It is said, according to Italian tradition, that raining on your wedding day is good luck and if that's the case, this particular couple received a lot of luck. This is the wedding of Ashley & Keegan. They were married on a rainy day 07/09/2016 at the Windcrest Tree Farm, East Kingston NH. Fortunately it didn't rain heavy until after their ceremony.
When I first got there, the guests were just arriving. I had just finished taking pictures of the dress and the shoes when I noticed I was being watched by two pairs of tiny little eyes. They were the eyes of two small invited guests watching me photograph. This gave me a great photo oppurtunity to capture their smiling faces. At the ceremony site, where a nervous groom was pacing back and forth waiting for his new bride to arrive, guest were quickly filling the seats. Back at the hostess abode, Ashley quickly and excitedly prepped for the event. I found her sitting getting the customary makeup done and she looked STUNNING! The moment had finally arrived at the reception with Ashley walking down the aisle to meet Keegan underneath a birch arbor. They were finally married as more of the raining came barreling in. Then came their formal wedding portraits. Who can resist photographing a young couple in love in a rustic barn, NOT meeee! The rest of the day was filled with guests and the couple running in and out; dodging the beading rain. Well, the general consensus is, according to the Italian culture, they had a perfect day. Just remember the Italian wedding saying, “Sposa Bagnata, Sposa Fortunata,” which after being translated from Italian literally means “Wet Bride, Lucky Bride.”
Lauren & Corey were married 07/15/17 at Kitz Farm, Strafford, NH. The day was a warm and bright, partly cloudy day; "photographer's perfection". When I got there, the caterer had just bought in the cake and the tables were just completed with place settings. Both Lauren & Corey had taken time from their military duties to get married. I was hoping it was going to be an amazing day for them. I went into the Kitz Farm Residence to find the girls having their own party! Boy, there's nothing like eleven rowdy girls locked up in a room. Now I know what Cindy Lauper meant when she sang,"Girls just want to have fun"! We decided to go outside where the party continued. Shortly afterwards, it was time for the "boys" to have fun as well! They were not quite as rowdy, but almost!! After the girls finally settled down, it was time for the wedding ceremony to begin. The ceremony spot was quite spectacular, a birch tree atop a steep hill embracing both guest and wedding party surrounded by fields, valleys, and a lake. The trek up the hill provided a challenge for some of the wedding guests but after everyone settled, Lauren and Corey were pronounced man and wife. This brought us to my favorite part of the event, the couple's Wedding Portrait. It wasn't hard to photograph this couple. They were filled with love and happiness, you could feel it in the air. Couples like these are the reason I'm a wedding photographer. I particularly loved their sense of humor. After a short time of photographing their wedding portrait it was time for the reception. They had no problem getting into the mood as they danced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs with the crowd cheering them on. Their first dance was followed by the wedding party speeches. Both military personels were roasted by their maids of honor and the best man. The day ended with a very emotional father and daughter dance which had both her sisters weeping as they watched them dance. As the day ended and the sunset crept in, I once again saw an oppurtunity to place my wedding couple in the grips of the sweet, warm light of the sunset. Here's to another glorious "end of day". Enjoy. Robert
It was a cold and brisk November fall evening when I photographed Tiffany & Mark's engagement portrait. The leaves were just beginning to turn amber while the clouds possessed a coolish deep blue tint. She wore a short and pretty red dress with brown boots. He wore a comfy plaid shirt with blue jean pants. It was a busy evening at Wagon Hill Farm in Durham, NH, and many others were there walking their dogs. This couple had decided earlier to bring their dog with them to the shoot to include him in the "Save the Date" photo. Having a rescue pet of their own they were a bit nervous; they weren't sure if he would play friendly with other dogs there. Their persistence to quest for the perfect "Save The Date" photo paid off, no doggie domestic disputes occurred. As the sunset crawled in, there were many great opportunities for great pictures. Here are just a few of the best ones. Enjoy. Robert Ortiz Photography
I met Brian at a local Camera Club meeting in town. He was very pleasant and friendly and he was eager to show me some of the images he had taken in the "Burning Man" festival held once a year in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. I had never heard of this festival before so I was curious as to what it was all about after seeing his photos. His images were STRIKING. He explained that he had worked as an entrance guard at the event for the last 15 years and that 75,000 people showed up for this "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" type event. Every year, interesting characters, of all types, meet in the desert to wear all kinds of interesting & creative costumes. This included wonderful and unique displays ranging from five story robotic mannequins controlled by event participants to mechanical fire breathing dragons pulled by tractors.
After viewing his intriguing images, I got the idea to invite Brian to my studio in an attempt to document him on an intimate level. When I brought up the idea of him posing, he was a bit skeptical and nervous about it, since photographers don't usually like their images taken. I did promise him we were going to have great time and that I would put him at ease. We spent the next two hours joking and laughing and getting to know each other. These are the images of Brian. Enjoy!
I AM ROBERT ORTIZ,