Our master photographers are the cream of the crop. Not only have they received extensive training but they have already discipled other people as well. After years of experience in shooting hundreds of weddings, their distinct styles have come out and when you see their photos, you will know immediately recognize who took it.
John Mateos Ong
Known as Jong to his close friends, founded Imagine Nation in 2003. Though he has many titles under his belt — event manager, drummer, composer, dive instructor and master photographer to name a few. For him, there is one title that supersedes everything else — a slave to Jesus Christ. An atheist in high school, Jong reached a spiritual turning point in his life in 1995, which, as a result gave birth to Imagine Nation’s new mission – To build a solid progressive community of Christ committed followers who will Lead other people to Christ, Equip them with biblical truths and Inspire others to do the same.
This quickly caught fire and has produced to date seven batches of photographers to date who now use their talents and skill to love and serve the Lord. Jongs style of photography is unpredictable — being good in both candid and posed shots. Plus, being given the gift of communicating even to the most difficult clients have made Jong one of the most versatile photographers in the country. Add to that his sponge like attitude towards learning, it is very rare that you bump into a great artist and businessman in one person.
Carlo’s passion is to create wedding images that show the genuine look and emotion of love. He uses the beauty and sleek sophistication of fashion photography and the captivating scenery of travel photography and infuses them in his shooting style in order to create striking and elegant photographs like those that are found in the covers of magazines that evoke emotions from the viewer.
Even before he shoots a couple, he takes time to talk to them and tries to understand and learn more about them as individuals, what their shared interests and dreams are, and in the process, finds out what significant events or places have deep meaning for them. From this, he creatively weaves them in environments and situations wherein their personalities and emotions are revealed through their photographs. He is always full of energy and humor and this helps couples become more at ease in front of the camera. He loves interacting with his couples and seeks friendships with them that even go beyond their wedding day. Truly, if you are seeking a photographer with an exquisite sense of style and a big heart in serving God, Carlo is your man!
Derrick Ian Lim
Derrick believes that what he has, the eye that sees beauty in everything and the ability to capture split second moments, are talents that must be shared. That’s exactly what he has been doing in Imagine Nation wherein he especially finds joy in shooting weddings, where he captures the many moments embedded within–whether it be a a laugh, a tear, or a loving glance between the bride and the groom–because these instances are fleeting, but truly magical. The more Derrick shoots, the more he sees how everything falls together perfectly together and how he is in the right place to capture it. Derrick believes we are just instruments of a greater power and Imagine Nation’s tagline says it all: “God makes weddings beautiful… we simply capture them.” And with every click of Derrick’s camera, he makes it a tribute to the maker and giver of true love.
Because of her love for Math, Jamie took up Management Engineering in Ateneo. But in her last semester, she decided to take up an elective that was pretty different from her usual Math-related subjects–Introduction to Drawing and Painting. It was her teacher here that led her to take up Basic Black & White Photography in UP after college graduation, which then triggered her passion for photography. Jamie believes that beauty comes from the littlest of things— a solitary flower’s bloom, a child’s laughter, or a bride’s sweet smile. For her, the simplest yet most beautiful things she can ever capture are those split-second moments when people are not aware that there is a camera: when they laugh, cry, make faces, or simply smile. Jamie enjoys juggling her time between her two passions: teaching Math and shooting. In these, she hopes to inspire more people to do what they love because she believes that is what God would want all to do and that is what will make them truly happy.
Jason de Guzman
Jason came across photography quite belatedly and serendipitously, but once he got started, it has been one big, enjoyable ride! Being a part of Imagine Nation even before the batch system was started, he now has over 200 weddings under his belt, including weddings in Australia, Malaysia and the US, and now enjoys Master status alongside his mentor. While he is adept at commercial and portrait photography, covering weddings is still closest to his heart. He considers his couples as blessings, thankful for the privilege of being a part of the most special day of their lives. Known for his clean, classic and candid style of photography, Jason enjoys helping his couples out with their wedding plans and repays their trust by capturing moments that make their weddings truly intimate and personal.