Beachside nuptials with trails of veils typically fill Patrick Camacho's week as a professional photographer. He works with a Japanese company that keeps him busy, but after hours, his camera keeps on clicking. Pat is one of the most active freelance photographers on the island, one who gets booked solid fairly quickly, up to a year in advance.
Weddings continue to bring in cash on the side, but his body of work is made up of more than just brides and grooms.
"I'll shoot anything, whoever books me first," he says. "But I'm still trying to get my style. People request me mostly to have a style that's bright with colors, more dramatic looks."
Before he became a shutterbug, Pat was training with video and graphic design. It was only twelve years ago when he picked up a camera.
His work has since been featured in numerous local and international publications, capturing vivid portraits and expansive landscapes.
"I like doing it all and I get bored doing just one type," he says. "If I'm shooting a lot of weddings, I have to stop and shoot landscapes. I shoot underwater, but I've been so busy at work that I haven't been doing it."
For all of the bookings, flashes and publications, Pat says he's not gifted with a knack for shooting.
"It's something I had to learn, and it did take a lot of practice," he explains. "I can go out with a strobe light and wait for the perfect lighting. The way I shoot, I'm always on a time crunch. It doesn't matter what the situation is, whether it's good or bad lighting, I always have to find out how to make it look good. A lot of it has been trial and error."
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