About the Photographer


“Live Lovely” is my life’s manifesto. We have an infinite amount of time in this world and I truly believe in making the most of every moment. I am an archivist and I document these moments to create enduring, timeless, and candid images. I am a positive-photojournalist, a term I coined for myself as a wedding and destination photographer and lifestyle travel blogger. 

Photography has been my passion ever since I won my first 35mm film camera in a kindergarden fundraiser when I was five-years-old. It was a little purple plastic thing the size of an animal cracker box. That passion grew in high school when I took my first black & white photography class. With the intention of becoming a photojournalist like my teen idol, Dan Eldon. I became a photographic documenter of my life and the lives of the people closest to me (including the cats). Those skills brought me to Cazenovia College and eventually Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, England. In 2012 I graduated with a BFA specializing in photography and minoring in journalism and art history. 

 

                                                                            One of my first photos (my cat “Pookey” 1995)

I have infused my love of photography, my passion for adventure, my hobby of writing, and adoration for positive psychology and simple living to create a unique business for myself: Wedding and destination photography with lifestyle photojournalism. I travel for local and destination weddings, engagements, boudoir, and maternity shoots and I love sharing photographs of the places I visit. 

Yet, not all of my travel is far. I believe that there are adventures to be had right outside your own front door. At the moment my fiancĂ© Matthew and I are saving up for our own wedding. We both have large families and we want our loved ones to attend so most of our savings are going towards the wedding and honeymoon. For now, it slows down our international travel. 

Last year I found a gorgeous book about France with amazing photos and personal stories by the photographer. While looking at the photos I realized that there are many beautiful places right here at my home base in Connecticut. People travel from all over the world to visit New England, especially in the summer and autumn. Instead of daydreaming about far off places that I cannot afford to fly to just now, I made a wish list of all the local places that I love or want to visit. I am living for today and appreciating the life that I have right now. I started making the posts in the fall of 2016 to share experiences that my friends overseas can perhaps use in their trip planning, as well as to inspire my local New Englanders to get out and explore. It satisfies my wanderlust and the photojournalist inside me. Truly, it makes my soul happy!

 

I blog about weddings, engagements, tips for your photo shoots, tips for photographers, camera reviews, travel, and things that I love. You will find crafts, thoughts, and positive psychology with my “Tuesday Tea” posts (oh I do love my tea!), simple living and lifestyle posts with my “Live Lovely” blog posts, book reviews, fashion, tutorials, interviews, and a whole lotta travel! 

Most of my travel posts are from my home state of Connecticut, and Connecticut sure does have a lot of charm. A beautiful seashore, over 300 lakes and ponds, lovely mountains for hiking, gorgeous small towns, museums, libraries, cafes, places to eat, and fabulous cities. I will also be photographing a series of New England posts as I explore other places in New England. Travel around other states and countries will follow. I also have a “live lovely” list. Many people may have a list of their own, often called a life goal list. I often document these adventures, both big and small on my blog, like my goal to fly a plane which I accomplished on my birthday this year. 

I hope you enjoy the content on Live Lovely. I love comments and hearing from readers about things you love and posts that you may want to see. Know of any great local places you think I should blog about, please let me know! I am always looking for new places to explore. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, head over to my “contact me” page and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I am working on a goal to photograph a wedding in every single U.S. state, so if you’re from out of Connecticut and I have not photographed a wedding in your state before, you may be eligible for a special collection price. Thank you for being a positive part of my community!

Your Live Lovely Lady, 

Courtney

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