Monterey and Salinas Maternity Photography | Monterey Bay Maternity Photographer | Maternity Photography in Carmel CA

April 25, 2013


This Monterey Maternity photography session was the most special and touching session I’ve ever done. This is a maternity portrait of my wife Melissa in Carmel carrying our only child Evan. The day was windy and cold, hardly ideal conditions for a maternity portrait on the beach in the Monterey bay!

I couldn’t believe I was going to be a father. I was nervous, anxious and excited! Scared of what this world had in store for my son. When he was born it was the best day of our lives and he continues to brighten our days.

When I photograph expecting mothers, I take great pride in capturing a memorable work of art that you can proudly display in your home. Most of us as adults can only wish to have a maternity portrait of our own mothers. Don’t let this moment pass you by, contact me for more information on my website or at 831-682-7170.

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Salinas Senior Portrait Photographer | Portrait photographers in Salinas

April 24, 2013

Monterey Senior Portrait Slideshow

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Cannery Row Monterey Wedding Photographer | The Clement Monterey Intercontinental Hotel | Cannery Row Wedding Photography

Congratulations to Melissa and Daniel! What a beautiful wedding in Cannery Row in Monterey. The Clement Monterey an Intercontinental Hotel is a stunning place to get married and a Monterey wedding photographers dream come true! There definitely wasn’t a shortage pristine locations with beautiful photography backdrops. I couldn’t help but think of the history as we walked up and down the streets. I imagined what it must have been like in the times of John Steinbeck.

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Engagement Photography at Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley with Lorena & Danny!

April 18, 2013

My team had an amazing time photographing Lorena & Danny’s engagement session at Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley. We met in South Salinas and they followed us down highway 68 and over Laureles Grade. I wasn’t expecting such beautiful weather when (more…)

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Salinas CA Wedding Photographers | Salinas and Monterey CA Weddings

March 5, 2013

Here is my television commercial showcasing my wedding photography which will be airing throughout Salinas, Pebble Beach, Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay area!


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Giveaway | Free Engagement Photography session in Monterey or Carmel

Alright people, it’s my birthday month and I’m in the giving mood! To celebrate…how would you like to receive a free engagement photography session in Monterey or Carmel?
Here’s your chance! The annual Manuel Ortega Photography engagement session contest is here! This engagement session is valued at over $600.  Sweet! (more…)

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Salinas Senior Portrait Photographer | Senior Portrait Photographers in Salinas

March 3, 2013

As the 2013 High School year comes to an end, the incoming senior class must prepare for their High School Senior Portraits in Salinas CA. Why settle for the school photographer? It’s your senior year and you deserve that special high school graduate attention and time to look great! Here at Manuel Ortega Photography we take great pride in our final product. These are your memories and you deserve to be proud of your senior portraits!



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Monterey Beach Wedding and Golf Course Wedding Photography; Only on the Monterey Bay

February 26, 2013

With its beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs and gorgeous scenery, The Monterey Bay area is one of the most picturesque places on earth, and it’s also a favorite site for many Monterey destination weddings. Whether you’ve chosen to be married on the beach or on a golf course, you can expect to be surrounded by amazing views during the ceremony and reception. You’re probably also looking forward to having some fantastic wedding pictures taken, but unless your photographer is experienced in working outdoors, you may not get the results you are expecting.



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On stage with Jerry Ghionis

March 19, 2011

Hello everyone!

I had an amazing time at the “Power of Passion” photography seminar with my wife Melissa. It was great to see world-renowned photographers Sandy Puc, and Jerry Ghionis.

Jerry is considered one of the top 5 wedding photographers in the world and is by far my favorite photographer. (more…)

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