I am Rom. A passionate and creative artist.
I used to shoot using the classic 110mm and 35mm film cameras. My first digital camera was a Sony point and shoot with 12-megapixel resolution which I took with me in Australia. The first photograph I entered in a contest won the grand prize in a local city in Australia, using only the Sony compact camera. When you are an artist with a passion, there are no boundaries to your creativity.
My passion for photography has been cultivated even further in Australia where I took headshots and portraits of seminarians and priests. I collaborated with other professional photographers in Australia during events and celebrations, thus also learning from the pros.
My first venture into commercial photography was during my time in Los Angeles. I was hired in a company to head a new department which needed photographing the products for online listing.
My first social event that I covered outside Australia was for a private debutant party for my sister’s friend in California. One thing led to another and soon I began doing small private events.
I moved to New York to pursue my dream of becoming a professional photographer. I started from the very bottom and worked my way up often juggling with hard work while perfecting my photography skills on the sidelines. It was not easy, but I endured. And here I am. Hope springs eternal.
I have over 12 years of professional photography experience, as a free-lancer and in-house photographer, until an opportunity knocked on my door to have my very own studio. Hence the birth of ROMP Studios (Rom Matibag Photography Studios).
In 2020, I was chosen to be part of this nationwide initiative of 200 photographers for the 10,000 Head Shots Project by Peter Hurley and Tony Tafe.
You can also read my The Romp Blog and my Personal Blog.
Let’s start from there. I like getting to know new friends. And hoping one of these days we can work together.
“When you are an artist with a passion, there are no boundaries to your creativity”
“I love photography. It is what I think of when I wake up in the morning and when I go to sleep at night. “