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2021 New York Comic Con's Best Cosplays
October 22, 2021

This is probably not the NYCC 2021 Best Cosplays because there are hundreds of them which I wasn't able to capture on my camera. The shear size of the Javits Convention center and the number of attendees makes it impossible to take photos of everyone. But subjective as it may seem, these lists of cosplayers was for me the best there is. I have my reasons. Last NYCC 2019, I had a long list of NYCC best Cosplays which I realized were too convolu...

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20 Faces of the 9/11 20th Anniversary
September 12, 2021

Every year, I make sure that I visit the 9/11 memorial. I'm a perpetual tourist I admit. But my visit to the memorial at this time of year is more of a reverential tradition. I pay tribute to the fallen: heroes and victims alike. I never get tired of it. I never forget it. I wasn't here in New York when it happened. But like billions of people around the world, there was a nerve that was stricken on that fateful day. It wasn't only in America that...

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Fabulous at Forty Part 2: How you can pull off a glamshot at forty
September 3, 2021

Shane is very easy to work with as she can easily pull off a glamshot without a sweat. Shane has no prior experience in modelling or in fashion portraiture but her poses were like cut outs from a fashion magazine. She actually proved my theory that at your 40s and 50s you can still pull it off without looking like someone in drag. At first I didn't approve what she wanted to wear but she pulled it off on the day of our shoot. As a photographer,...

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Fabulous at Forty Part 1: Why you need to have a portrait taken once in your lifetime.
August 27, 2021

It started as an idea I had a year ago. I didn't even know it would materialize. I just kept thinking about it and the next thing you know it happened. My High School class is celebrating it's 30th anniversary three years from now. recently realized that it is time that I give back to those who really mattered to me, use my talent for a worthy cause and celebrate the shortness of life, the joy of being alive, with the longevity of friendships that...

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Photographing The American Flag
July 4, 2021

One of my most favorite subject whenever I travel within or outside New York City is the American Flag. I don't know what it is in me, but I can't help pointing my camera to the Star Spangled Banner and shoot whenever I see it. It's like an automatic reflex. There is something in the flag that is outright majestic and at the same time reverent. In my years of being a photographer I have seen so many ways how the American Flag is flown, waved, ...

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Rom Matibag Photography New York just opened it's Modest Photography Studio To Its CLients
February 28, 2021

After two months of re-painting and renovation on this adjacent unit on my apartment building, I just opened my small and modest private studio for my photography clients. I used to dream and wish about this a couple of years ago. I never imagined I would be able to put up my own studio. Although I enjoyed renovating this small room, but it was never easy. It was a tough job to handle. The unit wasn't in good condition when I got it. I spe...

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New Yorkers Celebrate Biden Win
November 17, 2020

It was on morning of Saturday, November 7, when I was to cover this peaceful march for democracy in Columbus Circle. I was prepping up my gear when Wolf Blitzer of CNN called the Presidential Election for Joe Biden. Immediately every news network were showing New Yorkers celebrating on the streets. My twitter feed was exploding with videos of neighborhoods in Manhattan applauding and clanging their pots and pans in high rise condos reminiscent of ...

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New York Is Not A Ghost Town
October 31, 2020

During the final Presidential Debate last October 22, 2020, Donald Trump just made a false claim that New York City is a ghost town and people are leaving in droves. This was hysterically false and inaccurate. New York City's infection rate has always stayed below 1.5% throughout the summer up to this writing. There were clusters of outbreaks in some neighborhoods in Brooklyn, but they were managed right away, and cases are going down. Last Saturd...

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VIDEO: Photographers’ ‘10,000 Headshots’ Initiative Offers Free Headshots to Unemployed During Pandemic
October 18, 2020

I had an interview last year during the 10,000 Headshots by the Currents News Team on site of our 10,000 Headshot Location. Let me quote on their news article and video spiel: "Rom Matibag knows what it’s like to be without a job, which is why he’s joined the the "10,000 Headshots" initiative and is taking professional headshots for free for people who are unemployed because of the coronavirus pandemic." From an original article on "Currents ...

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Look Good, Feel Good: Former Seminarian Uses Photography Skills to Help Unemployed New Yorkers During Pandemic
October 18, 2020

Photographer Rom Matibag steps out from behind the camera at the 10,000 Headshots photo initiative, held in Midtown Manhattan on July 22. (Photo: Erin DeGregorio) Former Seminarian Uses Photography Skills to Help Unemployed New Yorkers By Erin DeGregorio MANHATTAN — On July 22, Richmond Hill resident Rom Matibag used his talents to help out-of-work New Yorkers during the nationwide 10,000 Headshots photo initiative by Headshot B...

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Photographer’s ‘10,000 Headshots’ initiative offers free headshots to unemployed during pandemic
October 18, 2020

By Jessica Easthope The coronavirus pandemic has left an estimated one and a half million New Yorkers out of a job. But some feel they’re still not out of that big city luck, and that maybe a headshot could give them the head start they need to get back to business. “We don’t only uplift their chances and their hopes for employment, but also the spirit that they lost during the pandemic,” said Rom Matibag, the CEO of Romp Studios. Rom...

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The New York Comic Con of 2019: The Pre-Pandemic Comic Con Experience
September 21, 2020

It was my first time to actually attend the event. Coming from Los Angeles and just moved here in New York, you can probably imagine that I would be a SDCC guy. But no, this was actually my first. And one of the best experience at that. As a professional photographer I was surprised that every cosplayer were so generous in their poses and were all game in having their photos taken. I was culture shocked. Mostly if you go to the streets people wou...

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