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,



A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support the Grand Opening of Courtney Studios.  The event was beyond my expectations.  A special Thank you to

Mayor Peter Bober

Vice Mayor Kevin Biederman

Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce


Chelsey Colliflower; Realtor

Apartment 2 Events

Red Chair Catering

Smash Beauty Lounge

Fred Marketing

Paradox Creates

The support of the local business community and the City of Hollywood have been amazing.  I really felt the love that day.

With that the studio is officially open!  We are there “most days” from 9-1.  It’s best to always give us a call first, but we’d love to have you stop by.

See you soon,

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HGTV Gardens

So proud to share that the images I took of my sister’s bridal shower are currently featured on the HGTV Gardens website.  It was a true labor of love.  Beyond the planning of the bridal shower itself, we also completed a huge backyard renovation just for the occasion.  But planning and preparing with my other sister, and being able to pull this thing off, is one of my proudest moments.  Images can also be seen on my personal website Sisters Not Designers.

The HGTV Gardens feature is full details from the shower.  We did everything ourselves but make the cupcakes.

Thanks for taking the time to share in this joyous event with me.

See you soon,



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“It’s Who You Are…”

Headshot Happy Hour

In the digital social media age, we all know how important a great “profile pic” is.  As a small business owner with an online presence, a professional headshot is your potential client’s first impression of who you are.   We all are guilty of judging books by their cover and a professional headshot can transform a business owner  from amateur to professional with one click of the shutter.   On Friday, September 20, myself along with Stacy Boegem of the Happiness Agenda, Dara Michelle of Dara Michelle Style, and Sally Pricer of Smash Beauty Lounge are hosting the first ever “Headshot Happy Hour”.  Professional makeup, styling, photography, and wine!  It’s a win/win for everyone.  (Oh, and did I mention I’m actually including digital files for use in your marketing material both print and online??!!)  See below for more details or visit the Femfessionals event registration page.


I first met Stacy Boegem, a few years ago when we worked together on the board for the Team Up For Toys charity event to benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.  She is an amazing life coach through her business The Happiness Agenda and now President of the Ft. Lauderdale chapter of Femfessionals.  I urge you check out her website and blog.  I only need 15 minutes with her and I feel immediately recharged and refreshed.  She commissioned me for her headshots this past spring.   Now it’s her nature of business that she sends out weekly enews letters and blogs multiple times through the week.  She needed a comprehensive collection of images of her showing every range of emotion and body language you could think of.  Together with Dara Michelle, they created multiple looks and I captured every style in both a studio and lifestyle setting.  In the end she has a “stock photography” collection of her that she can use for a variety of different things.  Again, check out her website.  Not just to see the awesome that she is, but to see how she incorporates a variety of different headshot styles.  If your business requires more than just a traditional headshot, feel free to contact me at the studio 954-558-6893 or shoot me an email courtney@courtneyortiz.com.  I do offer these comprehensive “stock photography” headshot sessions.  Let’s chat about it.

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Joyeaux Anniversaire Marlow | Ft. Lauderdale Family Photographer

One of my favorite little girlies just turned ONE!  So for the special occasion we jetted off to Paris for the afternoon.   No one, and I mean no one, knows how to throw a party like her momma!   Marlow’s big brother is celebrating the big 3 in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to attend.

decor:  Grande Affairs


cake and cookies:  Enchanting Creations


catering:  Aaron’s Catering


entertainment:  Ms. Sue and a Hot Party

balloons:  Dreammark

photography:  me!

The last two Downtown Hollywood mini session dates of 2011 have been announced, Saturday, October 29 and Saturday, November 5.  For more information please contact the studio 954-558-6893 or email courtney@courtneyortiz.com.

Till next time,


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Happy Belated! | Ft. Lauderdale Family Photographer

I’m embarrassed to actually admit when Mason’s birthday party took place.  (if you scroll down, you’ll find out!).  But I’m just so excited because his little sister, Marlow, is turning ONE in July and plans for her birthday party extraordinaire are well underway, so I just had to go back and finally blog Mason’s.  Nobody, and I mean nobody throws a party like his momma.  (and I’ve been to a few)

That being said, we’ve been really really busy here at the studio.  I have a huge back log of sessions to blog, three weddings booked for the summer, and a number of family lifestyle sessions on the books.  Life is good.  But as much as things continue to stay at a consistent hum here at work, I’m really looking forward to the break that summer will bring.  Tomorrow is my kids’ last day of school, and knowing I don’t have to be out the door with packed lunches in hand brings a sense of relief.  I actually went to the grocery store today and didn’t have to worry about filling up the cart with lunch staples.  Whew!  This summer is going to be about soccer camp, summer camp, free movies, free bowling (check out kidsbowlfree.com TWO FREE GAMES A DAY ALL SUMMER LONG!), sleeping in, staying up late, swimming, and hanging with our peeps.

When it comes to my business, I keep this saying close to my heart, “You have to slow down in order to speed up.”  And that’s exactly what I intend to do!

I wish you all a safe and fun summer time!



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Baby Shower | South Florida Baby Photographer

Baby showers are always such fun and truly happy events.  But when it’s for a first baby, and a girl no less.  Then that’s more of a reason to go totally over the top.  This soon to be mom sure did.  Her family and friends hosted an amazing luncheon at Elle’s in Miramar, Florida complete with a “candy bar”.  Congratulations Jennifer!  I look forward to meeting your new arrival!


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Abby's Bat Mitzvah pt 1 | South Florida Bat Mitzvah Photographer

Meet Abby!  She’s beautiful, smart, talented, musical and a bat mitzvah girl!!   We used these portraits to create a completely custom sign in book.  I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take any real pictures of it.  The sign in book is really a great memento of a special event that’s easy to keep and remember forever.


till next time…

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