About 2 years ago I saw some beautiful photographs of Patty Laurel Filart’s family that seemed to effortlessly capture the authenticity of their love and joy. I later learned that Zeus Martinez of Life By Ohana had shot them and I knew I had to have him celebrate our family in that same natural style.
In his words Zeus says, “Aside from being bright, relaxed and authentic, we describe our style in four words: shoot from the heart.”
The team of Ohana provides families with real and unguarded portraits. This is what differentiates them from other studios as they focus on family and people closest to the subject’s heart.
“We have always been lovers of stories. The photographs we take always reflect that affinity for the narrative–either through photographs or words. The unguarded joy in a child’s eyes, the poignant moments during an afternoon playtime or the enchanting smile of your children playing together…those are the moments that we want you to remember. Those are the split seconds that Ohana, live for. Those are the photographs that best describe who you really are and those are the images that we will find.”
Life By Ohana is now launching a new service, which is very exciting, and the next step in candid life photography. Zeus will photograph your family vacations. If you’re anything like me, then I’m sure you’ve had many moments where you’re having the best time ever and you forget to take a photo to depict the memory. I bet you mentally kick yourself for neglecting to pick up your camera or phone because you want to remember it for always. With this novel opportunity, you don’t have to worry about capturing those magical moments because Life By Ohana will be there to do it for you. Another advantage of this is that you can truly be present in the moment and experience it, rather than have your mind wander because you need to pick up your device to commemorate it. The experience tends to be diminished if your focus isn’t all there in that moment and you usually miss out on the finer details as well. Lastly, you can ALL finally be in your photos instead of someone always having to be behind the lens!
Zeus says, “I’m thinking like a fly-on-the-wall approach which focuses more on candids. Just like how Obama’s official photographer Pete Souza covered his family’s unguarded moments. The angle I’m looking at is a photographer who follows families around during their vacations maybe for just a few hours or a day or even several days, depending on the kind of coverage they want.”
These are family photos that Life By Ohana has taken in this vein of photography in Bohol and California. How beautiful are these “vacation” photos? You might think the cost would be exorbitant but Zeus has introductory rates that are amazing. For trips within the Philippines, it is only P4,000 per day which includes all high-resolution photographs, unlimited photos taken, 100 edited photographs per day, backup of all the photos taken during the trip and a photo slideshow of the entire trip. Expenses (such as travel, accommodation, and food must also be shouldered by client). For destinations within Asia, it is P7,000 per day for the same package. I can’t wait to book my next trip with Life By Ohana capturing our priceless memories along the way.