Imagine Nation Studios: Blog en-us . (Imagine Nation Studios) Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:32:00 GMT Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:32:00 GMT Photography 101 with John Mateos Ong Join Pastor John Mateos Ong as he conducts a very extensive seminar on Photography 101 on April 7, 2017 from 9am-3pm at the Church of the Risen Christ Main Hall.

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Imagine Nation Studios presents Before I Do Jump Start! Learn from the best wedding experts and suppliers before tying the knot; BEFORE I DO: JUMPSTART on February 26, 2017, Sunday at Robinsons, Magnolia. FREE ADMISSION!!

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Weddings & Debuts 2016 Bridal Fair

Hello everyone! Come visit our booth at the Weddings and Debuts 2016 Bridal Fair on February 19, 20 & 21 at the SM Megatrade Hall 1, 2 & 3. Our marketing team will be there on Friday and Saturday to accommodate your queries. Thank you so much! Many promos and freebies await you! See you there!

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Weddings & Beyond Bridal Fair 2016

Hi everyone! The long wait is over! We are inviting you to join us in Weddings and Beyond Bridal Fair on January 23-24, 2016 at the PICC 1, 2, 3, Pasay City.

Come and visit us at Booth A92. See you there!

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Melo & Nikki: SDE (Video)

Melo and Nikki SDE from Imagine Nation Videos on Vimeo.

Wedding Date: November 5, 2015
Venue: Splendido, Tagaytay

For a love like that of Melo and Nikki, not everything is predictable, but it sees life as beautiful as a song written in different languages. What they have is unexpected, more like a surprise, with all the adventures that go with it.


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Getting Married Bridal Fair 2016

Love is definitely in the air! Imagine Nation Photo & Video invites you to join the biggest and most prestigious bridal fair in the Philippines: Getting Married. On January 16-17, 2016, 10am-8pm, at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia.

Our booth numbers are 58 & 45. See you!

For more information, you can contact us at 09175634685, or simply send us an email at

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Sam & Aizza: SDE (Video)

SAM AND AIZZA_SDE from Imagine Nation Videos on Vimeo.

Wedding Date: November 18, 2015
Event Venue: Edsa Shangri-la


A love united by God. As Sam and Aizza ties the knot, their journey continues, from being true friends into lovers. And because of bringing each other closer to the Lord, they have managed to fulfill a relationship centered on unconditional love; not of pride, not of compromise.

As Aizza walks down the aisle and Sam waits for her, everything was grandiose. Love looks good on them; they wore it like a never-ending promise; beyond reality, beyond certainty.

The wedding ceremony of the couple at Edsa Shangri-la was a reunion of friends and family which celebrated love and recollection of memories while looking forward to a brighter future filled with joy and devotion.

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We're giving away FREE TICKETS for the Kerygma Conference 2015!

Imagine Nation Photography is giving away free tickets for the Kerygma Conference 2015 on November 19-22, 2015 at the SMX Mall of Asia! Kerygma Conference is the annual inspirational and learning event of the Light of Jesus Family under the leadership of bestselling author and renowned Catholic preacher, Bo Sanchez.

To get a chance to win a free ticket, simply comment under this post a reason why you should be part of the Kerygma Conference 2015. We will announce the winners tomorrow and will message you ASAP. If you win, you can claim your tickets by texting Mary Ann Albay at 09175634685.

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Gilson & Grala: Prenup (Video)

Gilson and Grala_PRENUP VIDEO from Wang Videography on Vimeo.

Date: July 19, 2015 
Venue: Pagudpod, Ilocos Philippines

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Gilson & Grala: Prenup BTS (Video)

Gilson + Grala Prenup BTS from Wang Videography on Vimeo.

Date: July 19, 2015 
Venue: Pagudpod, Ilocos Philippines

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Gilson & Grala: SDE (Video)

Gilson and Grala_SDE from Wang Videography on Vimeo.

Gilson Chan + Grala Teo
October 24, 2015 | 6pm
Ceremony/Reception: W Hotel Singapore

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Before and After I Do 20th Edition  

Experience will speak for us that marriage is not a walk in the park. The array of problems piling up are like math problems where you have to figure out the formula in order to solve a problem, every single time. There is no single formula for all marriage problems.

It has been our never ending passion to prepare couples before entering marriage; a pre-requisite course where they can picture life scenarios and write down their own formulas. Redeeming couples even before reaching the brink of difficulties is the best we could do to fulfill the will of God in the sanctity of marriage.

Marriage is hard work, yes. Marriage could make or break a family, yes. The foundation of any marriage could be as fragile as a vase whose foundation was built over the years. But while we do not have control over circumstances, we have a choice over our emotions and thoughts. God is in control. We just have to surrender everything to Him and believe that we are capable of understanding the concepts of marriage and relationship.

We invite you to devote your time in building a healthy relationship with your partner centered in God through an intensive workshop tailored to fit you. Before and After I Do 20th Edition is a marriage jump starter workshop on April 9, 2015 at Belleza Events Place, 121 V. Luna Road Extension Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.

The workshop cost is Php 1,500 per couple. Click here for registration and payment.

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July: a season for rain or faithfulness? As a wedding photographer of over 10 years now and having been blessed to shoot at least a thousand of them, one of the most frequently asked question to me is — Which one is your most memorable one? and my answer is always — there’s many! This month, I’d like to share two of them because our theme is indoor weddings (because July starts off the rainy season)…   For the fist story, it’s not the most memorable just because it’s overseas and I love travelling, not because its was a wedding of a couple who turned to become friends and I still see them often to this day because they’ve become not only one of our sponsor in photography but more specially that it’s a wedding where Jesus has made his presence felt literally.  Anyway, here it goes:


at Bintan Lagoon in Indonesia. One of my most memorable wedding.

at Bintan Lagoon in Indonesia. One of my most memorable wedding.

Hindu weddings are 3 days long.  This specific wedding was done in Bintan Lagoon in Indonesia but the weird thing is that you have to go through Singapore instead because it’s much closer to it.  So 1st 2 days, we had the ceremonies indoors since of this were a normal indian wedding, most of the ceremonies would have been done in the couple’s house. Day 3 comes and a storm brews.  I can still visualize the preparation, Tasha’s face evidently starts to worry.   Brother comes in the room and says “Tasha! It’s raining we need plan B.” with that Tasha explodes in tears as she says “There is no plan B!  I did not come to Indonesia, fly people to a beach resort, rent an elephant, wait for 2 days to just do my wedding indoors!”  What faith!  With that she turns to me and says “John, can you pray to your God to make this rain stop?”.  I was honestly caught by surprise. Am I a prophet?  but with that statement I say a quick whisper of help to Jesus and my response definitely did not come from me as I said “I will only pray if we gather the whole entourage here in this room.” with that she did and the room was filled and we did pray.   Afterwards, I asked to be excused for awhile and went down to the ceremony venue and spoke to God one on one. I said “Lord, I know its a huge request I am making as I can see the clouds are so dark and I can’t pray don’t let it rain cause it’s already raining right now, in fact I am getting soaked as I pray this, but Jesus your name will be glorified today if you answer my prayer.”  I go up and it hasn’t stopped raining.  Tasha worries more and my pictures are starting to look really bad cause the bride is not smiling.   To take her mind off the weather, I close all the curtains.  After a few minutes, the brother comes in again and says “Tasha! Please we need the plan B.”  This time, with boldness and confidence that my God is a God who answers prayers I tell him “No, God has answered our prayers.” I open all windows and show a sun shining bright on dry ground that looked as though it never rained at all. We were able to do our wedding outdoor as planned!


Coincidentally and unintentionally, on the way home I was down to my last shirt.  I had no other clean shirt to wear except one that said “Life without Jesus is a dead end” and guess what, I sat next to the Meraj (the hindu priest).  #awkwardmoment the same shirt which you can see I’m wearing here during my proposal to my wife Monique.


Proposal in Breakthrough in Iloilo in front of her family & friends.  Picture c/o Hyds Cecilio

Proposal in Breakthrough in Iloilo in front of her family & friends. Picture c/o Hyds Cecilio

I am sharing this fact (and picture) because the 2nd most memorable wedding is the one I wish I did shoot but obviously never did because it was my own (but at least I got to shoot my prenup whose pictures I am sharing in this blog since this is supposed to be MY shots) and coincidentally, as I am the assigned blogger every 1st day of the month, tomorrow also marks our 6th year wedding anniversary!


A rainbow usually shows itself after a drizzle.  Not in our wedding though.

A rainbow usually shows itself after a drizzle. Not in our wedding though.

Our wedding day was supposed to be May 31, 2009.  Everything was set — venue was booked, gowns being made, invitations due to be printed in a weeks time etc etc but there was a problem.  One of our master photographer – Jason was getting married in the same venue 34 days later — July 4.   Our guests complained, we want to witness both your wedding but its so impractical for us to go to the same venue almost only a month apart and we are getting married in Boracay!  With that I prayed and God has told me “You are the leader, you adjust your wedding.” so after speaking with Monique we decided to move our date to July 2, a Thursday since Jason has already gotten the weekend.”  Everyone was happy!
I was the first to have claimed I shot my own prenup

I was the first to have claimed I shot my own prenup

On June 1, the day after our original date, just out of curiosity I called up our coordinator Amanda just to check on the weather and this is what she said “John, it was raining hard and the rain did not stop!”.  Can you just imagine If I had exercised my muscle and forced Jason to move closer to my date instead? It would have been a disaster.  On my wedding day, it was sunny but the weird thing was God gave me a rainbow (which usually meant rain) as if telling us — God is true to his promises and just as we make a covenant to each other, God is also making a new covenant with us.
So you might be thinking…    Why didn’t I do it on July 3? Would have made our guests spend less.   Good question… another story to share.  The next day, after waking up.  I see a wedding set-up on the next resort. I called up Hyds and asked if she wanted some lessons in photography in taking candid shots (I forgot to ask my wife for permission to work on our 1st day of marriage but promised just to shoot the ceremony).  We literally dug a hole in the beach and positioned ourselves hidden away from everyone’s view and placed in our Telephoto zoom lens on our camera.   The march started, no photographer in sight.  We started clicking away. Bride marches still no photographer.  We wondered why and asked Hyds to come out of our hole since there was no photographer anyway.  We instantly became the official ones.  So the next day, we burn the CDs and drop off the shots in the reception for the couple with a note where to reach me (for tips and thank you).  Days and weeks pass without even a thank you.  I felt sooo bad.  One day, I was shooting in Dubai when I get a call from Ireland.  I decided to answer, it was the groom and he apologized for only having to call now.  He explained “You know the day after our wedding, the grand father of my bride passed away and he was like a father to her. So we had to leave the island immediately and go into mourning. We had only noticed your pictures now and we realized we had forgotten how fun our wedding had been only after seeing your pictures. Thank you!” those are words that made me say “LORD, THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME A PHOTOGRAPHER!”
Yes, I took our engagement pictures.

Yes, I took our engagement pictures.

I hope my stories of my most memorable weddings blessed you… I wish I could show you more pictures but unfortunately, I am currently in Sydney, Australia as I write this and I don’t usually store pictures in my laptop but more than the fantastic pictures, I would like to share with you a more fantastic God. And if you are reading this because you are preparing for your wedding, then I encourage you, that rain or shine, hail or storm, the most important element in your wedding is not the food, the pictures or the guest though that would have been great if you had them all, don’t forget that the most important thing in that ceremony is the “Marriage” which you get to take home.  So don’t forget save a chair for Jesus!
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Mark and Kate: Love and Travel Destination weddings are becoming a trend nowadays.  It’s the idea of celebrating the couple’s union and love with the closest people in their lives, away from the city, from the stress, the hustle and having nature as their view as they say “I do” that couples long for.

In my second wedding shoot in Batanes, I’d say the atmosphere still serve this very purpose. The mountains are one with your love, and the breeze will hug your heart sprightly and all you want to do is fill your lungs with that fresh air, with your arms wide open, as you run, or simple sit and stare. A simple celebration of life and love.LIZ_7760

Batanes, for Mark and Kate, was the perfect place to seal their marriage.  Being photo enthusiasts and adventurers, they spent their engagement and post engagement shoot walking, trekking, jumping, running, sitting, lying, smiling and laughing in the mountains and beaches. We were greeted with the sun and breeze. A perfect time to do just anything. It was their first time to see the sights of Batanes and their idea was to tour while we shoot. They enjoy the view and the moment–a leisure slash work–very casual and nothing formal. And with their guests close to about 40 only, their wedding was very simple but filled with smiles, care and singing.  A simple celebration of life and love indeed.











May 15, 2015

Church: Mt. Carmel Chapel

Reception: Fundacion Pacita

Videographer: Aisle 1401     HMUA: Sherbeth Anne Quion     Accessories and decors: Our Handmade Heritage, Inc.     Gown: Bride’s own design






































































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Celebrate your June Wedding Anniversary in these 3 Delightful Ways A few days ago my husband and I celebrated our fifth year Wedding Anniversary. As the day approached, I kept thinking of ways to celebrate another milestone in our married life. The reason why I wanted to celebrate this year so much was because I wanted to remind myself of how incredibly blessed I am to be married to my husband and how I don’t ever want to take that for granted (because believe me, oftentimes I do). So I came with 3 ways to celebrate this year and I’d like to share it with you so you can celebrate your wedding anniversary in these 3 delightful ways too!


  1. Get something that both of you will equally enjoy.

Birthdays are the perfect time to give gifts to people who are special to you, so what better way tocelebrate your wedding anniversary than to get you both this one thing that you know you will get to use together. I mean sure a new playstation sounds fun…for most husbands, but not for most wives. And while a new pair of shoes sounds nice for your wife, a husband may not be able to rock his look with the same pair. My husband and I enjoy taking videos and photos of our out-of-town trips so we saved up and finally got our selves a GoPro! Because of this gift, I know we will both get to capture so many of our adventures together! What do you and your wife/husband love to do together? Get something that you will both equally enjoy!






  1. Go on a trip just for two.

Whether you have kids or don’t, your wedding anniversary is a special time to reconnect with your spouse. It’s a time when you can look back and remember things that you are both grateful for, things that you learned about each other and things to look forward to, to give you both renewed hope so you could keep pressing on. Leave your kids with your parents or other family members and just enjoy some down time with your spouse. It doesn’t even have to be out of town, book a hotel in your city and unwind with a massage for two, a dip in the pool and then maybe cap the night off with a glass of wine or two. My husband and I finally got to visit Bucas Grande in Surigao and I must say, I forgot all about the city as soon as I stepped on the boat and I got to once again just reconnect with my husband as we got to explore a new place together. What’s more, we got to make new friends too!!






  1. Schedule a photo shoot!

I know this takes some effort to do but that’s exactly why you should do it. It’s one of those few times that you both make a conscious effort to get all dressed up and have personal keepsakes of such a special milestone in your married life. We asked some of our photographer friends if they could spare us a few hours of their time to do this shoot for us and I think they did such a wonderful job plus I now have new photos to put on picture frames around our home!







So there you go, 3 easy and delightful ways to celebrate your wedding anniversary. At the end of the day though, however you celebrate the milestones in your married life is really all up to you as long as that’s exactly what you do— celebrate. Now get out there and start planning your next wedding anniversary! Cheers!


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June Bride: Spending time with your wife Since its June, lets talk about June brides. Surprise surprise tho… we don’t really have June brides here.  In other countries, many people get married in June for different reasons like its the start of the summer season, its when flowers bloom and in some, its supposed to be a lucky date.  However, in the Philippines, our peak is December because its not so hot and its a time when family members usually go home to spend Christmas season with loved ones.  Anyway, to kick it off, I’d like to share a verse:


“When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife whom he has taken. (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭24‬:‭5‬ NASB)

At this day and age, you’d probably regard this as passe or you’d say its not applicable to today’s time.  There’s a big Chance too that after reading this blog you’d say it makes sense but you still wont act on it anyway.
There is probably a good reason why God placed this verse in the bible.
I’m a self confessed shopper. I have so much brand new stuff in my stockroom that at one point in time, during the time it was on the screen of my computer, I said “I need it, gotta have it, this is just what I’m looking for, this is gonna make my life so much easier” and so after buying it 3 years later guess what — its still in the box untouched.  Sometimes when i open it, that’s the only time i find out, it doesn’t work as its supposed to or something is wrong with it and its now too late to send it back for a refund or even for an exchange.
OK, as much as i don’t want to compare wives to an item i just bought, unfortunately the verse I quoted above was written under “laws for divorse” and you think about it, what does spending time with your new wive have to do with divorce?  So this is my take on the matter:
1. There is a wife you don’t know. Regardless of whether you’ve been together for year or dating for a decade.
2. There is an adjusting period.  Being together with someone changes you. Seeing each other every day is still not the same as living together.
3. the first year is the wife’s year.  As you see here it says “give happiness to your wife who you’ve taken.”
So if you’re newly married give time for adjustment. Don’t get busy right away. Enjoy each other during this honeymoon period.
Cars have period check ups and so do you.  Sometimes life gets so busy that we tend to forget that its been months since we last took out our wives on a date (mine must have been a year!) and a decade since you last took her out on a vacation.  Did you know that many husbands to housewives think that since the wife is just home they are just resting? And many of them think that since they are just home
1. Have a Family planning every year or at least every 2 years where you get to establish long term and short term goals.  Also ask your kids what their goals or ambitions are.
2. For me you should have at least one a year time off to spend time together far away, doesn’t have to be out of the country, just be away from work and that includes kids.
3. Its not only on the first year we need this. Make it your focus as long as you live.
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A Word that Means the World to Me “M” is for the million things she gave me


“O” means only that she’s growing old


“T” is for the tears she shed to save me


“H” is for her heart of purest gold


“E” is for her eyes with love-light shining


“R” means right and right she’ll always be


Put them all together they spell MOTHER


A word that means the world to me.



-Howard Johnson (c.1915)

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Mothers are never alike.


There are those are like your friends with whom you can share almost anything. There are the disciplinarians from whom you develop some fear. There are those who nag you, always telling you to do this or that. There are those who spoil you, giving you everything you ask for. Still, there are those who do not seem to care, leaving you to live however you want to live.


They are not always pleasant. Sometimes, they can be unreasonably over-protective. Sometimes, they don’t seem to see your side of things. And sometimes, they just don’t know how to express their feelings.


Regardless, she is your mother.


She carried you for nine months until you were ready to have your own body. She nourished you and took care of you. She endured sleepless nights to attend to your needs. She risked not being able to go back to her coca-cola body just to have you!

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She does everything in her power to make you happy.


It’s hard for her to let you go.


Despite that, she still does.


She loves.




Share the love.



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A Love Letter To My Wife Dear Marian,

The day we got married was one of the happiest days of our lives. Our love has grown day by day, we have been through so much but we are closer than ever.

The arrival of our daughter has been a great joy  and the love in our home multiplied. We are a family where there is love, understanding and support. I know being a mom and wife is a 24-7 job.  I thank you for your superb time management skills to your work and at the same time taking care of our little family. Pressure never gets you down, but I know working so many hours must be stressful and tiring too. You get up early with the little one and start each day with grace. You give so much, and continue your selfless efforts even though often you don’t get what you deserve in return. We know that you put up a lot from both of us, and we are thankful every day to have you in our lives.

I admire you so much my love. You are everything to me, thank you for blessing my life with your love, presence and all thanks to the light that you shine in our lives. My life and my heart are all yours.






P.S  To all the Moms, Thank you for all the love, dedication and sacrifices.

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The Love of a Mother The Love of a Mother: Photos of How Mothers Show Their Love for Their Daughters and Sons During Their Wedding Day

Love is forever.


4 Love is patient, love is kind.




It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.



It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking…



…it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.


Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.



It always protects…



…always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.



Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

And for every bit of gesture of love, we daughters and sons, will cherish it and hold on to it forever.





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