February 2013 feature in a Dubai-based publication called “Illustrado.”
The text reads:
My first professional stint in photography was as a sports photographer in York University, where I was studying Marketing. During that time, I was also building my portfolio by asking friends, and even strangers, to model for me. After that, I went to Elite Models and presented my portfolio to my first mentor, Matti Gidilevich, who helped me professionalize it.
Then, I went home to Manila and presented my portfolio to designer Randy Ortiz, who liked my work. Since our meeting, I have worked with him multiple times. He also introduced me to stylist/ columnist Luis Espiritu, who also became one of my mentors.
In the end, I learned that in this business you have to have people who believe in your ability to produce breathtaking images. However, I also recog- nize that I am a mere instrument to show people the beauty that God crafted in this world.
Alejandro (Major Models, NYC & Mercator Models, Manila)