Ana Montgomery Photography
specializes in Senior Portraits, Fine Art Portraiture, Engagements and Weddings; located in Irvine, California (Orange County); owned by husband and wife team William and Ana Montgomery.
Ana Montgomery Photography: is a professional and quality services oriented studio making every photo session and event coverage an enjoyable and seamless experience for you. Capturing your special moments so you can relive them again and again through cherished photos is truly Ana's joy! To ensure Weddings run smoothly for couples, Ana successfully completed the required training and is a Certified Wedding Coordinator. As well Ana is completed all necessary training and passed all exam requirements (written and technical) acquiring her title of Certified Professional Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA/CPP).
BACKGROUND: Ana's passion for photography started in high school. From 1972 to 1984 she studied photography at Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; and University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Westwood, CA. During those early years, although Ana was a full-time employee for Los Angeles County, her day ended early enabling her to work during the evenings and weekends for Rodri Entertainment (Producer of Mariachi USA, the longest running show - to date - at the Hollywood Bowl) and the Los Angeles City Hispanic Cultural Society photographing celebrities, dignitaries, concerts, live theater, models, and weddings.
In addition to studying photography, as noted above, Ana was building upon her 'Business Administration degrees' at these same schools, graduating with honors from the University of Redlands in 1987. Thus, once Ana's career in administration and technology for LA County escalated, it forced her to abandon her passion and focus on her obligations at hand in her government job - which she loved very much.
From 1988 to 2012, Ana was a member of Los Angeles County Internal Services Department/Information Technology (ISD/ITS) Management and Executive Staff; and retired in December 2012 after a successful 40 year career in the County of Los Angeles.
Ana's new chapter enabled her to immediately return to formal photography school studying full-time, completing the 2-year program in 1.5 years at Tri-Community Photography Center (Covina Unified School District); participating in many mentoring programs and private workshops to be reintroduced to today's photographic technologies and methodologies; studying around the clock and attending the annual PPC/West Coast School Photography Program (an intensive 6 day photography bootcamp), entering local, state, national, and international print and image competitions.
Ana has won several prestigious awards such as:
- 2014 Kodak Galley Award for Photographic Excellence for California
- 2018 PPC Photographer of the Year / Best of Category; Wedding Albums
- 2017 AVPP Peoples Choice / Second Place
- Two 2016 Gold Medals for the Chinese-American Photographic Festival / Competition and Shanghai -American Arts Competition
- 2015 Acceptance Award for the same Chinese-American Photographic Festival / Competition.
- 2014 & 2016 Two Judges Choices Awards
Many of Ana's customers have commented on how readily visible it is to see Ana's passion for photography, commenting on how her love for this art is captured in the results.
MEMBERSHIPS: Professional Photographers of America (PPA); Professional Photographers of California (PPC); Professional Photographers of Orange County (PPOC), Hispanic Professional Photographers (HPP), and formerly with All Valley Professional Photographers (AVPP) - Vice President AVPP 2015-2017)).
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES: 2016-2019 Professional Photographers of America Certified Professional Photographer (PPA/CPP); i.e. Ana Montgomery passed all written and technical exams provided by PPA to certify her as a professional photographer.
IN-HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER: Castaways Restaurant, Burbank, CA; La Cañada Flintridge Country Club; MARIACHI USA, Rodri J. Rodriguez, Producer; and Indra Bartona, Indi Film Producer.