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,


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,


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 courtney@courtneystudios.com.

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.



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.

courtney@courtneystudios.com  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).

courtney@courtneystudios.com  954-367-6821

See you soon,


Zach, Sam & Alex

Meet Zach, Sam & Alex.  They came to play with me one Saturday at the studio.  We split the time between “inside” and exploring some great “outside” spots on the streets of Downtown Hollywood.

Mom decided on this 10×10 linen album with custom jacket to showcase and enjoy her family portraits.

I met this amazing family at Lehrman Community Day School.  For the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time at the school photographing the students and staff for marketing as well as the students’ official school portraits.   It’s been great getting to know the students as I’ve watched many of them grow up.

Also, don’t forget, any custom portrait session booked between now and Mother’s Day will receive a $100 print credit to be used towards the future print order.  Schedule your session today.

See you soon,




Custom Portrait Collage

The studio’s most popular portrait option is the custom collage.  With a choice of 9 or 16 images and starting at a size of 20×20, the custom collage is a fabulous way to have a statement of piece of portrait art without a huge wall space commitment.

The weather right now is PERFECT for a custom family portrait session.  Mother’s Day is around the corner and portraits make fabulous gifts.

I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to whoever nominated me as a “KIDS CROWN NOMINEE” for Best Family Photographer in South Florida Parenting Magazine.  Voting will start soon.  Stay tuned for more details.

See you soon,



This portrait cracks me up. Didn’t make the collage, but definitely brings a smile to my face.



World Down Syndrome Day

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.

To see the entire “I EXTRA Love You” 2017 portrait collection click here.

2016 here

2015 here

A huge thank you to Gallery 2014 and the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization.  Without your cooperation this portrait exhibit would not have been possible.