"It's nice to know I'm not alone.
I've found my home here in your arms."
I'm a wedding + portrait photographer based in the foothills of North Carolina. I have a deep love for the ocean and mountain regions of this beautiful state, and the surrounding states as well. I have the immense honor of working with everyday couples who believe that their story is the absolute, greatest love story ever told. I don't expect my couples to have an expensive, elaborate or picture perfect love story, because my husband and I certainly do not. However, I do hope their relationship is the most precious and valuable item they possess on this Earth, and that they will continue to focus on their marriage long past the wedding date.
For portraits, I primarily photograph ladies of all ages to capture portraits that highlight the grace, beauty and strength inside of them. I have seen first hand how our culture wants to feel unconfident and "not enough" and I believe having a photography experience that builds you up can help improve how you perceive yourself. I love being apart of that and helping people find joy!
As a photographer, I love to capture those tiny, sometimes ignored moments that make up your story. These can be things that you may not value at the time, like any other human being, but one day they will become the only thing you are able to think about. When someone we love passes the first thing we do is look for ANY photo we have with them in it. We find many photos we hated of ourselves and hid for many years because of small unimportant details, yet in that moment nothing else matters. All we want is to find a photo that shows us that deep connection so we can see the impact of someone else's life.
If you are searching for a photographer, I would love to capture beautiful memories for your family, your children and your grandchildren. Above that, I want to assist you in preserving your legacy so that even your great-great-great-grandchildren can see the impact you've made.
So much of our life is measured in the amount of likes we receive on social media. Our purpose is to live for the little moments instead... From the DIY haircut of a playful child to the tears of joy on a wedding day. We love to capture the moments that are defining not because they become viral, but because they fill canvases, frames and even shoeboxes in a closet that become our legacy.
We reside in the same home that Kyle and I purchased when we were first married, which is also my childhood home. My favorite place in the world is this home, surrounded by my husband, Kyle and my son, Tristan. I'm fortunate to have lived a life where coming home or staying in was a joyful experience. I attribute that to why I'm such a homebody. I love to wake up and observing the same beautiful morning light pouring in through my bedroom window. It warms my soul to experience such a sense of belonging and not have to feel like I need to search far or wide to find content-ness. I also love knowing those funny (and not-so funny) quirks of a house that I've lived in for so long.
I am a wife and mother who runs on God's grace and love to make it through each and everyday. I've worked hard the past 6 years to build this business for not only myself, but my son and daughter.
It is absolutely captivating to work hard each day to build something that will leave a legacy of love with my own family and the families of each and every client that I get the joy to work with.
I love to build bridges, not fences with my local photographers and business owners. I am a passionate supporter of the "community over competition" movement and I'm thankful for the generous men and women who have poured into my business so unselfishly. It would mean the world to me if I could be that person for you too!
Meet my loving husband, Kyle. He is not a photographer, but he is a intricate part in making sure that Courtney Abernathy Photography succeeds. In the beginning, his duties included helping me build props or transporting a couch/bed to a random field, ha!
Now he helps behind the scenes to manage more business aspects, so I can focus on the creative work and loving on my clients. He does still get roped into moving heavy props when needed though, but he is a fabulous member of my business. Yay marriage!
PS- Homeboy does NOT ever touch a camera though haha!
Kelly is one of my best friends in the photography world and the regular world. We share a love for capturing amazing moments and homeschooling our kids! She is an amazing professional photographer in Valdese, and focuses on newborns and children.
Kelly is connected to my business because she is my exclusive "second shooter" that I work with for weddings. In fact, we used to have a brand/website devoted to our partnership, but it was just easier for me to keep up with one site haha!
I handle the contact with couples, but Kelly plays big role by showing up the day of to work with the groomsmen (she was a former teacher with three boys of her own so she is a pro at this, ha!) and taking treasured photos of everyone from grandma to the ring bearer!