Welcome Friends!

 

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I love the ocean. I love the mountains. I love coffee. I love chocolate. I love Ayran. I love vegetables. I love Greek food. I love Nutella…and peanut butter…together. I love scarves, skinny jeans and boots. I love shorts, flipflops and sarongs. I am a bohemian I would like to think…eclectic in so many different ways.

I love to travel. I love Italy, Turkey, Morocco, Canada, of course, and so many more places I have visited and have yet to visit. 

I am passionate. I am sensitive. I am deep. I am thoughful. I am intuitive. I am confident. I am pensive. I am funny. I am beautiful. I am strong. I am determined.

I love airports. I love coffee shops. I love mountain villages. I love the beach. I love Fiats 500s and Vespas. I love postcards. I love silver jewelry. I love short hair. I love my iPhone.

I am a fighter. I am compassionate. I am an advocate. I am all of these and more.

Simply put, I love life. And with this same love, I choose to photograph people, places and situations around me.

Love. Travel. Life. This is me. In a nutshell.

Have a look around my site. I have some travel galleries and blog posts in the links at the top.  

I hope you enjoy what you see and are inspired to see more of our beautiful world. xx

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FOR MORE INFO ON MY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES, VISIT FOLLOW YOUR HEART TRAVEL

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ABOUT MY NGO ADVOCACY AND GIVING BACK THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, VISIT PHOTOGSFORACAUSE.ORG

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#FF - Benz Co-Rana || manila destination wedding photographer

the first communication i had with benz was over a year ago when a fellow vancouver photographer friend, gracci (who will be featured on this #FF soon!)who gave me some contacts of wedding industry peeps here in manila, as we were planning our move the next year and they had moved FROM manila to vancouver.
benz and her husband, abet (who i will feature on my blog seperately another time) have this website just for weddings - WEDDINGS@WORK.COM. it is website full of juicy information regarding anything wedding!
after we chatted back and forth…then she stalked my blogs…i stalked her blogs…we became friends on FB…i knew she was someone i will know for a long time. :) they asked if i would be interested in doing a podcast for their W@W podcast (which i will post about when that is out!)  i couldn’t NOT feature benz on my #FF blogpost; here is a woman with so much drive and they have beautiful kids and she even has her own blog all about being a mom and all the topics under the sun that all us moms talk about. (check it out here: http://mimmabenz.com/)
thank you, benz for taking the time out of your busy life to be featured on my FOLLOW A FABULOUS PERSON FEATURE. :)
may i present the lovely BENZ CO-RANA! :)
xotracey

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TLH: what is the favorite part of what you do (business wise)?
Benz: I love talking to people, knowing their stories and experience both in their personal life and their wedding career for the suppliers and knowing the love stories of the couples.

TLH: how did you get started? everyone asks, i know, but peeps wanna know!
Benz: Back in 1997 when we were planning our wedding there is zero info on Philippine weddings, we had no input from the web for our wedding, all info we got were US based and so right after our wedding we made a wedding portal, we placed there all info we wish we had access to. Lucky for us, our wedding got a whiff of media exposure because of our wedding giveaway which is a cd compilation of all original songs. So the media exposure to our personal wedding website (it was all about our wedding, our entourage, our love story, our wedding details al the cheezieness) translated to our new website www.weddingsatwork.com which is a website to help soon-to-wed couples.
TLH: if you could live anywhere in the world for a year, money not an issue, where would it be and why?
Benz: Hmm out of all the places I have been to it is still the Philippines for me. If I have all the money in the world then I could easily visit the places I like as often as I wish. I love that there are a lot of nice places here that’s inexpensive and just as many expensive and exclusive places too.

TLH: favorite story/memory of past client/work/project
Benz: There are so many pet projects that I like. But my favorite would probably be the W@W Videofest. W@W VideoFest is an event where we had 5 great videographers make videos on different aspects of W@W. I love it because without any guides on whom to interview and any notes on what course we want the direction to be they all were able to come up with a pretty accurate picture of W@W and all its aspect. For me that meant we are doing it right and it is not just us saying it but even others knows it is so.

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TLH: what is your favorite foods to eat? to make? to buy?
Benz: I always feel good when I get to buy Happy Lemon’s Cocoa with RockSalt&Cheese.
I love buying fresh veggies from the weekend market and fish from the wet market.
I like it when we have fresh shrimps for lunch/dinner, it means I bought it just hours before the meal as they are bought alive then washed and placed in boiling water while jumping. It brings me back to my childhood as it is how my mom prepares it for us too.

TLH: where do you see yourself in your biz and life in 5 years?
Benz: Still doing what we are doing but reaching to a wider range,hopefully. I also see ourselves being more active in the mommy world too.

TLH: how do you want to be remembered?
Benz: I want to be remembered as the one who cared. I want to have touched people’s life, to have made a mark and to be the one they’d tell their kids nice stories about.
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to connect online with Benz and Weddings@Work, check them out at:

happy 1st anniversary brock & angelica || manila destination wedding photographer

 

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i have known ang for many years. she is one of the most creative people i know. and when she commissioned me for her wedding to brock, i could not be more delighted!

you see, ang not only did a DIY wedding, but she MADE her wedding dress. ya. she’s a fashion designer. i had the pleasure a few years ago to photograph some of her amazing designs.

she was an amazingly stunning bride…and her lover was pretty good-looking too…the two of them together - SERIOUS HOTNESS.

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happy anniversary you two…doesn’t feel like a year already! love you much!

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xotracey

ps - a little slideshow of your day too, to remember. xo

the city of oaks - raleigh, NC || manila travel photographer

i had went to raleigh, north carolina to second shoot with another wedding photographer from vancouver. i had never been to north carolina. i had no idea what to expect. someone said it’s “the south”, then shuttered. chuckle. i went with an open mind and explored a city and state that was really quite delightful!

of course they had some of the coolest and quaint shops i ever did see!

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the city had a section of homes from the very first settlers and such that lived there..it was really fascinating!

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would i go to raleigh or north carolina again? absolutely. especially for the chick-fil-a. ;) just kidding! but seriously, i would love to discover more of its beauty…one day. :)

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happy travel tuesday!

xotracey

you can be SMUG about it! || manila destination wedding photographer

if you know anything about me, you know that i love people and love bringing them together!

and doing it again here in manila - by pioneering the first SMUG group in the philippines!

i cannot tell you how excited i am! i am co-leading the group with renowned philippines travel photographer ferdz decena and our first meet-up is sept 30! we are still canvasing for a venue to hold SMUG in - if you know of one in either makati/pasig/mandaluyong/san juan areas, PLEASE contact me…(see below) thanks! Upload from September 05, 2011

what is a SMUG group you are asking? well i’m glad you asked. :)

their website simply puts it as this:

Do you dream in megapixels? Would you consider giving up a kidney for a Canon 5D Mark II?

You’re not weird. You’re one of us.

And we think you’d fit right in at a SmugMug User Group (SMUG), a mug-to-mug gathering of photographers like you.

A SMUG is a place where you can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share your passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s happening in our world and discover what’s happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal.

and so what will happen at these SMUG meet-ups? well…..

Things to Expect at a SMUG
You Learn: Guest speakers will light up the room with their wisdom for shooting great images and making money with photography.

You Talk: Make contacts and connect with other pros in the know. Monthly meetings set the stage for infinite opportunities.

We Listen: SMUG leaders stay in close contact with SmugMug and share your requests and gripes with our team. We also love photography as much as you, so be prepared to spot a Smugger at your local meeting.

sounds pretty amazing, right? now what is the catch? well here is what is NOT the catch:

Things You Will Never Do
• Open your wallet: Save your money for new gear. SMUGs are free.

• Sign up for anything: There are no commitments, no requirements and no vacation timeshare offers here.

• Hold hands and sing Kumbayah: We love ya… but not that much.

so what will you bring to SMUG other than yourself and maybe a friend or two? let me tell you:

• Friends. Relatives. Strangers.
• Ideas: Good. Bad. Crazy.
• Toys: Make us drool.
• You: Drop in. Talk shop.

 we will be announcing our scedule for the year…what SMUG is all about and what you will be getting from it this coming year. plus, there’s always merienda. :) HELLO! sign me up! :p

stay connected with us to hear where we will be meeting up on SEPT 30.

facebook - www.facebook.com/metromanilaSMUG || twitter: www.twitter.com/smugmm || meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/MetroManilaSMUG/

for more info, feel free to email me at tracey [at] traceylheppner [dot] com

xotracey

#FF - Jeanette Kornelson || manila destination wedding photographer

not only is she one HECKUVA talented lady, but she is SO.MUCH.FUN. jeanette kornelson, the mastermind behind Delovely Creative, has been in the business, in fact her business - Delovely Creative - of making events absolutely stunning for over 7 years!

i had the immense pleasure of working with her at several weddings in vancouver. every single time she brought 150%..and then some! and always with such joy and fun. she is really is a so much fun. i think i said that before. :) and every wedding is unique…just like each one of her clients.

i’m so thrilled to present to you today, THE jeanette of Delovely Creative. as you read more about her, you will see her sunshiney (is that a word??!) personality come through. thanks for taking time out of CRAZY summer weddings, jeanette, so we can get a peek into who you are! i miss your love for life and beautiful smile, lovely you.

xotracey

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TLH: what is the favorite part of what you do (business wise)?
Jeanette:
My favourite part of what I do is it all starts and ends with me. I love that I meet with my couples, come up with concepts and designs and I’m also there the day of to make sure it’s everything (and hopefully more) than they were envisioning. Sometimes it can be a little stressful during the summer months but I wouldn’t trade what I get to do for a living for anything!

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TLH: how did you get started? everyone asks, i know, but peeps wanna know!
Jeanette:
My background is in interior design and visual merchandising. I worked for IKEA for almost 12 years and I loved it! I started by doing weddings and events for friends and family and I realized how much I loved it. I did a wedding show 7 years ago and it really took off from there.

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TLH: if you could live anywhere in the world for a year, money not an issue, where would it be and why?
Jeanette:
Hmmm, great question! I think I would go back to Asia. I don’t think I could pick just one landing spot though, I would definitely spend a lot of time in China as I completely love it there and the fact that I can walk up a street and be inspired by a million little details. I’d also definitly spend more time in Tibet, it’s my absolute favourite place I have ever been and would love to explore it more because i found it so awe inspiring.

(Jeanette - oooooooooo! i’ll keep you posted when i do my FOLLOW YOUR HEART tours in china and tibet in the next year or so!!)

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TLH: favorite story/memory of past client/work/project
Jeanette:
My favourite memory is when the bride took the time out DURING her wedding to leave her party and tell me how happy she was with her decor, it doesn’t get any better than that!

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TLH: what is your favorite foods to eat? to make? to buy?
Jeanette:
Mexican! Oh wait and Indian! It’s a toss up! I hate to say it but in wedding season I rarely, rarely cook, I’m home so little that I usually end up grabbing food on my way to or from somewhere. If I’m in Vancouver it’s always Sweet Cheribium! I love that place! Salad and samosas with a cookie for the drive home!
 

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TLH: where do you see yourself in your biz and life in 5 years?
Jeanette:
Another good question! I’m hoping that personally in 5 years I will have started a family, being a mama is something I cannot wait to become! Professionally I’m hoping to grow my company into different aspects that can help every couple have the wedding they dreamt of….it’s still in the works, I’ll keep ya posted! :)
 

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TLH: how do you want to be remembered?
Jeanette:
I want to be remembered professionally and personally as someone who wasn’t afraid to take risks and try something out of the box, even though it may fall out of the realm of normalcy. And for someone that cares about people, I like to make sure everyone around me is having a great time and is well taken care of!

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check out more of Jeanette and Delovely Creative on the interwebs at:

Website/Blog: http://delovelycreative.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delovely-Creative/390112051662?sk=info

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/delovelycreativ