Meet Sarah Wilson, mom, wife, athlete, and jewelry designer behind Fashletics, an amazing jewelry line whose motto is “Strength is Style.” I’m a pretty inconsistent crossfitter myself, but the message behind each piece of Sarah’s jewelry definitely encouraged me to hit my workout game a bit harder. To see more from the commercial photography shoot check out the lookbook on the Courtney Studios website or better yet, stop by Fashletics.
See you soon,
We are having an amazing time “playing” in the studio this summer. Best friends share everything. Share the session fee with 4 of your besties.
Meet Stacy Wallace-Albert, The Fashion Editor. She was fashion editor for Chicago Magazine, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and is now the spokesperson for the Brooks Brothers Miracle Non-Iron White Shirt. She’s a contributor for the Chicago Tribune, Lucky Magazine, and Women’s Wear Daily. To see her complete resume check out her website (soon to be updated with a fresh new look). You can just imagine how thrilled I was when she contacted me for new head shots to use for her promotional material and new website (coming soon). We spent an hour shooting “ninja style” at Bal Harbour Shops. They don’t look too kindly at professional photographers. She took me in her favorite shops and gave me a list of “must haves” for fall….
It’s almost Friday and the start of a three day weekend. We survived the first weeks of school and Monday off is pretty awesome. Summer is officially over. EVERYONE is back to school the Tuesday after Labor Day right!? To commemorate the lazy days of summer I’m sharing anther “One Shoot a Week.” “One Shoot a Week” is a collaborative photography project with my good friend and amazing artist, Alissa Alfonso. It was a fun way to combine her artistic eye and love of everything vintage, with the love of our kids, and photography. This shoot took place at the beginning of the summer. It was a cover shoot for the Hollywood Gazette’s story on Food Trucks in Hollywood. A big thanks to Hippops for coming out and playing with us that morning.
If you’re a regular Courtney Ortiz Photography blog reader then you know that I’ve been collaborating with artist Alissa Alfonso on a series of photo shoots over the summer; “One Shoot a Week”. I can’t sing her praises enough. She is an amazing creative and continues to inspire me everyday. Her talent is showcased in the latest issue of Flea Market Style Magazine with photos by me. Really takes the definition of “collaboration” to the next level, when it leads to publication in a major magazine. Congrats to you Alissa. Your feature is well deserved, and it’s an honor and privilege to see my images in print.
I have been shooting covers for the Hollywood Gazette for the past 4 years. My first cover was May 2010 and I was lucky enough to use my sister as my cover model. I love being a part of a monthly magazine that showcases my hometown community. And I love it even more when I can meld together personal work with professional. When it came time to shoot the August cover, I was given one direction by the Gazette’s editor in chief, Jennifer Sandomir, “Back to school”. Perfect! I had been wanting to do a “back to school” inspired shoot using my girls. Anything with a “theme” is completely out of my comfort zone. I couldn’t wait to flex my creative muscle a bit. So I called up my girl Alissa and we were able to check off a week of our “One Shoot a Week” personal project. Alissa set it up at her house, dressed our girls in both vintage and original pieces created by her (under her children’s line 5 Stitches), and we just let the girls play school.
The Hollywood Gazette is a free monthly magazine. Make sure you pick up a copy to check which adorable image made the cover.
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The embellished overalls are an original 5 Stitches design. Isn’t it to die for???!!!!
Barre Motion is a barre fitness studio located on South Beach, that just opened it’s doors this June. I worked collaboratively with the team at Fred Marketing, starting when Barre Motion was nothing but a logo. Custom photography was a priority during the entire branding process. Super creative experience. Candace at Fred Marketing has a talented team behind her. Together we produced two commercial shoots. The first was in Barre Motion’s infancy, just a logo on paper, and an empty shell of a studio. The images we shot that day are really what fueled the future direction and tone for Barre Motion’s branding and marketing efforts. They carry through the website to the design of the studio itself.
So…welcome to Barre Motion. Julie, the founder and creator of Barre Motion, “holds a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering.” She’s a genius AND can get your booty into shape. Take a look around the studio and make sure you get in for a class.
Looking to provide your business with stellar images? Let’s collaborate.
Prepping for your upcoming professional portrait shoot can be overwhelming especially when it comes to wardrobe. Today’s words of wisdom come from Tonya Seavers Evans. Tonya is a Miami based image consultant with a passion for teaching individuals how to develop a Professional style to marry with a powerful message. She has lots of fabulous information and insight on her website Style Strategist. (stylestrategist.com)
Here are Tonya’s six tips for being and feeling “camera ready” for your professional portrait session.
1. Stay away from large patterns or prints.
2. Bring shirts with a least two different type of collars. Collars will translate differently based on how the photo is cropped.
3. In general keep jewelry to a minimum. Oversized jewelry will distract from the focus- your beautiful face!!
4. Choose a color that compliments your skin, hair, and eyes. Choosing a color that accentuates your skin tone is always a good idea. Hold the item near your face to ensure it gives you a vibrant and healthy glow.
5. Choose simple, classic tops. They will look more sophisticated and give the photo a longer shelf life.
6. Wear shoes you love! Even though you shoes won’t be seen, wear shoes that make you feel comfortable and confident which will translate on camera .
I’m super excited to introduce to you fellow Femfessionals and Junior League of Greater Ft Lauderdale member Jordana Faine- Siadman MSPT for this week’s featured small business owner. Jordana, is a Florida Licensed Physical Therapist, who loves caring for her patients, clients and guiding families. She has always enjoyed sports and fitness (she is a bit of tomboy) and founded Fitness Made Fun Inc. to help others find the “fun” in Fitness.
Jordana’s unique approach to treatment has gained her many fans. She is not only a licensed physical therapist with a master’s degree from Boston University, a licensed swim instructor with certification in special needs, has training in hippo-therapy (horse therapy), training as a C.H.E.K holistic lifestyle coach and a wellness educator. In her work with patients and families she combines all of these skill-sets to offer a unique, holistic approach to treatment that goes beyond traditional therapy.
After High school, Jordana was accepted into the accelerated five year masters program at the Boston University. She graduated with a degree in health sciences and a masters of science of physical therapy. She also expanded her studies with an internship at northern London Hospital.
In addition to her dedication to her profession, Jordana is a proud wife and mom of two girls. She can also be found giving her time to community awareness and charitable causes, such as 100 mile charity bike ride for cancer or wine fundraising happy hour.
This has been a really amazing summer here at the studio. We’ve been steadily busy for what is traditionally a slower time of the year. I feel like I’ve just blinked and now we’re already talking about the beginning of the school year. Well if you’re looking for stylish new back to school fashions for your little boy or girl, you have to make a stop at L&L Tiny Treasures in downtown Hollywood. Rita has an amazing selection of boutique clothing, accessories, and jewelry. She also has a small inventory of extremely high end kids’ consignment. (I did score a brand new with tags Lily Pulitzer outfit for my little baby Charlotte! FTW!) Visit L&L Tiny Treasures at 200o Harrison St. in downtown Hollywood, 33020. (“Like” them on facebook)
This gorgeous yellow school bus was built and designed by me. I wanted something big, bold, graphic, and absolutely hand made. It’s available now in the studio if you’d like to come and play!
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