Living The Curious Life Photography

An Exclusive Look: Raniel Hernandez

Philips Three Axis Touch Light Lamp (on my table) – You can find them probably in any hardware or light shops that distributes Philips products.


Industrial Handing Light & Wall Clock (on my table) – I got them for second-hand in Mandaue, Quezon Ave. They sell a lot of second-hand furniture there.

I’m so excited that my second Blog Series is a feature on the very talented Raniel Hernandez! I’ve been following his feed ever since I saw pictures that he took for @sinopinas on Instagram, (he is one of the founders) and they go to different parts of the Philippines to discover its beauty, culture and people. A few weeks before the scheduled shoot, I was supposed to attend one of his photography workshops but something came up, and at that time I just bought studio lights, so I was so happy to get a one-on-one tutorial directly from Raniel himself as I was shooting parts of his room (since we both use Nikon, he was nice enough to lend me his lens and gave me tips on which one I could buy next for my blog). It’s really nice to meet people who are open to sharing their experiences and tips. I definitely learned a lot from him that day. Enjoy reading more about him!

AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II (in my bag) – It’s a UK-based premium watch brand. Its designs are inspired by aviation. You can check their collections on


What’s in my bag?

Camera/Go Pro – There’s no photographer without a camera

Phone – For posting photos and updating my social media

Powerbank – For charging my phone and GoPro.

Laptop & Hard Drive – For both office work and freelance work

Notebook & Pen – For taking down notes and planning my day

Glasses – For reading

Shades – When the sun is showing up!

Small Wallet – For Money, ATM and credit cards

Lens Cleaner Spray – For cleaning my camera lenses and eye-wear


Here are Instagram photos of his that I like!1RH

Follow Raniel on Instagram @rayniyel and @sinopinas, or visit his website which will be launched by July.


My  name is Raniel Hernandez. I am a multimedia designer by profession and a freelance photography by passion.

How would you describe your room’s design style? It’s very simple, minimal, and clean.

Where do you get your inspiration from when you decorate and furnish your room? I usually get inspirations online mostly from NYC and London based users and websites. I really like how they design their apartments there – minimal, clean, spacious, and industrial.

What is a home to you? It’s where you relax after a day worth of crazy work outside. There’s no other place like it so I want it to be they way I wanted it to be.

What object is your most prized possession? That would have to be my camera. I can’t imagine myself without capturing even the smallest moment of the day.

Is there a particular item or something about your home that has an interesting story? It is probably the big old wooden treasure chest inside my room that I use as a center table and a storage bin. It is an antique that was handed over to me by my dad from my grandfather. It is more or less 3 to 4 generations old.

I always make it a point to…. make my room the way it looks like since day one.


Describe a typical day in your life. I wake up, prepare for work, check emails and social media while on the way to the office, office work, post something on social media, go out or go home to do freelance work.

Why did you choose your profession? I chose working as a multimedia designer for AirAsia Philippines for two reasons: creative work and travel (both are beneficial to my freelance photography work). My profession helps me create more content and stories to share to people online and offline.

What does your perfect day look like? A perfect day for me would have to be a day in the outdoors either waking up in a tent on top of a scenic mountain peak or waking up in a cabana with a beautiful beach view without thinking about any work, and go out to explore what’s there to explore and take pictures.

What is your dream job, and why? It would have to be a full-time photographer and your main task is to travel the world and just take pictures. There are a lot of things to capture, stories to tell, and memories to keep, and I am here to do to them all.

What’s your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you? To be given the opportunity to talk and share to people what I love doing the most is probably my greatest achievement – from me getting inspired by others to inspiring others by me. It has shaped me in a way that I needed to do better to inspire more. It is a never-ending cycle of growth.


What are the 3 things that make you most happy right now? Spending quality time with family and friends, being on an assignment to take pictures and traveling to a place I haven’t been to.

What are the 5 passions you have? Photography, traveling, hiking, design and art in general

What are your hobbies and interest other than what you do? Playing sports like golf and frisbee

What is your life quote? Work hard and you’ll get there.

How do you define love? Love is something that moves you to do things whether it is the love for photography or the love for someone.

How do you want to be remembered? I want to be remembered not only as someone who takes beautiful photos, but also, someone who inspires and moves people to do the same thing


What is the thing you most wish you were great at? To think of a creative idea in just a snap (and singing haha!)

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? Explore the world

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? Time management

If you speak another language, which would it be and why? Spanish not only because it is one of the official languages of the United Nations, but also because it is very interesting to learn it and the closest foreign language to Filipino, not to mention the cool accent that fluent Spanish speakers make when I went to Spain last year.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Iceland and the rest of Western Europe. I can’t wait to visit it this September!

If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future? Future of course, because “past is past” and you could only make the past better in the future.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why? Probably the chill side of NYC or LA.

If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat? The younger Jessica Alba and we’ll eat anything spicy because that is what we both like.

If you could have the answer to any question, what would that question be? Where to next?


What’s your favorite blog? I don’t think I have a favorite one, but I enjoy visiting sites with really nice photos and beautiful stories like lingered-upon of Alice Gao. She takes the most beautiful photos!

What do you think makes a good blog? A good blog has quality content on it. It is what makes people come back.

What makes your blog unique? I don’t have a blog at the moment, but I have yet to launch one. I’ll make it unique by showing personal style and by just being me.

What advice would you give to new bloggers? This advice is to everyone who wants to have a name online. First of, know yourself and what you like doing at the same time sharing to people whether it is about photography, fashion, travel, or whatnot, and focus on it. Once you mastered the craft, that is the time you experiment and venture on other things for additional content.

List 5 people who have influenced you and describe how.

Rich Stapleton – He is one of the founders of Cereal Magazine who introduced me to his minimal world of travel.

Alice Gao – I was influenced by her photos and the rawness of her lifestyle.

Ben Beringuela – He influenced me by his undying passion for professional work and photography.

Karl Presentacion, John Austria, and Alexis Lim – They are all are my teammates and co-founders of SinoPinas. They’ve influenced me to travel and see the Philippines in a different light.

Zeus Martinez – Being my photography mentor for a couple of years, he has probably influenced me the greatest in the world of photography. He showed me that photography is not only about taking quality photos, but also the business side of it and how to make it out there.

Watch out to see who’s next on my Blog Series!

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