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 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

They met on a blind date. It was Friday, the 13th. You know, the day most people avoid or are superstitious about. But whatever, they each thought, I have nothing to lose. So they both got dressed and went out on a limb that night. And it was the best decision they’ve ever made. Kimberly and Justin have been inseparable ever since that day. Birthdays and holidays, days filled with wine and days without, loud concerts and quiet times – there they’ve been. Together. I’ve had so much fun getting to know them and I can’t wait for their October wedding!

  • natasha - Beautiful. As usual. x

  • megan - That last shot! SO beautiful!