Happy Labor Day…almost | South Florida Commercial Photographer

It’s almost Friday and the start of a three day weekend.  We survived the first weeks of school and Monday off is pretty awesome.  Summer is officially over.  EVERYONE is back to school the Tuesday after Labor Day right!?   To commemorate the lazy days of summer I’m sharing anther “One Shoot a Week.”  “One Shoot a Week” is a collaborative photography project with my good friend and amazing artist, Alissa Alfonso.  It was a fun way to combine her artistic eye and love of everything vintage, with the love of our kids, and photography.  This shoot took place at the beginning of the summer.  It was a cover shoot for the Hollywood Gazette’s story on Food Trucks in Hollywood.  A big thanks to Hippops for coming out and playing with us that morning.

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One Shoot A Week | South Florida Family Photographer

Sometimes the best shoots are completely impromptu.  This is something of how it went.

Alissa, “My husband’s cousin owns a vintage fire truck.  He’s bringing it over to show all the kids in our family at 4:00.  Come over.”

Me, “Awesome!”

And I checked my “One Shoot a Week” off my list.

Owen’s done with camp for the summer, so he finally is making an appearance.  Doesn’t he just look so happy?!  I love summertime.

See you soon,

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Courtney Ortiz Photography

“It’s Who You Are…”

The Kids | South Florida Family Photography

I have been plugging along this summer with my personal project; One Shoot a Week.  Artist and friend, Alissa Alfonso and I have collaborated on each shoot, at times being able to capture all 6 of our kids together.  We’ll eventually get to share all of them.  This particular shoot at Greynolds Park went something like this.

Me, “Hey Alissa, what are you up to today?” (I had two kids at home.  She had all 3.)

Alissa, “Let’s get the kids out of the house and head to  Greynolds Park.”

As a native Miami-an, I’m embarrassed to say I’d never been there.  15 minutes later I got to her house.  She had tied Chinese fish lanterns to some sticks and we were off on another adventure.

It’s Summertime for sure.

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Courtney Ortiz Photography

“It’s Who You Are…”

 

Stella, Goldie, & Charlotte | South Florida Family Photographer

Someone recently asked me what percentage of my time do I spend actually shooting versus working on the business end of the studio.  It’s really an 80/20 split, with 20% being the time I spend behind the camera.  Most of what I do in my business isn’t photography related at all, but marketing and accounting and networking….blah blah blah.  So it feels good to actually get out and really flex that creative muscle.  To shoot for the pure love of photography.  To shoot for myself.  My very good friend, artist Alissa Alfonso (follow her on instagram and twitter @a5stitch) and I are collaborating this summer on a series of shoots that reflect “summer”.   We start with a very loose plan and then let the kids do their thing.  For this shoot, the second we’ve collaborated on this summer, I wanted to use Alissa’s collection of vintage sheets.   I’m thrilled with the outcome.   Now to decide how to display them in Stella’s room.

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Courtney Ortiz Photography

“It’s Who You Are…”

First Days… | Ft. Lauderdale Family Photographer

Today, Owen joined the ranks of school children all over the United States.  He started kindergarten.  I’m really excited about this new adventure of his, and I think he truly is ready to be a “big boy”.  Stella started school last week.  She’ll be going three days a week, which means we’ll have two weekly “girls’ days”.  I hope to make them very special.

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 courtney ortiz photography

“It’s Who You Are…”