By Joandrea Santiago
Photos courtesy of Dar Ramos
Dar Ramos is a portrait and fashion photographer from the Philippines who has been in the business for 15 years. He grew up learning photography from his father who was a wedding photographer back in the day. Among his siblings, he was the one who showed interest and later on took a course related to the craft.
When Dar started photography, it was still an expensive craft. Back then, they still used film, and the equipment was expensive and not readily available. So, there was considerable risk in choosing photography as a profession, unlike today where even teenagers can get a decent camera and start doing photography.
“I always believed that photography is an art form. And through someone’s work, I could see whether they are doing it for money or love.”
Dar’s first job was as a staff photographer for Teen Philippines, which opened him up to other creatives, clients, and connections. After two years, he started his own freelance business and began making a name for himself. His company now focuses on portrait and fashion photography, working with big clients, such as ABS-CBN and some celebrities, and doing billboards, print, television, and teleserye shoots.
Dar is not just a photographer, he also teaches the craft. He has workshops both in the Philippines and in Canada, teaching both hobbyists and professional photographers alike. On top of that, Dar is a brand ambassador for Fujifilm Philippines. On the side, he plays tennis, spends time with his wife and three children, and he has a keen interest and knowledge in raising Koi and building their ponds.
Check out Dar’s portfolio and learn more about his workshops and services here: http://darramosphotography.com/