To describe this couple I only need one word, “LOVE”. Mariana & Paul got married on Sept 1 in the city of Guaybabo PR, their reception was held on The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico. They are a very spontaneous couple full of joy and love, very humble and simple. On the reception tears was the special ingredient during the toast. Congratulations to the newlyweds.

Since the invention of photography we had been able to view and appreciate the images on paper. This process was the combination of a negative film converted into positive medium (paper). I learned to work on a dark room and to process and develop film.  For me an image is finished when I saw it as a print, but we are in a digital age and with computers, tablets and smartphones most of the images never made it as a print. I like to process my images like I used to do it on the dark room. Some of the tools that I use a lot in Photoshop are the Dodge & Burn. Using this tool well will ensure you with a distintive look on your images. The other tool that I love to use is Alienskin Exposure. This plug-in for Photoshop or Lightroom will duplicate most (if not all) of the film looks ever produced, from the beginnings negative films (daguerrotype), color (Kodak Portra, Fuji Reala), black & white (Kodak Tri-X, Fuji, Ilford, Agfa), slide (Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Fuji Velvia & Reala)  and polaroid. One of the great features of Exposure is that you can customize the presets to your taste and doing this you can enlarge your library of film looks.

Below are some examples of the un-processed Raw Files and the final processed image.

Raw File from camera.

Slide Filter applied with Alienskin.

Raw File from camera.

Raw file from camera.

Darkened background using Dodge tool to enhance the image.

Raw file from camera.

Raw file from camera.

Antique color filter applied and Dodged corners

Antique color filter applied and Dodged corners.

Raw file from camera.

Raw file from camera.

Antique filter applied & dodged the walls, the benches and arcs.

Raw file straight from camera.

Converted to B & W using Exposure presets.

Raw file from camera.

Antique color filter applied with Alienskin Exposure, cropped and dodge on the trees and floor and burned a littler bit the face for more detail. The flare of the left was a positive mistake.

Our island is a sensual paradise for weddings and specially for the ones made on the beach. Kimberly & Bobby came from Athens GA to get married in the sunset capital of the island, Rincon. Unfortunately we didn’t get the sunset we wanted that day but sure we had a gorgeous wedding at a beautiful place, surrounded by family and friends. Kimberly had everything planed and was very specific in setting all the details perfectly for her special day. I had a wonderful time in this wedding, a very close family and group of friends made me feel at home.

We are in the caribbean and we have summer all year around, time to go to the beach any time of the year. Monica and Mike came from California to get married in front of a beautiful beach in Luquillo, PR. The ceremony and reception was very intimate, only family and close friends. The weather was excellent. We had a great time doing the photo session of both Monica, Mike and friends. Congratulations to the newlyweds.

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Ambar & Hiram are getting married this coming May 26 and we did this awesome E. Session a couples weeks back. I call it Beach Splash because that what it was, they decide to go into the water and the waves were very wild that day. We had a blast doing that session, is the most fun session that I had. The images were taken in the Lighthouse Ruins in Aguadilla P.R. and on the beach near that place.

It’s been a while since my las post. The recent months had been great in terms of opportunities and work. Recently I had the opportunity to share with Jennifer & Jorge in their beautiful wedding in Rincon, PR. The day was gorgeous and Jorge & Jen were very excited about this day. The ceremony was held outside on the beach in Villa Cofresi in Rincon. I had also the chance to share with my good friend and wedding coordinator Aida Rodriguez and with the talented film-maker Rafy Vega and his sister Alexandra in this beautiful event.


I said from cold to warm because Cheyenne and Eric came from Vermont (that at the day of the wedding was very cold) to get married in Costa Caribe Golf Resort in Ponce PR. It was a small wedding surrounded by family and friends. We had a wonderful time, joy, happiness and a lot of fun and dance. Congratulations to Cheyenne & Eric.

Today we’ll be celebrating the beautiful wedding of Lorena & Joel. They’re a great looking couple that reflects a lot of love and passion. The ceremony and reception will be held at The Castillo Serralles in Ponce PR. We had the privilege to work with them before on the engagement session that was made on The Caguas Botanical Garden. We had a lot of fun during this session in such beautiful environment. The images speak for themselves, joy, passion, love & fun.



We’ve been very busy this past few weeks, a lot of weddings, images to edit and wedding books to design, but on sunday February 26 we took a time off to photograph a beautiful Quinceañera, niece of  the mother of my goddaughter. Her name is Valeria Cristal and we did a session last year for her, a present of her aunt. This time she is about to fulfill her Fifth-teen  birthday and as a present we did this photo session for her. The weather was great in sunny beautiful Ponce PR, where we took this set of images around the downtown city. She was accompanied with her parents and little sister, who we took some images as well and a couple of family portraits. Happy Birthday Valeria, God Bless you with a hundred years of health and love.

Sunday morning at El Faro de Cabo Rojo with a great couple, Jennifer & Max and a very sunny day to shoot. Jennifer and Max are professional Volleyball Players playing on the local tournament of women and men respectively. We had a blast doing this engagement session, both are very tall, she is 6 feet 5 inches tall and Max is 6’8″, imagine me a 5’8″ trying to shoot this giants, but we had so much fun doing this. They’re getting married in August in Virginia where they are from.

{Ponce,PR} – January 25, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce Nestor Ruiz Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Photography!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Nestor Ruiz Photography was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.

Nestor Ruiz Photography is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

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We are happy to announce that Nestor Ruiz Photography is one of the very best Photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012.

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Maria & Josue was our last couple of the 2011. We had a blast on the beautiful city of Guayama PR where this lovely couple decided to celebrate their union, flying from California with family and friends and celebrating the New Year as well.