Meet Michelle Dempsey. Michelle is President and Founder of Michelle Dempsey Very Well Written. She is an international published author and business consultant. (See her latest piece for Huffington Post) And mom. And superwoman. And she’s pretty badass. No one knows the importance of quality branding images than my friend Michelle. I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle over the past few years, from working on her own professional headshot/branding images to collaborating on the branding imagery of other small businesses. Investing in yourself and your business is key to taking your business to new heights. Truth be told, I’m updating my own professional headshot next week. Stay tuned.
Headshot Brunch is almost sold out. With that, I’ve opened up a new date to accommodate the demand. The second Headshot Brunch is Thursday, October 12 from 10-2. Same times, same place, new date. Headshot Brunch is a mini version of our Complete Branding Photography package. Receive up to 10 edited, high resolution images from a variety of poses, wardrobe options, and expressions that showcase you and your brand in a style that’s fun and professional. The cost is $300. Email or call the studio to reserve your spot today.
One of the main questions I get asked by moms when they book their custom portrait session is, “What should we wear?” I have very few quidelines….#1-don’t all wear the same thing. If you wouldn’t go out to dinner in matching jeans and white shirts, then I don’t think it’s appropriate for your portraits. #2-Color Coordinating is nice. #3-Mama’s you are the most important person in your photo session. Make the session all about YOU. Take those extra steps to make the entire experience positive. Get your hair and makeup done. I can only speak for myself, but I know that when I do those things before a special occasion, I feel much more confident and can walk into an event or portrait session feeling fabulous. And walking into your portrait session already feeling fabulous and attractive lends itself to a much more positive experience. You are going to love the portraits of your kids….they’re your kids….they’re cute…they’re yours. But pictures of ourselves is a whole other animal. As a woman and a photographer that has been capturing families and moms for 9 years, I can tell you this from experience. If you are not happy with the way you look or what you’re wearing, you’re not going to love your family portraits. And isn’t that the point? To love your family portraits?! To love yourself in your family portraits?! Moms, you get so stressed in making sure your kids are adorable in the cutest trendiest fashions, that many times you don’t spend the time on yourself. And as I answer the “What should we wear?” question to moms my #1 answer is this, “You are the most important person in your session. As long as you feel fabulous and attractive everything else will fall in line.”
I have been wanting to create an actual “What to Wear” guide for moms for years. Give moms the actual fashion advice that they ask me for. So hear it is.
The Courtney Studios 2016 Fall Fashion guide.
I’ve been collaborating with the girls at Pretty Please Couture, a woman’s boutique located in Ft. Lauderdale. Not only do Natasha and Kelli have amazing fashion sense, I admire their mompreneur spirit. Pretty Please Couture is a successful business that works around them and their families. According to Natasha and Kelli at Pretty Please Couture here are some of the latest trends for fall that would look GREAT for your fall custom family portrait session.
Shop in their boutique or order from their instagram account. Live locally in Ft. Lauderdale? The girls are known for delivering “Porch Presents”. Personally chosen items for you delivered directly to your door. Only keep what you love.
Stackable bracelets, statement rings…….
I love me a good statement necklace
I tend to love maxi dresses. They are flattering on every body type and height and are perfect for portraits in our Florida Fall. This black dress with gold accents is gorgeous with just enough “edge” and paired with the arm candy you’ll definitely steel the show in your family portraits.
This pattern, color, and fit work all year long here in Florida.
Off the Shoulder
Shoulders are sexy and seem to be all the rage this season. From completely off the shoulder to shoulder cut outs
Well fitting jeans (with or without holes) and a pop of color shoe is always a nice touch.
Lightweight jackets make a great accessory. Patches are very on trend this fall along with a more conservative bomber style, and of course you can never go wrong with classic denim. (again with the statement heel)
Ankle booties are a perfect shoe with all types of outfits in our warmer Florida fall weather.
Happy Birthday Leon! This little guy came into the studio for his first birthday portraits.
A child’s first birthday is a perfect milestone to to capture with a custom portrait session, and the “Signature Sweet 16” is a classic way to display your favorite images from your portrait session. The “Signature Sweet 16” collage is a modern, yet classic portrait display that will withstand the test of time. Starting at a size of 20×20 mounted on the 3/4in black standout mount, it’s super lightweight and comes ready to hang. No frame needed. It’s one of the studio’s most popular products. The collage can also be printed on canvas, wood, or acrylic (my fave!).
May has come and gone in a hurry. We moved into our new house, which in itself is crazy, and now I find myself on Monday of the last week of school. Things have been quiet on the blog and my facebook page as I’ve been distracted getting my family moved and settled into our new digs. I’m still in the studio by appointment only and have lots of great family portrait sessions to share.
In this digital, instant gratification age, I think it’s easy to loose sight of how important and beautiful the printed picture is. I was delivering and installing an amazing 16×20 acrylic standout mount to a client today and I snapped a few pictures with my phone a #bts (behind the scenes) type of thing. A 16×20 isn’t a huge print, but it’s just enough to make a serious statement in the room. This gorgeous custom family portrait belongs to Rachel (below with the hammer), she is the “Ross” of “Ross + Fein Design“. A small boutique interior design firm here in South Florida. This team is also known as the Girls Next Decor. You can get a tiny glimpse of Rachel’s house below, the home is stunning. Warm, inviting, beautiful…and the acrylic standout mount that Rachel chose for her family portrait is the perfect addition to her modern decor. It’s portrait art. And I’m an artist. The beauty of the finished final product should match or exceed the beauty of the portrait. A digital file can’t give you that warm fuzzy feeling each time you walk into a room, and that’s why digital files aren’t my focus. Never have been and never will. Thank you Rachel for trusting my vision, I’m honored and flattered that this piece will hang in your gorgeous new home for years to come.
Looking for some design inspiration in your home? Hit these girls up. They won’t disappoint.
FYI, Thursday is the last day of school. The studio is officially on summer hours, which only means one thing….by appointment only. Going to soak in the summer sun with my kiddos.
Imagine your kiddos, a giant blank canvas, and 60 minutes of time, and you have the “Chalkboard Sessions”.
I brought my kids up to the studio, and I love how I captured all the little things that they are into and love at this particular moment in time. See their handwriting…their styles of drawing. It’s really pretty amazing. Click here to see their complete gallery.
The “Chalkboard Sessions” are only available in April. These exclusive sessions are an hour and include an 8×10 signed original print.
I first met Jeff and Todd in early 2014, when I photographed their family for Equality Florida. Jeff and Todd were one of the 6 Plaintiff couples that sued the Miami Dade Clerk of Courts, for the right to be married. This was the first case of its kind to be filed in Florida. In January of 2015, they WON, and the judge was the first to lift her stay making Miami Dade the first county in Florida to allow same sex marriage. Todd and Jeff were one of the first two couples to marry in the state. Fast forward one year, and I had the absolute pleasure of capturing their wedding celebration at the absolutely fabulous Thompsom Miami Beach. Along with their son Blake, these men are rock stars. It’s been such an honor to be along for this ride. I wish you all the best.
Big thanks to my right hand man for his photography ninja skills, Robert Madrid.
This gorgeous girlie has more personality in her pinky than most adults have in their entirety. She’s smart, funny, and super motivated. We’re going to see alot from Joey, I can just feel it.
Portrait sessions for 2015 have officially come to a close. I feel like elves in Santa’s workshop as we hurry to get prints and holiday cards out all of our amazing clients. If you missed the portrait boat for this year, don’t worry. We are currently booking custom portrait sessions both in the studio and on location starting in January. Family portraits make the most perfect New Year’s resolution.
See you soon,
If you do need last minute gift ideas, Beautycounter offers some amazing gift sets. Perfect for office staff, and teachers, and anyone else you love. Give the gift of Safe Beauty.
Senior portraits have come a looooooong way, since I was photographed for my senior class yearbook portrait. (c/o 95) Remember the feather boa while holding the fake red rose? Well times have definitely changed. Welcome class of 2015. These girls came to play with Sally (of Smash Beauty Lounge fame) and I last week. Together we collaborated on a series of Senior Portraits that truly mirrored the personality, style, and friendship of the four high school seniors from University School.
Break outside the senior portrait mold and let’s create something that is totally amazing. Custom senior portrait packages available. Contact the studio for more information.
See you soon,
court (& Sally)
ps-Smash Beauty Lounge (2025 Hollywood Blvd) is the most fabulous makeup boutique/studio in Downtown Hollywood. If you’re a Class of 2015 senior and need professional makeup application for senior portraits, homecoming, prom…… She’s currently offering 20% off all services for YOU! (by appointment only) Smash carries popular cosmetic brands such as Smashbox, bareMinerals, The Balm, Mario Badescu (my fave skincare line) etc…… Manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, and massages also available. It’s also a fun place to just stop in and say “hi”. Sally is always good for a makeup application tip.
“Her work is distinct and holds a special place in our home.”- Marcy Hirsch -
“Courtney's photographs had a huge impact on NCLR and helped us raise over $1 million in December 2014. Her work is beautiful and engaging and shows the central goal of the fight for marriage equality -love."”- Ace Portis, Major Gifts Officer, NCLR -
“Courtney truly captured the uniqueness of our family and created beautiful, original works of art that we will treasure always.”- Darlene Giol -