The year 2008 was a very fruitful year for Dubai wedding photographer Melon Perez and her husband Arish Perez. This year saw their struggles and strengths coming together into fruition as they co-founded the Melrish Photos and Films.
Ever since then, they have strived to give their best.
Arish earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Bulacan State University. Further pursuing his studies, he is now taking a Masters Degree in Information Systems with University of the Philippine Open University (UPOU). For about 8 years, he has never left his job at one of the biggest construction and engineering firms in Dubai. He has taken a short course in photography before he met Melon back in 2008 where he learned about using DSLRs and Photoshop.
Melon studied Interior Designing in University of the Philippines Diliman. She always has a passion for arts and blogging. She likes taking moments and details. A naturally born artist who loves to paint, draw and sketch, she has worked for several furniture and retail companies in Dubai since 2003 as a visual merchandiser. Her last employment was with an American furniture brand as an area visual merchandising manager before she decided early 2014 to quit and focus solely on MelRish Photos and Films.
Real, personal and timeless. These are the characteristics of an image when you tell a story with photos, not just with a mere gadget but with a heart. “We love shooting weddings and lifestyle photos because it makes us feel alive. We are privileged when couples choose us for their big day to tell their story. We not only capture the images but also shoot videos.”
“We love taking real and timeless photos – whether it be in a wedding, a birthday, a portrait session, a corporate event. We try to put an art on each photo we take and we try to make sure each photo or video we shoot tells the story with a heart. Newspaper photojournalists tell stories also but our style is to tell each story with a heart and retouched in an artistic way that the image will be timeless.”
In 2008, Arish and Melon tied a knot in the Philippines. After attending a workshop with master wedding photojournalist, Cliff Mautner in GPP and discovering the power of digital cameras, they started honing their skills as they traveled to Hong Kong, Italy and Singapore. Their friends found their photos interesting and have asked them to take their wedding photos.
It was in 2009 when they had their first wedding shoot. Now, they have covered more than 100 weddings in India, Philippines, Qatar and Jordan. They are proud members of WPPI, WPJA, AGWPJA and Fearless Photographers.
In 2011, the couple started shooting videos as part of the wedding packages. We have been improving our style and adapting the same concept we have applied in our photography which our clients love which is unobtrusive fine art storytelling.”
On their fold are corporate clients who have showered them with commercial projects. They have been featured in Martha Stewart magazine and Bandhan. After four struggling years of doing it as a hobby, they have finally braved into full time. Last November, they opened a studio in Business bay. “We have a growing team and we hope to share our experience and what we have learned by conducting workshops as a way to pay it forward.”
To those who want to follow their footsteps, this is a piece of advice from the duo. “Shoot as if it is the last photo. Give each shot your best. Learn from others.” – Migrant Pen
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.