Eddie Boy Escudero is one of the most prominent professional photographers in the Philippines. His very long list of clients is virtually the country’s “who’s who.” He mainly shoots weddings and special events, and he is also an avid visual chronicler of Manila’s thriving underground scene. Eddie Boy Escudero’s photographs can be described as intimate, real and honest. It is often said that he has the uncanny ability to capture special and unique moments like no one can. He is much-admired for the world-class quality of his work, and much-loved for his engaging personality. In many ways, his body of professional work is the standard to which budding Filipino professional wedding and events photographers aspire to. His photographs have been published in almost all newspapers and magazines in the Philippines. On his free time, Eddie Boy Escudero loves to play tennis, watch movies, and listen to music (blues, jazz, world, classic rock, dance, house, drum-and-bass, etc.). He also likes to travel and explore, sharing all sorts of fun experiences with friends and family. How does he describe himself? “I am a wedding photographer by profession, but I love to shoot other subjects, too. Having worked in the music industry, I have taken pictures of musicians and artists, and various musical events. Women inspire me and my camera love to travel.” Check out Eddie Boy Escudero’s professional and personal Facebook pages here and here.
DOMINIQUE JAMES: How did you get started in photography?
EDDIE BOY ESCUDERO: I’ve always been interested I photography. At 7, I loved going thru my aunt's photo magazines, particularly the nudes sections.
My first camera was a Minolta XG-1 which I bought in Singapore in 1983 when the band that I was managing, Something Special, had a gig there. I just set it on A, and clicked away. Shutter speed, Aperture, ASA, depth-of-field were all strange terms.
In 1992, a friend introduced me to the Zone V Camera Club which I eventually joined. Having to submit 2 photos with themes that changed every month, I finally taught myself how to shoot by buying every photo magazine and instructional book I could afford.
Having learned, and getting really comfortable with my cameras (Minoltas), I started to shoot every event I attended. Concerts, parties, weddings of friends and family, and finally an album cover that paid me!
An old school mate of mine saw some of my wedding pics and ask me to shoot for him and Asian Bride magazine. Soon after I started to shoot for Metro and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. And then I decided to retire from the music industry and become a photographer, shooting many, many weddings.
DJ: What kind of pictures do you like to take?
EBE: A hard question because I like shooting many, many things—women, travel, the local underground scene, found objects, my food!
DJ: Who or what would you consider as influential to your photography?
EBE: I’ll have to say Zone V sparked my almost insane passion to shoot. The camaraderie and competition made me love doing what I do; and in the process of learning, I discovered the masters—Helmut, Irving, Herb, Patrick, Henri, Mary Ellen, etc.
DJ: What’s your favorite camera and lens?
EBE: I loved my Minoltas and Sonys and their kit lenses, wide angles, tele-zooms, and 50s. But at this very moment, my favorite camera is my iPhone 5s. Only because it is able to capture my daily life so quickly. And having Snapseed and Camera 360 helps make it a little more interesting.
DJ: Any other particular piece of photo gear that you feel is essential or like using?
EBE: I am not a gear head. If I can shoot with a handheld flash or tripod and fast lens, I would rather do this than bring a lot of strobes.
DJ: How you edit and enhance your pictures before showing them? What is your post-production process like?
EBE: I use Aperture for my editing, but only fix exposure or white balance. I also like converting color to black-and-white. The only time I overly post-process is with my iPhone and Snapseed.
DJ: How do you share your pictures and to whom?
EBE: I am a Facebook addict. Thousands of my pics are posted in my profile and pages. My website has ceased to exist, and stopped posting in Tumblr, 500px, Flickr, and Google.
DJ: How do you store or archive your pictures?
EBE: I have external drives.
DJ: What do you think of today’s state of photography?
EBE: It has never been this popular. Everybody takes pictures already and the number of pros has dramatically increased. We are bombarded in the net with thousands of images everyday. What I find sad though is the fact that I hardly ever have my personal stuff printed anymore. In a world without electricity, no one will ever see my pics.
DJ: What is that one all-important lesson you’ve learned when it comes to photography?
EBE: Life is beautiful. If not for the camera, I wouldn't have learned to see this.
DJ: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received and can share with others?
EBE: Click away. And learn to find beauty. <)
Notes: All photographs on this page, used with permission, by Eddie Boy Escudero. Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved. For the complete set of interviews and photographs of all the amazing photographers featured on this blog’s exclusive Q&A, please click here.