Orbit 360 Kickstarter Video Shoot

A few months ago (idek when anymore. July-ish?) I did hair and makeup for a video for the Orbit 360 Kickstarter.


TBH, I hesitated a lot when Tin and Iñigo asked me if I was available. I felt unqualified and out of my depth, but I’m glad they talked me into it. This gig marked two firsts for me: Doing dude makeup, and doing makeup for artificial lighting – which was a challenge, trust and believe. I’ve only ever done makeup for natural and minimal lighting, so dealing with the heat of about 15 artificial lights was definitely a learning experience.

Photo by Tin Garcia.


Photography by Anne Biemann and Video by Marco Biemann of Biemann Produktion Haus

Picket Lines


2015 seems to be the year for closure with unfinished projects. Three years ago, I was invited by Kooky Tuason and Marty Tenco to be one of the make-up artists for a coffee table book that celebrated women and poetry.

Working with the professional make-up artists I was paired with for the shoots, it still amazes me that Kooky and Marty took a chance on a hobbyist like me. Half the time, I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing, but hey, the photos turned out great. 😛

These are the incredible women I had the privilege of meeting and working with:

Roxanne Barcelo | Dr. Stephanie Cherryl Hipos-Supan | Llena Tan-Arcenas
Sae, Hazel, Bern, & Rae | Bayang Barrios| Lydia Buendia, ED.D Kate Torralba
Marnelli Puyot | Karen Kunawicz | Venus F. Padile | Johanna &Tonichi

At the launch. Photo by Ponj Roco

Picket Lines: Dialogues Between Eves, Among Eves and For Eves was launched last week and is available at Php750. To purchase a copy, please email mina@yonzon.com. Part of the proceeds will be given to Women’s Crisis Center Manila.

I’d intended to post this on International Women’s Day, but got lazy. So, Happy Women’s Month! 😀

Engagement & Bridal: Marnelli & Michael

Honestly, Bridal make-up was the last thing I wanted to do. So much pressure with bridal. Engagement shoots can be retouched or saved by good lighting, but bridal make-up has to look good from all angles in any light.

However, I also could not say no to Marnelli, who was less nervous than I was when we were getting her ready for her wedding. Also, her pre-wedding glow did 75% of the work for me. Haha!

These are the engagement photos we shot in July in the family home and around UP, as well as photos from the bride’s hotel room.

Engagement Shoot Photography: Katrina Pallon
Wedding Photos & Video: Juan Makulay
Hair & Make-up: Gab Lopez

Engagement Shoot: Hazel & Jan Rey

My first engagement shoot, yay! Natural make up scares me so much. I never know if I’m doing too much or too little but I like how it turned out. 🙂

This shoot just had two set-ups: Mario and Luigi in the nearby park, and Babydoll and Blue from Suckerpunch at Jan Rey’s old apartment complex grounds. Here are some of my favourite photos from the shoot:


Photography by: Vignette Photography
Make-up: Gab Lopez
Styling: Hazel Velas-Solomon

Steampunk-y PsykoBelles

Last Saturday, Pallon and I did a shoot to showcase the tattoos by Ram Marual of Psyko Studio Tattoos. I’ve always wanted to do a Steampunk shoot and lord knows I like my tattooed ladies so this was somewhat of a pet project for me. While it’s not completely Steampunk (it’s hard to do the whole Victorian-Industrial thing when most of the models have to be half naked– at least by Victorian standards haha), I’m hoping it’s at least still in the neighbourhood.

Photography and Art Direction: Katrina Pallon
Make-up and Styling: Gab Lopez
Corsets by Pola Castillo (which you might recognize from a previous  shoot :P)
Models: Bea Calantuan, Grace Orillo, Monica Lalisan, and Gabrielle Lopez

Truthfully, I wasn’t really feeling up to being photographed because I was the least tattooed girl there and because lacing up 3 girls in corsets wiped me out. But whatevs, the shoot came out awesome. ♥

Kimonos, Patterns, and Origami

This is the first shoot I’ve done with Pallon where I didn’t style or do hair and make-up haha!

On Photo: Monique Dimanlig
Photography, Concept, Art Direction: Katrina Pallon
Lights/ Production Team:  Gabrielle Lopez , Camsy Ocumen, and Kevin Toledo

Monique is well-known in the local convention circuit for cosplaying various Geiko and Maiko and the nice thing about having a cosplayer for a model is, they come prepared. Hair and make-up, outfits and accessories (save for the parasol, which was bought for me by my brother from Japan) were all the model’s own.

In terms of preparation though, I think this was the most labour-intensive shoot yet. The backdrop took us quite a long time to set-up and I spent the night before making twenty butterfly, dragonfly and moth silhouettes until two in the morning. Pallon and Kevin spent more time than that making the origami flowers.

On to the gorgeous photos!

Dia de los Muertos

A Dia delos Muertos-themed shoot inspired by the paintings of Frida Kahlo.

On Photos: Pola Castillo and Gabrielle Lopez
Photography, Concept, Art Direction: Katrina Pallon
Make-up and Styling: Gabrielle Lopez and Katrina Pallon
Corsets by Pola Castillo

This is probably my favourite shoot so far. I had so much fun with the make-up, even if symmetry was a bit of a problem.

The corsets were awesome. Pola made them herself and took about an inch to inch and a half off my actual waistline and made me stand up straight for once in my life. My back did hurt for a couple of days after, but what is pain in the name of beauty hahaha!

And what I find particularly awesome about this shoot is that despite the heavy Mexican influence, these photos still have a very Filipino feel to them.

Because you know, I’m nationalistic like that.

Tim Burton Photoseries

I am a big Tim Burton fan. So when Pallon asked me to help out on her latest shoot — a stylized recreation of scenes from our favourite Tim Burton films– I was stoked. These photos are the product of a little over two months’ worth of love, sweat, and weekends. It also marks one of the rare moments that I am in front of the camera rather than behind it.

Concept, Photography and Art direction: Katrina Pallon.
Hair and Make up: Gabrielle Lopez (except the Sweeney Todd photos, which were by Myka Francisco and Marnelli Puyot)
Styling: Gabrielle Lopez & Katrina Pallon

1. Sweeney Todd / Edward Scissorhands: Jhette Rayos
2. Mrs. Lovett: Marnelli Puyot
3. Jack Skellington: Russell Gabitanan
4. Sally, and Emily: Anne Choi
5. Beetlejuice / Mad Hatter: Migi de Belen
6. Lydia Deetz: Luisa Manuel
7. The White Queen: Jessa Ambat
8.  Alice / Sandra Bloom: Trixee Ibañez
9. Victor Van Dort / Ed Wood: CJ Miñoza
10. Vampira: Anna Katrina (Hee-hee!)
11. Ping & Jing; Myka Franciso
12. Clowns: Julie Cola Shen, Migi de Belen, Camsy Ocumen, Rapi Castillo, Christian Tablazon & Adam Coony

Portraits of a Dauphine

MODEL: Trixee Ibañez
CONCEPT & SET DESIGN: Katrina Pallon & Myka Francisco
LOCATION: Ocumen residence

I spent the last Independence Day weekend helping Pallon out on her latest shoot. Which was, in her words:

A series of photographs intended to pay homage to various scenes from Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette.” For this series, I tried as best as I could to restrain myself from putting in deep rich tones — the palette I’m so used to working with — but instead, go for consistent use of pastels, composition after composition, to stay true to the rococo theme. Dark hues were only used in one photo which was done in reference to the masquerade ball sequence in the film wherein Marie Antoinette met Count Axel von Fersen with whom she was purported to have had a romantic affair with. Here, she wears a gatto mask instead of black lace over her eyes. Lastly, “Portraits of a Dauphine” is part of a bigger series of photographs we wish to flesh out hopefully within the year. And yes, we want our Marie Antoinette exotic and her outfits stylized. (source)

This was a bit of a challenge, since Rococo and Baroque details are a lot harder to re-create (and I was never a fan of Rococo to begin with), and the hair stressed me out a little, but I think the shoot came out beautifully. 🙂 Also, yes this post is way, waaaay late.

Rest of the photos are behind the jump, and please check out Pallon’s galleries either on Multiply or deviantArt to full-view these photographs.