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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
On Saturday, February 6 we held our second “I EXTRA Love you” portrait session. In collaboration with my good friend Daniela Roeder, over 50 amazing individuals with Down Syndrome came to the studio to be photographed. The portraits will be on display during downtown Hollywood’s ArtWalk on Saturday March 19, from 7-10pm at Gallery 2014 in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. It’s a family friendly event. You can see highlights from last year’s “I EXTRA Love You” portrait exhibit here. Thank you Daniela for these amazing behind the scenes images.
Spring is almost here and it’s a great time to schedule your custom portrait session at the studio. We have lots of new backdrops and fun chairs.
This Monday, February 29 from 10-1, we’re hosting an open house at the studio and shopping event. Check out the spring release from Matilda Jane Clothing (one of my all time faves), Beautycounter (safe and clean cosmetics and skin care), and Do-Terra Essential Oils. For more information on Monday’s event please go to our event page on Facebook. If you’re in the neighborhood I’d love to see you.
Halloween was a little over two weeks ago, but it’s never too late to share the amazing portraits of the kiddos who came out for our “Trick or Treat to Benefit Mobile School Pantry” event at Courtney Studios. I am overwhelmed by the participation and support of so many friends in the community. With your support, we raised enough money to provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner to 10 families in Hollywood. Together we definitely can make a difference to children in South Florida and say “NO” to hunger.
If you know me even a little bit, you know how much I love Matilda Jane Clothing for girls. If Anthro had a baby, it would be Matilda Jane. I am excited to host a trunk show here at the studio this Thursday from 11-1. The styles are adorable and timeless (and completely age appropriate if you catch my drift), perfect for back to school. We’re also collecting lunchboxes full of lunchbox snacks to benefit Mobile School Pantry. I can’t sing their praises enough. Mobile School Pantry brings food to families in need to the school for distribution rather than having families go to a food bank or soup kitchen. Take a minute and check out their website. And then stop by the studio on Thursday to drop off your lunchbox full of lunchbox snacks.
And because I can’t post without a picture…..how’s this for cuteness overload?
We are so excited to be a part of the “Complete Wedding Package” the ultimate prize up for Auction at the The Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network’s 4th annual GALA at Ocean Manor Hotel
(4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308) on Sunday, April 12, 2015.
This year’s GALA features a live auction of a complete Wedding Package. Tom Dowd, from Water Mill Flowers, assembled the package with local businesses. The Riverside Hotel are providing the venue. The amazing wedding package will be auctioned and is valued at just over $21,000; it includes a venue with sit down brunch for up to 75 people (value of $110 per person), flowers, photography, videography, chocolates, spa package, invitations, complete liquor for 75 people, wedding cake, Hair and Make-up, event planning, DJ, and Lipotronic sessions. GLLN invites everyone to purchase a ticket at www.GLLN.org and help support the LGBT Youth in Broward.
“Her work is distinct and holds a special place in our home.”- Marcy Hirsch -
“Courtney's photographs had a huge impact on NCLR and helped us raise over $1 million in December 2014. Her work is beautiful and engaging and shows the central goal of the fight for marriage equality -love."”- Ace Portis, Major Gifts Officer, NCLR -
“Courtney truly captured the uniqueness of our family and created beautiful, original works of art that we will treasure always.”- Darlene Giol -