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I'm Courtney, a professional photographer based in the Hickory, NC area. I'm a wife, mother, crafter, and have a passion for photography + entrepreneurship.

I am fluent in English, movie/SNL skit quotes, and sarcasm. I'm 24 years young and thoroughly obsessed with getting a daily "Gilmore" amount of coffee and listening to Hamilton the Musical on repeat.


After taking my camera pretty much everywhere and researching endlessly, I began my business in 2012. 

My business has since then grown tremendously thanks to my wonderful clients! At the heart of it, I'm just a girl who fell in love with photography and had a drive for running her own business. 

I was really never the outgoing type, until I found what I love to do in photographing others. 

Now I follow this crazy, amazing career wherever my camera takes me, and love to help others with their own dreams on my journey.

I think the best thing about this job is that it allows me to meet and connect with such amazing people every single day. 

I'm so honored that I get to learn so much from many different perspectives, and that I have the privilege of capturing true love and emotion in the process.

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MEET COURTNEY

I think the best thing about this job is that it allows me to meet and connect with such amazing people every single day.
I'm so honored that I get to learn so much from many different perspectives, and that I have the privilege of capturing true love and emotion in the process.

I was really never the outgoing type, until I found what I love to do in photographing others. Now I follow this crazy, amazing career wherever my camera takes me, and love to help others with their own dreams on my journey.

After taking my camera pretty much everywhere and researching endlessly, I began my business in 2012. My business has since then grown tremendously thanks to my wonderful clients! At the heart of it, I'm just a girl who fell in love with photography and had a drive for running her own business. 

I'm Courtney, a professional photographer based in the Hickory, NC area. I'm a wife, mother, crafter, and have a passion for photography + entrepreneurship.

I am fluent in English, movie/SNL skit quotes,  and sarcasm. I'm 24 years young and thoroughly obsessed with getting a daily "Gilmore" amount of coffee and listening to Hamilton the Musical on repeat.


The Girl Behind
The Camera

Mom. Wife. CreativE & Entrepreneur.

More Fun Facts About ME

I

    am not formally trained in photography, but I have always had this need      to learn everything I can about the things I am passionate about. I take part in many different workshops each year to perfect my craft. I am a creative first, but I really enjoy continually learning more about of the technical side of photography, posing, and lighting! 

I am  a confident photographer in both studio and natural light and take pride in working very hard to make my clients vision come to life. If they don't have a certain vision in mind, I feel strongly that I have plenty of creativity to share ha!

In 2015, I was awarded the Gold Daisy Award from Hickory Macaroni Kid as “Best Photographer” in the three county area of Burke, Catawba and Caldwell! I'm a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and enjoy cultivating relationships with other photographers and creatives! 

Yes or No

Courtney

Courtney

says yes to..

says No to..

coffee & tea

soft drinks

(psst.. Click ME a Few Times^)

I love coffee in the morning and sweet tea at any other time. My mom Makes tea so sweet, I call it syrup. It's yummy!

I've finally kicked this habit for good! I get enough caffEine in my coffee and tea, so this was a much needed cut!

an organized calendar

organizing anything else

I love writing in a pretty planner vs. typing appointments in on my iphone. I just love office supplies haha!

I'm pretty messy, but I'd like to think it's organized chaos.
  I chalk it up to being apart of my crazy, creative process. 

new opportunities 

tearing others down

I love shooting new things. jobs that take me out of my comfort zone keep me growing and loving photography.

it's just not cool. There is room for all of us at the table and I strongly believe in community over competition in this job.

hamilton the musical

people who don't like
hamilton the musical 

have you listened to this beautiful, wonderful, funny, genuis musical? if not, do it. if so, then I'm sure you get it!

you won't listen to hamilton? 
"That's a non-starter."
haha!

shopping local

target's dollar spot

i love our local farmer's markets and the little shops & boutiques that are all around! Support awesome people!

Just kidding!!!! I always, always, always, say a big yes to target's dollar spot. the cutest things are always there!

lilly pulitzer

other bright clothes

i really, really like lilly things. It's not about the brand, it's just bright and fun in all the right ways.

i go from one extreme to the other. I love the bright & pastels of Lilly, but also have a closet full of black haha!

chick-fil-a

any other fast food

My husband worked here for years. people always asked if, "we were tired of it?" the answer will always be never lol!

don't tell me chick-fil-a is a choice and expect me to choose anything else. haha!

LET'S CELEBRATE!

LET'S CELEBRATE YOUR BIG DAY

I truly believe each photo session is a BIG day for my clients! So whether it's your senior session or wedding day, you will be taken care of! I shoot many different events and sessions from preschools to corporate head shots, maternity to weddings, and a bit of everything in between.

I specialize in Weddings, High School/College Seniors, Engagement, and Bridals Sessions. I also find joy working with local businesses and personalities for commercial sessions, branding sessions, head shots and more! You can find a more detailed description about my wedding services, by clicking the wedding link in the menu.

To better serve my clients I provide digital images and print releases with my services. Due to the custom nature of photography please contact me directly for a quote. 

The Process.

PORTFOLIO

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what others are


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"WE HAVE LOVED EVERY SHOOT WITH COURTNEY!! SHE DOES SUCH A WONDERFUL JOB. AND HER ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!!"

"Courtney does a fantastic job! She is very patient, creative and fun. We have used her many times and love how passionate she is about photography. I would highly recommend her to anyone!!"

"can't wait for more photo sessions !"

Kind WorDs.

THRILLED!

Courtney does a fantastic job! She is very patient, creative and fun. We have used her many times and love how passionate she is about photography. I would highly recommend her to anyone!!

LOVE!

Love love love! This girl is on top of her game and does a great job getting the pictures she takes back to you in a timely manner. Can't wait for more photo sessions !

Sweet Things Clients are Saying

"We have loved EVERY shoot
 with Courtney!! She does 
such a wonderful job. And 
her attention to detail 
is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!"

"Courtney does a fantastic job! She is very patient, creative and fun. We have used her many times and love how passionate she is about photography. I would highly recommend her to anyone!!"

"Love love love! This girl is on top of her game and does a great job getting the pictures she takes back to you in a timely manner. Can't wait for more photo sessions !"

So MUch More

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