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Maryland Portrait Session

This is the 3rd time Renee and Jon are on the blog! I love it when my clients come back and ask me to document moments beyond their engagement and wedding. For some it’s an anniversary session to commemorate a number of years married and for others it’s a maternity session. Photographing maternity sessions has…

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Telling Our Story, part 3

Great is His Faithfulness

In November we had a meeting with our infertility doctor to discuss next steps. I felt hopeful as we walked into his office. We discussed the normal formalities and questions. And then the conversation turned serious when our doctor looked us in the eye and said he doesn’t know what else there is to do….

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April 16, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Julie - Wow! Thank you for sharing.

April 16, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Susie Marks - Courtney, I’ve never met you in person, but have followed your photography and blog for some time. Your story touched my heart. While we have 3 healthy children already (youngest will be 8 this year), we have longed for more. After 2 miscarriages over the last 2 years, we spent quite a bit of time in the “valley”. Praise God, we are currently expecting and our little one is due to arrive October 2nd. I will pray for a healthy pregnancy for you and rejoice with you as well! Hugs!

April 16, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Deanna Martin - We serve an awesome God!

April 16, 2014 - 4:51 pm

jamie - i read this with tears of joy! God has held you in his hands in the long three years of waiting.i truly am beyond excited for baby reese and you will be able to tell him/her of the Lord’s timing and his faithfulness to you and your family. and it was after our trip to st lucia that I found out our news too. enjoy all of this.

Photoshoot for a Cause

Elegantees and iSanctuary

Well it’s been forever since I blogged last! Life has been a whirlwind since the beginning of the year, but that’s a post for another time. My friend Naomi approached me a month or so ago and asked if I would be interested in doing a photo shoot to promote some Fair Trade companies that…

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March 17, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Lydia Gross - Thanks for sharing these beautiful shirts for a cause. Of course the models are beautiful on the inside and the outside! I couldn’t help but to order a few myself!

March 17, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Candace - Such great pictures! Love the causes!

March 17, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Candace - Shared and liked:)

March 17, 2014 - 5:37 pm

RaeAnn - They look so great! I love elegantees:)!

March 17, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Katelyn Shreiner - Wonderful pictures, wonderful cause, and beautiful Godly ladies!

March 17, 2014 - 6:21 pm

Beth Cool - shared & liked :) gorgeous photos!

March 17, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Tabitha - Beautiful photos! Definitely glad to become familiar with these companies.

March 17, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Tabitha - I’ve liked all 3 FB pages and reposted your blog on FB!

March 17, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Lanita R - Love everything about Elegantees!

March 17, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Kirstin Cassell - Love Elegantees – and now I’m so excited to check out those other organizations as well! Thank you!

March 17, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Sheri - I love Elegantees and would love to win a gift card!

March 17, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Sheri - I’ve liked all three FB pages, and shared this blog post.

March 17, 2014 - 10:17 pm

Care Oakes - Love love everything about this.

March 17, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Audra - LOVE Elegantees and Noonday Collection! Excited to find out about iSanctuary too. Great post.

March 18, 2014 - 12:13 am

paige Pollard - Love elegantees!!!

March 19, 2014 - 3:10 am

Leilani Squires - Love the pics! Awesome photography, and such lovely ladies.

March 19, 2014 - 3:12 am

Leilani Squires - Oh… and I liked all the Facebook pages. I’ve been perusing Elegantees since Naomi told me about them. Can’t believe I didn’t like them on Facebook before. Can’t wait to start shopping after baby arrives!

March 19, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Crystal - Like the Cora shirt design

March 19, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Linda Harp - Great pics and great causes. It looks like you had fun, too.

March 19, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Rebekah - I’ve loved every Elegantees piece that I’ve bought. They are so versatile! And majorly comfortable. Thanks for the work you did!

March 19, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Rebekah - I also liked all those pages…actually, iSanctuary was the only I hadn’t done yet. Thanks :-)

March 19, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Abigail Pugh - Awesome pictures! :) Liked and Shared!

March 19, 2014 - 9:40 pm

Julie Oakes - Such a neat cause!!! Nice photos…looks like ya’ll had fun!!!

March 20, 2014 - 12:42 am

Kaitlin Shadle - These photos are beautiful! Such a great idea!

March 20, 2014 - 12:47 am

Kaitlin Shadle - Shared and liked!!!

March 20, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Brittany - I love elegant tees! How great that the purchases of these tops go toward a good cause plus you know when purchasing them, they will be modest and lady-like :) . So pretty! I’d love to win because I’ve been wanting to purchase some tops for about six months now!

March 20, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Brittany - Beautiful photos have been shared :) and I definitely liked it all! Hey ladies, thanks for doing this. Spreading the word, making a photoshoot more than about yourselves. Shining the Light :) .

March 20, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Joanna - So much fun to see!

March 20, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Rebecca Farquhar - Great tees and jewelry!

March 21, 2014 - 12:50 am

Heather - Beautiful pictures. Love the very last photo :-)

March 21, 2014 - 12:52 am

Heather - Shared and liked

March 21, 2014 - 1:16 am

julie - Thank you girls for helping others! Look like you had fun!

March 21, 2014 - 2:31 am

julie n - Liked all three! Great pictures!

March 21, 2014 - 11:52 am

Crystal - Shared post on facebook

March 21, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Mary Pugh - Liked and shared! Beautiful girls! Especially the two younger ones!!;)

Highs and Lows

The best and worst of 2013

With my work load light, I’ve been taking some time to reflect over the last year(and I’ve been writing this blog post since December 31st-whoops). Writing in my journal, setting goals, reading, and remembering moments that defined 2013 for me. It was a year full of victories and failures, goals met and falling short. I’m…

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January 8, 2014 - 11:11 am

Abby brusco - I love your honesty I have been trying to spend more time with god, but I feel like maybe I am not doing something right. It feels forced and the words do not speak to me, so it can become frustrating.

We also love Dave Ramsey,we have been following his show since 2010 and are also debt free except the mortgage. Congrats!!

January 9, 2014 - 12:29 am

Esther - What a beautiful post, Courtney! Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Your post also reminded me of another photographer whose blog I follow that you may like as well! http://ginazeidler.com/blog/

January 9, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Evangeline Renee - Thanks for posting. You’re an encouragement to me.

January 14, 2014 - 1:13 am

Char - You radiate peace and beauty. As always, you leave me inspired by your ease and who you are. Xo

2013 Wedding Favorites

Bests of weddings

White and ivory dresses. Lace, silk and satin. Tan, grey, black suits. Suspenders. Flowers of all varieties that filled bouquets and graced boutonnieres. First Looks and final dances, 2013 wedding was filled with so many memories. I know I say this a lot, but I am truly blessed to have a job that I love. Sure…

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December 30, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Brenda Taylor - These pictures are so beautiful! You have such a gift for capturing these memories that these couples can always look back on.