Ala Cortez is a boutique photographer with a passion for story telling. Real connections with real people. Based in Los Angeles and available for travel wherever your event takes me. This is my space to share my favorite photographs, words, styles and stories that inspire me. A lookbook of all my favorite things, if you will. Welcome.


    • Weddings
    • Engagements
    • Lifestyle
    • Boudoir

I met her when she was 14. This little girl just starting high school. She was obsessed with softball and growing her calf muscles but other than that, she had no idea where she was headed or the woman she’d become. Neither of us had any idea of what the future held for our relationship together. I ended up marrying her brother Steve and over the years, without even trying, Jess became someone near and dear to me. She is kind, loyal, stubborn, hilarious, dependable, feisty, sometimes absent-minded and she has the warmest heart. She’s the girl you call when you want to laugh, eat pizza or only speak in quotes from Friends. She is a constant source of light in my life and I’m thankful to Steve for sharing his sister with me.

I didn’t think it could get any better until Jess brought Ari around. Like, in an instant, things were complete. To sum it up, Ari is a firecracker. She’s tiny but mighty, a real go-getter that keeps things together at all times. She’s humble and smart and makes it all look easy. Together, Jess and Ari make such a dynamic pair. They are building the most beautiful life together, supporting each others hopes and dreams and stopping along the way to celebrate the little things. I couldn’t be happier to do life right alongside them. Love is love and I’m so proud to cheer them on as they vow to be together forever.



  • Heidi R. - So beautiful! I love the words as much as the images. <3

  • Trent - You go girls! 🙂

    My first “Girls only” engagement session was totally spontaneous. We had an interview in one of Atlanta’s oldest cafes, ant they’ve booked me on the spot. At the time I already had 4 double espressos inside of me, so the rest was very, um, energetic ))

    – Where have you met?
    – Here, in this very cafe…
    – *CLICK* Let’s walk around… *CLICK* *CLICK CLICK*

  • megan - Seriously? Could this session be ANY more beautiful!? Your words were so beautiful and the images matched them perfectly! So happy for these two!

  • Savanah Loftus - I love this so much, beautiful ladies and a genuine love captured!!

We drove to Palm Springs for Kristin & Alex’s engagement session on a beautiful Friday. Problem was, everyone else in California was on the road that day too. By the time we arrived, the sun was quickly setting. Luckily, it didn’t matter. Can you believe they rocked this session in like, 35 minutes? Kristin & Alex flow that well together. This is only part I. I can’t wait to shoot part II in April and their wedding shortly after. Definitely such a fun couple to be around!


  • Heidi R. - Um…..LOVE. 35 minutes!? You’re magic.

  • Jordana - 35 minutes is rockstar material! So beautiful!

  • Natasha - Totally gorgeous as usual!! Loving the new blog look as well. You nail it everytime! x

  • Megan Welker - hot damn! Gorgeous couple, images and that dreamy sunset light. You + them…35 minutes was obvi all you needed.