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

It’s always so fun to work with clients that I feel I’d be friends with in real life. The second I met Lynnia and her mother, I felt like we were old friends. We laughed a whole lot, talked all things wedding, gushed about fashion and swooned over how good Patrick is for Lynnia. When I finally had a chance to meet him at their engagement session, it all just made sense. Patrick makes Lynnia light up. He sings to her and kisses her and puts her at ease. They’re an adorable couple and I’m thrilled to work with Intertwined Events on their wedding next year. It’s going to be a very good one!!

I met Vanessa when I photographed her and her sisters five years ago. FIVE whole years. Seems like so long ago but thanks to the lovely world of social media, I’ve been able to follow along with the Ayala sisters. They’ve become friends, supporters and definitely a source of fashion inspiration. When Vanessa asked me to photograph her November wedding, I think I used every excited emoji that exists. And then I got to meet Omir. The sweetest guy for her. He’s such a great complement to Vanessa. He’s funny, accommodating and he knows how to dress. I’m so very excited to be a part of their day soon. Here are some of my favorites.

  • stephanie - Beautiful!

  • Lily - Ala, so good! I love it and her outfits are super cute!

  • Evie - First off…ahhhhhh!!! I love all the images to death! You captured Vanessa and Omir to a T! I feel like we were all only babes five years ago. We love your work, cuteness, and style as well so I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect photographer for my sister! Can’t wait for the big day. Xo

I don’t know that there is a sweeter, more kind woman on the planet. Verenice is the most graceful, easygoing, beautiful person I know. And she’s stylish and a super smart lawyer. Does it get any better? I truly don’t think so. I’m sure Ronnie agrees because he finally swept her off her feet and will be marrying her this month. I’m thrilled to work with such amazing and understanding and loving people. How much more can I gush? Anyway, here are some of my favorites from their Mission engagement session. 

  • Megan Welker - SO beautiful!!! Love the tones and light in this session AND they look like such a sweet couple!!

  • Lottie - Suiirpsrng to think of something like that