Korea is a dream destination for us especially for my fiancee because of her love for k-drama. One of the reasons why we decided to do our pre-wedding shoot in Nami Island in autumn. The shoot was a memorable experience for us with the help of Roy Cruz, our photographer. We got to know him thru a recommendation from a private group in facebook. We scanned his portfolio on his instagram and facebook page. We liked his style. His landscape shots were impressive. It fits our requirement for our destination shoot.
Roy Cruz is a worthy find because we wanted a photographer that is based in Korea to avoid hassles and to save us from the cost of airfare and accommodation of flying a photographer from Manila to South Korea.
Before the shoot day, we agreed with Roy that we will do the shoot early in the morning to avoid the flock of tourists. He even bought us tickets for our train for the 6AM trip from Yongsan Station going to Gapyeong Station which we just paid to him when we met. We arrived at the Gapyeong Station at almost 7AM and hop on the 1st ferry trip going to Nami Island. As expected, we’re given the chance to shoot in the island with no photobombers.
Roy is easy to work with. He is passionate with photography. He is also a Filipino that’s why communication was very smooth. We booked him for two hours but the shoot took more than two hours with no additional charge.
The shoot went well and smoothly. We are very satisfied with the outputs. It was a dream come true for me and my fiancee.
Got engaged to my fiance in Nami thanks to Roy. He was super helpful in planning, even up to the extent of scouting different locations in advance in multiple spots. He made us feel so comfortable during the shoot as it was both our first time. We had such an easy time warming up and being confident with ourselves because of Roy’s patience and kind words and gentle prompts.
I love the he listened to our inputs and opinions and found a suitable middle ground we can both agree on. I think we extended our time beyond the limit but he was super flexible about it, even helping us find our way back to the city from Nami.
I had no idea where to start when looking for a photographer in seoul for my surprise proposal on nami island, but i’m glad i found roy on google reviews!
He was such an easy person to work with and had his pricing organized on a document so it was much easier to understand how much his packages were.
We had great communication throughout the planning period up till the moment of the surprise proposal! he followed through with my requests and we were able to successfully surprised my now fiancé!!
We booked a photoshoot with Roy on the 31st of October this 2019. It was for my mothers birthday, and we had a blast. Roy was easy to talk to and he was very accommodating. Anything you ask him, he will answer. 🙂 He was also very professional. He guided us to different spots in Nami (where ours took place) where the pictures will be taken. He knows where the best places are for photographs that people will surely appreciate. We already received tons of positive reviews about our photos. Photo processing was also fast. We received our edited photos in a day! They turned out very beautiful and elegant despite the processing time.
All in all, I would highly recommend Roy if you want something to look back on during your trip to Korea. One of his photos is already one of my favourites! It’s definitely one for the books.
Highly, highly recommend. 🙂
I was super lucky to come across Roy’s website when looking for a photographer while visiting Seoul. Roy was highly responsive when answering my questions about his photography sessions and really personable to interact with. I felt like we’ve been friends forever before we even actually met!
Roy is also highly flexible and very accommodating. It was also super nice of him to meet me near where I stayed so we can travel to the photo shoot destination together. In order to maximize our time and to ensure the best results, Roy thoughtfully offered a pre-shoot planning session to discuss expectations, thoughts and ideas.
With Roy’s easy-going personality, it wasn’t difficult at all to get comfortable in front of the camera. And I love the end result! Thank you, Roy for making my Seoul trip memorable and for helping me capture a slice of it on film so that I can cherish my memories of Seoul for many years to come. Thanks again for the laughter, the fun, and the awesome photos!
It was our first time in Seoul with my fiancee. I think the most wonderful thing about our photoshoot is we are really comfortable with Roy easily as if we’ve known each other for a long time. We had really fun though it was our first time. The photos were super amazing! Until now, I can’t believe we had pre-wedding photos with k-drama feels. Thanks for everything Roy. From me and lowelle ❤️
This was my first time in Asia and Seoul during which my one on one workshop (full day) with Roy turned out to be a fabulous experience: Communication with Roy was prompt, clear and concise from the very first contact. He custom tailored our photographic excursion exactly to my personal needs and requests. Instruction was clear and focused. We explored many different parts of Seoul and ended with some night photography. I would have never been able to cover this much ground on my own. In addition to the fact that he taught me several new photographic aspects during our workshop, we also had a lot of fun going around together and discovering photo-ops. If you want to go out and take great photographs in Seoul, Roy Cruz is the man — thanks a lot for this special day!
Roy was amazing to have as a photographer for my family. He has a great personality and excellent photography skills to match. At first I was unsure who to hire for my family photos in S. Korea and I sought out the prices and package deals from various photographers in the Busan area. In the end I felt like Roy had the best deal, and he was obviously someone we could trust based on his professionalism and his past photography portfolio. It turned out to be a great choice, he put everyone at ease during the shoot and he came up with some really amazing and inspired photos. I’d absolutely recommend him to anyone seeking professional photos!
Roy was such a wonder to work with! He provided his services for our wedding party and really caught the mood of the evening and some fabulous shots. He communicates so well before, during, and after the event, and was an excellent addition to our evening. Thank you so much for all of your hard work Roy!
Had a 1-1 photography workshop with Roy and he was such a pleasure to work with! His teaching and instruction was focused and clear – and he introduced me to some of the best parts to photograph around Seoul. Thanks so much for the lesson and the wonderful guidance!
It was a pleasure working with Roy! His friendly personality made the photoshoot enjoyable and helped me feel comfortable in front of the camera. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that he had taken the time to arrive at the location much earlier to scout for the best spots. Also a wonderful communicator and messaging each other was a breeze. Looking forward to working with Roy again in the future!
Me and my fiancee used Roy’s Photo services for our engagement in Seoul and we are beyond being happy. Roy is an exceptional photographer, he made our experience enjoyable and beyond our expectations. For anyone looking for a photographer in Seoul I will recommend that you contact Roy!
Luke, South Africa
Our family photoshoot with Roy was the highlight of our trip to Seoul! It was our first time to see cherry blossoms and I wanted the experience to be lasting, so we got Roy to document it. He is an experienced, professional and passionate photographer with a warm personality. He was so easy to communicate with (via messenger) and so accommodating. He has impeccable planning skills, giving particular attention to the most opportune time to get good shots with less crowd, even scouting the location a day prior to the shoot! We had an awesome time smiling in front of the camera and enjoyed the scenery at Seoul Forest Park. Our intermittently camera shy 5 year old and 9 year old kids loved ”tito Roy’, warming up to him even during spring’s cold weather. He’s amazing with kids! We loved how natural, beautiful and fun the pictures turned out. I highly recommend Roy! He deserves 10 ⭐s! Thanks, Roy! Autumn/Winter season photoshoot next?
Roy was amazing! I chanced upon his portfolio online and was very impressed by his work. So we decided to engage him for the family shoot during Cherry Blossom in Jinghae. Communication was swift and clear. We had alot of fun on the actual shoot. He was super friendly and patient with my son which was a huge plus point! We love the final work, natural and great! Thumbs up for Roy and will definitely recommend friends who looking for a photo shoot in Korea.
Had a amazing time with the photoshoot with Roy. I made the right decision by picking him .He had a great eye for an awesome shot. My family loved the photos. He was very professional, friendly and patient. It’s always fun with a fellow Filipino. I would definitely recommend you to my friends . Thanks for taking those wonderful memories.
After living in Geoje for almost 3 years now, it is time for us to move on to the next journey, Netherlands. What a better way to remind us of the beautiful country than a family photoshoot? ?. It was our first time family photoshoot and Roy was great at making us feel comfortable, and he’s engaging with my 3 year old and 8 months old while taking great shots. The photos looked amazing and the entire experience was a complete delight. I would highly recommend Roy for any family photoshoot!
It was my first time in Seoul and what better way to learn about the city and locations through the eyes of a professional photographer in Seoul. Roy is a very approachable and open to requests for his services. As I was more interested in street photography, we discussed through email on my needs and skill level. Roy customised a great itinerary on places to shoot and gave plenty of advice on what, how, when and where to shoot and focus on. He also prepared a detailed hand-out and key aspects on what we might be working on during our session.
We shot from 2pm till 1030 pm and went to interesting locations to shoot. He has excellent knowledge on key locations. Roy is a good teacher and guide. He has a very good eye and encourages you to think and assess the scene before composing a shot. I was glad to have keepers from a memorable first trip in Seoul. Even after our workshop, I felt so inspired and revisited a few of the places we went. I highly recommend his services to not only learn about Seoul but also improve your photography.
My fiance and I had the absolute pleasure of working with Roy for our engagement shoot. We were so nervous because we had never done a shoot before but he made us feel so relaxed and comfortable. We had such an amazing day and Roy couldn’t have done a better job! Such great service! Being able to find someone who speaks fluent English was important to us too so thank you Roy. Highly recommended!
Bianca, South Africa
Roy took our wedding day photos, and he did an incredible job! The planning of our special day was largely out of my hands, so I could not give him a ton of direction and specifics on the order in which things would occur, but Roy was so go with the flow, and managed to capture many beautiful shots. He also knew how to give small directions in order to capture the most captivating pictures. I also love that he is not very heavy-handed in terms of his editing/retouching. The photos are gorgeous, but not unnatural looking. I would 100% recommend Roy as a wedding photographer, or even for other special events.
Roy was an absolute pleasure to work with. We worked with him to capture some of our corporate client events around the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and Gangneung. In the lead up to the events, Roy was incredibly responsive and professional, making all details of arranging as seamless as possible. Roy took stress away from our event managers by always communicating in advance, arriving onsite early, keeping them informed of his plan and maintaining a level of professionalism that all photographers should strive for. He has a creative eye and allowed for my clients to carry on with their events as if he wasn’t even there. The result was exactly what we were going for – candid shots of a corporate event with a vibrant and fun feel. He has an incredible way of being in a space and capturing it perfectly while subtly directing those if he needed to capture a specific moment. His calm presence was appreciated and his ability to keep the staged photos ‘light and fun’ allowed for genuine shots to come out of each event he attended. I hope I have the pleasure of working with Roy again in the future and can’t thank him enough for all of his assistance and support. Top notch photographer – would most definitely recommend!
Ashley, ATPI Sports Events Canada
We booked Roy to take family photos when we visited S. Korea during cherry blossom season. He was great to work with, from communicating via email prior to the shoot, to the day of the shoot – Roy was extremely helpful, energetic, and professional. He was even wonderful when working with my infant son with getting the perfect shot. We loved the results and would recommend him to anyone!
Roy made taking family photos fun! When I suggested an unusual location for our photo shoot he was super excited and willing to make it work! He made the day fun and easy going. He worked really well with my two small children! We love the photos and would highly recommend him to anyone!
Roy describes himself as a “fly on the wall.” He was exactly what we were looking for in a wedding photographer: someone excited about being absorbed in the moment, flying around from wall to wall, not tied to formulaic ideas about what a wedding *should* look like. It was wonderful to have him be a part of the day and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to others. The photos turned out beautifully.
Roy was awesome! It seemed like he never stopped shooting and captured every moment. Would highly recommend.
Haeryun and Bruce, South Korea/USA
My sister Lui recommended Roy to be our photographer for our engagement shoot in Seoul, after looking at his portfolios we immediately agreed. We only communicated through messenger and Roy was very responsive to all of our questions. He suggested locations for our shoot and even went there the day before to check the locations. That made our shoot fast and easier. Two days after the shoot we got received the raw photos already.
Thank you Roy. It was great working with you.
Roy is a very professional photographer. I was super happy with his supportive and excellent work! Have already booked him for my next event again! ?
We loved Roy’s amazing work in our engagement photo shoot and what surprised me is that he did an actual scoping of the shooting places the day before the actual shoot to strategise, familiarize and look for the best spots to shoot in which is very nice gesture considering that he is from Tongyeong and the shooting place is in Jade Garden and Nami Island (approximately 4-5 hrs drive from his place). For me, that shows his dedication, passion and love for his customers. (He actually didn’t need to scope the place but he did!) We also felt very at ease to work with him because he is friendly, enthusiastic, flexible and he is happy to take our requests, he also gives you enough instruction to help you in your poses which made it look more natural in the photos. Lastly, I recommend Roy to everyone who’s looking for a professional and awesome photographer that will capture those moments you wish to treasure forever. Thank you Roy! Til next time! 🙂
Backtrack to seven days ago. I’ve joined several one-on-one photography tours in Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw, and Berlin, to name a few. I honestly didn’t expect this tour to be any different.
As I draft this post-tour review, I found myself on the opposite end. This photography tour is by far the best! I realized how extraordinary the tour was from point A to Z and even to the tiniest of details. How it all started would later define what could be expected of Roy. Upon inquiry, he presented a detailed itinerary and agenda that covered camera basics, landscape, street, sunset, and night photography, and basic photo editing. He was very accommodating with my requests and eagerly adjusted the tour based on my schedule and needs. Unlike other tours that delved on the theoretical aspect, Roy provided a balanced approach of theoretical and practical. I appreciate how hands-on and patient he was in explaining and demonstrating the proper skills and techniques. After which, he allowed me to grasp and apply what I have learned. He guided me throughout the tour by providing feedback and useful tips. Roy was also generous enough to share post-processing techniques with a sit-down tutorial on Lightroom. More than the photography tour, the friendly encounter and exchange of ideas was an experience in itself.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Continue fueling your (and other people’s) love for photography. More power and Mabuhay po kayo!
P.S. Roy traveled four hours from Busan to Seoul to meet me for this tour. Define passion!
Roy was so responsive and catered to my every request for my idea to propose to my fiance. I was out of the country while planning this proposal and he even ordered all the props that I wanted for the proposal! He even went to the site of the proposal and planned every angle and shot out and explained every detail to me. I would highly recommend him for any photography shoot. His photos are amazing and can make an average looking couple look like the perfect couple in a korean drama!
Roy is a very professional photographer. He makes you feel at ease the entire time and captures the most amazing and natural moments of fun, excitement, and love that we think are the most important things to be documented when taking pictures for special occasion. He also effortlessly tailors to specific photo requests, extremely flexible and accommodating which are exactly what we wanted. To sum it up, his professionalism and charisma are astounding and his talent is beyond compare. He delivered more than any of us expected. Our only complaint is that he made our lives really difficult in choosing photos for the album (engagement, renewal of vows ceremony and reception) as they’re all so good. We really struggled to choose the ones we wanted to print as there were just so many great ones. Nevertheless, we are truly pleased with the final product. The quality and finish of the pictures are amazing and the Storybook album is simply exquisite. We have spent a very happy couple of hours going through the album, reminiscing and reminding about ourselves of our special day. We cannot stop looking at them. We’ve lost count the number of times we have gone through the photos. Every time we look at the pictures, it puts a smile on our faces and brings back so many happy memories which will be cherished and relived over and over again. We likewise received so many compliments about the standard of Roy’s work and work ethics from our friends and colleagues and we love them. We are so glad that we chose him and he being our photographer was money well spent. We would highly recommend him to anybody. Once again, we offer our heart-felt thanks to Roy
Roy is an incredibly talented photographer and was a pleasure to work with and get to know. He knew exactly what we were after and took the time to scout out the best areas to capture our family amongst stunning cherry blossoms. My children had lots of fun with Roy’s creativity, fun and smiles. I love that you don’t just take pictures, you capture moments. Thank-you. Amelia and family.
My husband and I are so thankful to have found Roy to document some of the most important times of our life. We first met him when we asked him to take maternity pictures for us in Gyeongju at Bulguksa temple. He arrived early and scoped out the site for the best spots for pictures and came ready with ideas and a couple props for fun shots. He was kind, professional and really made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. The pictures turned out beautiful and we left saying we wished Roy lived closer to us because we could see us all being friends.
We unexpectedly ended up being in Korea for our daughter’s first birthday, which happens to fall near Christmas, and I told my husband all I wanted for Christmas was for Roy to take some family photos for us. This time he came all the way to Ulsan and met us in our favorite coffee shop and took some gorgeous shots of us with our little girl. We then went over to another site for some beautiful outdoor pictures. He was understanding when she was being less than cooperative and got really sleepy as we neared nap time. And he worked HARD to get her to smile and look at the camera (no easy feat for a one year old!)
All of this to say, I cannot recommend Roy enough. He was a fantastic photographer and a really nice guy. The only negative thing I can say is that we are leaving Korea and won’t be able to have him take any more of our family pictures! Thank you Roy, for capturing our memories for us. We will cherish the pictures you took forever.
After initially being impressed with Roy’s content posted online, I contacted him with regards to hands on, in-person photography lessons. The fact that he took the time to get to know me, my current skills and knowledge, and future goals, communicated to me that he really does care about the client. Roy is knowledgeable, experienced, and most importantly, organized. He was able to analyze a particular aspect of photography I was interested in and break it down into step by step examples. I appreciated the fact that he acknowledges that any two situations are not alike and was able to give me in-field, hands-on experience in different lighting situations. Roy’s passion for photography is evident from the moment you meet him. This is something I look for in instructors and I will continue to take lessons from him in the future.
Roy did our engagement and wedding photography. He was very professional and the shots came out beautiful! His directions were very helpful and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. It was definitely a fun and memorable experience for us and he was able to capture it all perfectly! We especially liked the photos that made us look like we were in a movie poster! Roy’s an awesome person to work with and we highly recommend him!
Roy Cruz is an excellent photographer! He photographed my engagement and wedding pictures in Busan, South Korea. The experience he offers is just amazing. He is very professional, kind-hearted and just overall lovely! The pictures he took of my husband and I are truly breathtaking! If you are looking for a photographer to help capture your beautiful memories for a lifetime, I would strongly encourage you to give Roy a call…you won’t be sorry! If I could rate him 10 stars, I would!!! ?
We had the best time getting our family photos taken by Roy. We went to a beautiful reservoir near Busan and the leaves were in beautiful fall colors. Our photos came out even better than I expected and I will treasure them always.
I cannot say enough good things about this amazing photographer! He is so talented, he has such a kind heart and he gave some of the most touching pictures for our school graduation photo alums .You’ll see his website and know that those photos are great. I highly recommand you this photographer for your memorable moments.
Carly, South Korea
Roy is a professional photographer and a very kind person indeed.
We took Roy’s one day training session last weekend and the result is impressive! We are the beginner level and yet Roy is able to let us understand the basic knowledges of the camera and how to using lights in a very easy way which I find it very fascinating. We had the customized study documents in hand once Roy stepped into our house. And step by step with his detailed explanations we are able to use Manual to operate our camera. We understand much better when we were guided and practiced a bit indoor. After we went to practice outdoor and the result was very surprisingly unexpected. I actually felt that for the first time that I am not that bad at shooting after all! As the wrap up, we learnt how to use apps to help the photos look better.
Roy is great, great with kid, great with explanations. We appreciated it a lot the training day. We will definitely come back to him for more sessions once we are more confident with the manual settings. It’s definitely not a waste of time at all to learn with Roy if you want to make better photos for people who you care a lot.
And Roy helps us to understand much better our gears which is very satisfying. Thank you Roy for the incredible day. We’ve learned a lot from you and we hope to continue with you for more guidance and classes!
It was a great experience. He interacted well with my wife and I and more importantly the children. He had advice but was also receptive and adaptable to our specific need and requests. More importantly, we walked away with excellent, professional photos. They’re good memories captured forever.
J. Butcher, Canada
Late fall we had the opportunity to get our family photos as well as our sons 1 year old photos taken by Roy! One of the best parts of working with Roy is his enthusiasm and open mind about the ideas you may have for your own photos! We were amazed by the time that he put into our shoot as well as the short time that it took for him to send us the proofs for us to look at! I have never seen a photographer that has his creativity as well as just a natural eye for capturing the moment!