When things don’t go our way, when you have faith, it is amazing how God reveals His plans and His plans are way better than ours. (Like these photos, who would think this place will be called home)
I took engineering in college (because I dreamed to be a rich engineer working in a tech company) but on my third year, failing several engineering subjects, I shifted to interior design (I had a passion for drawing and the arts) and graduated with a degree in it. Working in furniture companies, I thought and planned to work my up in a corporate ladder in a company in Makati and settle there. But then I got an offer to work abroad which I didn’t consider at first because I don’t know anyone in Dubai and I have never been far away from home before. After praying, God showed me signs to accept the offer. I got into a visual merchandising in a furniture company in Dubai. Years passed and after working in different companies, I have reached the position of Area Visual Merchandising Manager in an American furniture company. I should have stayed and enjoyed the perks of getting benefits and stable salary every month but God had a different plan…something more than I imagined.
I dreamt of marrying a Brazilian pilot hunk who speaks French (lol!) but God indeed has a better plan and I met this boy-next-door-type, Arish. Then we both discovered the love for photography and having a not-so-good experience with our own wedding photographers, we got into the business of wedding photography. More than a year ago, I left my visual merchandising career and focused on photography and looking back at all those years, if someone would ask my 20-something self years ago if I would want to be a photographer, I would say, I don’t think so. But today, I am thankful of everything that I am and everything that we have. We are not rich in material stuff but with we are where God wanted us to be and it is a luxury basking in His goodness and grace.
Earlier this year, God has blessed us with a new home. Our studio to call our own. It has been a struggle getting it finished but finally it is ready to accept guests. I haven’t furnished it completely the way I wanted (I still have to save for it – more prints on the walls, more album samples, more props and more backdrops), but we can already shoot projects here, sit here to edit and hold meetings. Families and friends, we gladly present one of the best gifts from God (drum roll please!) – the MelRish Studio. You are welcome to book your shoots (portraits, family photos, product shoots, fashion shoots, etc.), rent the space or just have a chat with us. We will happily welcome you. From today until 31st December, we have special introductory rates for shoots in our studio. Drop us an email or give us a call for these special rates.
Sometimes we think things don’t go the way we want to or the way we plan it and we think we are a failure. But trust God and put your faith in Him and He will show you amazing things beyond your dreams.