Where are you located?
We are located in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental but most of our engagements are in Bacolod City and another “but”, we are available for domestic and, shall I dreamy say, international travels.
Are you twins?
No. We are brothers.
How and why did you become a photographer?
Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad of the “3 Idiots” movie answers it so short yet so well: Make your passion your profession.
Involvement in campus journalism awakened this desire to seize moments in pictures. From then on I found so much interest in creating different stories of life, love, and leisure to share, enthuse and inspire. This led me to immortalize life, love and beauty in avant-garde stills – to magnify Him who created all these beautiful stories.
My brother, Tristram Vir, on the other hand, is an artist by heart and open to growth and innovation; from school notebooks to different kinds of mediums and canvases; time has really harnessed his hobby in sketching, drawing and painting to a craft, not expecting to fall in love with a different art genre when I introduced him to photography and post-processing.
My mother, Marisses Y. Tampo also shared a quote from Charles M. Schwab saying “A man will succeed at anything about which he is really enthusiastic.” Another one is: “Find a job that you love and never work another day in your life.”
These quotes became my favorites because these are true in my life.
I’ve been to several jobs before I finally chose to be a photographer at the same time a graphic designer. I was a researcher back then. Afterwards, I was hired as a technical assistant for three (3) projects in Mindanao and in Manila. Then I went home to teach in a local college.
I was happy about my tasks, my responsibilities and my pay. Yet still, there was something missing in me. Looking back, I didn’t find so much joy in my employment (There is a big difference between happiness and joyfulness.) I wasn’t really enthusiastic about it. Unless I’ll be requested or assigned to do photography and designing – there I feel the itch.
After so much thought, prayers and risks and with the never-faltering support of my family especially my mother, here I am now. I’m doing what I really love doing so work seems play. I don’t really earn so much in this craft compared to my previous compensations yet I’m joyful about it. It dumps me every after photo sessions yet I am fulfilled – and it gives me more time for God.
Do you also do video coverages?
By God’s grace, no.
We decided to leave film-making to the video gods for us to better improve our craft in photographing moments. We don’t want to divide our attention between two types of media. Wedding photography alone already requires good focus and a large amount of resources to make sure we provide what the couples need.
We want to improve and to provide room for improvement, we focus on our first love = stills.
In light of which, we could provide better photos for our clients.