AS: Cher

AS: is a spinoff of my “As…” Series. A = artist’s and S = sitting. Traditionally, models seated for artists in paintings and such during the olden times. In this case, it is when I capture someone who is not by-definition a “model” in the sense of the fashion world. I get so many comments like, “You only shoot models?” and “Of course your photos will turn out great, you have pretty subjects.” Let me tell you this, it’s all a matter of perspective. Yes, I only shoot models in the sense that whoever I photograph becomes a model (mine). And let me say this AGAIN, there is beauty in everyone and everything. It’s just a matter of perspective!


Meet Cheryl Tiu, a woman whose passion lies in promoting cross cultural understanding through the exchange of food.


Her accolades are numerous, but what I want to shed light on here is her beautiful soul.


I first met Cheryl during a shoot for The Philippine Star, with so little time, we hit it off talking in the elevator. Then time passed and we both found ourselves in the city called New York. I went to Harlem with her for the first time (because, true to form, there was a restaurant there that piqued her interest). It was quite an adventure.


Then we went to spend time at Chelsea, which I loved. We took some photos at the High Line, and one of the photos she took of me, I used as my profile photo for my first solo show, Lucid Dreaming, last April 2017. Full disclosure, I am hard to please when it comes to photos of me because I am my own biggest critic.

Anyway, living productive lives, it was only during this shoot we saw each other again. We caught up and it was wonderful.


Our time together was business and pleasure combined. Got to shoot AND catch up. How wonderful!

So there, cheers to all the naysayers who only thinks I shoot fashion models. Haha! Lighten up, you’re beautiful in your own way. But remember, you attract what you are.

Model: Cheryl Tiu
Make up: Lindsay Co-alog
Hair: Mel
Photos: Ritz Marie

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