I am a lover of natural light and photography is an ongoing and consuming passion.
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Hello. I haven’t been posting that much for the past few days because I’ve been busy sorting out and dealing with changes in my life. And with that, I learned to never chase after or force people to be in your life. Instead it’s better to chase after dreams because the right person will be there to stay with you through out that journey. However, I am still grateful for having that person enter my life. Everything happens for a reason, and I’ve learned to always trust in my struggle. That’s why I know it will get better. And I’m pretty sure, with the help of my amazing friends and family, that I’ll be just fine.

Hello. I haven’t been posting that much for the past few days because I’ve been busy sorting out and dealing with changes in my life. And with that, I learned to never chase after or force people to be in your life. Instead it’s better to chase after dreams because the right person will be there to stay with you through out that journey. However, I am still grateful for having that person enter my life. Everything happens for a reason, and I’ve learned to always trust in my struggle. That’s why I know it will get better. And I’m pretty sure, with the help of my amazing friends and family, that I’ll be just fine.



Unknowingly, my instagram account got featured in Loyola Phoenix, the official publication of Loyola University Chicago. This was a very pleasant surprise considering I only knew about it when they tagged me on twitter for this. But what I love about this so much is that It was so interesting to read what they had to say about me and my photos.

Ryann Reyes
This Instagrammer is more artsy and less documentary than the others listed here, but Cebu-based Ryann Reyes, a registered nurse in the Philippines, takes beautiful, poetic pictures of everyday life in the tropics.

It’s so good to be referred as a Registered Nurse again. And at the same time be recognized for my photos. I was looking for this balance between the medical and creative worlds that I have in my head. And to see this is a good sign that I may have achieved that balance that I want. 
Thank You Loyola Phoenix!
Read the entire article here: http://www.loyolaphoenix.com/window-world

Unknowingly, my instagram account got featured in Loyola Phoenix, the official publication of Loyola University Chicago. This was a very pleasant surprise considering I only knew about it when they tagged me on twitter for this. But what I love about this so much is that It was so interesting to read what they had to say about me and my photos.

Ryann Reyes

This Instagrammer is more artsy and less documentary than the others listed here, but Cebu-based Ryann Reyes, a registered nurse in the Philippines, takes beautiful, poetic pictures of everyday life in the tropics.

It’s so good to be referred as a Registered Nurse again. And at the same time be recognized for my photos. I was looking for this balance between the medical and creative worlds that I have in my head. And to see this is a good sign that I may have achieved that balance that I want. 

Thank You Loyola Phoenix!

Read the entire article here: http://www.loyolaphoenix.com/window-world



Rusiana. August 28, 1926 - December 26, 2011.

Rusiana. August 28, 1926 - December 26, 2011.



This time last year, everything was so different.


Life Lately has been taking lots of square photos on my mobile and spending the holidays with the people I love. It’s been like this ever since I quit my office job that I hated. Life is too short to be stuck on something that you don’t like to do. And I know I can do better than that. So right now, I just need to clear my head and focus on the path that I should take that will let me have the balance that I need to still be creative. Also, follow me on instagram for more square photos at instagram.com/ryannreyes.



So after the long and rough break up. After all the tears and after all the pain. We finally met. I’ve always imagined our first meeting after the break up to be meaningful. But when we met, I felt nothing. It was mundane at best. He smiled. I smiled. But it didn’t mean anything. None of it meant anything. We talked a little bit and then he left. I can’t even remember what he said to me.

I just never thought seeing you again would make me feel nothing.



Hello Tumblr. I’m still alive. Life lately has been a series of early morning commutes to work, handling nerves, talking to so many people, and surviving the cut throat life of the corporate world. That explains why I haven’t been updating that much. And whenever I’m on tumblr, I’m only active on my crazy alter-ego reblog blog.
My 9-5 work right now doesn’t allow me to be as creative as I used to be. After a mugging incident that happened to me not so long ago, I’m afraid to always bring my dslr with me. 
And then I realized that the best camera is the one that’s with you. That’s why I turned to mobile photography as a release. I can still be as creative but with less megapixels. 
I try to take at least one photo per day on my instagram, just so I can keep my creativity and sanity afloat. 
It’s so hard to give up something that I want to be only because my reality doesn’t allow me to be that kind of person. But I know all hope isn’t gone. At least I have a smaller more handy camera with me.

Hello Tumblr. I’m still alive. Life lately has been a series of early morning commutes to work, handling nerves, talking to so many people, and surviving the cut throat life of the corporate world. That explains why I haven’t been updating that much. And whenever I’m on tumblr, I’m only active on my crazy alter-ego reblog blog.

My 9-5 work right now doesn’t allow me to be as creative as I used to be. After a mugging incident that happened to me not so long ago, I’m afraid to always bring my dslr with me. 

And then I realized that the best camera is the one that’s with you. That’s why I turned to mobile photography as a release. I can still be as creative but with less megapixels. 

I try to take at least one photo per day on my instagram, just so I can keep my creativity and sanity afloat.

It’s so hard to give up something that I want to be only because my reality doesn’t allow me to be that kind of person. But I know all hope isn’t gone. At least I have a smaller more handy camera with me.



Once again, my photo got curated for the VSCO Grid. I was already very happy I got curated once. But to be curated twice is a really great honor. And what makes it more special is that this is one of my favorite portraits that I did because it’s a portrait of Banawe. Once again, I’m still as equally happy as before that they even bothered to curate my photo. It really means so much to me. And once again, I am truly grateful. Thank You VSCO!

Also, check out my VSCO Grid at http://ryannreyes.vsco.co/



I’m really happy that my photo got curated for the VSCO Grid, which according to them is, “a collection of the finest mobile imagery on the internet.” That’s a lot to live up to! And I wasn’t even expecting to be chosen at all. But I’m really grateful that I was. Funny thing is that I didn’t even know that this message was sitting in my inbox for almost a week! And I had to press Show More at least 10 times on the VSCO Grid so I could scroll down to see if my photo was really posted there. Anyway, I’m just really happy that they even bothered to curate my photo. It really means so much to me. And I am truly grateful. Thank You VSCO! Also, check out my VSCO Grid at http://ryannreyes.vsco.co/



The End

The past few days have been very rough for me. I have been through break up’s way too many times, but going through all these emotions again is never easy. I wrote this because I would have wanted to have a real conversation with you, but I suppose you don’t want that sort of drama anymore after you cut me off from everything. I just need an outlet to pour my heart out.

Our relationship was the best I had with anyone. Despite all the emotional baggage, the bitterness and my cynical thoughts about love, you taught me that I am never defined by my past relationships. Before we met, I always thought of myself as used goods. But when you told me that you wanted to be with me, you made me feel so special. As the days went by, you made me feel that you really did love me and I learned to love you more and more, unconditionally. Every time I told you that I love you, I really meant it. And when I got the same from you, I believed it. It was the best feeling I have ever had. Even though we did not agree on a lot of things, we supported each other’s dreams and goals. We made it work. And because of that you made believe that we might actually go all way.

However, on the last few months of our relationship, I have seen you change. You were always busy, uninterested and you always had an excuse for everything. What’s worse is that I did not even exist in some parts of your life anymore. Then I end up believing all those excuses and then I blame myself for everything because I feel like I fell short of being a good boyfriend to you.

But something happened inside me that made me decide that I have had enough. I needed to do something to keep this relationship going. And because of that, you said that I became a monster, a monster desperate for your time and attention. Even though I hate to admit it, but it’s true. You made me in to that kind of person. And I allowed myself to become that kind of person. I tried my best to make it work, but I realized that this relationship is never going anywhere if you continue to trample over my feelings for you again and again.

We were both at fault. And it was a dead end relationship. So I had to break up with you. It was a hard decision to make because even though the situation we had called for a break up, I still had genuine feelings for you.

Moving on is so hard when I am always reminded of you. It’s so hard to feel happy and whole when all I feel right now is this huge hole in my life that’s been unrightfully taken away. And I hate it because I miss you all the time even though I try so hard to forget you. I begin and end my day crying my heart out because I never wanted to lose you and now I can’t do anything because you’re gone. All I ever did was love you, although sometimes a bit too much. And it hurts. That’s why my heart is broken.

But just recently, I finally decided to really move on. When I last talked to you, I felt so stupid when I told you how I still feel about you. But you just bluntly told me that you have actually moved on and that you do not want anything to do with me anymore. You even had the nerve to tell me to never talk to you again. I’m so gutted because I can’t understand how you can just instantly forget all the time we had spent together. I know trying to work out our relationship is the last thing on your mind. And I won’t force you. There’s really no point in trying when you don’t even to make this work. However, I never expected this from you.

But you know what, even though that was not the closure that I want. It was the closure that I need. I can safely say that I did everything in my power to make this work. I can even feel better about myself knowing that it was you who did not want this anymore. And I can finally move on with this because I did my best, swallowed my pride, and I never gave up without fighting for this until the very end. However, I know my feelings for you won’t go away instantly, as with the pain from the break up, but I know I’ll get over this soon.

Thank you Harris for the 23 months we had together. I could have never known that I am capable of loving someone that much if not for you. Thank you for making me go through all those emotions. Thank you for making me feel that kind of love. Thank you so much for everything.

Even though I still love you, even though I still had plans for us, and even though it breaks my heart, I’m letting you go.



"We told each other we should get coffee sometime, but didn’t exchange our new numbers. We knew we weren’t going to see each other again."

"We told each other we should get coffee sometime, but didn’t exchange our new numbers. We knew we weren’t going to see each other again."



I need to forget how your skin felt against mine.

I need to forget how your skin felt against mine.



“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets



I celebrated the New Year 2013 with the entire maternal side of the family in my hometown of Bacolod City. I documented most of my trip there with my good old ipod touch by way of Instagram. I don’t know why but I just couldn’t be bothered to bring my camera with me while going around the city. Plus I was too busy catching up with relatives and eating everything that Bacolod had to offer. 

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Being with my family on my birthday is the best thing in the world. We may have had it rough this year, but we still managed to laugh and grow together as a family. They’re literally my best friends in the world. But today is also the death anniversary of my mom’s brother and my dad’s mother, a strong contrast from what I celebrate today. And now that I’m turning a year older, I’m very blessed that I still have my family with me. Life is so fragile and so precious that you have to cherish every moment you spend with the people you love the most. Life is a blessing, and I’m so thankful to have another year added to my life.

Being with my family on my birthday is the best thing in the world. We may have had it rough this year, but we still managed to laugh and grow together as a family. They’re literally my best friends in the world. But today is also the death anniversary of my mom’s brother and my dad’s mother, a strong contrast from what I celebrate today. And now that I’m turning a year older, I’m very blessed that I still have my family with me. Life is so fragile and so precious that you have to cherish every moment you spend with the people you love the most. Life is a blessing, and I’m so thankful to have another year added to my life.