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I heart Mondays.. I really really do. I know, I am totally weird like that. But I thrive on being productive and Monday is always a brand new start to the week to get more accomplished! Yay! I don’t care how completely nerdy that sounds because it’s just true. I love my job so much that I actually look forward to waking up everyday to do it again. I love it because I get to express myself through art and I absolutely adore every single one of my clients. I thank God everyday for each and every one of them. I am so honored by their trust in me to do what I do best. I do not know how I got so lucky nor what I did to deserve being so blessed by such amazing clients. But I love you all from the bottom of my heart and appreciate you more than words could ever express.

Speaking of amazing clients, below are two more of them. Annah and Travis have been pretty much the bomb from the beginning. It is so important to me that my clients and I are the perfect “fit” for one another – that we connect and see life in very similar ways. This really helps ensure that not only will they be happy with me as their photographer, but vice versa. We’ll not only get good photos, but get along and have a great time together. I feel like everyone of my clients become friends because we “fit”. As soon as Annah contacted me I knew we were going to get along nicely! I could tell instantly that she not only truly loved my work but she was a positive person and completely trusted me as her photographer – which makes my job a LOT easier! As I’ve gotten to know her and Travis a little here and there through emails and phone calls, I couldn’t wait to shoot their engagement shoot because I knew we were going to have so much fun! Fun was indeed had and I couldn’t be more proud of their pictures. I am totally looking forward to shooting their wedding next year! Below are a few of my favorites.

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Annah has such a beautiful face whether she is smiling or serious. I love how you can see a window to her heart just by looking into her eyes.

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I was completely digging their outfits for the following pictures. Very coordinated but not at all matchy-matchy. Just right. The perfect example of what to wear for an engagement shoot.

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How cute are they? Seriously.

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Michael got the following picture. Mmm, I’ve trained him well. Look at that lighting.

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Love all the colors in this one.

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Definitely one of my favorites of the day.

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Ahhh, the light was AAAHmazing.

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Hands down, favorite shot of the day. I love it!

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Thanks again Annah and Travis – you guys ROCK!!

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  • Kimber Smith

    beautiful…
    that blue building sure looks familiar :)
    {I heart her dress—I HAVE to know where she got it!!}

  • Beautiful couple!!! Love your fave shot too! Agree about Monday. I feel like a nerd saying it too. Or like I shouldn’t say it in front of people who hate their jobs.

    MUST…HAVE…DRESS!!

  • Wow. What a gorgeous woman!!! Seriously. So much love pouring out of these photos. I am in love with your images!!!! Fab.U.Lous.

  • Annah

    LOVE LOVE LOVE them! You are absolutely amazing and we couldn’t be happier that you are with us for our exciting journey!

  • [...] than that. Well, it did. After getting to know Annah and Travis over time and while shooting their engagement pictures, I grew even more excited about their big day. They are two of the sweetest and most genuine people [...]

The day was perfect, the bride and groom were perfect, and their love for one another was perfect! Mark and Mindy have been two of the easiest clients I have ever worked with! They are incredibly easy going and full of happiness. Mindy’s sweet and shy personality is undoubtedly a perfect match for Mark’s funny guy personality. He is constantly making her laugh and feel at ease. It was completely adorable in every way. Below are a few of my favorites from the big day that was held at White Oak Plantation.

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Michael captured this shot of Mark looking handsome as he prepares to say his “I dos”.

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Mindy looking gorgeous as always.

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Mindy and Mark opted to do a “First Look” before their ceremony. I cannot say enough good stuff about what a GREAT idea this is. It’s not only SUCH a beautifully intimate moment shared between the bride and groom, but it gives us time to get beautiful photos before the ceremony. We were able to do their bridal party photos before as well! I know the “First Look” goes against “tradition” and a lot of couples are worried it’ll take away from that moment of the bride coming down the aisle to her groom. But quite the contrary… the couples that have done it have never regretted it and have always felt it was one of the best decisions they made.

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Mark was so excited and anxious to turn around and see her.

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I just love the anticipation on his face!! It’s SO awesome!

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They were SO excited to see each other! Both of them were smiling from ear to ear. I’m pretty sure a couple of tears even started to form. It was such a beautiful moment.

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Michael got Mindy’s expression from this side and I LOVE it. Mark got choked up again when Mindy came down the aisle towards him during the ceremony. The “First Look” didn’t take away from that special moment whatsoever.

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The sun was setting and making beautiful light.

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I love how Mark makes Mindy laugh every chance he gets.

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Married!!

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First dance as husband and wife.

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Congratulations Mindy and Mark! I wish you the best in love and life!! XOXO

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  • I definitely teared up at the first look!!! So sweet and intimate. LOVE IT!

I will be blogging Mark and Mindy’s wedding tomorrow! I wanted to post a few of my favorites from her bridal shoot we did a couple of months ago at White Oak Plantation – which is also where the wedding was held. If you haven’t already seen their engagement photos, check them out here! Happy Wednesday!

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  • Courtney! That last image is just amazing!

  • Kimber

    These are great!! Love the last one especially

I had the hardest time choosing a winner for the wedding giveaway. I am blown away by how many of you took the time to not only enter, but share such intimate and beautiful details about your love story. I feel like I got to know you all on such a deep level and I wish from the bottom of my heart I could give the prize to each and every one of you. If only life were that easy I would do it! I think you’re all so amazing and I am honored that you even read my lil ‘ol blog. Your confidence in me as a photographer means the world! Thank you all so very much for taking the time to share your heart with me. I am honored you would want me to be a part of your big day and I wish nothing but the best of luck to you all. : )

With that being said, I am THRILLED to announce the winners, Amber and Luke! I loved everything about their story (which I will be blogging after the wedding) and I am so excited and honored to be a part of their upcoming wedding! YAY for love!!!

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  • Amber and Luke

    We are so excited and honored you chose us!! Thank you :)

There’s not much I can say about these photos except that Nina totally ROCKED IT!!! I loved everything about this shoot. The location, the light, the hair, the PINK flowers, the dress, her smile, everything! We shot these at Houmas House Plantation and below are a few of my favorites.

Thanks Nina for being awesome! I can’t wait to shoot your wedding this Spring!

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My favorite of the day:

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Seriously, isn’t she GORGEOUS!?!

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Fierce.

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Last shot of the day and I love it. She seriously looks fabulous in every single shot and choosing favorites for the blog was extremely difficult!

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  • Kimber Smith

    OH.MY.WORD!!!!
    they are great!!!!!! all of them…I lurve them–she makes a beautiful bride :)

  • WOW Courtney!! These are so beautiful. I love everything about them too. The location is amazing! Fabulous job girl!

  • Dude, where you live is out of control freaking amazing! Your locations are out of this world! Along with ALL of your photography. I am a major fan of everything you do!

  • These are strikingly beautiful. Well done.

  • Jennifer

    This makes me want to do a bridal shoot!! These are great Courtney!

  • [...] and you can’t help but absolutely adore her in every way. After spending time with her while shooting her bridal pictures, I just knew her wedding would be overflowing with bliss and happiness. That statement could not [...]

Last night as I was watching my favorite TV show, Grey’s Anatomy… something was said in the script that truly captivated me. Thank goodness I was DVRing it because I rewound it over 10 times just to listen to this particular part over and over again. Never has anything been said on that show that inspired me so much. It’s a great show full of edgy drama that keeps you wanting more and more, yes. But this time it was different. One of their patients (who happens to also be on their staff at the hospital), was just about to be put under for surgery on an inoperable tumor in his spine when he looks up at his doubtful and worried surgeon (Dr. Shepherd) and tells him something that shook my inner core. It reminded me that sometimes we are going to face difficulties in our lives that may seem at times impossible to get through. Hardships that are so painful we don’t think we’ll even survive until tomorrow. There’s just no way we’ll make it to the other side. But the character Isaac in the show spoke the most beautiful words that are so incredibly true. He said: beinspiredInspiration can come from facing something hard in your life. Every time a storm comes your way, you have a decision to make. You can take the easy way out and surrender yourself to it, risking the chance of losing a part of yourself. Or you can take it head on and say, “you know what? This won’t be easy, but I am determined that no matter what happens, I will fight til the very end and not give up. I will BE INSPIRED by this obstacle and use it for good in my life.” I want to always be that person. I know that life will not always be perfect, but I want to remember that no matter what comes my way, I CAN be inspired by it. Life is what you make it – I believe that with all of my being. I want to be inspired by the good AND the bad.

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  • Kimber Smith

    Well said!!! I choose to be inspired!! :)

  • Jennifer Le

    Wow..
    That’s awesome. And true. It’s interesting that we always hear or read these things exactly when we need to sometimes. I don’t think that’s coincidental.
    Thanks for posting this.
    J~

  • elizabeth Tujague

    It was such a great episode… i cried alot lol

  • Awesome! I love that you’re inspired by Grey’s! I have learned life’s lessons from Grey’s, and from Scrubs for that matter, many times! ;) Thanks for the lesson.

  • These are stunning, Courtney! Great work!

…I know I have been completely awful to you, but I promise to make it up soon.

Love,
Courtney

For real yo – between weddings, photo shoots, editing, emails, running a boudoir company, redoing the website, meetings, and the list goes on…. this blog has been getting SERIOUSLY neglected and I hate every bit of it! I heart my blog and it really bums me out that so many other things have become a priority at the moment. But I WILL get back to a routine of regularly blogging once I get through the next several weeks of getting some of these things checked off the list! I will, I will, I will!

For now here are a couple of sneak peaks from a bridal shoot I did today of one of my clients. Her wedding is next year and I cannot wait! More soon.

This has to be one of my all time favorite bridal shots ever. She just looks radiantly happy and I am in LOVE with it!

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  • Sarah Backstrom

    This is absolutely breathtaking, Courtney!

  • Kimber Smith

    Beautiful….lovely…{as always}