A Crowbar and some Bruises


Before the summer ended I went back to the abandoned building at Betty-Go Belmonte station to do another fashion shoot. Better watch out for the crowbar or get hit. 


Since it's June and the humid and bright summer just recently left, I figure to do a shoot before the rain starts plowing the streets of Manila. On top of that I haven't done a fashion shoot for a long time and I really do miss doing it since *insert shitty excuses because of day jobs and sleep deprivation* —and that is why I miss it a lot.

For this particular shoot I asked the help of Peevee (our lovely model) and Jay-lee who is an amazing HMUA to bring these ideas of mine to life. The concept here is about this strong, brazen and tough woman, in short a badass crowbar-wielding woman. A type of woman who despite of the bruises she doesn't ever f*cking back down off a fight.


All that she needs now is a crown, a bunch of servants and dragons!




For this particular shoot I used the tried and test Godox light with a not-so-parabolic umbrella since it's off-centered, along with two of my speedlights. I'm planning to add more lights on my future shoots and hopefully pull off a McNally type of setup. If you guys know a decent speedlite or a portable flash head that is not too expensive and can dish out some nice amount of light just let me know!

Here are some BTS photos of the shoot

And here is us after the last frame was taken! I'd like to thank Peevee and Jay-lee because they are really awesome at what they do and also for sharing their talent and time for this shoot. Till the next shoot then! Cheers!


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Patrick Jude M. Ilagan born June 24, 1990 is a graphic designer, photographer and content specialist based in Manila, Philippines. Patrick is a graduate of University of Santo Tomas wherein he earned his degree in Fine Arts major in Advertising.

After graduating he worked as a graphic designer and art director for on Gadgets Magazine under Great Minds Media Inc. which is a publishing company based in Quezon City, Philippines in 2011 until 2012. He then moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro as a content writer which later on became Digital Room Inc. (Philippines) wherein he became a digital marketing specialist. In the same year he moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro he also part-timed as an instructor for a local college based in Makati, Philippines wherein he taught graphic design.

Patrick wrote and made downloadable content for You the Designer which is a graphic design lifestyle blog in 2012 until early 2014 with artist Kerby Rosanes. In mid-2014 He shifted his efforts and co-founded photography lifestyle and inspiration blog named You the Photographer with George Nacpil. He is currently the blog's editor.

Patrick often refers to himself as a pixel craftsman since he is mostly working with a computer. Patrick mostly uses Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom for his work.

When not working Patrick immerses himself in TV shows, movies, books and games. He is also a fan of underground live music shows, food fairs, art exhibits and roaming around museums.