These adorable sisters came by the studio for their custom portrait session, and although it was raining outside, they brought the sunshine with them.  Here are a couple favorite portraits.

Friday, is the final day to drop off lunchboxes and lunchbox snacks to benefit Mobile School Pantry.  I’m overwhelmed by the amount of generosity already.  The pile of lunchboxes and snacks is huge.  To see a few of the “Faces of Kindness” click here.  I’ll be in the studio on Friday from 10-2 to accept donations.

See you soon,



Faces of Kindness

I want to shout out a huge “THANK YOU” to everyone to stopped by the studio to donate lunchboxes and lunchbox snacks to benefit the Mobile School Pantry, on Saturday.  Not to mention the many people who coordinated a drop off to me personally AND those generous folks who dropped off their  donation at Hair Industry.  It’s amazing to know that collectively as a community we are working to JUST SAY NO TO HUNGER.

The studio will be open again on Friday to accept donations, and Hair Industry will continue to accept donations through the month of August.

School starts for my kiddos on Monday and I’ll be back to regular studio hours.  Grateful to spend so much time with over the summer and grateful to get back into a regular routine soon.

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Girls Day

Sometimes you just have to get the girls together.  And that’s what this grandmother did.  She got her three daughters and three granddaughters together for a very special custom family portrait session. (girls only!)  Her daughters live in different areas of the country so to have everyone together under one roof was definitely a reason to celebrate.

Lots going on in the studio.  I am expanding!  The natural light studio now has an additional studio space with cyc wall complete with studio lights.  This new studio is perfect for portraits, product photography, and commercial work and will be available to photographers to rent by the hour.   There is still lots of work to be done.  So stay tuned for pictures and an official announcement in the upcoming weeks.

Super excited to partner with Mobile School Pantry for our 3rd Annual Fill a Lunchbox Food Drive.  I am collecting lunchboxes and non-perishable lunchbox snacks (think granola bars, fruit snacks, graham crackers, cookies, individual applesauce, pretzels, fruit cups, juice boxes…)  Bring your donations to the studio on Saturday, August 12 from 10-2 and again on Friday, August 18 from 10-2.  Can’t make either of those dates?  You can drop off during business hours at The Law Office of Leonardo Ortiz PA (my amazing husband 1909 Harrison St. #208) and Hair Industry Salon (2000 Harrison St.  Hollywood, Fl 33020).

Mobile School Pantry is a mobile food bank that brings the food directly to low-income schools in Hollywood and Broward County.  This enables families, who may not have transportation to a traditional food bank, to get fresh fruits and veggies when picking up their kids from school.

August 12 is also Summer Mini Sessions.  See flyer below for more information.  Mini Sessions are a perfect opportunity to get a head start on holiday cards and gifts.

Feel free to get in touch with me.  954-367-6821

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Summer Mini Sessions

It’s time for Summer Mini Sessions!  This time I’m taking it out of the studio and to my favorite little playground in Hollywood.  This is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on holiday cards and gifts.  Your session is 30 minutes long and includes 1 5×7 print ($45 dollar value).  Appointments are limited.  Contact the studio today.  954-367-6821 or

But of course, I can’t blog without sharing this amazing portrait session.  I’ve been photographing these twins since they came home from the hospital, and I’ve been lucky enough to capture them for custom portraits over the  past 8 years.  The family has since moved to Colorado and fortunately they made time for a visit while they were in Hollywood.

The studio is open and I am taking appointments for fall.  Looking forward to seeing you soon.



Taylor’s Closet

Being an active part of my community is a passion of mine.   There are so many different organizations to be a part of, that sometimes it can be overwhelming to find a cause that’s near and dear to your heart.

I first walked into Taylor’s Closet in 2011.  At that time they had a very small space housed in a church in Pompano Beach.  Walking in those doors was magic for me.  What they were doing to help at risk girls blew my mind.  I knew I wanted to be a part of Taylor’s Closet and give my time and talents to them.  Fast forward 6 years and the amazing non profit has moved into an AMAZING new space in Ft Lauderdale.   To really understand what they do, I encourage you to check out their website.  Their mission below is directly from their website.


Taylor’s Closet’s mission is to create a community in which girls in need will be empowered to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and live happy, healthy, and productive lives, realizing their God given destiny.

We provide a safe place where girls can shop for free designer clothing. We engage the girls in a healthy dialogue about important issues that affect each of their lives. We conduct weekly workshops focused on design and art to help girls unlock their creative talents.”

Kids Crown Awards 2017

It’s very humbling to receive a 2017 South Florida Parenting Magazine’s Kids Crown Award for Best Family Photographer.   Thank you so much for the love and support of clients, family, and friends over the years.  This September is Courtney Studio’s 10th Anniversary.  I’m pretty excited about that.  As I reflect on the last 10 years and look toward the next 10, and mix that with this amazing award I’ve just won, it’s kind of surreal.  There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with being the “best” of anything.  I definitely don’t take that lightly.  More than anything, I want to do the best for my community.  Our community, you, that has supported me over the last 10 years, allowing me to create this dream life for myself and my family.  I’ve learned over the past 10 years that owning a small business is less about creating beautiful portrait art for clients, but rather instead, more about creating a beautiful and lasting impact in my community.  Using photography as a way to help and support causes close to my heart is truly the best part of my job.





ps-now check out these super handsome brothers


Clara Mae

Meet Miss Clara Mae,  10 day old baby girl.  I’ve known her amazing mom and dad since spring of 2011 when I photographed their engagement session and then their wedding in June of 2011.  I love how things come full circle and I’m now able to capture their beautiful little Clara.  You can see highlights from that wedding here.

I shot the image below from the balcony of their hotel room on the morning of their wedding.  It was a gorgeous day.  I love that they had it made into a 16×20 gallery canvas and have it hanging in their bedroom.


More memories from their engagement session and wedding day.

Connor and Olivia

It’s no secret that I love photographing twins.  Meet Connor and Olivia, two weeks old.  I was excited when new daddies Chris and Ryan asked me to capture this very special and fleeting time in their lives.

I definitely approach newborn portraits a bit differently.   I prefer to do them in the home and I like to keep props at a minimum.  I only come with a camera and like to use things that are found in the home.  Integrating things that are special and meaningful to the family.

Newborn portraits are best when scheduled within the first 14 days after birth.  If you’re having a baby I’d love to chat with you.  954-558-6893

See you soon,


Mother’s Day Portraits

Some beautiful mamas and their adorable kiddos came through the studio on Saturday.  Scroll down for a few sneak peaks.

I’m still celebrating Mother’s Day.   Book your custom portrait session before May 14 and receive a complimentary $100 print credit to use towards your future order.  I have a few appointments available this Saturday (hint, hint).  954-367-6821

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Newborn Smiles

There’s nothing quite like the perfection of a newborn smile.

Having a baby?  It’s never too early to schedule your newborn portrait session.  Always best within the first two weeks.

This Saturday, April 29 are exclusive portrait sessions especially for mama’s and their kiddos.  These limited sessions are $100 and include a $100 print credit, making the session complimentary.  Contact the studio to schedule your appointment.  954-367-6821

See you soon,