Baton Rouge Photographer Michael Tortorich {Contact: 225-717-0762}

Need a video? Not a problem...

March 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

After much thought, I've decided to add video services to better serve clients.

I have created videos in the past, typically just for fun or pro bono for a good cause.

I will continue to offer the same quality of photography services as in past years.

I am planning on adding dedicated digital video cameras, editing software, and a faster computer over the months to come.

I am excited about this additional service, and I am confident that my previous experience with photography, journalism, and television will set me apart.

As we can all observe, the times are constantly changing. I am fully prepared and eager to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

As technology changes, so will I.

If anyone would like to inquire about video services, please feel free to contact me.

About Michael Tortorich {Photographer | Writer | Journalist}

Who is Michael Tortorich? A lifelong resident of the south Louisiana swamplands, his journey as a journalist (with a specific flair for photography) began well before earning a penny for his work. He's a proud LSU graduate, holding a degree in journalism (along with minors in two avid subjects, history and psychology). He has worked full-time positions at two local television stations (in graphics and as a show producer), and as a sports editor of a suburban newspaper. He currently owns and operates Michael Tortorich Photography, LLC. The business provides a wide range of photography and video services, including event coverage (weddings, parties, sporting events, etc.) and portrait sessions (high school/college seniors, families, children, etc.). He also coordinates social media for the City of Donaldsonville (facebook.com/DonaldsonvilleLA and twitter.com/CityofDville), and contributes to Ascension Parish online news source, The Creole.

For more information, see:

Michael Tortorich on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​tortorich
Michael Tortorich Photography on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​MichaelTortorichPhotographyLLC
Michael Tortorich on Twitter - https:/​/​twitter.​com/​MikeTortorich
Michael Tortorich on LinkedIn - http:/​/​www.​linkedin.​com/​pub/​michael-​tortorich/​22/​35a/​a61

Call or text at 225-717-0762.


NEW: Download small images for online use!

November 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Tired of seeing my watermark all over the Web?

For the price of a McDonalds lunch, you can get rid of my name splashed across your photo.

New on my site, I'm offering the option to purchase a small-sized, watermark-free image for online use (sorry, no printing).

This option is great for anyone who just wants to use a photo for social media or a Web site.

As always, you can still buy the full-resolution image for personal use, as well as prints and various products through the site.

About Michael Tortorich {Photographer | Writer | Journalist}

Who is Michael Tortorich? A lifelong resident of the south Louisiana swamplands, his journey as a journalist (with a specific flair for photography) began well before earning a penny for his work. He's a proud LSU graduate, holding a degree in journalism (along with minors in two avid subjects, history and psychology). He has worked full-time positions at two local television stations (in graphics and as a show producer), and as a sports editor of a suburban newspaper. He currently owns and operates Michael Tortorich Photography, LLC. The business provides a wide range of photography services, including event coverage (weddings, parties, sporting events, etc.) and portrait sessions (high school/college seniors, families, children, etc.). He also coordinates social media for the City of Donaldsonville (facebook.com/DonaldsonvilleLA and twitter.com/CityofDville), and contributes to Ascension Parish online news source, The Creole.

For more information, see:

Michael Tortorich on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​tortorich
Michael Tortorich Photography on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​MichaelTortorichPhotographyLLC
Michael Tortorich on Twitter - https:/​/​twitter.​com/​MikeTortorich
Michael Tortorich on LinkedIn - http:/​/​www.​linkedin.​com/​pub/​michael-​tortorich/​22/​35a/​a61

Call or text at 225-717-0762.


Memorial Day 25 percent off coupon is active (Valid through Monday, May 26, 2014)

May 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I hope everyone has a spectacular Memorial Day weekend.

In honor of the holiday, I've activated a 25 percent off coupon for the entire site. Maybe you've been waiting on getting a great deal on a photo product order, or perhaps a re-order of prints and whatnot. Well, here's a golden opportunity to save.

The deal runs through Monday, May 26, 2014. When you enter the word memorial at checkout, you will receive 25 percent off of the total product prices in your cart.

The not-so-secret code is: memorial.

About Michael Tortorich {Photographer | Writer | Journalist}

Who is Michael Tortorich? A lifelong resident of the south Louisiana swamplands, his journey as a journalist (with a specific flair for photography) began well before earning a penny for his work. He's a proud LSU graduate, holding a degree in journalism (along with minors in two avid subjects, history and psychology). He has worked full-time positions at two local television stations (in graphics and as a show producer), and as a sports editor of a suburban newspaper. He currently owns and operates Michael Tortorich Photography, LLC. The business provides a wide range of photography services, including event coverage (weddings, parties, sporting events, etc.) and portrait sessions (high school/college seniors, families, children, etc.). He also coordinates social media for the City of Donaldsonville (facebook.com/DonaldsonvilleLA and twitter.com/CityofDville), and contributes to Ascension Parish online news source, The Creole.

For more information, see:

Michael Tortorich on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​tortorich
Michael Tortorich Photography on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​MichaelTortorichPhotographyLLC
Michael Tortorich on Twitter - https:/​/​twitter.​com/​MikeTortorich
Michael Tortorich on LinkedIn - http:/​/​www.​linkedin.​com/​pub/​michael-​tortorich/​22/​35a/​a61

Call or text at 225-717-0762.


Adventures in Baby Photography {Baton Rouge photographer Michael Tortorich}

March 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

"Look at the camera...look here...look at the camera!"

Sounds familiar?

If you've ever attempted to photograph a baby, you've heard or said some variation of that statement.

Babies are notoriously difficult to photograph.

Now, I don't classify myself as a baby photographer. It's not my niche. It's not my specialty. It's not what I would consider to be a strength.

It's a weakness.

And that motivates me to get better.

These days, as photographers splinter off into every direction in search of their calling or niche, it's becoming more and more evident that it's all really the same. It's all, simply, photography.

When I was asked to photograph my cousin's new baby, I was worried about the results I would get.

Upon beginning the two separate sessions (newborn and four months old), I quickly calmed because I realized that the task at hand was not unfamiliar.

The more I click the shutter of a camera, the more I realize that shooting is just shooting. You adjust here, and you adjust there. Nothing is routine.

Photography is an art. It's a skill that could always use a little more sharpening, a little more practice, and a little more attention.

No matter what I'm photographing, I'm basically thinking about the same things. How are the conditions (particularly the natural light)? What adjustments need to be made in the camera? What aspects of the photograph can I control, and cannot?

Photography is a thought process.

Of course, everyone has their own opinion on what makes great baby photos. There is no shortage of gimmicks and props in the genre. But for me, nothing tops simplicity.

Think about it. In my mind's eye, I can still picture the family photos that decorated my grandparents' homes. I can vividly recall portraits of my dad and his brothers framed on the living room wall.

At most, those photos included a toy carousel horse.

That's it. A small prop that really didn't add much, if anything. The focus was on the young child.

The objective is to capture a moment in time. It's a moment that will never exist again.

That philosophy has guided me through my sessions with my tiny new family member.

We want to remember his big blue eyes, his chunky cheeks, and his glowing smile.

The props and gimmicks, on the other hand, won't matter in the decades to come.

My grandparents are not here to see their great-grandchild. Their son is not here to see who would be his only grandchild. It makes me sad that they won't know this sweet little boy.

But, life goes on.

And, hopefully, generations to come will know and love him.

I just want my photos to hold some meaning. That's all I care about when I click the shutter.

About Michael Tortorich {Photographer | Writer | Journalist}

Who is Michael Tortorich? A lifelong resident of the south Louisiana swamplands, his journey as a journalist (with a specific flair for photography) began well before earning a penny for his work. He's a proud LSU graduate, holding a degree in journalism (along with minors in two avid subjects, history and psychology). He has worked full-time positions at two local television stations (in graphics and as a show producer), and as a sports editor of a suburban newspaper. He currently owns and operates Michael Tortorich Photography, LLC. The business provides a wide range of photography services, including event coverage (weddings, parties, sporting events, etc.) and portrait sessions (high school/college seniors, families, children, etc.). He also coordinates social media for the City of Donaldsonville (facebook.com/DonaldsonvilleLA and twitter.com/CityofDville), and contributes to Ascension Parish online news source, The Creole.

For more information, see:

Michael Tortorich on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​tortorich
Michael Tortorich Photography on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​MichaelTortorichPhotographyLLC
Michael Tortorich on Twitter - https:/​/​twitter.​com/​MikeTortorich
Michael Tortorich on LinkedIn - http:/​/​www.​linkedin.​com/​pub/​michael-​tortorich/​22/​35a/​a61

Call or text at 225-717-0762.


Favorite photos of 2013 {Photographer Michael Tortorich}

December 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Where did 2013 go?

That's what I'm asking myself, and you may be as well.

These years seem to pass so fast. Sign of getting old?

Probably.

Oh well, onward and upward...

First and foremost, this has been a year of growth and success for me as a photographer. I'm thankful for that, and hope the inertia continues into 2014.

Last December, I put together a blog on my favorites from the year. So why not continue the tradition?

January was filled with lots of basketball shoots (see what I did there? Shoots? Ahh...).

The above photo jumped out at me because it appears to capture the peak of the players' motion. I also liked the composition, and how the fans are visible in the background.

In this photo, also shot in January, I did my best to make lemonade out of lemons since our date was a dreary and rainy one.

Weather days are common in south Louisiana, so a setting with a roof is always preferred.

This little guy had fun anyhow. I simply positioned myself at his level and captured his expression. Right place, right time.

I know, I know, more basketball.

This one stands out to me because it illustrates how aggressive the female game can be. Even in routine plays like this, you can see the determination in the players' faces.

From my personal file, I fancied this capture of our family's dog, Sassy. It grabbed me because it snatched a typical moment in time in a simple, yet direct way.

I may be a tad biased, but I think Sassy is one good-looking dog. She always seems willing to pose for me.

Here's another from my personal collection. I wish I could say I stalked the light for hours and hours, but the true story is that I happened to walk by and everything was just perfect.

All I could do is sabotage it, so I did as little as possible and hoped the simplicity would shine through it.

The photo above probably is meaningless to most. Early in the year, I assisted my grandpa with a task he undertook for a national magazine for antique car enthusiasts.

Digging through a shuttered, old building which once housed a Ford dealership decades ago, we felt like archeologists on a modern history excavation.

He framed the article and photos and hung it in his house.

As Ansel Adams once said, "Sometimes I get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."

Sometimes I feel the same way. It's strange how the most benign scenes can be transformed by sunlight.

When I photograph weddings, I make sure to take lots of traditional photos. I like the images that stand the test of time. Those lame Instagram filters will look silly in decades to come.

One day in 2013 I spent time shooting around Grand Isle, Louisiana.

I had a difficult time narrowing down my favorite, but I really liked the above capture.

My brother was cool enough to put up with me for an afternoon shoot during the year.

We had a few nice shots come from our time in a Baton Rouge park.

Arguably a little cliche, but I like the idea of using framing.

I'm not sure, but I think he saw me doing the frame thing with my fingers. Either way, I liked the result.

In May, I photographed this wedding scene.

Beside the traditional images from wedding ceremonies, I always try to capture the simple details.

I was asked to photograph my first quinceañera in 2013. Prior to the celebration, we spent the day going around taking candid shots.

I'm a "keep it simple stupid" type of guy, but sometimes the "worth a thousand words" shot comes along.

A quinceañera is a celebration of a girl becoming a woman. I liked this shot because it shows that every woman hangs on to the girl they once were deep down inside.

Despite the elaborate party, the girls just wanted to be alone together for a while and enjoy their friendship.

What an awesome couple. While much of their wedding was traditional, bits of their personalities could be found throughout the day.

I loved this shot. It was so them.

This plays more like an outtake, but it captured a real moment in time.

The little guy must have noticed something more important than the photo opportunity.

I love photographing musicians, especially when they are completely consumed by their craft.

I worked with so many great couples this year. This shot reminds me of one my favorite weddings from 2013.

This summer, I snapped this photo on the Mississippi River levee front. The shot was used by our Baton Rouge CBS affiliate, WAFB, on its Facebook page.

I always credit my journalism background for my ability to see the story. When you have a great photo, coming up with words for a caption feels pointless.

I did this shoot for my relatives. This photo now canvases an entire wall in their house.

Wedding receptions are always a treasure trove for photos.

Everybody wants to shot of a star quarterback like Drew Brees throwing a touchdown pass, barking out signals, or shaking hands with Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. But what about when he's giving his boys a smooch?

I loved the light in this one. When I first started shooting sports, stopping a fast play like this blocked punt seemed impossible. My timing has come a long way over the years.

This year I traveled to Colorado for the first time. I've been wanting to go back ever since.

Who doesn't love a nice bokeh shot?

This little guy was a new addition to our extended family for 2013.

I don't have a ton of experience in photographing babies, but I liked the results. It just took lots of patience and determination.

In this shot, an overcast day proved to be the perfect setting.

This event I photographed over the summer had a perfect ending. Gangnam Style, that is.

I love a sports shot when they kick up some dust.

Awesome couple. I loved the shots we took around New Orleans.

I was a regular at a few "muddy buddy" events in the area. I snapped lots of photos, but none were as interesting as the one above.

You know it's love when you can go for a mud kiss.

Last but not least, I have to tell you about the little man who came into my life in 2013.

He was found running along a rural road surrounded by sugarcane fields. His fur was shaggy and his teeth were (depending on who you ask) described as anything from cute to cringe-worthy.

We tried to find his owner, but no one spoke up for him.

Even though I had never had a dog of my own before, I decided to take him in.

Now, he has a vet, a groomer, and his own personal photographer.

About Michael Tortorich {Photographer | Writer | Journalist}

Who is Michael Tortorich? A lifelong resident of the south Louisiana swamplands, his journey as a journalist (with a specific flair for photography) began well before earning a penny for his work. He's a proud LSU graduate, holding a degree in journalism (along with minors in two avid subjects, history and psychology). He has worked full-time positions at two local television stations (in graphics and as a show producer), and as a sports editor of a suburban newspaper. He currently owns and operates Michael Tortorich Photography, LLC. The business provides a wide range of photography services, including event coverage (weddings, parties, sporting events, etc.) and portrait sessions (high school/college seniors, families, children, etc.). He also coordinates social media for the City of Donaldsonville (facebook.com/DonaldsonvilleLA and twitter.com/CityofDville), and contributes to Ascension Parish online news source, The Creole.

For more information, see:

Michael Tortorich on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​tortorich
Michael Tortorich Photography on Facebook - https:/​/​www.​facebook.​com/​MichaelTortorichPhotographyLLC
Michael Tortorich on Twitter - https:/​/​twitter.​com/​MikeTortorich
Michael Tortorich on LinkedIn - http:/​/​www.​linkedin.​com/​pub/​michael-​tortorich/​22/​35a/​a61

Call or text at 225-717-0762.

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