Marlon Advincula is a passionate, creative, and versatile photographer based in Davao, Philippines, able to capture the synergy of fashion and beauty in vibrant colors trough nostalgic high-quality visual images. His style of photography is a mixture of storytelling with artistic approach that includes proper lighting, getting the right emotion before clicking the shutter and setting up the right posing. For Marlon, " photography is all about LIFE ". The artist, and the workshop leader accepted our challenge of being interviewed on our Photography Mag, so please check below the interesting tips and tricks and the truly awesome gallery below.
Tell us about something about Marlon Advincula Photography?
I worked as a layout artist/photo retoucher in one of the most prestigious photography studio in Davao City , Philippines way back 2004. Two years after, I was promoted as a wedding photographer with one month training in photography (portraiture & wedding). Then the passion for photography began. I learned the fundamentals and I didn’t stop to learn more, I attended photography workshops, bought books and downloaded videos. When I bought my Nikon d90 two years ago, everything in my photography life changed. Marlon Advincula Photography is a combination of traditional and contemporary style of photography. My style of photography is a mixture of storytelling with artistic approach that includes proper lighting, getting the right emotion before clicking the shutter and setting up the right posing.
How did you get into Fashion Photography?
At first I was just shooting in the studio which focused more on portraiture. The “passion for fashion” started when I bought my own camera. I invited some of my friends for a photoshoot session, then later I saw the difference. I saw more colors, emotion, posing and I saw the trend. I had more control because it expresses a freedom of art. I attended workshops and I learned new techniques, and through fashion photography, I was able to meet creative people, know the deeper meaning of collaboration and of course, to express you art.
How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography creative, inspiring and fresh?
I used the first letter of my name ( which is “M” ) for MULTIDIMENSIONAL. It means that I don’t stick on one style. I always follow the trend , what people want and what my eyes see. I love dark & moody style, vibrant and vintage. I get my inspiration from magazines, music and movies. I also get inspired when ladies talk about the “fantasy world”. By interacting with clients, I get new ideas: a give and take situation.
How has your shooting style and work ethic changed in time?
At first I thought that everything can be done in photoshop because my first job was a graphic artist. Later I realized that when you play with proper lighting, emotion and posing the more impact that you get. Through practice , reading books and surfing the net and seeing other photographers works, I became inspired. Uploading your work through facebook and 500px is a great help for you to evaluate your work through their comments. If you received negative comments, consider it as a challenge to improve your work.
What are some tips you could give to people that really like your work?
Read, Study and Practice. Do not stick on one style but instead try it all. Later you will discover your own style. I got this quote from my boss (one that I respect the most). Discover that certain feeling and the rest will follow.
“Shoot with your heart” ~ Lito Sy.
Can you name some photographers that inspires you with their works and why?
Lito Sy – He taught me the fundamentals of photography. I even got some negative comments from him but I know it was for my own good. He is my mentor. When shooting weddings, I didn’t saw him got tired and I can feel the passion when I am with him.
Jerry Ghionis – I love the way he plays with light, posing and emotion. I attended his workshop and my photography life changed… I became better.
Manny Librodo – I love the way he play with colors. One of the world’s best!
Mr. Marlon a special thank you for this effort to create this fantastic article. We love the vivid pictures that you shared with our audience. They have a special feeling, they are easy to remark and express uniqueness. We consider that your stile not only inspires other fashion and beauty photographers but also defines the quality level for the aspirants.