Miles Ocampo loves the industry she grew up in. So, whatever challenges and changes it undergoes, she’s more than ready to help and still give her best.
Miles had mixed emotions as she started going back to work. She was scared, thrilled and grateful. “Napakaraming buhay na nawala, trabaho na nawala. Itong pandemic na ito, tinuruan niya talaga ako kung paano maging grateful at kung paano maging appreciative sa lahat ng nangyayari sa akin,” she expressed.
Miles finally found the time to learn how to cook. Apart from that, she learned how to live simply and appreciate the little things that she used to take for granted.
The next year is fast approaching. And despite the crisis and uncertainties, Miles will step out of 2020 with grateful hearts.
Miles calls herself Ms. Memory Hoarder. The penchant for taking photos that started when she was a kid has grown into a hobby and an impressive camera collection. And if a picture paints a thousand words, her photos convey stories of beautiful memories.
“’Yung unang-unang bili ko, pinakamahal kong nabili for myself, nasa 16 years old ako noon, camera siya. Pero nabenta ko na kasi nagpalit na ako ng gamit,” she started.
Miles first showed us a Fujifilm X70, now a rare model available only in Japan. It’s her ultimate pick for everyday fun because it’s handy and comes with a selfie feature.
Next in her collection is the Osmo Pocket handheld camera. “Kapag kailangan ko naman mag-shoot, pero ‘pag si Ate ko ‘yung kasama ko sa taping ‘yung pinagsho-shoot ko, ito ‘yung pinapagamit ko sa kanya,” she said.
She also owns a collection of film cameras. The best thing about film cameras, according to Miles, is the element of surprise, of not knowing what to expect from the prints until the film is developed.
Her first purchase was a Minolta SR-T 101 which is known for its classic design. She also likes her Pentax 120Mi for its zoom feature. The Olympus Pen is her best choice for outdoor photoshoots as it requires natural lighting. Lastly, she flaunted her favorite, the Ricoh R1 model.
All of these cameras, except for one, are all products of Miles’ hard work. She saved up and purchased them, without her mother knowing. “Kunwari bigay lang para end of conversation,” she said.
Miles believes that she’s not yet an expert but she’s learning even just by online tutorials. She also attended classes on film photography.
She thinks the most rewarding thing about photography is the joy of knowing people appreciate her works. “Masaya ako every time ‘yung shot ko, naka-display, nakikita ko. Kinunan ko sina Direk Bobot, the Mortiz family tapos naka-display. Karamihan ng family photos nila sa bahay na naka-display, ako ‘yung kumuha. Or every time may nagre-repost ng picture ko… parang ang sarap sa feeling na na-appreciate nila ‘yung shot ko for them.”
To all photo enthusiasts, Miles’ biggest advice is to just feel the moment. “Pagdating sa photography, tip ko sa kanila, huwag ‘yung masyadong aral na aral kasi parang pag may tinatarget kang shot na gusto mo, parang nakaka-frustrate ‘pag di mo nakuha, so for me, picture ka lang nang picture. Ang importante naman dun ‘yung memory,” said Miles.