Save The Date: Couple Portrait Session | Manila Photographer

Save The Date: Couple Portrait Session | Manila Photographer

The pandemic has led to an increase in Save The Date photography sessions for portrait photographers in Metro Manila and beyond. With many people staying at home instead of going out, it has brought many souls together, leading to the birth of new families.

If you’re reading this article, congratulations are in order! I’m genuinely happy for you and everyone who’s in the process of building a family. Having been there myself, I know it can be overwhelming, but trust me, it’s all worth it. Nothing compares to having your own family surrounded by children.

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As an English-speaking photographer in Metro Manila, I enjoy shooting all pre-wedding events, be it a proposal, engagements, or Save The Date photography sessions, anywhere in and around the city.

Manila engagement ring photo from Save The Date session. Metro Manila-based professional portrait photographer Cristian Bucur
Beautiful inherited ring

What is the most common reason why couples want a Save The Date Session?

A Save The Date photography session is usually a pre-wedding step, and if you’re reading this, you’re likely engaged and have already set a wedding date. If you need other types of photos, check out my blog section, where I discuss most of the services I offer in detail.

The most common reason couples want Save The Date photos is to inform their family and friends about their beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime event. Most couples use the images to create Save The Date cards, which they mail to their guests to let them know about their life-changing event, using a personalized message and brand new portraits. It’s a brilliant way to introduce your other half to those who don’t know them yet!

Save The Date design card for guests by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Metro Manila
Save The Date design card for guests

Having lived in Asia for more than six years, I’ve found that it’s customary for most weddings to have an introductory video made from slideshows, which usually contain photos and short funny videos of the bride and groom. It’s a lovely way to introduce the couple to each other’s families.

Couple portrait photography session in Minato Mirai

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a couple named Maria and Juan for their Save The Date photoshoot. After exchanging text messages via my Facebook Page, we decided to meet in the bustling area of Makati, where they both live and work. Maria is a Filipina who grew up in Metro Manila and worked as a marketing manager. At the same time, Daisuke is Japanese and studied in Spain, now working as a software developer who moved to the Philippines for work.

Meeting Maria and Daisuke was a beautiful experience as a photographer, and it was clear that they genuinely love each other and are full of joy and patience.

Couple portrait photography session in Tokyo

Many people were out and about on the day of the photography session, enjoying the outdoors and taking advantage of the cooler temperatures. We started taking portraits of the couple in the High Street area, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to walk and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Before leaving the High Street, we took more portraits of the couple in the little Terra Park near Maridien residences, which has a special significance for them as it’s where they first met.

After taking photos in the park, we moved to the nearby Uptown part of Bonifacio Global City, where we took a few beautiful portraits for their future family.

Few words for the international travelers

Metro Manila, also known as the National Capital Region (NCR), is the center of the Philippines’ economic, cultural, and political activities. Located on the island of Luzon, Metro Manila comprises 16 cities and one municipality, covering a total land area of 636 square kilometers.

In terms of culture and heritage, Metro Manila is home to various historical sites and landmarks, such as Intramuros, Rizal Park, and the National Museum of the Philippines. The region is also known for its diverse culinary scene, ranging from traditional Filipino cuisine to international dishes.

Couple photography session near Red brick warehouses in Yokohama.


If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about my services, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am always available to provide you with the information you need. Press the contact button below to get in touch with me, and I’ll be happy to assist you. Thank you for considering me for your photography needs in Manila.
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Couple Portrait for Save The Date photo session
Couple Portrait for Save The Date photo session
Couples Portraits for Save The Date session
Couple’s Portrait for Save The Date photo session by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Save The Date portrait by Cristian Bucur, photographer in Metro Manila
Save The Date couple portrait
Save The Date couple portraits
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Save The Date couple portrait,
Save The Date couple portrait
Save The Date couple portrait
Couple Portrait for Save The Date photo session

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Lifestyle Photography | Professional Photographer in Manila

Lifestyle Photography | Professional Photographer in Manila

In Manila, lifestyle photography has gained immense popularity over the years as it captures candid and natural moments in people’s lives, making them more memorable. As a professional photographer with almost a decade of living experience in Asia, my focus has always been on people and lifestyle photography, and I have been fortunate enough to pursue my passion in the Philippines.

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My goal as a Manila portrait photographer is to capture the essence of everyday life in this vibrant city, and to achieve this is possible through my unique approach to lifestyle photography. Whether it’s capturing families spending quality time together, couples sharing romantic moments, or individuals showcasing their personalities, I strive to document real-life experiences in the most natural way possible.

Lifestyle photography.
Couple Portrait for Save The Date photo session in Manila

What is a Lifestyle Photographer?

A lifestyle photographer is a professional who specializes in capturing candid and natural moments in people’s lives, as opposed to traditional portrait photography. The focus of lifestyle photography is to document real-life experiences and tell a story through pictures.

As a Manila portrait photographer, my belief is that every person has a unique story, and it’s my job to capture it through my lens. Whether it’s a family enjoying a day out in the city or a couple walking hand in hand through the streets, aiming to create timeless images that will be cherished for generations to come is my ultimate goal.

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What does a Lifestyle Photographer do?

By hiring me as your lifestyle photographer, you could benefit from various photography sessions, including family portraits, couple sessions, individual portraits, and urban portraits. You are free to choose from different packages for these sessions, including Bronze, Silver, and Gold, and they can be conducted in single or multiple locations.

Focusing on capturing candid moments in iconic locations, particularly on High Street in Bonifacio Global City, allows me to create the best images for you. This area is the most beautiful location in the entire Metro Manila, and it provides the perfect backdrop for lifestyle photography sessions.

Photography during the rainy season by the Manila Photographer Cristian Bucur

Can a Family Photo Session be considered Lifestyle Photography?

Absolutely! A family photo session can be considered lifestyle photography if it captures candid moments and natural interactions among family members. Matching outfits are well-known in Asia, and it helps in creating cohesive and visually appealing family portraits.

As a family portrait photographer, I understand the importance of capturing real-life moments and showcasing families’ unique bonds. My approach to family photography is to let families be themselves while capturing their natural interactions and emotions through my lens.

Manila Family Photographer

Packages Offered

To help you choose the perfect photography session, I offer a variety of packages, including Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Each package provides different options and locations, ensuring you get the best experience possible.

The Bronze package is perfect for individuals or couples wanting a quick, easy, 1-hour photography session. It includes one location and one hour of shooting time, and you’ll receive up to 20 edited photos(ok, usually a lot more because my clients always receive great images).

The Silver package is ideal for small families or couples who want more variety in their photos. It includes two locations and two hours of shooting time, and you’ll receive 40 edited photos.

Finally, the Gold package is perfect for larger families or those who want a more comprehensive photography session. It includes three locations and three hours of shooting time, and you’ll receive 60 edited photos.

Because I have to do my best at all times, most of my sessions end up with more photos than initially agreed, overdelivering far more images than needed. 

Bronze Photo Session

1 Hour Shooting Time
Single Location (BGC)
Up to 20 Edited High-resolution Photographs


Silver Photo Session

2 Hours Shooting Time
2 Locations* (BGC&near by)
Up to 40 Edited High-resolution Photographs



Gold Photo Session

3 Hours Shooting Time
Multiple Locations* (Metro Manila)
Travel time, time for wardrobe changes are not included in the shoot time
Minimum 60 Edited High-resolution Photographs

Family Portraits

One of the most popular sessions I offer is family portraits. Family is the cornerstone of every community, and capturing those precious moments with your loved ones is essential. Whether in the comfort of your own home or a beautiful park, my goal is to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere that allows you to be yourself. All families are encouraged to bring their pets or incorporate matching outfits for a more cohesive look.

Family portrait by the family photographer in Manila, Cristian Bucur

Couples Portraits

Another popular session is couples portraits. Whether for engagement photos or to capture those special moments with your significant other, my approach to couples portraits is to create a romantic and natural atmosphere. I’ll guide you through poses and prompts that showcase your love for each other while also capturing the beautiful scenery of Manila.

Individual Portraits

Individual portraits are perfect for those who want to capture their unique personality or commemorate a special milestone. Whether for professional headshots or to have a beautiful photo of yourself, my approach to individual portraits is to make you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera.

Ballet Photography, Photographer in Metro Manila

Urban Portraits

For those who want a more unique and edgy look to their photos, I offer urban portraits in the bustling streets of Manila. Whether in front of colorful murals or the city’s heart, these photos are perfect for those who want to showcase their personality and style more unconventionally.

Bodybuilder Portrait photographer in Bonifacio Global City

Multiple Locations

If you can’t decide on just one location, don’t worry! I offer multiple location sessions(upon availability) so that you can capture different aspects of your life and personality. This is perfect for families or couples who want more variety in their photos.


In conclusion, as a Manila portrait photographer, I believe lifestyle photography is a powerful tool that captures candid and natural moments in people’s lives. My goal is to provide you with the best experience possible, ensuring that you get the most out of your photography session.

Whether you’re looking for family portraits, couple sessions, or individual portraits, my approach to lifestyle photography will help you create timeless images that will be cherished for generations to come. So, book a photography session with me, and let’s capture your unique story through my lens.

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