A testimony of our dedication to each and every metrophoto couple
It doesn’t matter who our couples are, we genuinely try get to know all of them; and it doesn’t matter where the shoot is – be it in a place as unique as Cambodia or as common as the Manila Peninsula Hotel they will always be unique, they will always be beautiful. And we do all of these wanting nothing else but the pure satisfaction of each and every one of them of gave their trust and confidence in us.
This is why, it’s most overwhelming when they go out of their way to share and write something about their experience. Nothing else inspires us better. Recently, we’ve been blessed with quite a few testimonies from our brides and one of them, Nina (and Darwin – cover photo), even wrote us a full blog write-up. I feel so blissful, honored, and grateful that I couldn’t be prouder to share them all to you. :)
As a disclaimer, these are testimonials that were voluntarily emailed to me by my couples. If I receive more, i’ll definitely add it here to keep it growing :)
Nina and Darwin Villanueva:
Everybody knows how good Oly Ruiz is. Me and Nina wouldn’t even be getting him if he wasn’t right? But what we didn’t know how GREAT he really is. It’s easy to take beautiful picture of beautiful subjects in beautiful places. But one look at Oly’s portfolio in his blog will tell you that he takes beautiful photos all the time. “Ikaw na talaga, Oly” (it’s you already).
We came to Korea for our e-session with very high expectations on one our locations (Suwon). At the start of our trip we were frustrated with the place we chose and were surprised by the cold weather. But did this stop Oly from taking great pictures? Definitely not. In fact, most of our beautiful shots were taken in this location.
I also noticed how good he is at capturing our unguarded moments. I guess it is in these situations, when we are no longer acting or posing, that love between couples really shows. It is said that a photographer is great when they can see the genuine beauty in pure love, regardless of how it is packaged. And these moments of ours were all captured by Oly during our e-session and wedding.
Another great thing about Oly is his intense passion for the craft. He doesn’t stop until he finds the perfect shots. You can also feel his creative juice flowing which made us excited all the time. We always look forward on what he’ll make us do (i.e. sit on edge of a bridge, stand on top of a roof, or pose at the edge of a moving yacht, etc).
In our last day in Seoul, just when we thought we are done with the trip, Oly asked if we are still game to shoot. According to him there were still some shots he wasn’t able to do for the past two days and he wanted to do it. And who are we to object right?
Oly also has a way of making his clients comfortable which makes the shoot relaxing and fun at the same time. Nina is the type of girl who isn’t a fan of posing for pictures, but Oly was able to doll her up like a model easily (It helps that Oly demos the poses himself).
But what really separates him from the rest is he genuinely gets to know his couple. It doesn’t matter what your stature in life is or you’re face value is. To him, all of his couple are interesting subjects just waiting to be explored and be photographed.
Now as we look at our thousands of prenup and wedding pictures, we are happy to say all the moments which we want to treasure and would want our children and grandchildren to see are all captured. Our pictures tell our story.
Getting Oly was the best choice we made for our wedding. We are so proud to be Metrofied. :)
You can check out Nina and Darwin’s full post (with photos) here.
Kristina and Ramon Tioseco-Trinindad:
In planning our wedding, I wanted the best of everything. And when I saw Metrophoto’s website, I knew Oly was the best. When I saw his “painting with lights” method for wedding pictures, I could already imagine the wedding picture that would be hanging in my house.
As a bride based in the USA planning a Philippine wedding, it was such a wonderful sigh of relief to meet Oly and view his work. His eye for great lines, composition, editing skills, and savy fashion-esque pictorials fit our personalities exactly (my husband is in the luxury fashion business so has very high standards and Oly blew us away!). Also, Oly had just gotten back from a shoot in Venice and we wanted our engagement pictures in Europe– perfect match!
Throughout the planning, Oly was always prompt in responses to questions and kept us in the loop. During the wedding, he was wonderful because we already felt that he was a friend. You could see that the effort he put into the shoot was because he genuinely wanted to give us the best pictures possible. Even little touches like how he remembered our entourage’s names so he could tell them where to stand. Always professional and extremely personable, I had no doubt that the pictures would be amazing. When Oly sent the final ones to us when we were already back in the States, tears just came to my eyes. He captured moments that made me feel like I was reliving my perfect wedding. We are so grateful that we continue to feel the magic of the day every time we look at them.
Cathy and Martin Garcia:
We got married last December 16, 2011 and Oly handled both our pre nup and the wedding itself. All I can say is that his work is FANTASTIC! His shooting style, which ends up making you pose in awkward places really pays off! His shots are elegant, modern, timeless, I can’t find enough words to describe his work! It’s just beautiful! We had our pre nup at the Mango Farm, thinking that we would just have a standard photo shoot, but Oly had so many ideas and we ended up climbing the roof of the Mango Farm’s reception area and taking some shots there! We also ended up climbing the mango trees there as part of the photo shoot! Once we saw the shots, my jaw dropped in awe since we didn’t expect the shots to be that perfect. Oly and his team definitely raised the bar of what to expect from him. Oly didn’t stop surprising us with his prowess, even until after our wedding rites, he still surprised us with his out of the box thinking and shooting.
Oly, if you’re reading this, Thank you for giving us the best service ever! It was a really nice experience working with you and your team. Oh, by the way, there is something I don’t want to thank you about, and that’s giving us a really hard time to choose which photos to put in our album! It’s so hard to choose the best shots, since all of them are beautiful!
I have already been suggesting my other bride-to-be friends to avail of your services. I just hope that you still have a slot for them.
See you around Oly!
METROFY THE WORLD!!!
Trina and Raymund Revilles
Oly delivered far beyond my expectations. He knows how to capture exceptional shots and made us comfortable posing infront of the cam from start to end. He’s well grounded inspite of his popularity and he’s definitely my top supplier!
Diane and Hero de Guzman:
Settling was never in my vocabulary when it came to planning our wedding. Besides, we would only get married once, so why not have the best, right?! Though as clueless as I was during the initial stage of planning, as advised, I booked a photographer, It wasn’t Metrophoto.
Being California based, google was my BFF when it came to planning our wedding. After not even a month of blog reading, google searching, Oly found me.hahaha j/k It was then that I discovered, Metrophoto. After that, the rest was history. I had to have him!
Fingers crossed, I then emailed Oly. To my surprise, I got a response not even an hour after I had sent it. He was still available. My heart skipped! Right then and there, I booked him. You might ask, “what happened to the initial photographer booked?”, the down payment was forfeited. But I didn’t care. Oly Ruiz was shooting our wedding. What more can I ask for?!
Now, 3 weeks after our wedding, My husband and I are still drooling over the sample pictures Oly had sent us. Friends, families, co workers, Facebook friends are all so amazed. My FB notification has been flooded by likes and comments like “wow, this looks like a wedding magazine cover”. Of course, I am flattered.
Oly and his team had been such a wonderful part of our wedding. Very professional, accommodating and uber talented! Given a chance to do it over again, without a blink, I’d still pick Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto. HE IS THAT GOOD!!!
Thanks Oly!!! You Rock!