Carlito’s Way

Carlito So

Carlito So’s fascination with photography began when he was at Grade 6 at Ateneo de Zamboanga. At an elective class, where the students needed to select a course between piggery, carpentry, dress making and the like, Carlito chose the course that appealed to his entrepre- neurial spirit ñ photography. Back then, with his Nikon F2, he would sell black and white prints to his classmates at P1.25 a copy.

A banker by profession, for 17 years he pursued photography side by side his corporate life. His stable income from being an appraiser at Solid Bank allowed him to buy and expand his equipment. At that time, he would find himself frequently taking off from work to attend photo workshops or to be in a photo coverage. He knew that pho- tography as a business could indeed be lucrative when combined with passion and the right business sense.

Cebu’s pride is today one of the region’s leading wedding photographers. Apart from being a successful businessman, he has also won photography awards here and abroad, which is a true testament that you never have to work another day if you have a job that you truly love.

14 ( simple but with impact) vintage fan

1st place at EPIX 06

When did you know that you would be a photographer? When I first took photos of our school newspaper in Ateneo de Zamboanga.

What kinds of photos do you take?

I shoot a lot of weddings, but I also shoot other kinds like portraits, family pictures, commercial, stock photos, and recently a coffee table book for a hospital.

Your idea of a perfect shot?

A bride who looks beautiful on her wedding day.

banawe man

What’s in your camera bag?

In my bag, a Lowepro Stealth Reporter, are a Nikon D200, 17–55mm f/2.8, 28–70mm f/2.8, 12–2mm f/, 10.5mm f/2.8, Nikon SB 800, and Sandisk CF cards.

What can’t you leave the house without?

My Epson P500.

First camera?

Nikon F2, borrowed from my dad.


Favorite camera?

Nikon D200.

Best photo you’ve taken?

An award-winning Sinulog shot.

Worst shot ever?

When the photo lab destroyed my transparencies.

If you were to measure your life in shutter speed and aperture, what would it be?

I’m like a fast shutter with a wide open aperture.

9 (my winning shot) grand prize-sinulog photo contest


the gown

the bride

dance with the wind

Photographer you most admire?

Yervant, John Chua, and Lito Sy.

Your idea of the perfect shoot?

When I capture it right.

What is the most marked characteristic of your photos?

Simple but with impact.

What would you absolutely not shoot?


What kind of photography do you do for money? What do you do for fun?

I shoot weddings for money, and any worthy cause for fun.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

A businessman.


Sinulog fluvial parade

dancing girl

How would you want to be remembered?

A person/photographer who does it right the first time.

Any tips or words of advice for other photographers?

Study your craft well and charge properly.

man & child

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