Photo Shoot Locations for any Occasion

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Virtually any place can be a photo shoot location as long as you have an excellent quality camera (I use OPPO F1s). I used to be really shy about taking pictures. Not just of myself but of surroundings and objects if I felt that I would be catching someone’s attention. I’ve been missing out on a lot. I only realized thankfully not too, late that I’m free to take pictures of almost anything most especially myself and people won’t be upset if I do. Here are a few photo shoot locations that I discovered where you can take pictures for any occasion.

University of Santo Tomas

I discovered the beauty and infinite possibilities for photo shoots at the University of Santo Tomas when Bastian took his entrance exam for Senior High. I waited for about 4 hours and really got to take in the beautiful campus and luscious greenery. I must have walked around the entire place 3 times at least. I’m more than thrilled that Bastian will get to spend his senior high years at place as refreshing as this.

Walkways are always a nice backdrop for taking photos. The path that gets narrower and trees that get closer to one another tell a story. I took a panoramic shot of the entrance to UST and here you can get some casual shots like standing underneath the arch.

Star City

Star City has many possibilities for backdrops for photo shoots. We found this lighted tree and as you can see it makes for an attractive background. The roller coaster rides taken at different angles can be a maze for the eyes.

Usually with phone cameras you’ll get a dark and blurry shot but with my OPPO F1s I didn’t have to do anything! If you do want toa djust your settings you still have that option by going into Expert Mode. Here you can adjust your ISO, White Balance and all that good stuff.

Fairview Terraces

The garden alone gives you unlimited picture opportunities. From the art installation to the Central Tree you have photo shoot spots right there. Go further though and visit there Food Choices on the 2nd level where there are spaces and corners that will give you Instagram worthy shots

La Mesa Ecopark

We were at the park recently and witnessed an actual photo shoot of a debutante. Already this tells you that La Mesa Ecopark is a popular photo shoot location. Going around the park you’ll see bridges, steps and fields where you can take all kinds of pictures. Pre-nups and fashion pictorials are often done here as well.

Do you have any photo shoot locations you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it and hopefully get to visit to take more pictures with my family.

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Discover El Neo Garahe Food Park along Commonwealth Ave

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They say a family that eats together stays together and they wouldn’t be wrong. Families sitting down to a meal nowadays are becoming a rare event. With busy schedules and permanently glued gadgets to our hands family time is becoming less and less precious. That’s why the arrival of the food park is such a great way to increase bonding time. Our different tastes and the ambiance of eating outside makes it a fun way to spend that precious time together.

The kids and I recently went to El Neo Garahe Food Park along Commonwealth Ave and ridiculously close to our place. Having just recently opened it was a pleasant surprise to see that almost all the stalls are occupied with the rest opening soon. The relaxed and inviting atmosphere made the evening more cozy for my family.

The unique design of the park focusing on drums and painted tires says “Come, sit and relax.” The chairs and tables alone are already Instagram worthy!

The food park is rather spacious and has more than adequate seating even having some dining areas atop some of the establishments. It’s well lighted and plays music to a comfortable level where a good conversation can be had.

In the center of the food park is a bar where you can get both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

We settled in and got drinks from Feliz Coffee and Sweets. As we pondered what to order from the neighboring The Braw Barn we leisurely took sips of our pretty drinks. Yes, pretty drinks. Check out what we ordered below.

Winter Wonderland Ice Scramble (Php100)

The ice scramble is back and perfect for the summer. 

Strawberry and Cream Frappe (Php120)

Kianna loves anything strawberries and she enjoyed this frappe.

Cappucino (Php85)

Bastian went for a hot drink despite the heat and liked the smoothness of their cappucino.

As you can see The Braw Barn got its name from the words Burgers Ribs And Wings which means fine and great. Their house specialties include a variety of burger combinations, fall off the bone ribs and flavorful wings. Now that’s saying alot because most of the time I don’t like wings because I’ve found them to be too strong in spice. We ordered the honey glazed and lemon pepper wings and it was just right for me. It was more than enough for the kids as it was gone in a matter of minutes.

Brawkada Treat for 4 (Php690)

They have Brawkada treats for groups of 2 and 4 people.


The ribs are tender and the combination of spices were evenly blended.

Honey Glazed & Lemon Pepper with Mayo Garlic Dip

Both were equally yummy and the garlic mayo was the perfect dip in my opinion.

Sliders and Chips

I’ve always been attracted to sliders. Yes, attracted. I love miniature versions of burgers especially these colorful ones. Jael enjoyed the chips and he finished most of it.

Chocolate Mousse

Perfectly designed and almost too cute to eat! Every bite is a smooth bite of just the right amount of sweetness.

Churros Cup Rocky Road (Php120)

The problem with churros is it can be too oily when not properly made. The topping of ice cream, marshmallows, nuts and chocolate syrup complete this perfectly cooked churros cup.

Smores (Php60)

For the price this is a steal! It’s a healthy plate of perfectly toasted marshmallows teeming with melted chocolate right underneath!

Banana Whipped and Drizzles (Php110)

Crepes are so much fun to eat. Anything with whipped cream and chocolate syrup always does it for me.

Our dining experience was so enjoyable because aside from the delicious food we spent time together catching up. Jael ran around the entire yard and ordinarily I would have been embarrassed but it truly is a family friendly food park.

The Braw Barn and Feliz Coffee and Sweets impressed me so much so that we’re looking forward to returning and trying out the rest of the food stalls.

You have your choice of pizza, rice meals, sides, dimsum and even Japanese. El Neo Garahe Food Park is open daily from 4pm to 12am. They have parking good for about 4 cars and the rest can park along the street.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

El Neo Garahe Food Park: FB & IG: @elneogarahefoodpark
The Braw Barn: FB & IG: @thebrawbarn
Feliz Coffee and Sweets: FB & IG: @felizcoffeeandsweets

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Have a Family Photo Shoot with the OPPO F1s

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Studio portraits can be expensive but we moms love to capture our family by stages. Often you’ll find that studio shots gloss over your pictures and do a hell of a Photoshop job that sometimes they make you look unrecognizable. Another thing I notice is that you’re given backdrop choices and more often than not we would go for a plain colored one because the artificial forest and other scenery don’t add to the picture value.

What can you do about it? Take matters into your own hands and have your very own family photo shoot! If you’re on a budget like I always seem to be then you need to get a little creative. What do you need?

1. Beautiful surroundings
2. Willing participants
3. Energy
4. OPPO F1s

When you have all of these you’re sure to get excellent pictures from the family photo shoot that you have planned! We decided to have our’s at La Mesa Ecopark. Despite it being a Sunday afternoon it wasn’t so crowded and we were able to claim a little bit of space for our picture taking session.

It was tons more fun having a photo shoot outdoors. We tried out different poses and shots enjoying and laughing as we captured all of it on my trusty OPPO F1s. I brought a tripod with me that had a remote so we could take pictures from afar. Thankfully my OPPO F1s can take pictures in any setting. I hardly had to do any adjusting for the shots we took.

It was also a great experience for us because I’m lucky to have kids who want to spend time with their old mom! They suggested this pose and it definitely shows how fun it was to take these pictures.

No family photo shoot is ever complete for me without having one picture of just my beautiful kids. In studios you usually have to opt for another package to get this. Believe it or not they didn’t plan on wearing all white but it turned out wonderfully.

This may not be a perfect and coiffed shot but as a mom who’s primary reason for having a photo shoot is to capture these beautiful smiles I’d rather have Jael’s unruly hair and people in the background. It reminds me how Jael couldn’t stay in one place and was running around enjoying himself. It also reminds me how Bastian and Kianna were so careful to hold him as they sat on this ledge to take the picture.

Experiences like these not only give you memorable shots but experiences as well. One being “sibling goals” that had us laughing!

Pictures should capture moments and we’ve successfully done that. With my OPPO F1s I was able to take posed shots but capture shots like this that you see here where they’re laughing and happy.

Take time to preserve your family moments and plan your own family photo shoot. Aside from pictures you’ll get happy memories and form an even closer bond with each other.

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