I love to travel. If my kids were going to college, I would tell them to skip it and take a month traveling through Europe. Well, such is the case with Jill & Cody. They have travelled through many continents together as a couple. There is nothing more trying as travel and this couple have survived many airport check-ins. As I was photographing them, we spent our time talking in Spanish, a language that come from a country both of us have visited. It turns out that the couple chose a fabulous location for their honeymoon, Hawaii. They also chose the “Longlook Farm” in Sanbornton, NH as their venue of choice for their wedding. It is a hidden paradise amid top of a mountain overlooking a valley. The cyan and orange color pallet resonated through out the event which including Cody’s cyan tie. The wedding party consisted of 16 including the couple, ring bearer, and flower girl. The warm, but not unbearable weather, added to the excitement of the day. Soon, it was time to get married and they “tied the knot” amongst family and friends. After the ceremony, we did the typical formal shots of the wedding party and family members. I also had the pleasure of photographing their first portraits as a married couple. Then came time for the introductions at the reception. If you were there, you also would have felt the love all the family and friends felt for these two. The couple opted out of a cake but instead had cup cakes. Later on, I took advantage of the night fall and did dusk photos. The evening closed with the couple making “light hearts” with sparklers. To quote One of my favorite composers Andrew Lloyd Wright, “To the power of the music that I write, The power of the music of the night“.
Sarah & Travis are wonderful people. They are very loving. They are the ideal couple for a photographer whose company motto is “Show Me The Love”. When I asked them to “show affection”, they made it happen. Sarah also happens to be a shy and private person. When I arrived at their home at Bow, NH to take her “getting ready” pictures, she was not there. She was getting ready at a different location a few miles away. Quickly, I asked Travis to phone to ask her If she needed me to go there. Instantly she said, “No thanks, you can photograph me when I get there”. This gave me time to hang around the groom, which, I usually don’t get a chance to. Travis is a physical therapist for a local chiropractor who happens to be good friends with his employer. He is so close with him that he asked his boss to be his JP. The couple live on a property owned by Sarah’s dad, a beautiful 20 acre lot. It is here that wedding magic began with landscaped walkways made to resemble church isles. With sunlight streaming through tree branches and the nature all around us, it was here they promised themselves to each other. The couple wore vintage attire with Travis wearing suspenders and bow tie and Sarah wearing a lace beige dress. After the ceremony, I took them through the field photographing them amongst softness of the afternoon light. Hats off to Henry David Thoreau and his masterpiece “Walden”.
Maria got married at her family home and her whole family was there. Being a member of a Spanish speaking family, I know what it is to have a big family, Maria and Alessio have many siblings. Maria is the oldest five girls living under the same roof and the first one to get married. Alessio has three siblings, Carlo, Luca and Katerina, a body building sister. It was a good time when his “boys” picked him up during post ceremony formals to end up almost dropping him. It was his sister who jumped in after seeing him slipping and spared him from dropping to the floor- very funny scene. The homestead proved to be the perfect background for her to get ready for her wedding. Her dad, being a contractor, had been adding his own professional touches of wood finishes for years so I was told. I was very excited when I first got there for the light throughout the house was soft and diffused. The church where they got married was very simple in design and was very well lit. Most of her family and friends attended the ceremony and added excitement to their day. Soon after the formals, we drove for a bit to get to Maria’s other passion besides Alessio antd her family, her horses. They were both clean and ready for us to photograph with Maria and Alessio. Once at the reception, the festivities commenced with the toast given by the maid of honor and best man. Toward the evening, the dancing started, bringing most of her family and guests “rocking” ’till after midnight. Nicely done Maria & Alessio, “Buona Sera” to you and your family.
Christine has this wonderful aura about her. She reminds me of the hay-day of motion pictures when actors and actresses had a curtain, oh, “Je ne sais quoi” about them. She posses the grace and style of Audrey Hepburn, who happens to be my favorite actress. All throughout her wedding I couldn’t help but to think I was caught in a scene my “Fair Lady”. Christine and Matt got married at West Roxbury, Mass amongst family and friends and once again the day was sunny and warm. Christine got ready at her mom’s home with all her girls including two pints sized ones; her nieces. This particular day, the light was angelic and gave softness to every room of the house. It was this softness that helped me capture her special day. After all the preparations, the brides and her group hurried to get married at “Holy Name Church” a local church nearby. The church was spectacular and further added to the spirit of the day. Soon afterwards, Father Peter Grover announced the news that they were wed and off to the ” Spring Valley Country Club” we all went. The highlight of the day was the beautiful “Sweet” light we found as the evening was closing. It was with this light I captured Christine and Matt. The flowers came from “Annabelle Floral Design”. Her most glorious make-up came from “Grace M Quintal” Enjoy.
All the tables had these floral arrangements.
Absolutely fantastic shoe design.
The tradition “dip” pictures taken from the sidelines.
This couple was very passionate towards each other.
The couple was photographed by the lake where we had beautiful afternoon light.
Holly’s bouquet of flowers! A Rose, A Rose, My kingdom for a Rose!
Holly and Justin’s wedding rings shot at the “Harris Pelham Inn”
A beautiful night at the “Harris Pelham Inn”
The WHOLE wedding party. All 16 of them. Although it was a fairly cold and windy day, Everyone kept warm and happy!
Kate and Jim Showing “The love”
This shot is of Kate and Jim at Prescott Park by the gardens.
Kate’s flowers were supplied by Jen DelDeo Flowers. Ravishing color!
After the ceremony, The Portsmouth Trolly Company dropped them off at Prescott park for their wedding portraits. They are such a great looking couple.
Kate and her bridal party, The girls were simply Fantastic.
Kate looking at her dress in in her room at the Sheraton Harborhouse at Portsmouth, NH
Kate was one of the most relaxed brides I have photographed. If she was stressed at all by all the goings-on, she covered it up quite well. She was an awesome bride.
One of my favorite venues for wedding photography happens to Portsmouth’s Sheraton Harborside on the heart of the downtown Portsmouth area. It is a very stylish building filled with very beautiful accents like the one found here. It is centrally located and is within walking distance of Prescott Park, The Seacoast Repertoire Theater, and all the downtown shopping a bride could dream for. The food and service is first rate all the way.
I wish to thank all of the brides I serviced in the local New England Seacoast area and beyond last year and I am super excited so many of you have once again booked me for 2011 and 2012. I’m looking forward to making Robert Ortiz Photography your professional choice for all your wedding photography needs. Thank you.
This Is a video testimonial from Justin and Rebecca. They were a great awesome couple. Their wedding was held In Portsmouth, NH on 06/20/09. They had over 200 guests and it was held the Portsmouth Country Club. Enjoy.
Valerie and Doug married at Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and this is Valerie’s dress.
On 07/23/10 Chrissy got married amongst family and friends at the Bedford Village Inn Bedford, NH. The images to follow, are just but a few of Chrissy’s exciting day. Amongst the very vintage items were her gorgeous silver brooch, her dress, and veil.
The “The Commons” New castle, NH
These are Meagan’s bridesmaids. Those chose to be photographed at “The Commons” at New Castle New hampshire.
South Church at Portsmouth, NH has always been a very beautiful church. It’s clear to see why I fell in love with the building itself when I became a Unitarian a few years ago. Here we see the bride getting ready underneath the staircase. The building is so breath taking, I actually had a one man show with just images of South Church.
We can see the beauty of this Unitarian Church found at Portsmouth, NH.
These are the groom’s men from Meagan’s wedding. These guys really rocked hard at the reception. They rocked so hard that groom had to tell them to chill out because they were just out of control. It’s funny to think they behaved here, at the church, like little angels and they nearly rocked the house down at the party!!
Here we see the flowers from Meagan’s wedding taken inside South Church. They came from Jardiniere, a local florist from Portsmouth, NH.
Hello everyone. This is an interview that Kate Parker and Robert Ortiz Photography held at Kate’s office a few weeks ago. Kate Parker is a favorite of mine in the industry. She does a lot for her clients as well as all the vendors in her “My Kate Parker Wedding” site. All brides will get an idea of the personality as well as the style of Robert Ortiz Photography while viewing the interview. Forgive us for the low volume level so please bring it up so you can listen to us better. Don’t forget to visit “My Kate Parker Wedding” before leaving my blog. Enjoy. Robert
On June 5, 2010 Brianna and Chris tied the knot in Keene, N.H. All of the wedding party including Robert Ortiz from Robert Ortiz Photography, stayed on the grounds of the Monadnock Bible conference center in Jaffrey, NH. The fun commenced on this rainy morning at 7:00 A.M. with the girls eating their breakfast. It consisted of fresh baked pastries and oranges. Soon after breakfast, much to the happiness of Brianna, the sun came crashing through making our photographic day better.
This was the dress and the shoes worn by Brianna and her wedding in Keene, NH. She was married at Jaffrey, NH and her reception was at Stonewall Farms in Keene,NH. Brianna looked stunning in her princess tiara as all her girls around her were getting their hair and make up done. Brianna’s modern vintage dress came from David’s Bridal.
of laughter and love
smiling faced cherubim
sent from above
snuggled at my breast
full of warmth and rest
brings meaning and purpose
the solar plexus
of radiant energy
There has been a recent increase in the amount of wedding photographers available. This doesn’t mean that we have had a sudden increase in the amount creative people, it mean amateurs are trying to make a quick buck and in most cases are listing themselves as “Professional Photographers”. This is due to the availability of low cost digital equipment and the unstable nature of our own economy. These “photographers”, without the proper experience or training for wedding photography, are offering mediocre services as high quality services. We have had many customers come to our photography studio complaining about the bad experiences their friends have received. This has been mostly by amateurs claiming to be professional photographers online as well as websites like Craigslist. This is why Robert Ortiz Photography decided to write an article with key questions to ask photographers you may encounter in your search for the right wedding professional. We would love to be your wedding photographer, but if for what ever reason you choose someone else, please at least hire a true Professional. Your wedding day comes only once in a life time and if the person you hire doesn’t have the know how, your memories will be forever lost. Please make sure the wedding photographer has addressed your personal concerns satisfactorily on the following questions:
Is this your main line of work? Make sure your wedding photographer’s only job is photography. This insures your’e getting established truly”PROFESSIONAL” people that will be able to answer their phones when you need to ask them an important question.
How long have you photographed and how many wedding do you cover a year? Wedding photography takes A LOT of practice and experience and this will tell you exactly what he knows. The longer and more weddings he has shot, the greater indication that he has the know how to get the job done properly. 25-30 weddings a year is a minimum amount to stay in practice for a professional wedding photographer.
Have you received any formal classroom training as a photographer? Wedding photography is a craft and should be learned in a formal training or classroom setting.
Do you provide a written guarantee and a Contract. The guarantee provides assurance that the photographer is competent to get the job done properly and a contract assures you know exactly what your’e getting.
Do you have any liability insurance incase someone gets hurt with your equipment at my wedding? If someone gets hurt by tripping over photographer’s equipment, wedding couples are liable for anything that may happen to their guest. Having liability insurance is a sign your guest would be taken care of in case of an accident and shows the photographer is successful enough to buy liability insurance.
Do you have other professional assistants that work in your company that can go and cover the event with the same knowledge and experience incase you get sick? Amateurs don’t get paid enough to hire other people so they only have themselves. If they say they do have an assistant, Please ask to meet them .
How many camera bodies do you bring with you in case of breakage? Professional photographers should have two or three back up bodies just incase of breakage. Please ask them to show you their equipment.
Are you using PROFESSIONAL 2.8 lenses that will guarantee the best possible image with out flash? These lenses are a MUST!! No exemption. Pros will invest their profits to produce best possible image-these lenses are $1500.00 and up. Please see the movie listed below.
Do you use fill flash or reflectors outside to fill in shadows on your subjects? This is where the amateurs are separated from the pros. Light quality is what photography is all about. Heavy shadows make the subject flat and unflattering. Professionals use fill flash and reflectors when possible.
Do you back up your images at the event so you have more than one copy of the photos? Memory cards can be wiped out by something magnetic and should be copied on to a hard drive immediately after shot. Ask if they have back up equipment like “hyperdrive space” units that allow you to copy images taken right unto a hard drive.
Are you an established business with a studio or are you a member of a local city chamber? By being part of the photographic community and having a location studio it shows you they are an established business and not a fly-by-night operation.
Are you shooting in “RAW” mode to guarantee the absolutely best image quality? Most amateur “PHOTOGRAPHERS” will shoot in JPEG because of their lack of knowledge. This is a MUST, images should be shot in “RAW ” mode to get the most control and the best color rendition.
Do you use camera models designed for use by amateurs? Ask them what models they use. Also go on the manufacture’s site and find out if their equipment is amateur equipment like the “Rebel” series spoken about in the video listed below. “Rebel” bodies are way to slow to keep up with the speed needed for wedding photography. Please see the movie below.
Are you a “CURRENT” member of an established photographic group? When your photographer is part of a trade group, they learn from each other and become a better photographers. Example, PPA, NHPPA, NHAA, WPPI -Is the photographer listed on their site?
Can you show me a few complete wedding albums containing pictures of a complete weddings from beginning to end? Any picture taker can show you a few dozen pictures of their lucky shots, please make sure they are able to show completed events from beginning to end.
Please click here to view the video: Judge Brown and a couple of bad photographers movie
After a day of ceremony and celebration, Valerie and John had to say good bye to all their guest through the final dance. The couple will have great memories of a day well planned and executed.
These are Valerie and John’s rings.
Well, here we have the happy couple right after they married at the Three Chimney Inn. The venue was outstanding for the couple. The food was first rate and the grounds were gorgeous. I highly recommend The Three Chimneys Inn to any bride thinking of getting married. I love how knowledgeable and professional the staff is at the Three Chimneys Inn. They were a joy to work with and they made the couple feel very special. They are located in Durham, NH near UNH.
These are some of the little faces of Valerie’s and John’s wedding. They were cute as a button and were not shy in front of the camera. The vintage bow tie reminded me of an long gone era. It reminded me of the era of my favorite historical character Theodore Roosevelt, the 43rd president of our country. Although he was the youngest president he was not without experience. He took measure to protect our country’s most beautiful places by making them our national parks. This young ring bearer had the same heart and soul as Teddy. At the wedding he did not hesitate to show his bullish side by being the little man of the show. Here’s to you Mr. President….BULLY.
This is John, he was a great groom. I could tell how much in love with his bride he was when he read his vows; he actually shed a tear or two. I had the pleasure to photograph Valerie’s and John’s engagement shoot last month at Prescott Park at Portsmouth, NH. Valerie drove her car there while John drove up in his shiny Harley Davidson motorcycle. Everyone can see their engagement shoot featured on the engagement section at the Robert Ortiz Photography website listed here: http://www.robertortizphotography.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=1&p=7
He is a bit shy and didn’t particularly feel comfortable posing for his engagement shoot but he did it because he knew it made Valerie happy. It was a pleasant surprise on their wedding day when John seemed comfortable enough to smile all day long. He was an ideal groom. (photographed by Alison Ebacher assistant)
Valerie was wonderful and there was fantastic chemistry between John, her groom, and her self. It seemed John was a bit shy and almost never smiled. But I think Valerie was the inspiration behind John’s smile on their wedding day. John behaved quite nicely and I had no problem in getting smiles frequently from him. Then again, Valerie had quite a smile herself. She had beautiful red hair, perfect complexion and not in need of a lot of makeup. Her great sense of humor was toped only by her great smile. Her vintage earrings was the icing on the cake .
This is Valerie’s dress. It was beautiful. It came from Madeline’s Daughter at Portsmouth NH. The general consensus amongst my brides is that Madeline’s Daughter is the local place to go. Valerie looked ravishing in it and had no problem walking around the outdoors holding the trane in her arm. Very beautiful.
I did my first wedding of the season this weekend and I got into an unusual predicament. As a wedding photographer, I can admit that typically the bride is the star of the show. It turns out that this wedding brought a new star- the bride’s shoes. These are Anne Klien’s “Catherine” design. In the world of traditional white, these are not your typical shoes. Theyr’e bright, colorful, and very trendy. For me, the photographer, it’s eye candy. I usually don’t showcase “The shoes” first but, in this case. I couldn’t help myself.