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By: Rene Bagarino Bernal


ShootLikeARockstar was created as a Facebook page gallery for my photos when I started shooting in 2015 during my free time just for self-enjoyment. I used the free platform primarily to share the photos that were taken from my travels, family gatherings, solo photo walks and special events with family and friends. My gallery also serves as an online backup. Hopefully, it will also become a source of inspiration to others who love taking photographs and have the same passion for it as I do.

Being a self-taught photographer, the images you see here are rendered spontaneously or inspired by the works of other talented photographers who are the rockstar in their field. Whether it is landscape, portraiture, street or any genre that’s interesting and fun to do.

Throughout this journey, I have somehow gained experience on how to improve my way of shooting, through my own mistakes or through shared ideas from fellow photographers and friends who are as passionate about photography. You too would ultimately create your own style that you can share to inspire others.

An IT engineer by profession, a programmer, former house painter, frustrated guitar player and father to two lovely daughters. I love arts although I cannot paint nor draw. But hopefully through photography, I will be able to express my own vision.

I was born in Quezon City, Philippines.



  • International Photography Awards 2017 ( IPA 2017 ) – Philippines
  1. People Photographer of the Year Category Winner
  2. Gold Winner – People: Portrait Category
  3. Gold Winner – People: Other Category
  4. Gold Winner – Deeper Perspective Category
  5. Silver Winner – People: Children Category
  6. Silver Winner – People: Lifestyle Category
  7. Bronze Winner – Special: Digitally Enhanced Category
  8. Bronze Winner – Fin Art: Other Category


  • International Photography Awards – Philippines & Neural Ground Reborn 2017
  1. Gold & Silver Winner – Weddings Category
  2. Gold Winner – Sunset Category
  3. Silver Winner – Architecture : Other Category
  4. Bronze Winner – Event Category
  5.  Honorable Mention in multiple categories


  • PhotoWorldCup (PWC/FPPF) 2017 – 1st place winner in Portrait Theme
  • PhotoWorldCup (PWC/FPPF) 2017 – Finalist Winner in Flora & Fauna Theme
  • i-Mag Photograhpy Magazine i-Challenge 2017 – Finalist in Rings Theme
  • i-Mag Photograhpy Magazine i-Challenge 2016 – Finalist in Flowers Theme
  • EyeEm & Huawei My Year My View Mission 2016 – Finalist Winner
  • Pahiyas Festival OTS photo contest 2016 ( Taisho Pharma ) – Finalists Winner
  • National Water Resources – Women and Water photo contest 2017 – Finalist Winner
  • ThinkTank Photo – 118th Philippines Independence Day OTS photo contest 2016 – included in Top 5 Winners
  • Exposure Award 2015 inclusion in The Black & White Collection and included in the digital display at the Louvre Museum, Paris, France.


Photo Feature

  • Photo Vogue Italia Approved Photos 2017
  • A feature from Photo Mission 2017
  • A feature from Capture Streets Instagram 2017
  • A feature from Manila Bulletin’s Picture Perfect – Through A Lens Clearly 2016- 2017
  • A feature from Fine EYE Magazine – Fine Art Magazine 2016
  • A feature photo from Photo.Net 2016
  • A feature and sold photos from Twenty20 2016-2017
  • National Geographic YourShot-Faceless Portrait Editor’s Favorites 2015