A Chesapeake Arboretum Family Engagement Shoot | Chesapeake, Virginia
This past Wednesday the weather was - thankfully - cooler than it had been in days, and I met Evan, Olivia and Emersyn at the Chesapeake Arboretum to do a joint engagement/family session. Evan and Olivia have been together for 6 years and Emersyn is their adorable 9 month old daughter!! To say that Emersyn stole the show would be a little bit of an understatement - this little girl is absolutely precious and has the most infectious smile! I have no doubt that her parents will have their hands full for the next 18 years or so ;)
A Rustic, Church Wedding with Sunflowers + Succulents | Virginia Beach, VA
If I had to describe this wedding in one word it would be JOYFUL. (This is an emotion that I actually strive to capture in my photographs, and wow, was it easy to do that with these!) As long as I’ve known Rachel - and I’ve known her since middle school! - she has exuded joy in her daily life. She’s the type of person that you really WANT to spend time with, and the time that you do get to spend with her is never enough! Being around her always seems to fill up a part of you that you didn’t know was empty. I didn’t think it was possible, but on this day her joy was unmatched. Nothing I’ve seen before has ever even come close! She was giggly and nervous and thankful and (you guessed it!) soo exorbitantly joyful that Josh was finally going to be her husband!!
Chick's Beach Engagement Pictures | Virginia Beach, VA
Matt and Laurel's engagement session was different than any I've ever done! I'm sure you're wondering how, as most of it seems pretty typical. Beach? Check. Dressy clothes? Check. Gorgeous ring? Check. The thing that made this one different from all the others is this: we shot the entire thing in twenty minutes. No joke, t w e n t y minutes.
How is that possible? Well, when you see the sky turn dark 5 minutes into the session, you realize you have to work as fast as you can! It is also necessary that you have amazingly sweet and easy-going clients who trust you and are willing to run around and laugh at your really bad jokes on command (thank you Matt and Laurel!).
Welcome, friends! I am soo excited that you’re here and starting my blogging journey with me :) I figured that the best way to start this off was simply by introducing myself and telling you a little about my goal with this blog. So here we go!
Who Am I?
I’m Courtney! I am a Virginia Beach native, a University of Virginia graduate and a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer.
I am a daughter, a sister, and a friend to all I meet! I am an explorer, an adventurer, a wanderer and a sunseeker. I am a pursuer of warm climates, clear water and beautiful flora. I try to be kind and empathetic and love people as Jesus loves me.
I live in Virginia Beach during the time of the year that is best known as “wedding season”, and I'm based here from spring to fall. However, the winter is when I get to escape the cold (sunseeker here, remember?!) and live in Hawaii. Yes, really. I found out last summer that you can’t visit Hawaii and not want to spend an extended period of time there, so after returning from my trip, I decided that I would do just that! (being single and without many commitments really does have a few advantages!!) I also travel consistently throughout the entire year for weddings and other shoots and have been known to spend as much time in Southern California as possible.
Why Blogging? Why Now?
Simply put, I’m blogging now because I can. My health has been pretty poor for a pretty long time, and I am so excited to be able to say that I finally have both the energy and mental clarity to write! That is not to say that there are excellent writing skills here (definitely don’t expect that!), but I will do my best to get my thoughts across coherently! I hope that my posts will bring you joy and show you beauty and inspire love in your life. I hope you get to know me (and I, you!) as you join me on this journey. I would love your support – this is new to me and a little scary – so please, please feel free to like and comment and share these posts. I hope that my suggestions and random ideas will help and inspire you. I hope my photography will be a beauty-filled bright spot in our broken world. I hope by sharing my experiences that you will be able to relate and realize that we’re all more similar than we think.
What Will I Write About?
Like I mentioned above, my goal is for this blog to bring beauty into your life. I want to share emotions such as joy and love and wonder with you! I will be blogging weddings, engagements and lifestyle sessions that I shoot throughout the year. I love children and photographing them is one of my favorite things to do, so you’ll probably see a good amount of smiling babies on here as well! I travel a lot and plan to share my travel photos and stories with you, hopefully inspiring you to explore too! Because of my battle with chronic illness, I try to bring as much health and nutrition into my life as possible. I’ll be sharing recipes and exercises and tips for living a healthy life – aimed especially at people whose bodies are having to compensate for illness! I want to educate my clients and will be writing about ways they can make their experience with me one of a kind. I will also be sharing what’s in my heart and on my mind - my struggles and my victories, my hopes and my fears. I believe that there is beauty in imperfection and I hope that by sharing myself with you, you will be able to see the beauty in this very imperfect person, and in turn, recognize the beauty in yourself.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you’ll join me on this journey! If you would like to get updated via email whenever I post something new, you can subscribe on the right hand side of the page.
Hi, guys! Welcome to my blog! I'm a wedding and lifestyle photographer living in Virginia and Hawaii. I hope that you enjoy browsing through my work :) Leave a note on a post to say hi - it would make my day!