Author: John Robert Ramos

PHOTOGRAPHY: Morning Angel

Innocence is Bliss. Taking photograph of a child is one of the most difficult… no, because they don’t need to act happy or sad or blissful. It comes naturally with their innocence. It is difficult… yes, when you have to force them to smile for the camera. The trick is make them play and enjoy what they are doing. This series of photos are taken with consent of her parents for her 7th birthday. I provided all the props, settings, and photography direction.             Photos taken by John Robert Ramos Advertisements

Threadless Once More

  I love Threadless designs… I love funny t-shirt designs! I only wish that time will come shipping here in the UAE will be more easier, faster and safer. I had troubles claiming my first order. Lost and never received the replacement order. What could be worst? Better luck next time. I wish to get more shirt online but not sure for now. Why I love Threadless? I’m a designer too! It’s a crowd of creative people when you’re inside their website. Everyone is so creative!                 Blog post by: John Robert Ramos Image of my self are mine of course, Threadless images are from threadless dot com.

Splash Winter Wonderland

“Welcome to the 75th Hunger Games!.. And may the odds be ever in your favor!” -Effie Trinket I’m currently reading Hunger Games Book 2 and that is how I could describe the previous Splash Autumn/Winter Royale Fashion Show held at Madinat Arena, Jumeirah on September 22, 2012. Just like the people from the Capitol of Panem, flamboyant, glamorous and surreal. And just like Katniss, I find it too much. I made a lot of laugh all night though I am not the kind of person who introduce my self first (I am antisocial), I am the observer who look at everyones face and see the whole event in multiple perspective. It wasn’t boring at all in fact it was extravagant from the red carpet to the late after party. Here comes the sartorial folks… Spike and studs galore! Blog post and images by John Robert Ramos. I hope you don’t mind folks.

TREND ALERT: New Balance Kicks

For some time I have been seeing more and more people at Pinterest and Lookbook.nu wearing New Balance sneakers… and I’m not talking about random guys at the gym. Fashionable men and women around the world of fashion found a new love with colorful New Balance collection. I myself would love to have all available colours. Casual or high street and even semi-formal, its your style. Check the whole look above at mrporter.com Guys & Gals from Lookbook.nu Time to get my own from Namshi.com Blog post by: John Robert Ramos Image Credit: MrPorter.com and Lookbook.nu. (I do not own these images)

SHORT/SWIM/SHORTS

Thursday morning, while I’m in between jobs for weeks now (in a good way) for the first time after long months of extreme summer here in Dubai I finally made it to my favorite Mamzar beach where the water is smooth as silk and quiet like a lake. (Yah, I know this beach is unusual, not for surfers but good for swimming lapses and sun worshippers. FYI, Mamzar beach shoreline is manmade. Oh yeh!) So there I went by 8am (because it opens to public by that time) then left after 2 hours to save my self from skin cancer. I went to shop for a new swim shorts at River Island the night before and there I almost hoard those items on sale. Not proud but I’m a compulsive shopper. Back to River Island, I found great collection of printed swim short that are similar from my another favorite online store Mr Porter. Short swimming shorts are the trends for men specially the printed designs mostly vintage graphics or patterned. Here are some collection …

PHOTOGRAPHY: Afternoon Diva

This is how we spend leisure time, fashion photography. Simple and ordinary settings yet fabulous result. Jemmalyn Soriano, the Diva, my high school friend and almost a family has been shooting ever since. She is my very first photography muse. I thought of doing more fashion photography as I have a great feeling that one day I will make it as an art director or director of photography in fashion editorials. So I will keep on producing and taking photos. Photographer: John Robert Ramos Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, Hair & Make-Up all by her self, Jemmalyn Soriano Location: Our terrace

PHOTOGRAPHY: Brighter Than Sunshine

I spent my Sunday taking photos of a friend who’s behind “Postura Style” Ms. Rona Kathrina. “Postura Style is an online fashion boutique based in Dubai. They offer a unique, classic, feminine, edgy collection with quality and affordable prices that you will surely love.”- www.posturastyle.blogspot.com She is selling her stuff thru Facebook page where you can find her selections of women clothing for now. Her bright collection reflects a classy, chic and very feminine woman. Price ranging from AED 50 to 150.  We ate Krispe Kreme from the beginning up to end of the day. LOVE! At first, I didn’t really have a concept for this fun shoot but as we go on finding the right corner of their apartment unit at Dubai Marina’s one of the tallest residential tower, all we’ve got are the heights, the summer wind and the sunlight. Not just proper lighting coming from the daylight but lights brighter than sunshine and I love it. Since I’m a fan of natural lighting photography it always works for me. Given that I am not a professional …

Designers In Vogue

The September 2012 issue of American Vogue features fashion designers Riccardo Tisci (with Rooney Mara), Raf Simons (with Diane Kruger), Sarah Burton, Christopher Bailey, and Stella McCartney (with Karen Elson, Stella Tennant & Claudia Schiffer), Lazaro Hernandez, Jack Mccollough, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, David Neville, and Marcus Wainwright, Peter Copping and Erdem Moralioglu (with Emilia Clarke & Ruth Wilson), Nicolas Ghesquière (with Kristen Stewart), Olivier Rousteing, Joseph Altuzarra, and Anthony Vaccarello (with Chanel Iman, Kate Upton & Candice Swanepoe), Peter Dundas (with Caroline Trentini); all photographed by Norman Jean Roy.            

MEN’S WEAR: Leap like Olympics

Just another early from work shoot. Getting used with the grainy natural effect from my 5mp phone camera since the super humid weather in Dubai doesn’t allow my slr camera to go out in the air. EXTRA WIDE NECK SHIRT, BERSHKA, in TOPS KHAKIS, H&M, in H&M PANTS POINTED ESPADRILLES, MAX, in FLATS       Post by: John Robert Ramos Photo: ME, its always me.

The Simpsons & The Olympic Games

Everyone is talking about London’s Olympics and so are Pull & Bear’s The Simpsons at the Olympics T-shirt collection. It is never too late to hook yourself up just like everyone else cheering for their own countries. For me, I would like to cheer with this cute and funny classic graphic shirts. Here below are Pull & Bear’s must have T-shirts to blend in with the current events.           Post by: John Robert Ramos Images from Pull & Bear  

I Left My Heart In San Pedro

Please play the music below while browsing this post. San Pedro, Laguna where my heart and family lives. I love this place more than Santa Mesa, Manila where I grew up and went to college. San Pedro is our new found home since 2005, my hidden paradise. I wish I could take more photos every morning when I go over the hills to chase the sunshine and sweat. I wish I can go home and watch the sunrise ’till it goes down to my feet. Just home and do nothing. Photos here are taken by my old phone camera and Olympus Digital camera years ago (4 yrs back or so). Pixels aren’t great but the framed memories are gold. Post by: John Robert Ramos Images: Own Music: http://spazzkid.com/ Thank you Mark for creating this music. http://popscenemanila.bandcamp.com/

The Lomo Heat

One summer evening before the sunset, that’s 6:30 pm in Dubai. The sun was still up until 7:10 pm. High humidity (almost damp) with outstanding temperature in the wind. Yes we did, just right after work. After posting “Let’s Pull & Bear” I went to visit Pull&Bear in Deira City Centre and took some stuff. I am very lucky to find this limited edition vintage canvas bag with a genuine leather strap. A staff on the cash counter told me that I just purchased a high quality product, its very strong and will outlast. Anyone can tell that it is indeed look tough even the trousers with a label tagline saying “Stronger than ever”. Pull and Bear is a Spanish clothing and accessories retailer based in Narón, Galicia and founded in 1991. The company began to sell through an online store in September 2011. Here in Dubai you can find them at Deira City Centre, Dubai Mall, Mercato and Mall of the Emirates. Top: Photo Edition Shirt not from P&B but from Bershka. Carrot fit …

Let’s Pull & Bear

I know its a bit late to feature a spring/summer collection, but hey I’m in a place where we have 365 days of sunshine (almost). This campaign ad on a beach in Cuba where they use classic sepia kind of photography and videography took my attention. Pull&Bear – SS 2012 Campaign – Here Comes The Light, featuring Dorte, Mariana Santana, Florian Van Bael, Tom Lander and  the famous Brazilian model Marlon Teixeira. Music by “Lay Your Head Down” by Keren Ann. www.kerenann.com I’ll make sure to visit Pull&Bear tomorrow and check out the store at Deira City Centre or Dubai Mall. Post by: John Robert Ramos Media credit: Pull & Bear <a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3853445/aertwrk?claim=yu3snh2e7dy”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

FILM: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (and the sashimi)

Another inspirational feel good movie I recommend to watch. But this time this film is not something only weird graphics designer will want to waste time with, though the title of the film might sound like another indie film but it is not. In fact the movie title really mean it literally. The film has a lot of political humor but not very funny, somehow funny in a smart way if you are aware of what’s happening in the middle east. “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is a full fiction based on a novel with a same title written by Paul Torday. In the story, the Sheikh from Yemen is very wealthy, but in fact the Yemen is considered one of the poorest countries in the Arab world. I am a fan of Ewan McGregor and should say that he made a right choice for a film role once again… I like this actor. I’ve notice from the opening scene which there are swimming fish in the river while Ewan was fishing is the same with …

MEN’S WEAR: Saturday

It is hot. It is hot. It is hot to the nth level here in Dubai and I tried my best to look easy under the heat. Here I found salvation from ZARA summer collection. Its linen shirt with Mao collar for AED 195. See from the photo below, I am still sweating over the linen shirt.   Same shoes from Bershka, my favorite shoe going to work. Pants from H&M. Post by: John Robert Ramos Image Credit: Zara online and my own photos taken by my self.