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I shot a wedding using an iPhone 11 Pro

Not exactly a professional photographer

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Before I get accused of being misleading, I’d like to clarify that I was not hired as the official photographer. I was just a guest who wanted to take a few snaps and I happened to have the iPhone 11 Pro with me.

I figured these are the types of life events we would all want to capture using our smartphones. Smartphones that promise to deliver quality photos. So I did my best capturing what I could without getting in the way of the official photographer and videographers.

One last note before we proceed, the photos have been resized for faster loading. They also underwent post-processing on VSCO — one of our favorite mobile photo editing apps. Why? Because it’s not a crime to post-process your photos. *gasps*

“No filter” photos are cool and all, but a little post-processing to bring out the images in your vision is not something you should be ashamed of. In fact, it’s part of the whole process.

Okay, I’ve rambled enough. Let’s get to the wedding!

A beautiful venue

The wedding was held at this beautiful little church in Orani, Bataan.

Inside are these wooden fixtures with words taken from the Bible. Specifically 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 which talks about what love is.

 

The wedding’s theme had to do with colors. The guests were specifically asked to not wear black and white. In keeping with the theme, the groom wore this colorful corsage. Also, look at the smile on his face! Dude’s ready to get hitched.

Not long after, the wedding ceremony started. I couldn’t get a clear shot of the bride’s walk to the altar. That’s because I wasn’t trying to be that a**hole that got in the way of the official videographers.

 

The ceremony proceeded without any hitches. The mass took longer than I would like but hey, it’s their day and I’m just blessed to be witness to it.

That’s the official photographer right there

I was seated fairly close to the altar but not close enough to get shots without using the digital zoom. This is one of those days that I wish I had the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom or the Huawei P30 Pro with me. I used both for a good chunk this year, and I could have used the zoom on this event.

That said, the digital zoom on the iPhone 11 Pro isn’t that bad. I still managed to catch the kiss!

What a lovely sight! 😍

The wedding wrapped up so it was time for some commemorative photos. Here’s the bride and groom with some of the principal sponsors.

Now, here they are with the groomsmen and the bridesmaids.

You know what’s next? The reception!

A lovely view

The reception was held at Vista Tala still in Orani, Bataan. It’s a resort and recreational park that’s home to a stunning view.

Over to the right of the reception venue is a view of the mountains of Zambales. It’s breathtaking.

Moving closer to the reception venue, you’ll see front and center the initials of the newly-weds in this nicely decorated spot.

Before entering, guests are encouraged to write a message for the couple.

Moving even closer, you’ll see the cake. Yes, that whole thing is edible.

After a bit of a delay, the newly-weds arrived dancing and we got the party started.

Resuming the program, the groom’s father and the bride’s mother gave their messages for the couple.

 

After a wardrobe change, the two shared their first dance as a married couple.

We were then treated to a quick game between the two. It was a just a little quiz about who wakes up earlier and who does most of the chores. They were mostly in agreement. I think. 😂

I might have gotten the events mixed up at this point, but we finally got to the cake cutting.

Lastly, they shared a toast, thanking everyone who came to their very special day.

Capturing moments

You can argue that you can take these shots with any of the other flagships released in 2019. I even mentioned how I hoped I had those with better zoom capabilities with me.

What I enjoyed with the iPhone 11 Pro is its size — 5.8″ display, give or take 6.2″ footprint — made it really easy to hold it in one hand while taking photos. Also, I thought the color reproduction was mostly accurate making it easier to post-process and make the photos look the way I want them to despite using only a mobile photo editing app.

Lastly, I didn’t let the photo-taking get in the way of being in the moment. Which is why there are no food photos here because I was really into that moment and completely forgot to take snaps.

Hope you guys liked what I shared here and please do share the moments you like capturing too. Here’s one more photo of the newly-weds to cap this thing off.

SEE ALSO: Professional photographer captures stunning images with the iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Unboxing

Unpacked it for you

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The Galaxy S20 Ultra marks the first “Ultra” device made by Samsung. Despite its hefty price tag and similar box content as other S20 models, it’s heavier with specs and features.

Here’s our Galaxy S20 Ultra unboxing.

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help

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Image: MJ | GadgetMatch

There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.


This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.


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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

What to expect when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip

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Today is Galaxy Z Flip Day! Thankfully I have fast fingers, and was able to snag one before it ran out online. In this video I pick up in store, unbox and set it up, and answer some of your questions.

This is our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing.

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