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.

courtney@courtneystudios.com  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.

courtney@courtneystudios.com  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.


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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.

courtney@courtneystudios.com  954-558-6893


Today is Labor Day.  Trying to get a little work done before calling it a night.  Had a super fun weekend with family and friends, and now I’m trying to set myself up for a productive and successful week.  What makes tonight a little more interesting is that were just 10 days post Hurricane Harvey and now we’re anxiously watching Hurricane Irma out in the Carribbean as it seems to be barreling toward South Florida.  So as I’m looking at “my week” do I plan to go forward with my schedule “as is” or do I plan to get the heck out of Dodge?  With Harvey images fresh in my mind and the fact that Irma is a fat category 4, chances are we should probably hit the road.  And sooner than later is always for the best.  So tonight, before we get into Hurricane frenzy mode, I’m blogging as if my week is going to go forward without a hitch.

Meet gorgeous Charlotte.  She’s 16.    To celebrate, she spent a fabulous weekend at the Boca Resort with her even more fabulous mama and her best friends.  It was definitely a weekend to remember.  Thank you for allowing to me to photograph and capture this special day for both of you.  I love how her mom was able to jump in for a few special portraits.

I hope you had a great relaxing weekend with family and friends.  I’ll be in the studio this week along with doing my due diligence hurricane preparations.

See you soon,


Nola | Newborn Photographer

Baby Nola was absolute perfection during her newborn portrait session.  I spent a wonderful few hours with this beautiful new family.   Each newborn portrait session contains its own set of creative challenges.  I travel light…with only a camera.  I bring no props or hats or baskets or blankets.   When I arrive at the home, spending time getting to know this new family and what makes them unique is always my first priority.  I love being able to incorporate items that are meaningful to the family.  Maybe it’s a blanket knitted by Grandma or a special onesie that’s a gift from a favorite aunt.  These are the special props that bring meaning to your new baby’s custom newborn portraits.  It enables me as an artist/storyteller to tell your new family’s story.  Time is fleeting and being able to capture this amazing time in your life is priceless.  Little Miss Nola was 10 days old when I spent a Sunday with her.   Custom newborn portraits are always best when done within the first 2 weeks.  If you’re expecting it’s always a good idea to tentatively schedule your custom newborn session.  When you’re having  a baby, it’s always good to be prepared.

Let’s work together and create beautiful, heirloom newborn portraits that you’ll cherish forever.

See you soon,


How do you Eclipse?

What a day!  First Day of School and an amazing solar eclipse.  Obligatory “First Day of School” portraits can be seen on my facebook page.  If we’re not personal friends, let’s be friends and you can check out my not so cooperative kids here!

The Eclipse was the perfect transition into school.  Picked the kids up early and headed to my parents’ house to swim in the pool and share our one pair of eclipse glasses.  It was pretty darn perfect.

I don’t share as many pictures of my kiddos on the Courtney Studios blog as I once did, probably because I don’t take as many pictures of my kids as they’ve gotten older.   When I take my camera out they usually tend to run in the opposite direction.  As you notice, all the photos below, my kids are wearing the eclipse glasses, which means they couldn’t see me.  Therefore, I was able to get some great candid shots.

Custom portrait sessions, in time for the holidays, are now available by appointment.

courtney@courtneystudios.com  954-368-6821

See you soon,




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.

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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.

See you soon,


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  courtney@courtneystudios.com

See you soon,