The best shoots happen when you're all having fun.

I was looking forward to expanding my portfolio and was actually just about to cast models when a unique opportunity came: my cousin, Monica, was in town.

A singer and a theater actress (she headlined the revival of the iconic Bituing Walang Ningning musical here in Manila a few years back) Monica is nothing short of a star and I was just raring to photograph her - especially since our first amateur "shoot" some five years ago, wasn't really of top quality hahaha!

With hair and makeup handled by the amazing Valentina Yanchitskaya of Lourd Ramos Salon and Jinx Aggabao of Make Up For Ever,  as well as outfits styled by Rione featuring items from  Kaye Morales' collections, not to mention vintage Prada, ETRO, and Escada — it's safe to say that the shoot went perfectly well.

Here are some photos: