a very simple list of trivia and tidbits

My very first wedding gig was Ali Gordon and Eric Paragas' wedding on January 9, 2000 held all the way in Subic. I can't believe more than a decade has passed already! My experiences from that day on made me what I am today. I can proudly say that after 11 years, I still remain enthusiastic about this job. It was a great leap of faith to start this business. I know I made the right choice. I've never been happier. I witness happily-ever-afters for a living afterall.
I have 38 various trophies loyally collecting dust. I think I have about 50 I haven't claimed yet. While I appreciate being recognized for all the hard work, filling up display cases is not my thing. (The cleaning lady will get mad, too.) I would rather display my favorite photographs and some paintings here and there. That doesn't mean I don't like awards though. It's icing on the cake, and I love icing.
My very first digital camera was Canon D30, a 3-megapixel camera that helped me develop the Digital Storybook. And the rest is history. 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 5D and 7D. Oh I have used them all! (I happen to think the letter D on them is for Dino.) Just imagine my delight when I became a Canon Ambassador. I was part of the 15 Filipino professional Canon users chosen to be ambassadors. If that's not cool enough, our picture got to be posted on a huge billboard too. How many non-models like me can have such opportunity to pretend, right?
That battered piece on top is one of my favorites out of the 697 records I have in my collection. Love Songs is a compilation album that comprises of love songs recorded by The Beatles between 1962 and 1970. I bought this album for 45 pesos. Why vinyl? The vinyl recording sound is richer than that of CD recordings. Therefore, the experience of listening to music is heightened. Music has always been and will always be a great inspiration for me. Ten sets of audiophile speakers plus hundreds of records to choose from equals one happy Dino Lara hiding from the outside world on his day off.

Covering more than a thousand weddings makes me want to say I have seen it all. That's not true though because I still get surprised every now and then. There is always something to look forward to. New experiences, new discoveries, new perspectives. I could reach the 6-digit mark and still want more. I'm here to stay.
I had as much as 432 couples to shoot in one day. It was a mass wedding in Navotas City where I grew up in. I felt it was time to give back to the industry that has served me well. These couples had to have at least one child and had to be together at least five years to qualify for this event. Individual portraits were photographed under the sun for about 4 hours. My team and I had a great tan, and our hearts swelled 432 times.
My first CF card was 16 MB. Isn't it amazing how I now use 16 GB cards? Well, from mere 3 megapixels, we're now producing 25 megapixel resolution images.
Being 2007 Photographer of the Year of AGWPJA (Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association), is one of the highlights of my career. Imagine competing with the top 5 photographers of the world. Everyday I feel honored and all the more focused to do my best.