Mommy Bloggers Philippines Mini-Photography Workshop

Posted on Feb 25 2015 - 11:12pm by Lanie

Last February 21, we had our first ever workshop and it was a dream come true because MBP (Mommy Bloggers Philippines)’ main goal is to help the community members develop their blogs into something they will be proud of, something that they can possibly earn from, and most importantly, something that can inspire their readers.

Invite 6 with complete sponsorsSMALLOne of the best ways to make a blog captivating and worth sharing is through photos. Though there are bloggers who may be successful without photos in their blogs, mommy bloggers usually find success when using photos which tell stories about products and events. Because of this, we realized it’s just the perfect time to organize a workshop which will help the moms take their photography skills to the next level.


Raintree Kabila hosted our morning session from 10AM-1pm. Kabila served some of their most colorful and best tasting dishes and desserts. Initially, some of the dishes were used as subjects for the hands-on activities and later on, additional dishes were served for everyone to enjoy.

Raintree Kabila is part of the family of Raintree Restaurants. Kabila offers locally sourced Filipino dishes cooked with delightful twists and served elegantly that nobody can resist taking photos first before eating. Kabila also accepts reservations for special occasions, business meetings and workshops such as the one we did.


Kabila Filipino Bistro is located at Ayala Museum complex, Greenbelt 4, Makati City.

Raintree Saboten provided the venue for our pm session from 2-5pm. Saboten is the best Tonkatsu restaurant in the city and nobody can beat their Katsu for sharing. The afternoon workshop session became a delicious event with Saboten bringing out their crispiest and tastiest Tonkatsu in town in batches. After everyone were able to take their shots, we were all treated with refreshments and their famous Green Tea and Salted Caramel ice-cream duo. We almost forgot where we were at that moment.


Saboten is located in Serendra, BGC and in Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Makati


Who can be the best facilitator for this workshop than a mommy blogger herself with advanced skills in photography and who had been a panelist herself in various speaking engagements? Joy Gurtiza, the owner of has an eye for beauty when it comes to photography and she longed to share her passion with our co-moms so that they can also capture their photos and memories the same way as she does. Check more about our lovely facilitator here.



Aside from the venue and food sponsors, MBP had several partners for the photography equipments, subjects for hands-on portion, giveaways and prizes to the attendees. Much appreciation is given to these sponsors who believed and supported our goals in improving our photography skills.

Gouache – Gouache creates waxed-canvas specialty bags for the active, artistic urbanites and the adventure lovers.


Oil of Argan – This rare oil is extracted from the kernels of the nut of a rare tree grown only in Morocco called the Argan Tree.

oil of arganargan soap

NT Audio – NT Audio provided our projector and huge monitor for the AM session.

nt audio

Japan Home – Japan Home Centre is the largest houseware chain, and one of the fastest growing retailers in the Philippines, with more than 120 stores nationwide.

japan home

Henry’s Professional – Primarily focused on selling and marketing electronic products and Photo equipments, Henry’s is also selling digital electronic products for consumer and photography lovers.


Villa Del Conte – Villa Del Conte makes traditional fine chocolates handcrafted by artisans in their factory in Italy.

villa del conte

Nature Republic – Nature Republic is a South Korean cosmetics brand that utilizes natural ingredients for their products.

nature republic

Baskin-Robbins – The world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops offering a different ice cream flavor for each day of the month. Their customized ice cream cakes bring joy to families the whole year round.



Any workshop requires prompt and attentive attendees and these were the exact descriptions for our attendees on this workshop. Members of Mommy Bloggers Philippines, our friends and our relatives happily listened, learned and participated on all the activities, thus capping the day not only with amazing photos but lasting memories of successful event.

AM Session at Museum Cafe Kabila

kabilaPM Session at Saboten


After each of the sessions, we requested the participants to fill in their comments about the workshop and we are glad we did. Our hearts melted as we read the feedback and we are just proud to share some them with you.  As this was our first time, we acknowledge our shortcomings. Thank you everyone who sent these kind words and we are with you all that God will give us the insight for a possible re-run.


“Very witty and not too technical & boring. Just the right amount of learning and fun

“Very beautiful and conducive to learning! Thanks for choosing the right venue.”

“So far so good. The workshop is on target and speaker is very approachable & witty. I love it!”

31 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Juvy Ann Petilla2015/02/26 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    It is a wonderful event and I am sad I wasn’t able to join you mommies! So nice of Mommy Joy Gurtiza to share his knowledge in photography. I really hope there would be another event.

    • Lanie2015/02/27 at 3:40 am - Reply

      Hi Juvy Ann, yes, we have a busy line-up for the moms this year, but we will do our best to have a re-run sometime soon!

  2. sarah tirona2015/02/27 at 3:37 am - Reply

    this looks super fun, sad i wasnt able to attend, maybe the next 🙂

    • Lanie2015/02/27 at 3:39 am - Reply

      Sarah, we will be proud to have you in case we have a re-run! Promise you’ll attend 🙂

  3. Nicole P.2015/02/27 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Looks so much fun! sayang lang, I had other stuff to do or else I would’ve definitely joined. It never hurts to learn more skills as you go along with life diba? Hope I can come for the next one 🙂

  4. May De Jesus-Palacpac2015/02/27 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Awwww I really wish I made it but my husband was out of town that weekend. 🙁

  5. Ayi2015/02/28 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Repeat please. Would love to join the next time 🙂

  6. Maan2015/03/02 at 1:48 am - Reply

    If I were only living in Manila, I’m sure I would also have attended this workshop! I’m sure you guys learned a lot about photography!

  7. This is amazing I love it when get together to help each other be successful. I think it brings out the best in everyone

  8. len2015/03/07 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    great photography workshop! you’re right nice photos are essential for successful blogging!

  9. Fernanda2015/03/07 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I wish they had something like this here in my city! Looks so much fun! =)

  10. This photography workshop looks fun and useful. I like how they provided many nice decorative stuff for taking photos!

  11. Prasad Np2015/03/08 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Looks like a great event and all the mommy bloggers had a great time meeting and exchanging notes. Both the venues look fabulous…

  12. Franc Ramon2015/03/08 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    This is really helpful for bloggers. They can sharpen up their skills in photography through this workshop.

  13. Otakore Literantadodist2015/03/08 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    I feel envious. I should follow your blog for similar upcoming events. By the way, that gouachebags caught my attention. I hope they have a canvas mail-bag for men (now checking their site…)

  14. Franc Ramon2015/03/09 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Joy looks really passionate with her craft. I’m sure every body learned a lot.

  15. Manu Kalia2015/03/09 at 5:08 am - Reply

    I’m sure it was full of fun! I can see everyone learned from the events.

  16. Sam2015/03/09 at 5:13 am - Reply

    This is a great opportunity for mom bloggers to learn about photography, esp still photography for taking great food photos and kid-related activities 🙂

  17. Papaleng Pagulong2015/03/09 at 6:17 am - Reply

    A good event to join sana. Seems you have a fun experience there.

  18. Fred2015/03/09 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    What a useful and very fruitful bloggers meet this was. Fruitful because of the important photography lessons. Fruitful too because of the yummy food and generous loot bag contents! Happy day for you guys.

  19. carlo2015/03/09 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    This is a very productive event. It’s cute to see Mommy bloggers gather in this kind of event.

  20. eliz frank2015/03/09 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful outing. I’m so impressed by how bloggers get together to help each other out in your area. So beautiful!

  21. Jojo Vito2015/03/09 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    this is a good workshop..i studied photography long before started to blog 🙂

  22. nicol2015/03/09 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    this looked so fun! hope everyone picked up a tip or two

  23. Lauren2015/03/10 at 12:15 am - Reply

    I don’t know much about photography, but this looks like a useful event for those looking to learn!

  24. rayrose samson2015/03/10 at 1:24 am - Reply

    I wish I have time to join to this workshop. Next time ill join Mommy Bloggers event

  25. April and the City2015/03/11 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Too bad I missed out on this event. Maybe next time!

  26. Don Martins2015/03/11 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Bloggers workshop really do come on handy and yeah photos kinda matter in posts. There’s a saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

  27. Mommy Pehpot2015/03/12 at 10:46 am - Reply

    If it has been a weekday, baka nakasama ako.. weekends are for family kase 🙂

  28. Raymond Vasquez2015/03/13 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Fantastic event! I wish mom would also do these. Ahahaha Seems like a great event you’ve attended. 🙂 I saw great smiles. Kudos!

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