Small Wonders

Photographer of the Week: Elena “Len” Taeza

By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

Women are not usually so enamored with bugs, but then again, Elena “Len” Taeza is no ordinary woman. Nature’s tiny creatures actually fascinate Len, which is why her photography focuses on the scenes often overlooked by the naked eye.

Tutubing Karayom

“So far, I am focused on macro photography. I really like having little insects in action as my main subjects. I love taking photos of jumping spiders. I find them cute,” she smiles.

Bolinao Falls

Her love for photography sprang from observing her cousin as he took pictures at every family event. It was only later on that she decided to take up the lens herself, starting with a Canon 1000D in 2011.

“It was already 2014 when I was introduced to Focus Bulacan, which I can call a very significant part of my photography journey. It all started when I attended their free basic photography workshop,” she shares.

Sitio Pariahan

As a member of the group, she participates in the PhotoWorld Cup of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) She was also chosen as 2019 Photographer of the Year (POTY) of their club. “It is a great honor for me, which I share with Focus Bulacan, because they really helped me develop my skills. It is really a big thing for me to be counted among their POTY awardees and the first female one at that.”   

Anda, Pangasinan
Daingan (Tibaguin, Hagonoy)

With the belief that mood plays an important role in taking photos, she likes sharing her positive vibes. “I would describe the mood of my photos as ‘pleasant.’ I always look for subjects that are light-hearted and happy. Color plays a role as well, since I have not yet mastered shooting in black and white.”

May Forever
Simple Joy

She advises those who want to take up photography to just start doing it, as there are no boundaries to creativity. “I myself started late, so I can say, it is better late than never,” she says. “Even to this day, I feel that there is so much to learn about the disciplines and techniques in photography. I liken it to being a doctor, where you have your specialization and the goal is to do your best work in that field and be recognized for it.”

Divine Mercy
Pabitol ng Candy (Len Taeza)

A government employee at the National Labor Relations Commission, she says her world has gotten significantly bigger because of her passion. “Through photography, I have met so many people who have become good friends.”

Her friends have helped her pull through tight spots, including a memorable trip to Singapore last year. “It was my first trip out of the country, so you can imagine my disappointment when the lens I brought with me was broken, as I was so excited to take photos of every place we visit. It’s a good thing that my friends were there to make light of the situation and that smartphone cameras are also reliable. All in all, I was still able to have a good time.”


When stuck in a situation like the one she experienced in Singapore, where one has to improvise, Len has a tip: “Know your gear. For me, we should be like fishermen where you can catch any fish in any of the seven seas because of your equipment.”