Trick or Treat at Courtney Studios

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.

All my love,

Courtney

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GLLN Gala

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.

The Wedding Package donors include: Riverside Hotel; Watermill Flowers; Premier Beverage; Storks
Catering; Ton VanGard; Cabanas Day Spa; Devin “I Do” Events; Photography by Courtney Studios; Palm Sky Video Productions; Fast Printz; MTM Event Planner and Entertainment; JP’s Chocolatier and SCS
Weightloss System.

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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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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.

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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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“It’s Who You Are…”

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I’ve been shooting for the Heart Gallery of Broward County for 5 years.  During this time, I’ve had the privilege to meet amazing people and attend a number of amazing events.  Although nothing has been as amazing as my last shoot for the Heart Gallery of Broward at Taylor’s Closet.   Taylor’s Closet is a clothing boutique that rivals that of Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, however the beautiful clothing in this store is for young girls in need and is completely 100% free.  I know that my description of Taylor’s Closet just doesn’t do it justice.  Take the time and check out their website.  You will be blown away by what the women over there are doing for teenage girls.  In fact, Taylor’s Closet was started by Lindsey Giambattista when she was 14 years old.  Now in college, Lindsey is a finalist in Seventeen Magazine’s “Pretty Amazing Contest.” The way Taylor’s Closet touches the lives of girls goes way beyond “Pretty Amazing.”

Meet Malayzia.  Malayzia celebrated her sweet 16 at Taylor’s Closet with a shopping spree (at no cost) and a complete makeover.  Malayzia is available for adoption.  I photograph children all the time.  It’s MY JOB.  And let me tell you, Malayzia has “it”.  She’s beautiful, sweet, kind, and fabulously photogenic.  In fact, she truly could model.   But what would mean more to her than a modeling contract, is a family.

If you’d like more information on Malayzia or how you can get more involved in both the Heart Gallery of Broward or Taylor’s Closet please check out their websites and make an inquiry.

See you soon,

court

Fellow photographer and friend Sarah Cardenas also getting in on the fun!

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National Down Syndrome Society "Buddy Walk" | Ft. Lauderdale Photographer

I am so excited that for the second year in a row I had the opportunity to walk in the annual Buddy Walk sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Society and the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization.  This year I attended as the event’s official photographer.   The Buddy Walk took place at the end of October on Hollywood Beach.  It’s an overwhelming experience to be surrounded by families celebrating their children and the love they have for each other.

For more information on Down Syndrome and how you can get involved in the next Buddy Walk click here!!!

 

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Gridiron Grill-Off, Coach Dave Shula | Ft. Lauderdale Photographer

Another amazing Gridiron Grill-Off team for you today.  Coach Dave Shula and Sous Chef at Shula’s on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Shannon Murray.  Shula’s Steakhouse is a staple here in South Florida and their steak sauces are renown all over the nation.

The Gridiron Grill-Off is Friday, November 18 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.  20 teams compete for top grilling honors with proceeds to benefit 4Kids of South Florida.  For more information check out the Gridiron Griller website.

Till next time,

courtney

 

 

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Joe Rose at Casa D'Angelo: Gridiron Grill-Off | Ft. Lauderdale Photographer

Another installment from the 2011 Gridiron Grill-Off lineup:  Miami Dolphin alumni and now NBC-6 sports anchor, #80 Joe Rose and owner/chef of Casa D’Angelo, Angelo Elia.

The Gridiron Grill-Off is Friday, November 18 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.  20 teams compete for top grilling honors with proceeds to benefit 4Kids of South Florida.  For more information check out the Gridiron Griller website.

Till next time,

courtney

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Gridiron Grill-Off #40 Dick Anderson | Ft. Lauderdale Photographer

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s another amazing Gridiron Grill-Off team.  #40 Dick Anderson and Executive Chef at Steak 954 at the W Hotel Ft. Lauderdale, Jason Smith.  #40 Dick Anderson played on the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins, a feat yet to be repeated by any other team in the NFL.  He played his entire 10 year career with the Dolphins.  In the 90’s Dick Anderson became a Florida State Senator.  So he’s got a long and very impressive resume.  And what do I say about Chef Jason Smith, except that Steak 954 is my favorite steak house EVER!!!!!!  EVER!!!!!  I’ve been lucky enough to eat there a couple of times as well as shoot a few events.  Looking for an amazing restaurant in a very chic and trendy location?  Then go no further.  Can you say “Jellyfish Tank”?

The second annual Gridiron Grill-Off, hosted by Dolphin Alumni John Offerdahl (THE Gridiron Griller), is Friday November 18 at the Pompano Amphitheater.  Proceeds go to 4Kids of South Florida.  For more information on the event and how you can buy tickets and attend please check out the Gridiron Griller website.

Till next time,

court

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Gridiron Grill-Off #29 Sam Madison | Ft. Lauderdale Photographer

Another installment of the Gridiron Grill-Off.  Today’s team is #29 Dolphin alumni Sam Madison and Executive Chef at the Blue Moon Fish Company Brian Cantrell.  First of all, I want to say that Sam Madison is the most photogenic and good looking football player that I have met thus far and the entree that is going to be prepared by Chef Cantrell at the Grill-off is one of my favorites to date.  Now Sam participated in the first annual Grill-Off last year and actually won the “corn hole” portion of the competition.  (which really I think is a red-neck way of saying “bean bag toss”)  He’s planning on sweeping both portions of the competition this year, and honestly, with Chef Cantrell on his side, I think his chances are pretty good.

The Gridiron Grill-Off is on Friday, November 18 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.  20 celebrity teams pair up to raise money for 4Kids of South Florida.  I’m really looking forward to attending.  Great Food, great drinks, great music all for a great cause.  Tickets go on sale soon.  For more information click here!

Till next time,

court

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