Matilda Jane Trunk Show

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.

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Meet Aniela.  Gorgeous, funny, vibrant, and breast cancer survivor.  I had the pleasure of spending a morning with Aniela to photograph her for the cover of the Hollywood GazetteRead her cover story here.

Aniela is an amazing, inspiring woman.

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Custom Framing

There is no doubt that a  beautiful frame adds a classic touch to portrait photography.  At Courtney Studios, we offer a line of 8 distinct frame styles to compliment your portrait art.   These three framed 11×14 prints will hang proudly in the family room.  Can you imagine the smile it will put on “mom’s” face each time she walks into the room?

Courtney Studios…we put smiles on faces!

See you soon,


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i EXTRA love you

Last Saturday, March 21 was World Down Syndrome Day and the premier of the “i EXTRA love you” portrait exhibit held at Gallery 2014 in Downtown Hollywood.  ”i EXTRA love you” was the brain child of dear friend and Down Syndrome advocate Daniela Roeder, who’s brother Alex was born with Down Syndrome.  Together along with the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Association, Gallery 2014 and making use of the gorgeous Heart installation in Courtney Studios by amazing artist Alissa Alfonso, “i EXTRA love you” was born.  This project filled me with more pride and joy than any other charitable work I have done in my life.  The smiles on these kids faces and the happiness that it brought their families is something I wish I could bottle and save forever.  In case you missed Saturday’s exhibit, here are the portraits.  28 gorgeous children and young adults.  If you’d like to see pictures of the actual event click here.  They are on the Courtney Studios facebook page.

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i EXTRA love you

“i EXTRA love you” is a photography collaboration between the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization and myself.  The project evolved really organically.  Daniela Roeder, a good friend and very involved in the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization because her brother, 15, has down syndrome, has been discussing this project with me for months and we finally went forward with it.  On Saturday, 30 kids ages 8 mos-24 years came through the studio for a quick portrait sitting.  The focus is what makes each kid so “extra”, referencing the extra chromosome associated with Down Syndrome.  It was really amazing.  “i EXTRA love you” premiers on World Down Syndrome Day, Saturday, March 21 at Gallery 2014 (2014 Harrison St) in downtown Hollywood.

Portraits from the shoot won’t be revealed until then, but here are some great #bts (behind the scenes) images from that day taken by Daniela with her trusty iphone.

For more information on the project please “Like” the facebook page.

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Wall Gallery Inspiration Guide | South Florida Portrait Photographer

I am so proud and excited to share with you a project that I have been working on for the past few months.  I believe that photography is best enjoyed when printed and everyone deserves to live with amazing pieces of portrait art.  Along with the talented designers at Design Aglow, we have created our “Wall Gallery Inspiration Guide”.  Our inspiration guide features our new line of custom frames in five of my studio’s most popular wall gallery arrangements and is available for FREE exclusively to newsletter subscribers.  The wall galleries showcased in the guide are all comprised of standard size frames that are readily available from your favorite places to shop (Target right?!),  complete with frame sizes and total gallery dimensions.  I know first hand how overwhelming creating gorgeous wall displays in your home can be.   Now if only the Wall Gallery Inspiration Guide could choose your images for you.  Hhhhmmmmmmm

The Guide is yours, as an instant download, when you subscribe to the Courtney Ortiz Photography newsletter.  The October issue goes out tomorrow, and there are tons of great specials that I promise you won’t want to miss.  If you already subscribe to the newsletter, your link to the Wall Gallery Inspiration Guide will be in your inbox tomorrow.  Keep an eye out for it.

I love how our Guide can be used by everyone, in any home or setting, and with any photographs.  I’m passionate about photography as an art form and I want to share that passion with you.


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Inspiration | South Florida Family Photographer

Sometimes all you need is ONE image to make a design statement.  Meet the acrylic standout, our most popular studio offering.  This family decided on one large acrylic, 30×40 in.  The piece, originally designed to hang in the master bedroom,  I’m proud to say,  now resides in the formal living room.   The first thing you see when you walk through the front door.  The 3mm plexiglass over the print captures light, in a way I can’t  describe.  But the result is breathtaking.  Colors are bright and images are sharp.  All pieces come ready to hang,  secured to a strong 1″ aluminum sub-frame which gives it the illusion of floating off the wall. Make an appointment to come by the studio and look at the custom portrait art options we offer, including custom framing.


See you soon,

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Design Inspiration | South Florida Family Photographer

Inspiration starts here!  The 9-Grid is one of the studio’s most popular wall galleries.  I love it for a couple of reasons.

#1.  You can make a large design impact in a room, with limited space, all while showcasing 9 images!  That’s pretty amazing.  The squares are either 8×8 or 12×12.  Total wall space required is 30×30 (including space between the portraits) for the 8×8 and 42×42 total for the 12×12 in squares

#2.  The design is extremely flexible.   In the future the arrangement can be broken down into smaller groupings or single portraits can be hung throughout your home.

You definitely get the biggest bang for your buck.

This display is made up of 9-12×12 3/4in mounts.  The studio offers different finishing options now including custom framing.  Click here for highlights of this portrait session on Hollywood Beach.

See you soon,




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Art | South Florida Family Photographer

The portrait art experience with Courtney Ortiz Photography doesn’t end until your final piece(s) of art are hanging in your home.  (I even provide installation services.)  Marcy and I collaborated and designed this grid of portraits for her family room/kitchen.  The result is 9 10×10 portraits printed on lustre paper and mounted on a 3/4 inch foam mount, carefully hung in a 3 by 3 grid.  The 3/4 inch foam mount are super lightweight and come ready to hang.  The look is clean, simple, and modern.  I love how all 9 pieces work together to create one giant statement in the room.

There are so many portrait art options available right now.  Together we can create a unique piece of portrait art that will fit perfectly with your home decor and budget.  I’d love to hear how you dream of incorporating portrait art into your home.  954-558-6893 or shoot me an email

Check out this family’s session highlights here.

See you soon,



All original pieces leave the studio signed and dated with certificate of authenticity.


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“It’s Who You Are…”