Grace Guino is a Photographer from Manila, also known in the scene as “Brutal Grace” , a moniker she has used since she started following her obsessions – rock music and photography. She started watching out gigs, following bands and taking photos of rock stars at every opportunity. As a self-trained photographer, she admits to initially having just one basic rule – every photo needs to be worthy of an album cover.
At 21 she landed a job in the Philippine’s most respected rock magazine – Pulp Magazine, where she was the youngest and only female staff photographer, it was from her photos on Pulp that her byline Brutal Grace became legendary.
After being a rock photographer for four years, having had her share of the island rock scene she moved to Dubai to look for better opportunities.
In 2010, following a year of shooting for different magazines, she landed a full-time stint as a photojournalist for one of the UAE’s top daily broadsheet - Khaleej Times, where she further honed her professional skills, covering news for different sections of the newspaper, from lifestyle, to business, to sports and breaking news. More than just “album cover worthy”, her photos had evolved to front page worthy.
Passionate about music, art, food and the good life, she decided to move back to magazine work and joined ITP Publishing Group, the Middle East leading publishing company in the UAE, in 2014. As a versatile and experienced photographer, her high-quality photos have now been featured on issues of various world-class magazines such as Time Out, OK, HELLO, Grazia, Conde Nast Traveller, Harper's Bazaar, and more. (ITP List of Magazines)
Grace started freelancing in 2019 with client portfolio includes all 5-star hotels- Sofitel, Jumeirah, Westin, Marriot, Sheraton, Bab Al Qasr, Fairmont, Grand Millennium, Crowne Plaza and various F&B outlets.