Gift Certificates Make Great Gifts

We are in the home stretch in the Christmas Countdown.   Things are finally starting to wind down in the studio.  It’s our busiest time of the year and I’m truly grateful for each client who walks though the doors.   If you missed the chance for a family portrait this fall, January is a great time to get that on the calendar.

Need a fantastic thoughtful gift?  Gift Certificates for portrait art are PERFECT!  All amounts available.  Contact the studio today.       954-367-6821

Here are a few of my favorite portraits taken over the last few weeks.  More blog posts to come in the new year.

Happy Holidays!

See you soon,




I’m calling today #MarketingMonday.  Getting my social media/marketing calendar squared away for the week.  If you follow the studio on social media (and I’d be flattered if you do) what would you like to see more of?  Do you like the “behind the scenes” aspect of an Insta-story or some Facebook live in the studio?  Trying to vary it up and cover all my social media bases.  I’d really love to hear from you.  What’s your favorite social media platform?  Leave a comment or send me a message.

But back to more important issues…this adorable little girl!!!!  I met this family at my favorite toddler park.  (spent HOURS…DAYS even at this place when my littles were toddlers).  The light is always perfect and the smaller equipment is just the right size for little hands and feet.

When it came to choosing her portraits, this beautiful mama pulled out all the stops.  It was definitely “Go big or go home” and the final choice was a 30×30 Signature 16 collage. Can you say STATEMENT PIECE?!?  16 favorite images in one piece.  It’s clean, simple, modern and will take your breath away.  This collage is the studio’s most popular offering.  Scroll below to see more!

Holiday deadlines are quickly approaching.  I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week!!  Your custom family portrait session must be scheduled before December 1 to guarantee holiday delivery.  I have ONE appointment left for all of 2017.  Will it be yours??

Email or call the studio to claim this last family portrait session of the season.  954-367-6821

See you soon,


I love when clients text me their artwork.

Gus & Theo

November is “family” month.  I’m bringing out the “best of” this month, a mix of past classics with current client favorites.  I’ll be showcasing a new family each day on instagram (@courtneystudios) and Facebook.  Being a family photographer in Miami and all of South Florida, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by so many amazing families.   Families have been the lifeblood of the studio since 2007.  For this I’m forever grateful.

There is still an opportunity for custom family portraits in time for the holidays.  Saturday appointments at the Downtown Hollywood studio are available.  Call or email the studio to schedule your appointment.

Meet Gus & Theo, adorable blue eyed twins.  We had a fantastic morning playing and relaxing at home.  Together we created a series of relaxed and casual family portraits.  More of their custom family portrait session can be seen here.

I’m in the studio during the week by appointment.  954-367-6821

See you soon,


Happy Halloween

Costumes ALWAYS welcome!

ALWAYS be Batman, or mermaid, or princess, or pirate…….

Kids love to dress up all year long.  If your kiddo has a favorite super hero or princess costume bring it to your family portrait session.  It’s the little details that capture the essence of your kid.   Can’t you just imagine Batman as a 20×24 canvas in your family room??…I can!!!

Let’s make it happen and create some fabulous portrait art!        954-367-6821

See you soon,



Headshot Brunch recap

I just sent out the last Headshot Brunch gallery today.  Yay me!   To date, Headshot Brunch is my favorite event ever hosted at my portrait studio in Hollywood.  I LOVE being able to meet and collaborate with other successful small business owners.  We’re all in the game.   It’s inspiring to hear what other people are doing to make it happen and take their business to the next level.  By total chance, this round of Headshot Brunch was exclusively women.  So for me, getting to hang out and connect was like an amazing business mastermind over the course of two days.  I definitely came out the winner.

One of the topics that frequently comes up in conversations is the importance of custom branded photography for business.  (probably yes because they are getting photographed) Branded custom photography is that detail that can make or break a business.  In this age of social media, dynamic imagery is EVERYTHING!!  Awesome quality images of you, doing your thing, telling your business’s story for your instagram and Facebook accounts can be a game changer for sure.  I’ve started giving Courtney Studios some much needed attention this fall.  New professional branded portraits taken by my dear friend, Heather Coronell.  (you can see some sneaks here)  I also just hired a freelance writer, Michelle Dempsey of Very Well Written to rewrite all the copy on my website.  I’ve always written, or attempted to write, my own copy.  I am NOT a writer.  After 10 years I realized it’s time to leave things to the professionals and have it done right.  (And finally get on the first page of Google.)  As I build and grow my own business, so does my passion for helping others grow and build theirs through custom branded photography.  I love seeing visions and brands come to life.  Let’s chat about yours.  954-367-6821

See you soon,


Best Family Photographer in Miami

The last few weeks have been pretty cool.   There’s been a lot of great stuff going on at the studio which I attribute to my new found love of meditation and waking up at 5:00 in the morning.  Last week, Courtney Studios was named  one of the “Best Family Photographers in Miami” by  How awesome is that??!!  It’s been almost a week and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the whole thing.  It blows me away.  Really?!?  BEST Family Photographer in Miami?!?  It’s humbling, exciting, and scary all at the same time, but I’ll take it.

The content team at put together the most amazing list of 11 Best Family Photographers in Miami.   Each studio is highlighted with a beautifully written summary and all of the contact information.  I couldn’t have paid for a more amazing online marketing piece for the studio and for that I’m so grateful.  It’s such an honor.  I can’t thank and my hundreds of clients over the past 10 years ENOUGH.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU with all my heart, for your continued love and support.


Michelle Dempsey, Very Well Written

Meet Michelle Dempsey.  Michelle is President and Founder of Michelle Dempsey Very Well Written.  She is an international published author and business consultant. (See her latest piece for Huffington Post)  And mom.  And superwoman.  And she’s pretty badass.  No one knows the importance of quality branding images than my friend Michelle.  I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle over the past few years, from working on her own professional headshot/branding images to collaborating on the branding imagery of other small businesses. Investing in yourself and your business is key to taking your business to new heights.  Truth be told, I’m updating my own professional headshot next week.  Stay tuned.

Headshot Brunch is almost sold out.  With that, I’ve opened up a new date to accommodate the demand.  The second Headshot Brunch is Thursday, October 12 from 10-2.  Same times, same place, new date.  Headshot Brunch is a mini version of our Complete Branding Photography package.  Receive up to 10 edited, high resolution images from a variety of poses, wardrobe options, and expressions that showcase you and your brand in a style that’s fun and professional.  The cost is $300.  Email or call the studio to reserve your spot today.  954-367-6821

See you soon,


We’re Growing…and we’re celebrating a birthday

To say I’m obsessed with the new studio space is an understatement.  I’ve expanded into the space next door, and this “new” space is super fun to work in.  The second studio is small with a built in cyc wall.  It’s perfect for portraits, products, and small groups, and I want to share it with YOU.  If you are a photographer or creative professional and looking for a location to complete a project and or work with a client, Courtney Studios is available for use by the hour.   The studio is also a great place to hold a client meeting.  Interested?  Email or call.  954-367-6821

Expanding the studio happens to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of Courtney Studios (aka Courtney Ortiz Photography, aka Candids by Courtney) and that’s pretty cool.  I have so much to be grateful for.  Thank you to everyone who has supported me and read this blog over the past 10 years. It’s truly a privilege to work and be involved with our community.

Brought my girls over to the studio on Friday to play/experiment in the new space.  It was a lot of fun using studio lights as opposed to the natural light studio space next door.   Stay tuned for a special exclusive mini session date to be announced at the end of this week.   No better way to break in the new space, than with some mini sessions!

Fall is upon us.  Time to schedule your family portrait session.

See you soon,


Ro Ferrelli

Meet Ro Ferrelli.  She’s an Intuitive Life Coach, motivational speaker, writer and medium.  She’s awesome.  Ro is also in the middle of a rebrand of her business and needed, not just a new headshot, but a library of images of “Ro…just being Ro!”  Together we worked together and created a library of images that Ro can use for all of her marketing, website, social media, PR, online dating (JK She’s married and has a beautiful 7 year old daughter)…all of her needs.  We spent hours that day together in the studio really getting to know eachother and what makes each of us “tick”.  I captured Ro and her brand in a style that’s fun and professional…just like Ro.

The process of branding or rebranding can be daunting, but it also can be fun.  I can bring your brand visually to life.  Let’s chat.


See you soon,


Join us for Headshot Brunch

First impressions are everything.

Our professional portraits showcase who you are, your brand, in a style that’s fun and professional.

Join us on Thursday, October 5 for

Headshot Brunch

A mini version, of our Personal Brand photography package. Choose up to 10 edited images, with unlimited usage rights, from a variety of poses and expressions that showcase your personal brand.

Did I mention mimosas?

The price is $300.

We’ve just spent the last week preparing for and dealing with Hurricane Irma.  It’s now time to show your business/brand a little love.  Now is the perfect time to refresh and update your professional headshot.

Book your appointment today.  Appointments are available first come first serve.  954-558-6893