Jiva Jimenez grew up in a family of photographers, wherein household chores are not all about washing the dishes or making laundry but being in the darkroom all day trying to get the perfect exposure and color for each picture taken. In each event, his father or uncles dragged him in; bring baskets of films and a DIY mini-darkroom to change the negatives in. He started as young as 8-years old.
At the age of 14, Jiva started taking pictures in events and eventually landed a job in one of the Philippines’ respected papers, The Manila Bulletin. He was a correspondent back then and was sent to Cagayan de Oro City for a project but it was also in this city wherein he found his niche in the field of fashion and wedding photography.
In the year 2006-2007, Jiva Jimenez became known as one of the top fashion photographers in Cagayan de Oro City. He covered The Ms. Cagayan Beauty Pageant as well as Ms. Teen Philippines for the year 2007. From there, he then found his first client for a wedding.
At first he was hesitant, as he knows the pressure and responsibilities that goes along with the job. Due to the persistence of the client who loved his work at first sight, he gained the courage to do the job.
Year 2009 was when Jiva Jimenez and his wife, Julie Jimenez started Lakshmi Photography. After years of hardwork, the husband and wife team is now one of the Philippines’ Multiple Awarded-Winning Photographers.
Joining the Wedding and Portrait Photographer of the Philippines (WPPP) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) made a huge boost to Jiva Jimenez’s career. Started with winning multiple national awards in the Philippines, Jiva Jimenez has also bagged 2 International Awards from Wedding and Portrait Photographer in Asia (WPPA): Bride & Groom Together Category & Landscape Category; and from WPPI: 2nd Place Engagement Category, People’s Choice Award and 11 Silver Awards making him an official Associate Member of WPPI.
Sharing what he has learned over the years has been one of Jiva’s passions, as well. Aside from his love in photography, he also gives time to meet friends who has the same passion. He has conducted numerous workshops in Cagayan de Oro from Basic to Advance to Creative Lighting to Wedding Photography. He has also conducted in the cities of Cebu, Davao, Surigao, Iligan, as well as in Singapore, Kuwait and the USA.
Jiva Jimenez is now based in Cagayan de Oro City and New York City as a Contemporary Destination Wedding Photographer. Wedding Photography has always been his passion and does his job perfectly well, gaining him the adoration of his clients as well as his fellow wedding vendors. Jiva Jimenez’s artistic photojournalistic style has gained him multiple international awards, affirming his top-notch artistry.
All brides and grooms would be lucky to have Jiva Jimenez to document the most important day of their lives.