1. Anonymous said: HELLO C! I have been following your blog ever since!! :D I am so excited because I just bought a camera and I have always had a passion for photography and fashion. Now my question/favor is this.. :> What books have you read, re: photography styles, photoshop editing, etc.. when you were just starting? LINKS? :) maybe you can give me a list! :) I am a certified newbie but I am so excited to learn! Thank you in advance and i hope you get more and more $$$ and love and sunshines.

    Hello there! Thanks a lot! Regarding your question, I’m sorry but I don’t really read books for photography, tho I love scanning and browsing different visual inspirations ‘cause seeing beautiful photos encourages me to create something. Also, I learn more thru experience and whenever I wanna try something, I search online then try the technique or ask my friends about it. Though when I had an interview with Jay Tablante, he mentioned that one of the books that really helped him understand the principles of photography was “Light Science and Magic”. As for online inspirations, I would usually visit theones2watch.com or search my fave fashion photographers like Mert and Marcus, Steven Meisel, Camilla Akrans, Mario Sorrenti, Zemotion, etc. Hope my answer helps! Sorry I’m not really geeky when it comes to the technical side of photography. It might also help if you watch videos of shoots or attend shoots of professional photographers, it’s pretty interesting. Good luck with your photography! Just keep shooting. God Bless :)


  2. spiritualinspiration:

    “Let Them Go”
    By T. D. Jakes

    There are people who can walk away from you. And hear me when I tell you this! When people can walk away from you, let them walk. I don’t want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean, hang up the phone.

    When people can walk away from you, let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anybody who left. The Bible said that they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19] People leave you because they are not joined to you. And if they are not joined to you, you can’t make them stay.

    Let them go.

    It doesn’t mean that they are a bad person; it just means that their part in the story is over. And you’ve got to know when peoples’ part in your story is over so that you don’t keep trying to raise the dead. You’ve got to know when it’s dead.

    You’ve got to know when it’s over. Let me tell you something. I’ve got the gift of good-bye. It’s the tenth spiritual gift. I believe in good-bye. It’s not that I’m hateful, it’s that I’m faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He’ll give it to me. And if it takes too much sweat I don’t need it. Stop begging people to stay.

    Let them go!

    This is beautiful

    (via spiritualinspiration)


  3. Anonymous said: Where do you usually shoot? Do you rent a studio or you have your own? Btw, I love your works. Will you marry me? But since you have someone already, can I marry your works instead? loljoke. Lame joke. Haha I love love love love your works! Keep it up. I wish I could collaborate with you soon hihi. :*

    Well I like shooting outdoors but I don’t really have a regular spot, though Ive tried shooting in UP, some resorts here in Antipolo, Wild Life, etc. I don’t own a studio (I wish), my studio shoots were mostly taken at Xander Angeles’ studio (Edge of Light). Hmm, not sure if you’re one of my close friends trying to make an awkward post and see my reaction haha! IDK if this whole message was a joke but thanks a lot! “Hope to collaborate with you as well”. *wink* haha!


  4. jeline-catt said: I just came across your Tumblr and I instantly fell in love with your photos! You are AMAZING. Your work is just breathtakingly beautiful and I can't stop looking at them! Ahhhh ♥

    Thanks a lot for dropping by, you have lovely photos as well! <3 <3 


  5. Endless Summer (Shoot for Inquirer2bU published last 7.04.14)

    Modeled by Jaja Nulla

    Photography by Charisma Lico

    Styling by Luis Carlo San Juan and Krista Rodriguez

    Make Up by Justine Del Rosario

    Hair by Charisma Vicuña

    Shot at Café De Seoul


  6. Anonymous said: Hello! I love you photos! I was just wondering, ineedit mo pa ba yung background whenever you shoot studio portraits and whole body? I wonder lang how nag-eeven out yung shadows sa background, I'm having trouble determining if achievable yun sa studio lighting or post process na yung ganun. Thanks hope you answer my question :)

    Hi :) It actually frustrates me when the backdrop is not so clean, cause I will surely have to edit it, like clean it, and it’s not fun haha. Im not really fond of changing backgrounds like cropping the subject and putting a flat background and I do not suggest that as well. Not having shadows is totally achievable during the shoot. You can try putting the light at the side of the model (side-light). But if you try to look for other shoots, there are times that the light is coming directly in front of the model, yet there are no harsh shadows at the BG, well I assume that those shoots were done in a big studio. As long as the model is far from the background, it will not create shadows. Good luck! :)


  7. Anonymous said: I super love your photos! You're my inspiration! Where do you work? or what did you do after college? Last, any tips for confused-fresh-grad like me who wants to pursue photography but I can't apply photography internships because I'm broke.. Do I need to find stable office job first? Thank you so much. I/we really appreciate your efforts to response to your readers'questions thank you so much! :*

    Thank you so much! Your question really made me think ‘cause I’m not even successful to know the right thing to do haha! Gosh please don’t blame me if my advice didn’t go well. Hahaha! I’ll just answer based on what I’ve experienced or  noticed.

    I still do freelance work, but I’ve also been staying at Xander Angeles’ studio (Edge of Light) for almost a year I guess. What I did after college was get enough sleep, can you imagine being sleep-deprived for four years? Haha! But seriously, what I did was apply as for an internship  because it was a good training experience especially if your mentor will really let you shoot, unless you have your own studio then that’s easier! A lot of X-deal work was offered after I graduated and I was like “isn’t it time for me to earn now?” haha! Of course I wanted to earn money but I just can’t imagine myself doing anything aside from photography. But when you’re starting, you just have to say “yes” to almost anything for exposure. I suggest, that if you love doing something else as much as you love doing photography, something that can pay you regularly, then choose the other option (for now). There are lots of other successful photographers who didn’t choose photography first, like Jay Tablante and Doc Marlon. 

    I think you really have to start applying as an intern at first for practice, then you still have to build your own name by getting published, but publications don’t really pay big. After that, clients from advertising will start to notice you and that’s how you’ll start earning. I am actually having a hard time when it comes to being stable, if only i could do something else aside from photography, something that I enjoy as much, but nah. Haha! It kinda makes me sad sometimes, but I just trust Him to direct my steps. Also, it’s just my opinion, its better if you decide, ask for guidance, maybe you’ll come up with a better strategy :) Good luck with your career! God Bless!


  8. fransecrispolon said: hi!im a fan :D i l=really love your photos. im a hobbyist photographer and i always get fr ustrated when i dont get the shot i wanted and the post process im aiming. can you teach me some techniques on how you post process most of your photos, the mannequin like effect(i dont know how to identify it.haha) can you suggest some setting on camera. thank you so much :D

    Hi there, thank you so much for the kind words. I appreciate it a lot! :)

    It really takes practice when it comes to everything, time will come you will finally achieve the look that you want. I’m not sure if I really have a technique but if you want to achieve the “mannequin effect”, during the shoot, ask the make up artist to put highlights or oil on the model, so when the light hits the model’s skin, it would look shinier. For the camera settings, I always adjust the white balance to set the mood, desaturated and high contrast although it really depends.

    I’ve also answered questions about post-processing before, here are some of the links:




    Hope I was able to help you, thank you so much! Good luck and God Bless! :)


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    Shoot for Inquirer 2bu
    Designer: Brit Romero D
    Modeled by Jasmine Maierhofer
    Make Up by Justine Del Rosario 
    Hair by Jet Babas
    Sittings editor Luis San Juan 
    Photography by Charisma Lico
    Special thanks to Job Layco





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  10. Anonymous said: ate, how do you edit the skin of your models. They look so real. and mine just looks flat I wanna know how to adjust them like that I have been practicing lightroom for months now but still I can't create photos as good as yours :(

    Hi! Lighting really helps, the highlights and  shadows create more depth.  You can always ask the make up artist to put highlights even on arms or legs. Same goes for the editing, you can always adjust the highlights especially if you’re using lightroom. Hope this helps, good luck and God Bless :)