Veejay Villafranca was born and raised in Manila. He started out in journalism as a staff photographer for a national news magazine. He pursued freelancing in 2006 and worked with several international news wire agencies and publications covering national news and feature stories. He later pursued personal projects that paved the way to his career as a full-time documentary photographer.
He is a lecturer at the Asian Center for Journalism and at the College of Saint Benilde. He has been a resource speaker for several forums on documentary photography and visual language.