A dear friend just lost her mother... and going through the beautiful gallery of photos they are preparing for her memorial, I can't help my tears.

So many wonderful memories

So many wonderful photos.

Photos show we have lived, and they are absolutely priceless.

That's why I love photography and the memories they freeze.

That's why having your photos taken is so deeply important.

That's why I love what I do: being able to document life.

Today, Odette Photo+Art turns five years old, and to celebrate, I just donated 100 trees to be planted in Rwanda, Honduras, and Thailandia.

This is part of my promise to plant a tree per portrait sold.

Oh, what a journey!

A journey of hard work, resilience, and very long nights, but I would not change it.

If you want to know how it all started, read on.

Odette Photo+Art: The Beginning

Five years ago, my love for photography reignited.

I had bought myself a camera for my birthday because it had always been my dream to document memories. It just sat in my drawer, collecting dust, for more than a year! I used it several times to photograph friends and family, but it was primarily an expensive decoration.

One day, a friend told me to join Looks Like Film, a FB community for photographers, and the insane amount of superb images hit me like a train of inspiration.

I went to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show with a great friend and took the original Julianna (my camera) on a photo safari.

The rest is history.

My life mission became clear. I want to photograph you and help you create the most incredible memories. Someday, those memories will be priceless because they will outlive us.

This is what I was born to do.

Odette Photo+Art: The journey

After that, the real work began.

A friend told me once: take one good photo a day... and boy, that was the best piece of advice ever.

I started a 365 photo project, and it made all the difference. I started photographing my friends' children and spent my nights editing and studying.

It's all about consistent action. Every day, take one small step that will take you closer to your goals.

In January 2020, I was ready to go from hobbyist to business owner and officially became Odette Photo+Art, but then Covid-19 hit. I could barely work because of the pandemic, but I had plenty of time to study marketing and how to run a profitable photography business and prepare for the future.

Ever since I added headshots, personal branding, and product photography. I love helping other businesses grow and elevate their brands because incredible things happen when we help others rise. I have helped more than 60 business owners level up their photographs.

This year, I even did the cover of a print magazine. Huge honor!

I have also done some serious photo restorations.

These are some of my favorite family portraits and branding photos from this year.

Odette Photo+Art: 5 years of memories

I am a portrait photographer, a small business owner, an entrepreneur, and an image-maker, and I am here to serve you.

My mission is to make the most beautiful portrait you have ever seen of yourself.

I can help you document who you are today, so your legacy has more impact.

Being a small business owner is challenging, but it's worth every minute of hard work, knowing that I can pour happiness into people's lives with what I do. It gives me so much joy to photograph people and show them how incredible they are: how they transform into their most empowered selves in front of my camera means the world to me.

I am so grateful to the friends who became clients, to the clients who became friends, to my family, and to those who have supported me all these years.

My heart is so full of love and gratitude for you all.

I do not take this opportunity for granted, and I appreciate you.

Thank you to the OPA family for letting me be part of your journey.

Some behind the scenes!

Odette Photo+Art is a family portrait and personal branding photographer located in Coral Gables and serving Miami and the surrounding areas. 

Available for bookings at contact@odettephotoart.com, or at 239-600-9019.

I would like you to choose me to be your photographer. I would love to photograph you and your family, and I would love to be your branding photographer and help you build your business.

I invite you to a personal session with me. I want to change the way you see yourself.

I am here for you.

We are just getting started.

*Portrait sessions start at $1500.

*Branding sessions start at $1200.