Cliché as it is, his passion made this young, successful and award winning photographer fulfill his dream.
At age seventeen, Ethelbirth “Bogs” Ignacio II was drawn to love the art of photography. At an early age, Bogs’ first love was not photography but music and attending Conservatory of Music was his original plan. Thinking that he has no future in music, he shifted his path and decided to take up A.B. Multimedia Arts at De Le Salle-College of St. Benilde.
It was then he realized that his heart belongs to wedding and portrait photography. His enthusiasm brought him further to reading books and magazines and surfing the internet to learn more about his passion in photography which led him to receive the “Best of Multimedia Arts Student” award in the Digital Photography category at the Bright Lights awarding for 2007-2008.
Bogs breaks new ground in the Digital Infrared Photography, he pioneered the false colour effect in wedding and portraiture in the country. At 23, he was named “International Award Winning Photographer” after he excelled in a contest in the US conducted by the prestigious organization Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), an organization founded in 1978 that helps their member photographers from all genres including portraiture, fine art, photojournalism, commercial, video, and advertising to provide exclusive information, programs and professional services to assist them with photographic artistry and business needs.
He is currently the youngest in Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (WPPP) who received CWP (Certified Wedding Photographer) and WPPP’s MWP (Master Wedding Photographer). He was the two- time Photographer of the Year at the Bridal de Manila, received 1st and 2nd place for the WPPP’s Photographer of the Year in 2010 and 2011, respectively and bagged the First, Second and Third Place Awards 2013 in WPPI – USA, were among his many major awards and achievements.
He also received the “Master of WPPI” title in USA, given by the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). Bogs is the youngest among the three Filipino photographers who were awarded with such distinguished title. It was because of his determination, enthusiasm, devotion, dedication and hard work that led him to his success and become one of the finest photographers recognized in the Philippines.
Choosing the best photographer to your wedding requires a lot of queries and patience. Bogs advice is to hire wedding photographer who actually owns the studio and are hands-on in their business; the owner must be the photographer and artist as well to bring out their creativity and beauty in perfecting your pictures.
Recipient of Major Awards:
• Master of WPPI – USA
• Honors of Excellence Award WPPI, USA
• Master Wedding Photographer – MWP WPPP
• Certified Wedding Photographer – CWP WPPP
• Photographer of the Year – WPPP
• 2 Time Photographer of the Year – Bridal de Manila
• Photo of the Year – WPPP