For Gerard V. Mapalad, his gusto for capturing the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses is immense. While working in Dubai as Sales Coordinator for Projects and Supplies LTD and living in Dubai for more than a decade now, he had also spent time learning the techniques in photography being an inquisitive individual. But through the years, he’s having extra income out of his passion for photography.
For the first three years, he worked in a French company in the emirate of Sharjah and sought for another job to augment the expenses that he used to have as he was living in Dubai at that time—and then found his current job and fell in love with the what he’s doing.
“I have a certain degree of control and freedom within my job. I worked hard to maintain that level of trust, which keeps me engaged and excited but at the same time, I love that my job enables me to love and enjoy my other passions like photography,” he said.
While meeting new other clients from his photoshoots, he also considers working abroad as a great opportunity both for himself and his family.
“You gain not only people working around you, but you tend to meet other nationalities from all walks of life and learn their different cultures and beliefs as well. Then you gain friends from it. People respect the law and abide and that is one of the reasons why I want to stay and continue to work here,” Mapalad further added.
Mapalad’s early life
The main reasons why he left the Philippines for Dubai because his family is struggling financially and both of his parents are already gone, leaving the three siblings alone who looked after each other. One of his aunts supported his decision to work overseas, drawing out his strength from his siblings because they are the reason why he had to work outside the country.
Now, Mapalad founded a family and is focusing on his son’s studies. Now that he’s almost 50, he is planning to go back to the Philippines and build his own business. However, his love for photography will remain.
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