Wedding Supplier Review: MYIO OKAMOTO Photography

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Among the things that we decided not to scrimp was our Wedding, Photographer. And since we are into photography ourselves, it was actually one of the most tedious and difficult decisions that we have to do. It even came to a point that we had sleepless nights wondering if we made the right decision because we had to let go of our hard-earned money when we decided to change our Wedding Photographer. It was actually one of the best highlights of our wedding planning that we really learned a lot from. Thankfully though, we found out that every penny was worth it after our wedding! Below is our supplier review for our wedding Photographer— MYIO OKAMOTO PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Supplier Rating: 5/5
  • Mode of Communication: Email, FB Chat
  • Contact Person: Myio Okamoto
  • Package: Wedding Photography

If you have been following our previous posts, you would have remembered that Myio Okamoto wasn’t our first choice for our Wedding Photographer. Although Myio was a WAW-find supplier (Thanks to Wedding at Works) thanks to a WAWIE friend who was also his former client, we were able to get Myio’s attention at a time when we felt we really need to make that “move”. Although Myio seemed promising at that time, our attention was caught by two other known Wedding Photographers due to their vast years of experience, style, and budget. But what we didn’t know is that in the end, we’ll be with someone who is way younger than our initial options but has an underrated talent.

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First meeting and final detailing with Myio

Among the things in the checklist that we did for choosing our own Wedding Photographer and Videographer, Style has stood out as well as Work Quality and Output when we finally decided to get Myio Okamoto for our wedding. His style was actually a combination of editorial, edgy and candid. When looking at his portfolio, the perspective of the angles was not too structured but still has that kick to it. One can also immediately appreciate how natural the candidness of the photos were and how it leaves a certain wow-factor statement. Also, during that time we didn’t really cared much if his rate would be beyond our budget (supposed to be a big no as a budget couple) because its the output that we were eyeing for in the first place and unfortunately, we already lack time because our wedding is only 8 weeks away!

Similar to other wedding suppliers whom we met for final detailing, we met Myio for coffee at Trinoma where he showed his sample wedding albums and discussed further our wedding pegs. We were honestly surprised when we first saw him since he definitely looked really young! We even joked about how he would pass like a College student instead of a professional supplier. In person, Myio was really shy and humble. He didn’t even boast about his achievements as a wedding supplier to get our attention but instead, showed us samples of his portfolio that he carried with him. We also found out that he used to shoot for other big time Wedding Photographers in the country where he was able to hone his talent before finally deciding to start his own brand. His story was really inspiring since he never went to formal school nor took any formal classes, but only played around with his camera when he was small until he decided to do professional photography at the age of 17. The kid has definitely lots of potentials and that’s what we felt when we met him in person. Amidst the initial impression that we had, looks can really be deceiving since Myio proved he was way more talented than we expected.

He and his team arrived early at the hotel so we had enough time to do the bridal preps photo shoot. Since we already met prior to our wedding, the connection was already established. Instead of being awkward, we felt comfortable around him like they were our long lost brothers from another mother! His team was also jolly to be around, but still manages to be professional to a T. It was also a good idea that we were able to get suppliers who seemed to have a good relationship with each other and who had worked before because the atmosphere felt really light and happy. Everyone would just throw jokes and people would just start laughing.

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Working with a great photographer like Myio is a dream come true for us, who is into photography as well. And honestly, words are not enough to describe how awesome our wedding photos had turned out — especially the raw ones that don’t need editing! His work really speaks for what he can do and at a young age, his potential is really huge!

Among our suppliers, he is obviously one of the main reasons why reputable and known wedding sites noticed our wedding. If ever we’d have our wedding again, we would always chose Myio in a heartbeat! ❤ ❤ ❤

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PROS

  • Superbly amazing photos!!! They produce artistically-done images that you just won’t get tired of looking for decades! Our wedding features are a living testament of that! ❤
  • Myio and his team came early and were automatically on work-mode upon entering the Hotel Preps area. They also seem to have a great working relationship with our Coordinator, Videographer, and the rest of our major suppliers so there were no problems during our wedding.
  • The team was composed of young, amazing talents that deal with their clients Professionally, ensuring a great working atmosphere. They were so fun to be with, it’s as if you’re just talking to your longtime friends.
  • Communicating with them before, during and especially even after the wedding was not a problem. Myio would really find time to respond with our concerns especially with our requests for the final output of our Wedding Albums.
  • They’ve got great and affordable packages and would always offer promos during Bridal Fairs.

CONS

  • There were some important shots that the team forgot to take such as the Mom and Daughter photo during the Bridal preps.
  • We had a two revisions for the draft revisions  for our Wedding Photo Albums that went on for months before it was finally published. There were some minor misunderstanding in the selection of photos,  how the layout would be done and with the printing for the final output. But, this was something you can actually overlook because of the excellent “super-duper” final product!

CONTACT INFO:
Myio Okamoto Photography
http://www.myiookamoto.com/
FB: Myio Okamoto Photography
(+63917) 178 6946

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Wedding Supplier Crew Meals

 

One of the underrated things that couples need to tick off from the Wedding Checklist is the Wedding Supplier Crew Meals. Before we thought that we don’t need to allot money for this since only a few suppliers will be present at our wedding and actually akala namin kasama na yung food nila sa bayad namin. Admittedly, we felt naive with this concept at first since here in Kuwait, whenever we freelance with some events, either we’d always be included in the guest list or we need to make sure that we’re already full and not expect our clients to feed us because it’s not part of the agreement. But, in the Philippines, it’s entirely different. So after we researched on the importance of crew meals and talking to our Coordinator, we came to realize that we should definitely provide for them because they will be working very hard for more than 6 hours on our wedding day! After going through all supplier contracts and double checking it with our Coordinator, we found out that our expected number of crews/staff have increased and that some wedding suppliers even have their own “preferred” meals or corresponding meal allowances.

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Wedding Photographer and Videographer Checklist

 

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Credit to Myio Okamoto Photography

One of the most important things to do in a wedding is to choose an awesome and definitely reliable photographer and videographer who can capture the most memorable events of your wedding. But before doing so be sure that you already have at least an idea on what you need to consider since paying deposits to book their services on a standard Php 10,000 per team is definitely a big deal for budget couples. And of course, letting go of your deposit when you decide later on that you found a better deal or a better one is something that you should try to avoid if you have a tight budget for your wedding. But, if you have all the extra financial means.. why not?

So before you even decide to book your Photo and Video team, whether they’re a combined one or separate, read these tips first. Below are the things that we considered as part of our checklist when we were sorting out our Wedding Photographer and Videographer. These things may or may not be applicable to you, but you can at least have a good idea to create your own standard or basis.

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When is the right time to do your Prenup Shoot?

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It’s a wrap! GA together with our prenup photoshoot suppliers 

This is a very common question for any couple getting married. When is the right time to do our prenup shoot? Next month? After 6 months? 1 month before the wedding? Next holiday? As a former bride myself, I’ve been through these questions dozens of times to the point that Garry was telling me to just choose whichever date is okay and done! We’re good to go. As if it’s that easy… But seriously though, choosing the right, perfect, awesome prenup date is not as easy as 1, 2, 3 because you need to consider a lot of factors. It’s similar to arranging your own wedding event, just that it’s a photoshoot (or videoshoot).

So for your Prenup/ Engagement shoot, you can choose any date, any location you desire, any pegs that you want to do etc but unfortunately, it will still depend on the following factors that you definitely need to consider:

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DIY: Save the Date video 2

During our wedding preps, everything was on a tight budget. From our major suppliers until down to the very smallest detail, everything was accounted for. And like any other couple, we, of course wanted everyone to be reminded of our special day but not to the extent of printing save the date cards and sending them out to our guests. They’re good, no offense, but for us it’s pretty much redundant already since we already planned to give out our official formal wedding invites. Plus, the printing and shipping would cost us a few thousand that we felt would be better off with our invites or some other important wedding supplier. Besides, we don’t want to jump on the bandwagon. We wanted to be unique. We wanted to showcase who we are as a couple. So..what better way to present it was through our passion — photography and videography!

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Wedding Supplier Review: MEL ORLINA Couture

I have always dreamed of being a princess and wearing a very beautiful gown on my wedding day. But finding the best and yet affordable couturier that fits our budget who can make what I envision into reality is really tricky. Luckily, I found her. Below is our supplier review for my chosen bridal couture — MEL ORLINA

  • Supplier Rating: 4.50/5 
  • Mode of Communication: Email, Call (if necessary)
  • Contact Person: Ms. Mel, Ms. Michel (staff), Ms. Kristine (staff)
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My dream wedding dress and that long train! Photo by Myio Okamoto.

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Prenup Supplier Review: Taal Town Heritage

Video Prenup Location: TAAL TOWN HERITAGE (3 locations)

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Taal Town Municipal Hall

Since we have a vintage theme in mind, we stick with the concept and decided to check around Manila (going out of town is last of our priorities due to OOT fees) for great places until we found out about Taal Heritage Town where the known Basilica of St. Martin de Tours is located through one of our discussions with a suppliers and decided to check it out even if it’s located in Batangas. At first sight through FB photos, we fell in love with it’s authentic feel. After a lot (literally) of discussion and budget considerations, we pushed through with the place because it’s way cheaper than Las Casas (our first choice), it’s also our first time going there and hindi pa ako masyado nakakakita ng prenup held here. I saw maybe 1-2 prenup shoots online held at Taal Town but mostly they’re just photo shoots and the area wasn’t that explored. This of course made us feel like hindi pa masyado gamit ang place which is nakaka excite for us and sa team namin! Anyway going there was another story since it took us 2.5 hours from Boni (where we stayed at that time) to reach Taal Town through Grab kasi coding yun van namin at that time! Yes, this very nice Grab car driver took us there after we were left behind by the last Jam Liner Buendia bus even if it’s his first time also to travel outside of Manila in the middle of the night.

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