We’d like to believe that photography isn’t just a pretty picture. Always we find ourselves looking for a story behind its still images, and here it dawns on us how distances no longer stop us from connecting to anyone and anywhere our heart desires. Raniel is living proof of that. He’s a lifestyle & travel photographer on the side while he works full time for AirAsia – a match made in heaven we think.
We’ve always been a fan of Raniel’s ever since and it was a delight to learn about the budding Instagram community we have locally, all with one common interest: to capture life. Raniel was one of the people that kickstarted our local meet-ups, and just like with all other stories, we wondered about the origins of well-loved hashtags he founded #AsIWondered and #SinoPinas. Raniel shares how the latter was just an interesting idea between like-minded friends that spread like wildfire over the net. By personifying the Philippines, they were able to encourage people to do the same and explore her beauty. Social media does wonders on it’s own, no?
Our conversation brought back the itch to go out there as we delved deeper into our conversation about traveling, seeking uncharted places, and how being proactive can lead one thing to another. We remember our own bucket list when we think of all that Raniel has fulfilled, and we’re blown away at how he could do it all while juggling his 9-5 responsibilities. We can all relate to his struggles, no doubt. But here comes Raniel, shrugging as he simply says how he loves what he does. Proves yet again that perspective can make all the difference.
We hope this episode inspires you to be little adventurers as well. Tell us all about where your feet take you if you must ♡
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03:30 – Raniel shares about what he’s been up to lately – from working full-time for AirAsia alongside his freelance photography work & travels
06:00 – We travel back in time to revisit how Raniel discovered photography and art in general
07:52 – Raniel also talks about the time he finally took photography seriously, and how he kickstarted his personal projects & built his portfolio
10:22 – We find out that he originally aimed for commercial & lifestyle photography but life has led him elsewhere
12:00 – Chiara asks about the story behind #AsIWandered and #SinoPinas. You’ll be surprised to find out about these concepts by Raniel and his friends!
18:50 – Raniel shares about his positive mindset with regards to work
19:40 – For budding photographers, Raniel gives some tips on how to get yourself started
26:14 – And details about our #FranklywithRaniel giveaway! Two winners will have the privilege to learn from Raniel during a private workshop slash hangout. This will be your chance to ask him about all your photography curiosities and ideas, whether on portraits, lifestyle or travel. How can you not want to win this?
Think hard about our question for you:
“What do you think is the role of photography whenever you travel?”*
- Make sure your Instagram account and post settings are set to public so that we can view your entries. Only one entry per person is allowed.
- Choose one of your travel photographs to post and share your answer to the question as the caption.
- Important: mention us both @edenandjune @rayniyel on Instagram and hashtag your post with #FranklywithRaniel. If you don’t do this, we won’t be able to count your post as an entry.
- Make sure you give us a follow on Instagram 😉
- Once you’ve shared your entry, come back to this post and place your details on the comment portion below. Leave us your name & your Instagram username. It should look like this:
Hi, I joined the #FranklywithRaniel giveaway! Here are my details –
Name: Steph Yap
We’ll be waiting for your entries until January 27, 2017. We will be announcing winners right the next day after choosing the winners alongside Raniel based on the honesty and creativity of your answer.
*This giveaway is open only to Philippine residents
We’re so close to the end we’re going to miss you,
Eden & June