Zach, Sam & Alex

Meet Zach, Sam & Alex.  They came to play with me one Saturday at the studio.  We split the time between “inside” and exploring some great “outside” spots on the streets of Downtown Hollywood.

Mom decided on this 10×10 linen album with custom jacket to showcase and enjoy her family portraits.

I met this amazing family at Lehrman Community Day School.  For the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time at the school photographing the students and staff for marketing as well as the students’ official school portraits.   It’s been great getting to know the students as I’ve watched many of them grow up.

Also, don’t forget, any custom portrait session booked between now and Mother’s Day will receive a $100 print credit to be used towards the future print order.  Schedule your session today.

See you soon,

courtney

 

 

Star Wars

It’s no lie that my son loves to geek out on some Star Wars.  I’ve been meaning to use this in the studio for the longest time.  After two days of being home with me because of strep throat, Owen finally agreed to a quick portrait session.

Do you have a huge Star Wars fan?  A portrait session with a Star Wars edge could be in your future.  (Remember, I’m including a $100 print credit with any session booked between now and Mother’s Day, May 14th.

Voting for the 2017 South Florida Parenting Magazine’s Kids Crown Awards is LIVE.  I honored to be nominated for Best Family Photography.  I’d be truly appreciative if you would take the time to vote.  I can be found on the fourth page under “Family Shopping & Services”.  Vote here

courtney@courtneystudios.com  954-367-6821

See you soon,

courtney

 

Custom Portrait Collage

The studio’s most popular portrait option is the custom collage.  With a choice of 9 or 16 images and starting at a size of 20×20, the custom collage is a fabulous way to have a statement of piece of portrait art without a huge wall space commitment.

The weather right now is PERFECT for a custom family portrait session.  Mother’s Day is around the corner and portraits make fabulous gifts.

I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to whoever nominated me as a “KIDS CROWN NOMINEE” for Best Family Photographer in South Florida Parenting Magazine.  Voting will start soon.  Stay tuned for more details.

See you soon,

courtney

courtneystudios.com

This portrait cracks me up. Didn’t make the collage, but definitely brings a smile to my face.

 

 

World Down Syndrome Day

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day.  What is Down Syndrome?  Most people have 23 pairs of chromosomes, people with Down syndrome have a third copy of the 21st chromosome.  Which is why 3/21 is recognized as World Down Syndrome Day.  This past Saturday was the third annual “I EXTRA Love You” portrait exhibit.   This portrait project is a labor of love between myself and dear friend, Daniela Roeder.  Daniela’s younger brother, Alex has Down Syndrome.  This year it was important to both Daniela and I to showcase the special relationship/bond between siblings.  Daniela, being very close to her brother and an advocate for him and all individuals with Down Syndrome really wanted to show the love that is there.  Myself as the photographer was always so interested in watching the dynamic between siblings when they would come into the studio for the actual “I EXTRA Love You” portrait day.  The sibling always seemed to stand in the shadow of the one with Down Syndrome.    So it was really exciting when Daniela and I met to discuss this year’s event and we both wanted to add a new feature and photograph the sibling groups together.

On Saturday,  55 gorgeous individual portraits were on display at Gallery 2014, as well as 19 sibling portraits, as a part of Downtown Hollywood’s Art Walk celebrating World Down Syndrome Day.

To see the entire “I EXTRA Love You” 2017 portrait collection click here.

2016 here

2015 here

A huge thank you to Gallery 2014 and the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization.  Without your cooperation this portrait exhibit would not have been possible.

Sisters

These two adorable sisters came to the studio for their custom portrait session.  We had a great time, and their dresses are perfect colors for spring.

Appointments are available for portrait sessions this spring.  Perfect for Mother’s Day.

See you soon,

Courtney

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The Session Album

One of the many options I offer portrait clients is the 8×8 Session Album.  30 of your favorite images from your custom portrait session carefully printed, custom bound and finished by hand in the style of traditional bookmakers. With true silver halide printing on Fuji portrait grade paper to guarantee the best color reproduction and delivery of the finest details, the flush mount design and mounted pages create stability and durability.  The Session Album is truly an heirloom.

I love how the family recreated a classic family photo from years past for their cover photo.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner…..hint hint

See you soon,

courtney

courtneystudios.com

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I EXTRA Love You

The 3rd Annual “i EXTRA Love You” portrait event took place on Saturday, February 11.  “i EXTRA Love You” is a portrait exhibit that celebrates all that is EXTRA special about individuals with Down Syndrome.  55 amazing people came through the studio doors on Saturday to sit for their portrait.  A huge increase from the 25 people that participated 2 years ago in our first event back in 2015.

“i EXTRA Love You” is truly a passion project shared with my good friend Daniela Roeder. Daniela’s brother, Alex has Down Syndrome and she’s been an advocate and voice for the community since the day he was born.   Daniela came to me with an “idea” for a portrait project, and I was immediately on board and look forward to what’s to come.

The portraits will be on display during the Downtown Hollywood’s Art Walk on Saturday, March 18 to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day at Gallery 2014.  I hope to see you all there.

Please excuse these behind the scenes images taken with an iPhone.

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Laughter

It has been an incredible fall season here.  It’s been amazing to reconnect with past clients and meet so many new.  I’m loving all the creative collaborations, and together we’re creating priceless pieces of artwork.

I am currently taking commissions for 2017.  Your family portrait is the perfect thing to put on your resolutions list.

Gift certificates make great gifts.

See you soon,

courtney

courtney@courtneystudios.com        954-558-6893

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What to Wear….Fall Fashion Trends

One of the main questions I get asked by moms when they book their custom portrait session is, “What should we wear?”  I have very few quidelines….#1-don’t all wear the same thing.  If you wouldn’t go out to dinner in matching jeans and white shirts, then I don’t think it’s appropriate for your portraits.  #2-Color Coordinating is nice.  #3-Mama’s you are the most important person in your photo session.  Make the session all about YOU.  Take those extra steps to make the entire experience positive.  Get your hair and makeup done.  I can only speak for myself, but I know that when I do those things before a special occasion, I feel much more confident and can walk into an event or portrait session feeling fabulous.  And walking into your portrait session already feeling fabulous and attractive lends itself to a much more positive experience.  You are going to love the portraits of your kids….they’re your kids….they’re cute…they’re yours.  But pictures of ourselves is a whole other animal.  As a woman and a photographer that has been capturing families and moms for 9 years, I can tell you this from experience.  If you are not happy with the way you look or what you’re wearing, you’re not going to love your family portraits.  And isn’t that the point?  To love your family portraits?!   To love yourself in your family portraits?!  Moms, you get so stressed in making sure your kids are adorable in the cutest trendiest fashions, that many times you don’t spend the time on yourself.  And as I answer the “What should we wear?” question to moms my #1 answer is this, “You are the most important person in your session.  As long as you feel fabulous and attractive everything else will fall in line.”

I have been wanting to create an actual “What to Wear” guide for moms for years.  Give moms the actual fashion advice that they ask me for.  So hear it is.

The Courtney Studios 2016 Fall Fashion guide. 

I’ve been collaborating with the girls at Pretty Please Couture, a woman’s boutique located in Ft. Lauderdale.  Not only do Natasha and Kelli have amazing fashion sense, I admire their mompreneur spirit. Pretty Please Couture is a successful business that works around them and their families.  According to Natasha and Kelli at Pretty Please Couture here are some of the latest trends for fall that would look GREAT for your fall custom family portrait session.

Everything featured can be purchased from  Pretty Please Couture.

2771 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ste 7
Fort Lauderdale
Shop in their boutique or order from their instagram account.  Live locally in Ft. Lauderdale?  The girls are known for delivering “Porch Presents”.  Personally chosen items for you delivered directly to your door.  Only keep what you love.

 

Statement Jewelry

Stackable bracelets, statement rings…….

I love me a good statement necklace

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Maxi Dresses

I tend to love maxi dresses.  They are flattering on every body type and height and are perfect for portraits in our Florida Fall.   This black dress with gold accents is gorgeous with just enough “edge” and paired with the arm candy you’ll definitely steel the show in your family portraits.south_florida_family_photographer_6_ppc

This pattern, color, and fit work all year long here in Florida.

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Off the Shoulder

Shoulders are sexy and seem to be all the rage this season.  From completely off the shoulder to shoulder cut outs

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Well fitting jeans (with or without holes) and a pop of color shoe is always a nice touch.south_florida_family_photographer_9_ppc south_florida_family_photographer_10_ppc south_florida_family_photographer_11_ppc

Jackets

Lightweight jackets make a great accessory.  Patches are very on trend this fall along with a more conservative bomber style, and of course you can never go wrong with classic denim. (again with the statement heel)south_florida_family_photographer_12_ppc south_florida_family_photographer_13_ppc south_florida_family_photographer_14_ppc

Booties

Ankle booties are a perfect shoe with all types of outfits in our warmer Florida fall weather.south_florida_family_photographer_5_ppc

Stop by Pretty Please Couture and tell them Courtney sent you.

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