensland slowly approaches, summer clothes have been slashed half prices and out comes the blazers and jackets. It may probably the best time to shop for summer clothes here in OZ now because of massive discounts. LOL

Photos by: Niko Bulaun
Make Up by: Kelly Grech
Wardrobe by: Joy Thurling and Kelly Grech

Kelly did an amazing job of strutting the concept. A natural! It was a well spent afternoon thanks to my amazing and ever so helpful set of photographer friends. We couldn't have done it well without each other's company and ideas. Kelly is also making it in the film industry in Sydney and I'm happy to have been part of her portfolio building. Watch out for her soon in the movie world. We are preparing for a "High Fashion Shoot" that is being conceptualized at the moment, so watch out for that in my coming blogs too.

The Blazers were heartily sponsored by Mrs. Joy Thurling, Hair and Make-up Artis and an Entrepreneur who has been styling people in her Salon here in Mackay, participated without hesitation by lending a couple of her blazers on display from her RTW Store. A big big thank you for saving me from the hassel of a wardrobe breakdown.

Thinking that I would have a hard time making and organizing photo shoots here, it seems as though that everything is falling into place. The first concept shoot that I organized wasn't that bad. Due to a series of unfortunate events, say 2 cyclones that hit northern Queensland all in just one week, my first shoot had to be rescheduled because it was facing up against the biggest cyclone that ever hit Australia. In the end, my first concept shoot was up on track a week after the horrifying weather. 4 Photographers, make-up artist Arvin "Posh" Litan, and 2 amazing models namely Rhiannan Bezzina and Frances Tanti.

Photos and concept by: Niko Bulaun
Hair and MUA: Karen Woods and Arvin "Posh" Litan
Models: Frances Tanti and Rhiannan Bezzina

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Big Bang in Jan

Well, it's been more than a month now since arriving here down under. My oh my! I totally am having fun and having the time of my life. Someone said to me, "It's just being out and about...", and I'm glad I took his advice.

I started walking/running around the first week of January and it became part of my daily routine since then. I just  thought of doing something for a start and to keep me off from slacking around which can lead to a total sad phase of gaining unwanted weight again. LOL Since then, I never felt better. Having to wake up around 530AM everyday feels like a renewal of the soul.

I never thought that I can jump on a trampoline ever again... till 3 weeks ago. LOL The tramp that was setup at the backyard of my sister's house says it can hold up to 150KG, and I'm 99KG considering that I lost nearly 10KG's for the past couple of months. Feels like a kid again when I'm on the trampoline. It's a great fitness exercise too.

And for the major major events...

I googled "Mackay Photography Club" a couple of weeks ago and got a good hit on it. I was looking for a gang of photography enthusiasts here, where I am staying, so that I can meet up and join in. Fortunately, calling the numbers that were in the website that lead me, I got the right club. Coincidently enough, they were having their first meeting on that day when I called them. I just had to get involved. It's a great exposure for me having to be part of such great photography enthusiasts which by the way who are very very very good in photography.

January 29, 2011, I had my first swimming lesson... and it was oh so great! I never tried having swimming lessons when I was kid and I reckon that it was not too late for me to go through with it at my age. Pat Wright, very well known coach in Queensland who might have coached Geoff Huegill(I'm not really sure about this), trained me for my introductory swim and I felt honored about it. My wing muscles were burning from all the swim that I did. Holy! I might have done 300m but it was all gooooood. Tuesday's the next swim for me. And oh, first swim lesson was for free. Sweet!

Did I tell you that I had swam "the Great Barrier Reef"? Oh yeah! Words could not express the feeling of swimming in such wondrous body of water only found in part of the world. You can look into the album I posted in my Facebook account, which you'll have to add me first. I wouldn't mind adding blog friends, it would be an honor having you as my friends in Facebook :)

I recently got myself into boxing again, the gym right next to the hotel we were staying in Airlie Beach. I couldn't resist trying. Man oh man, 7months with out training is very tiring! An hour in the gym gave me a hard time! But I did good. Now, back in town, I managed to find a boxing club which training occurs every Mondays to Thursdays. The trainer was obnoxious though. He said that I could last 30min of the 1hour and 30min of training because of my physical attribute. Well mister, I maybe Fat but I'm not a slack. My body was built for athleticism but due to the past years of slacking, I gained weight. Everyone might have gone through that stage though. Well, I'm taking it as a challenge. Let's just see what I can do :)

I have recently organized my first Photo shoot and it's on. It's set on Tuesday, 1st of February. I don't really know how to organize such an event. I just observed how my friend Carmen Smith does it. I wrote about her Photo shoot not long ago. Looking for models was the toughest part. One time, while I was in the mall, I saw this girl who was working in this clothes shop. Her beauty and likeness to fit in my concept struck me. And I just had to ask her. She was keen about it at first but after a week, she declined... sad :( That was randomly epic of me to invite someone who I don't know to model for my shoot. Fortunately, I found a couple of fine looking ladies who fits my concept as well. When I was declined by the girl in the clothes store, it felt like being turned by a girl who you're wooing. Sh*t! LOL I'm not gonna give any hints about the concept that I'm making. You'll just have to see yourself when I'm done with it and make it as one of my blog entries for the future :)

And oh yeah, Since Australian Open Started, I got to watch the OZ open every day for the whole day. It's like watching NBA in America which I haven't really tried yet cause I never been to America yet. LOL

I have yet to try:

  • Lawn Bowling
  • Tennis
  • Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Cycling
  • and making more lots of friends here in Mackay :)
  • Sydney Trip 
  • Gold Coast Trip with overnights


I just wanted to writing instead of posting pictures for a change. Hope you all have a good read on this :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Gallery of Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!! Hope you all had a wonderful and blessed holiday! 

I'm starting new year with a bang people! Every year, we tend to make up new year resolutions and ending up forgetting them. Well I say, suck it up already and just do it. I don't make new year resolutions because I still think of the same thing...

For the past few weeks, it has become a series of whirlwind events and genuine memories. Just spent a 5day getaway over in Airlie Beach, accommodated in a Penthouse suite to say the least. 

I've recently introduced myself on how to use Adobe Photoshop and I think I have managed it pretty well. Honestly, my work is over all "Amateur" and I haven't really explored in to what the software is capable of. I recently did my first "pre-nuptial photoshoot" for my Ate and photographed everything on her wedding day last December 28, 2010. Her wedding is the main reason why I'm in down under. 

Here is a gallery of the bridesmaids and flower girls from my precious Ate's Wedding day. Hope you all enjoy the work that I have done and like them.



My Ate's prenup photos are still on the process and will post it soon.