I specialize in wedding photography because it enables me to tell a story that lets people go back in time and feel the emotion of the moment all over again. I read once that, “Photos are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” This expression ignited the fire that eventually led me to follow my childhood dream, take the leap, and start Cortiella Photography. It has been a whirlwind adventure as I continue to learn and hone my techniques!
At my core I am a Miami native with an adventurous spirit, a world traveler that loves to learn and experience the different aspects of art and culture through photography, music, and fashion. I have hiked Machu Pichu, the Grand Canyon, and zip lined my way across South America. I have moonlighted as a Private Investigator, Bail Bondsman, Fashion Designer, and day lighted as a paralegal; but the crown jewels of my life are my girls: my princess and my fur baby. I am bound and determined to live my life to the fullest so my children’s children can look back at my photos and be inspired to live their best life as well.
1. Which lens do you use most of the time?
Canon 24-105 mm 2.
2. How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t shooting weddings?
Traveling, spending time with the family, boxing, and taking online photography courses.
3. Do you have any advice for beginning photographers?
Yes, find a mentor, be unique, be confident in your pricing, second shoot a wedding. Maintain consistency with your editing and customer service, create an incredible client experience, take photography workshops, online courses, attend the Southeast Photo Convention, network, learn to use your camera on Manual, believe in yourself, know your ideal client, have a workflow that works for you! And don’t compare your work to other photographers, find your editing style and one last thing stay humble and help out other photographers that you meet along the way. But most important don’t give up!
4. What would you do if you weren’t a wedding photographer?
Keep being a paralegal
5. Who do you respect – in photography or elsewhere ?
Hmm great question, I have 2 people that comes to mind that I respect in the photography business the first person is Bryan and Natalie Rodriguez from NB weddings because they were the 1st photographers that took me under their wing and showed me the in and outs of being a wedding photographer. They shared all their 10 plus year knowledge with me without hesitation. That really meant a lot to me till this day I still reach out to them for guidance. The 2nd person is Joe Hendricks I was his assistant for a wedding in St. Augustine, FL. He is an amazing photographer and very humble and down to earth. I learned a lot from him and he taught me a few creative tricks. But overall I respected his life story that he was a photographer for the navy for many years and that he travels full time on an airstream with his family across the United States. I loved his positive energy and professionalism with his clients and his photography work is just amazing! And the 3rd and final person is my Mother because she has always believed in me, motivated me not to be scared in trying different things, taught me not to be a quitter, work hard and to follow my dreams.
6. What is your personal definition of success?
My definition of success is liking what you do and liking how you do it.
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