Sisters

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.

See you soon,

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Faces of Kindness

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.

See you soon,

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Taylor’s Closet

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.”

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.

I EXTRA Love You

The 3rd Annual “i EXTRA Love You” portrait event took place on Saturday, February 11.  “i EXTRA Love You” is a portrait exhibit that celebrates all that is EXTRA special about individuals with Down Syndrome.  55 amazing people came through the studio doors on Saturday to sit for their portrait.  A huge increase from the 25 people that participated 2 years ago in our first event back in 2015.

“i EXTRA Love You” is truly a passion project shared with my good friend Daniela Roeder. Daniela’s brother, Alex has Down Syndrome and she’s been an advocate and voice for the community since the day he was born.   Daniela came to me with an “idea” for a portrait project, and I was immediately on board and look forward to what’s to come.

The portraits will be on display during the Downtown Hollywood’s Art Walk on Saturday, March 18 to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day at Gallery 2014.  I hope to see you all there.

Please excuse these behind the scenes images taken with an iPhone.

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World Down Syndrome Day 2016

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.

See you soon,

Courtney

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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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