We had the good fortune of connecting with Randy Lobiano and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Randy, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
The most difficult decision that I need to make is to move to the USA with my family. Pre pandemic we were doing great, and business is doing well, I thought 2020 was our breakout year since there were multiple destination wedding that was lined up, but then the pandemic came, and here comes the lockdown, from 39 local weddings and 8 destinations it came down to 9 weddings. I was devastated and didn’t hold my camera for about 7-8 months until inquiries are coming in again, I started to regain my confidence, and fast track, now we are here in California I am in new territory. but the knowledge, confidence, and telling a story are the things that I carry to move on and hope to get a break here through my passion for photography.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I do wedding photography and this is the thing that really gets me going, the details, the antics, the joy, tears, and laughter of the couple as I am there to document the first investment of their lives as a married couple… Memories. It started as a hobby my cousin who is a Fine arts graduate lend her camera to me and taught me some of the basics but the rest is self-taught, I can vividly remember it started when I was a guest at my friend’s wedding back in 2011 I asked the official photographer if I can shadow and shot some of what is happening which the photographer obliged, next thing I know one of my college friends asked me If I can cover her wedding then as they say “the rest is history”. But it wasn’t easy getting into weddings, aside from constant learning of the art and industry, I thought quitting my 8 to 5 job is for me to control my own time, but it is the other way around, I am working 24/7 since I do the leg work, finance, marketing and sales and without fully understanding it took me 3 years to really get the hang of it, I guess the lesson that I can share with you is that as long as you have the courage be constant to fuel your passion, regardless of what will happen to your goal enjoy the journey in that you will only have 2 things as a result either you Win or you Learn. Well I want my audience to know that I am not a brand or magazine photographer so don’t expect your wedding shots to be a billboard standard, what I do is to freeze the moment of each couple who are themselves, raw, and authentic, things that audience will never understand until they are my couple, those sweet gestures, that look in the eye that goes deep into your aorta, those moments of guests laughing or drinking their hearts out that the couple didn’t see as they are busy exchanging vows or cutting their cake. This is my take on a wedding, intentional documentation and story is king.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend will visit me as I know him well, we will detach from the “city” and go off the grid, perhaps will go biking in Yosemite or going on a fishing/camping trip where we could spend a lot of time just to offset the lost time while grinding every day. For me, the most exciting people are the one who listens but time for them to speak, they will speak their mind by raising their words instead of their voice. They say in LA is a nice place to check out, especially their food as being a diverse city you might get all sorts of unique cultures and flavours on your plate.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank my team who was there from day 1, Manny my youngest brother, and Joyce Romero my cousin and editor who is handling the Manila Team right now, Abel, Gats, Madz, and Pearl are the first pioneer teammates when I was starting in 2013, Cay Benitez who is the first person to get my rhythm going and built my confidence by getting me as a freelancer to his own studio. Jake Olaso and Julius Olaya who was there through ups and downs. Wedding Buzz crew from Manila, My mentor Ryan Dagooc and Randall Dagooc of Mangored studios, and the whole Mango Family especially Chyv Reyes who really likes to get into my nerves just to remind me that I can better if I just put more effort into it. My Family, of course, my mother Trinidad my worst enemy but also my safety blanket when I needed her the most, and my Dad Lando who always keeps on pushing me to strive for greatness.
Of course!, my lovely wife Paula who never had a doubt and was always there big or hard decision to make, she was there with full support and utmost respect on my perspective through business or life, Lastly, my son Randall Astin, who is the reason for all this madness, purity and serenity, He is my everything that everything changes when He was born, I did realize that the best is yet to come.

Website: bigblissweddings.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigblissweddings/

Image Credits
Big Bliss Weddings / Randy Lobiano

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