Choke Creek Canyon Reservoir

Choke Creek Canyon

The contained waters of Choke Creek Dam

It had been a while since I had taken a road trip, so I was looking forward to this one to get a change of scenery and perhaps some personal inspiration.
Three Rivers, Texas is located about three and a half hours from Houston, out on highway 59.

The project I am documenting requires my client to be extremely conscientious of the grounds they will be working on due to the fact that the project is located in a public state park. The area must be left exactly as they found it when the job is completed, therefore there must be no residual signs of man’s construction.
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The company representative I was to meet with was also new to the job site. Once we entered the park grounds, we worked as a team to find the given address and any signs of a dam.

Michael Ortega & Associates

Direct Phone # 832-814-7031
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METRO Crossing Makes Life Easier

Saturday morning September 12, I photographed a ribbon cutting ceremony for Metrorail. The Boundary Street Crossing (intersection of Boundary and Everett) was finally opened for vehicle and foot traffic, but I feel more importantly, it allows children to reach their elementary school just down Everett Street.

Community and MetroThe Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) celebrates the opening of a vehicle and pedestrian crossing in the heart of the historic near Northside neighborhood. METRO’s Public Affairs Department worked with the community, government officials and Ketelsen Elementary School administrators to provide the crossing for residents. This pathway should allow members of the community to travel safely across the main artery to the neighborhood and the school.Ribbon cuttin Proud members of the community attended, including United States Congressman Gene Green, who represents the 29th district, Michael Martinez Director of Public Affairs, and some Metro officials.New Light-Rail Crossing for Near Northside Residents, students.

Michael Ortega & Associates
Direct Phone # 832-814-7031
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Once again, residential architecture at its best!

Family roomIt’s always a pleasure working with the Hollenbeck Architectural Firm. This week we photographed another beautiful home with gorgeous lines and beautiful curves. No I’m not talking about a sports car, I’m talking about what has become expected as the norm from a Hollenbeck home.
Speaking from a layout perspective, there is no wasted space, all requests by the client seem to have been met, much attention has been paid to detail and an obvious emphasis on practicality is apparent. Some layout traditions remain; the formal dining room for example, welcomes you as you enter, the scale of each room has been set for maximum comfort, while opening up to the outdoors with the largest windows that provide picturesque views facing east, for morning light to flood on in, which makes my job that much easier.

Michael Ortega & Associates
Direct Phone # 832-814-7031
info @ mikeortega.com

Energy Efficiency Technology

temperature monitoring system used for energy efficiency.

zone balancing or Individual room temperature monitoring system.

temperature monitoring system used for energy efficiency.

zone balancing or Individual room temperature monitoring system.

 

Dalton Air Conditioning and Heating proved once again that it is top notch in the field!

This superlative company used sophisticated efficiency technology to direct the individual room/zone balancing (see images) A close-up series of photos of this new technology will help make customers aware of the amazing services that Dalton AC, a cutting edge company which has been in business since 1972, can provide. This expertise is vital when it comes to saving customers money by designing and installing energy-efficient technology.

Speaking of another feature indicative of a good company, housewives and businesses alike will appreciate the fact that the employees take the extra steps to protect one’s home by placing plastic over the flooring areas where they will be working. In addition, the photo session went smoothly regardless of the 90+ temperature that day and the homeowners where great people to talk to!

I look forward to highlighting my client’s work and and showing their extra special attention to detail and excellent customer service.

I almost forgot to mention that Dalton AC has been our go-to AC and Heating service for 15+ years and have always treated us like family. It’s a blessing to have them when our AC and heating goes down!

Michael Ortega & Associates
Direct Phone # 832-814-7031
info @ mikeortega.com

On the Road Again…

On April 2nd, I got to try something slightly different for a new client, Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders, who in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, invited me to a media-gathering and site visit of the early opening of frontage roads SH 99 Grand Parkway at I-45 North, a segment better know as F-2, (one of 3 new segments). The job was to capture images from vantage points within construction zones of the new frontage roads now open to the general public and demonstrate visually creative angles to be used in promotional material for company literature.
The meeting place gathered photographers from local news papers, television reporters, company employees and of course representatives from TxDOT. We spent about 3 hours discussing, touring, and taking many photos while in a caravan of 4 off road vehicles. This 38 mile long project, consisting of more than 120 bridges, intermediate frontage roads and comprehensive utility infrastructure is predicted to be completed by late 2015 and to have created more than 1,200 local jobs throughout the span of the project.

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Direct Phone # 832-814-7031
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MO&A gets down to Earth with excavation

AffordableLand1forweb AffordableLand3forwebJust past Katy Texas is Brookshire where, back in October, Affordable Land Services, LLC asked me to take promotional pictures of a current job site. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and out here they really mean it.  A Rooms-To-Go distribution center large enough to land an airplane in was my arrival landmark, and I eventually found the dirt movers and dump trucks working like army ants, not even making a dent in the area three hours into excavation. With the sun in the south providing me with great lighting over the ridge and my vantage point overlooking the main site, I got some really outstanding photos.  I’ve been around construction all my life; there’s a trust you put in others and in your safety gear which enables me to deliver photos that are up close and dirty.

Michael Ortega & Associates
Direct Phone # 832-814-7031
info @ mikeortega.com

Yes we have bananas! Being flexable when the job calls for it.

Bananas in progress-retail photographyBanana-Republic-opening day-retail photographyWhen the Embree Group called on us to document the newly renovated Banana Republic retail store at Memorial City Mall I was confident we could handle the job. This two part assignment required us to document the final stages of construction allowing the actual build-out to be the focus, then return only hours away of the grand opening to catch the finished product. Our flexibility and experience made working along side a crew hustling to wrap up the punch list a breeze. I must say that the attention to detail and staging was beyond anything I have ever seen in a retail environment before. We need to get back there and do some shopping!

Doing what it takes- retrofit photo documentation

Under the wharfPort of Houston assignments can either be very typical or present surprises I would have never expected. This week, my assignment turned adventurous when one of my clients who is repairing the constant deterioration of the wharf’s underside at the Port. After inquiring of the progress, I learned we would be taking a floating work platform roughly 50 yards under the wharf and mooring area to show the current progress. I have to say it reminded me of working on scaffolding in that after a short time you get used to the height and unstable conditions. Focusing on the work at hand was more than enough to ease my nerves and soon I found the cold, dark setting very relaxing and peaceful.

Michael Ortega & Associates
Direct Phone # 832-814-7031
info @ mikeortega.com

Favorite Progress Photography at the Port of Houston

Final 0763The Port of Houston is the largest port in America in terms of import and export volume. We work with many of the port inspectors and general contractors in charge of various construction contracts all over the port and have been doing so for almost ten years. From the Turning Basin to Bayport Terminal, we’re familiar with its extensive facility and are centrally located to be on location within one hour if necessary.
Our average turn around, weather permitting, is about 48 hours. We try to consolidate all possible port visits into one afternoon to increase efficiency. Estimates are available to new clients who are interested in professional industrial and progress photography. Michael Ortega is Homeland Security (TWIC) approved and current with our credentials.

Michael Ortega & Associates
Direct Phone # 832-814-7031
info @ mikeortega.com

The Architecture of Lutherhill Ministries-MO&A photography

Lutherhill ministries lie in La Grange, TX and are between San Antonio and Houston. During our two visits to the chapel back in 2008 we documented everything from the summer camp kids hiking in the woods to the Carby Chapel and the fields in between. We didn’t have to choose between sunrise and sunset because we were given both, and the proof was in the pudding! Because the architect was such a huge part of the process, we got to know the facility well which allowed us to explore angles in the architecture we didn’t know existed. The chapel itself was made from local stone and built in part by local metal workers.

Michael Ortega & Associates
Direct Phone # 832-814-7031
info @ mikeortega.com