Nothing But Love In NYC

It felt a bit like a homecoming for celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz when he arrived on-set to shoot The Mountains exclusive cover subject, Matthew Modine, iconic Hollywood star of blockbusters including Full Metal Jacket, Married To The Mob, The Dark Knight Rises and, most recently, Oppenheimer. He’s also known, of course, as Dr. Martin Brenner on Netflix’s smash series, Stranger Things. For more than a quarter-century, Ruiz has collaborated on countless celebrity covers with Editor in Chief Richard Pérez-Feria and he’s worked with Photography Director Erika Phenner and Design Editor Herman Vega for years as well.

The mood on the set was buoyant even before the magnanimous acting legend arrived, all smiles. The small, expert team assembled at Love Studios NYC that gorgeous summer day created nothing short of magic—none of us wanted it to end. Can you feel the love? We certainly did.


the room where it happened (top) Marco Medrano, Mike Ruiz, Matthew Modine, Richard Pérez-Feria, Sienna Ropert, Shanelle Butler and Isabella Joslin convene at Love Studios NYC in Midtown Manhattan.

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