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This is my KCBA FOX 35 Monterey Bay Wedding Photography television ad which aired during Super Bowl XLVIII


Feedback from this 15 second television commercial for my wedding photography studio in Monterey was incredible! I ran a contest  for a free family portrait session where people had to take a photo of their television screen when it aired and post the photo to Instagram or Facebook and hashtag #ManuelOrtegaPhotography. All of the contestants names were entered in a box where my 2 year old son picked a winner randomly.


Nearly 100 people posted photos and local social media was inundated with photos of my logo. Needless to say, it was a major success.


My 2014 wedding season is off to the best start ever and I feel completely blessed that as of February we have already reach our goal for the year. My wife Melissa who is my full time assistant  and I just got back from shooting a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas last weekend. Although it was a business trip we had time for some much needed R & R. We came back feeling refreshed and ready for our upcoming wedding photography season.




Thanks for stopping by!


Manuel and Melissa





“You’re personality is the key to bringing out the best in people”

– Jerry Ghionis




Patty & Jerry | Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding | Hacienda Encantada Resort | Monterey Wedding Photographers

What an absolute honor it was to photograph Patty & Jerry’s Cabo San Lucas destination wedding at Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa in Cabo San Lucas Mexico!


From the beautiful rocky Baja shoreline to the amazing Hacienda Encantada resort and spa, it truly is a wedding photographers playground. I have been very fortunate to photograph many local destination weddings here in the Monterey Bay area but this was our first destination wedding in Baja Mexico.


Being a professional Monterey wedding photographer I am spoiled by the scenery in my own back yard, however this was different.

The magnificent backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, with whales and dolphins jumping all day long so close to shore was an amazing sight to behold.


A day before the wedding I hired Indalecio at the resort to drive me around the entire place in a golf cart. We scouted some breathtaking locations which I took advantage of the day of the ceremony.


As with most couples I photograph on their wedding day, we always become friends with the couples we shoot, and this time around it was no different. Hanging out with Patty & Jerry on the days leading up to their wedding and again on the days following, made me realize how lucky we are to do what we love for a living!








Manuel Ortega Photography Opens New Location in Monterey, California

Manuel Ortega Photography Opens New Location in Monterey, California


Passion for art and attention to detail distinguish the best wedding photographers, and Manuel Ortega decided to open a new location in Monterey to make consultations more convenient for customers on the Monterey peninsula and provide dramatic settings for local shoots.


Monterey, CA, January 03, 2014 –(– Manuel Ortega Photography proudly announces that it has opened a new office in Monterey, California, to serve customers from San Francisco, San Jose, Carmel, Santa Cruz and, of course, Monterey. The new office is located near historic Cannery Row that John Steinbeck immortalized in his novel of the same name. Clients can attend wedding consultations, sit for Corporate Head Shots and arrange family photos while enjoying the stunning shores and ambience of San Carlos Beach. You can arrange photo shoots along the beach, visit picturesque cannery buildings and charming gift shops or tour wineries, parks and signature area attractions after your photography appointment.The new location will make it easier for many clients to meet with Manuel Ortega because many had trouble getting to Salinas. Ortega specializes in wedding photography, and the new Monterey location has fairy-tale charm and convenient access to California’s central coast community. The photographer explains that wedding photography is a holistic experience and couples should capture every aspect of their marriages with engagement photos and informal shots as well as formal wedding shots. Ortega anticipates that many clients will fall in love with Monterey and choose local beaches for wedding venues and engagement photos. “As an artist, the wedding day is my canvas, and my ability to anticipate and capture those fleeting moments of laughter and tears is what drives me.” Ortega has many years of experience capturing signature moments with memorable photography and transforming photos into living and breathing works of art. 


Destination Wedding Photography



Manuel Ortega Photography tells your wedding story through a unique style of photojournalism that beguiles viewers while giving an accurate representation of love, family, friends and events leading up to the actual ceremony. The Monterey Bay area photographer chronicles destination weddings worldwide but focuses on the local communities of Salinas, Big Sur, Monterey, Watsonville, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, San Jose and San Francisco. Couples can tell their story through a unique blend of candid and formal shots that allow their true personalities to shine through in high-definition.



Giving Back to the Community



Choosing a photographer is a very intimate decision, and California’s central coast residents happily provide glowing recommendations and testimonials of Ortega’s skills, lighthearted personality and artistic vision. People don’t choose artists based solely on skills, and Ortega impresses many clients with his commitment to local causes, experience with high-profile events and down-to-earth personality and humor.



– Ortega takes part annually in the Birdies for Charity event that benefits the YWCA of Monterey County for domestic violence and intervention programs.
– The photographer donated his time, materials and skills to chronicle Tatum’s Garden, a Monterey Bay initiative to provide a safe and secure place for children to play, socialize and learn.
– Ortega sponsors a customer-submitted photography contest that feature senior portraits he posts on social media forums. Social media users then “vote for the best” portrait. Contest winnings include a free high school senior portrait for the one that receives the highest votes.
– Celebrities often choose the photographer, and local news anchor Michelle Imperato booked Ortega recently for her upcoming Pebble Beach wedding.



The Best Photography Captures Life as Art



Manuel Ortega Photography adheres to Ortega’s personal philosophy of support for family, community and real experiences. The talented photographer finds magic and art in everyday life and offers the following services for clients:



– Wedding and engagement photography in a journalistic-type study
– Location shoots of baptisms, children, birthdays and anniversaries
– Classic family photos and memorable artistic shots taken in stunning Monterey Bay locations
– Photos of children from maternity to graduation
– High School Senior Portraits that capture a teenagers true personality
– Photos of parties, special events, holidays and celebrations



About Manuel Ortega



Manuel Ortega began pursuing photography at the age of 13 and photographed his first wedding at age 18. Although Ortega has been in business since 2005, he has taken professional photos since 1990. Self-taught and observant of the smallest details, Ortega preserves the magic of events, places, people and relationships. Although specializing in wedding photography, Ortega also takes stunning maternity photos, portraits, family photos,  and high school senior portraits that families can treasure for generations.

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Monterey Bay trash the Dress Session! | Wedding Photographers in Monterey CA

Monterey Bay trash the Dress Session-

I had the honor of shooting Marissa and Noel’s wedding earlier this year and I was just as excited to shoot their Monterey Bay trash the dress session! As with most of my “wedding clients” Marissa and Noel have become good friends of ours and we wish them all the best! Special thanks to Carlos Gonzales (LOS Photography) for taking some of these shots and for always contributing in a BIG way. THANK YOU to my wife Melissa for ALWAYS being by my side!




Manuel Ortega



*Update!  Take a look at the article in the Monterey County Weekly showcasing this Monterey Bay trash the Dress Session!

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Monterey County Weekly Trash the dress session



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