The Metroman, Oly Ruiz is one of the top and most sought after wedding photographers in the Philippines and this has brought him to countless destinations around the globe. Many of us have seen fantastic photos of his beautiful wife, Niña and 2 wonderful kids Lance Ocean and Lana Oasis, during their birthdays and special occasions. Since I became part of the Metrophoto brand, I’ve come to know him better more than just the successful photographer that most of us would’ve perceived. But what I’ve seen behind the lens and out of most gazing eyes, how he is in their home and how he spends intimate dinners and precious time with his family have earned my respect for him even more.
I was once invited by Oly to dinner with his family and I gladly went. All the while I thought it was a dinner out with his entire family including his mom, sister and in-laws, but when I got there, there was only him, Niña and the kids. We had a pleasant dinner and I saw how they bonded as a family and how he answers every curious question Lance and Lana would ask his way. Oly is such a busy person with and without a camera, any weekends and holidays during school season without a shoot is such a luxury and he would spend time with the kids as much as his full schedule will permit. I love spending time with his kids as well but I realized, unless the dinner will be with more than his family, I will reserve those times for them so he can spend all of them with his family.
Everyone will expect that since Oly is a photographer, they would’ve had tons of family portraits, I myself was surprised that they don’t and this is in fact their first. With the upcoming addition to Ruiz family, this is the perfect time to have a family session and a mini maternity shoot. Oly with all his brilliant ideas definitely have an equally superb concept for their very first family portraits and I am honored to be the one photographing them. I am excited to share this one-of-a-kind family portrait session with you. In behalf of everyone behind the scenes, please indulge yourselves with the photos.
Makeup, grooming and hair: Aaron Lejarde and Randy Santa Ana of the Makeup Studio Team
Styling: Mike Lavarez and Tipping Point Collective