Last July, I was able to join a romanceclass photo shoot for some of the authors’ book covers. I was lucky enough to be a part of it a second time around when another shoot was held last Sunday. romanceclass books are indie pubbed so they rely on stock photos or illustrations for their cover designs. They came up with the brilliant idea to pool resources and co-sponsor photo shoots with Filipino models or theater actors as cover models. Yay, for more Filipinos on book covers! You can learn more about the initiative through this link: romanceclasscovers. Some photos are available for purchase in the catalog.
So the photo shoot last Sunday had four cover models with different sets. They changed into outfits styled by Alex Lapa, who came up with the styles based on character descriptions. The cover models were real life couple Celine Bengzon and Bibo Reyes, as well as Fred Lo and Migs Almendras. This is actually a historic moment for the community because this is the first ever cover shoot for a male/male romance! So exciting. Here are some outtakes from the phone:
Would you buy romance books that had these shots on their covers? I know I would! The books haven't even been published yet, and I'm ready to one-click them. So refreshing to see Filipinos on book covers.💕📚 As always, fun @romanceclasscovers photo shoot. @mrfredlaw and @migs_almendras, @celbels and @el_biborcio were all awesome cover models! Shout out to @alexvmapa for nailing the styling based on character descriptions.👌 #romanceclass authors, please keep writing and revising so we can keep reading.💜💙💚
Swipe left to see all the photos. I love how these turned out on my phone, and I’m pretty sure the final versions will be even better. I can’t wait to see the resulting book covers! You can see more pictures of the shoot on Veronica’s blog over at Brain Tabs, here and here.
Here are some of my favorite behind the scenes photos from last Sunday, always a good time when you’re with romanceclass people:
Here are photos of authors Mina V. Esguerra and H. Bentham squished between cover models Fred and Migs:
From Mina’s Instagram, here’s a shot of Ben and I being silly while we copy the cover model’s pose for Iris After the Incident:
Also, a group pic of the romanceclass people present there, together with the cover models:
Yesterday at @romanceclasscovers ❤️ So I told Fred what his trope is. He KNOWS now lol. #Repost @mrfredlaw with @repostapp ・・・ Thank you @romanceclasscovers for another awesome time!! We always look forward to watching you try and pick yourselves up after being pummeled with so much #feels hahaha! Love you all!❤️ I think we did good @migs_almendras 👍🏻 @romanceclasstrash @romanceclassbooks P.S. Posting this at 5am because I just recovered from my drunken state @minavesguerra hahahaha!😅 #romanceclass #covers #yokonaperosigepa #shoot #trope
And last but not the least, here I am with Fred and Migs, first time to have a pic taken with them!
After the photo shoot, four of us had dinner had Manam, a Filipino fusion restaurant that has quickly become a favorite of mine. Here are some pics of the meal we had:
Manam's beef ribs sinigang with watermelon is the ONLY sinigang that I have loved.🍉🍖 It's actually like sinigang and nilaga had a baby. Also, we didn't ask for it but they gave us a free refill of the soup! They said customers can have a free refill at least once. Oh and their sisig is really nice and crispy too. Sulit na pagpunta sa Makati.😂 Thank you so much for dinner, Ninang @laylatanjutco!💕🍽
Sunday well-spent, wouldn’t you say? 🙂 Hope you all had an awesome weekend and you’re having a good week so far.