Do you see the world differently? Make no excuses and do new things. Your life is a great big canvas. We see it ready to unfold in a thousand new stories.
When was the last time you jumped off a cliff? Do what you love. Do what makes you come alive. We are ignited by your stories. We tell them with great zeal.
Dig deep and speak with an authentic voice. This is something which cannot be bought. A promise in everything we do.
Have you made any new friends lately? Strike conversations and build relationships. We are here to nurture a culture of influencers, dreamers, thinkers, adventurers, movers, shakers — a culture of inspired storytellers.
What legacy will you live? That's the big question. Tell your story. It's your message to the world. We believe that stories are life's greatest gains. We believe in inspiring generations with the stories of today.
In 2002, as a new mom, I wanted to photograph my two boys in a creative, fun, and safe studio environment in Manila, Philippines. However, I just couldn't find any that satisfied me.
That was when the creative juices started flowing. I began to think, 'What if other moms desire the same photographs of superior quality for their families?' I was determined to transform this situation into something pleasurable and fun.
And so, I created The Picture Company.
Instead of taking in professional photographers, I encouraged pre-school teachers to join my team because I was certain that they could handle children better. I told them to make the entire experience fun and enjoyable for both kids and families. We began capturing people's genuine expressions, telling the unique stories behind their smiles.
Fast forward to today, TPC has become and has remained the No. 1 Baby Portrait Studio in the country.
My kids are all grown up now. During one of our family's many travels, they started asking me about their childhood. Again, the ideas, as well as questions, flowed. They spiraled into thoughts of moments past, present, and future.
I thought to myself, 'Life is lived in moments, and these moments that form our stories must be told for future generations'. These stories are meant to be shared. But how will they materialize if our memories are kept locked inside our phones, computers, and hard drives?
Together with a team of inspired storytellers, Ampersand Luxe Photo Books came into fruition.
We were driven by the idea that our stories captured in moments are life's greatest gains. They exist to be told, shared, and relived in order to feed our souls, and our children's souls.
And so the team focused on creating products that reflected these ideals.
We are deeply grateful for all the stories that inspired our team.
But more than sharing stories for future generations, we believe in inspiring this future with the stories of today. We seek to encourage people to step out, become shakers and movers, marvel at the adventures that life brings, and appreciate even the little moments.
We continually strive to make the world a happier and better place...one story at a time.
So enjoy life. Create stories.
Eileen A. Juan
Founder, Ampersand Luxe Photo Books