Presenting the Official Headshots of the Miss World Philippines 2021 candidates as taken by Mark Neto Diaz with his take on the entire shoot below:
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“This is my 3rd year of doing the official headshot of Miss World Philippines. The more I do it, it brought me so much understanding towards women. 👸
Different stories with different beauty. So I thought of this upon setting up a shooting peg for this year’s official portrait.
With so many beauty filters and things going on in social media blinding us on how a beauty queen or a woman should look like, I told myself I want it fresh and to show them. Until I ended up saying…
“Why not let the shooting be in white?”
White symbolizes many significant words. Purity, Peace, and Compassion.
These words inspire me a lot. So I decided to let the women be in white. Clean and not commanding color so the highlight will be their uniqueness and individual beauties. Relax hair and less make-up. 🌼
What’s difficult about it is to set lighting that will work with everyone’s profile. Each lady has different skin tones and structures, meaning different key lights. But a clean and crisp light point will never go wrong. It requires a lot of understanding. 📸💡
The shooting direction was a bit challenging for me. I had to be versatile and full of poses that day – so I did. Working 16 hours is a record-breaker in my entire career. My back hurts a lot that day but it didn’t stop me from giving my best until the very last candidate. 💪⚡
Now I must say it’s all worth it. I’m in love with what I’ve created. I believe when your vision is clear, your body and self intuition follows.
One word is not enough to describe the beauty of a Filipina woman. Each one of us is beautiful and we must appreciate it. ❤
I wanna say thank you to all people who partake and be part of this project. Let me send you so much gratitude.
To myself to never stop learning and doing things that challenge you. You grew so much and I’m always proud of you. God this is all for you. You’re the best!”
Photography and Direction by Mark Neto Diaz
Assisted by Rashied Clores
Styling Vhee Co and Francis Chee
Assisted by Juancho Buendia and Carlo Moraca
Makeup by Team Teviant by Albert Kurniawan
Hair by Team Forro by Dann Forro
Shot using Official Nikon D750 with 85mm 1.4D in 3 lightings set up.
My heart is full,
Mark Neto Diaz