Our family loves to live life fully. Cherished moments pass us by rarely captured for the full depth of appreciation later because we don't have the time or skill to make sure we "catch" them. Kortney catches them. She sees what we don't see, she captures what we miss, and she brings it back to our view so we can relive the moment. I had witnessed Kortney's work with the fun classroom photos she takes at school & her own family shots on Facebook. I knew I would love what she would catch with my family, but had no idea where her artistic eye would land.
The most humbling shots in our session include a snugly photo of my husband and I after a day of real life on a Sunday in ministry, an unforgettable genuine smile of my dad playing cards with the rest of us, kitchen memories with my mom & daughter, tackle pictures of my kids and their daddy, and pet pictures that are sure to have me laugh & cry for years to come. None of us know how long we will walk this planet and it is not easy to make decisions each day of what to do with our time, finances, etc, etc, but the moments Kortney captured for my family are irreplaceable and treasures for the future. I thank God for Kortney and how she uses the gifts He gave her. Worth every moment!
Embrace the fun and love this family brings by viewing their gallery and video slideshow titled “An Afternoon of Laughter and Love”.
I bought our session at our fundraising auction for our school. It was a spur of the moment purchase that I thought could be kind of cool. It was the 9th school auction we attended and this session was hands down the best thing we have ever come home with.
I had never heard of nor had any idea what documentary photography was before this. I hate getting my photo taken and I’m not very photogenic (especially when I’m posing for photos). I also tend to get stressed and extremely nervous when it comes to family photos, making sure everything is perfect. As this session approached my anxiety grew because I didn’t know what to expect. Kortney was great in helping us prepare, sending us lots of tips that helped us relax. She makes you feel comfortable and makes it easy. Since this was not a posed photo session and it was just our family in our space doing our thing, it didn’t come with the stress of having to get the “perfect” shot. It literally felt like a normal Saturday morning!
The best part is that the pictures are amazing and I even looked good. When I first saw the pictures and the video I cried! Kortney was able to capture our family doing everyday things and made them into beautiful pictures, so we can cherish those everyday moments years down the road when they become rare moments!
I cannot wait to do this again! I want to have these types of pictures filling my house so my children and I can better cherish and remember their childhood. I can’t wait to add cousins, friends, and grandparents to the mix!
So many favorites from this session it was hard to pick four. Superheros, books, baking, and MORE! See their entire story “A Beautiful Saturday Morning” along with their video slideshow.
I was not sure what to expect from a storytelling session. It was different from that more "posed" photo sessions than I have experienced in the past. I enjoyed a much more stress free experience of capturing simple and precious moments of our family. We did not have to pack everyone and everything up to go and take pictures in a special location. I did not fuss with picking out the perfect outfit for the baby or my little ones. I was not worried about if the baby had been fed, or if she was cranky, or had a messy diaper. We were able to just go about the normal routine and I was able to tend to my little one's needs as Kortney went around catching little snapshots of our day. When Kortney arrived, the children went about their daily business of playing, laughing, and making messes. I was able to cuddle my newborn and watching my older children "ham it up" for the camera. My husband even starting getting in on the fun while wrestling with the older children in the basement.
The photos came out great! I am never in any of the family photos that I take, because I am always behind the camera. It was precious to see pictures of my husband and I having those real moments interacting with our children. It’s something that I have never been able to capture in the past. My favorite pictures from the day were the ones that included all of my children interacting with one another. They had so much fun showing Kortney around our house and they were very proud to show off their new baby sister. It was very fun for the kids and the adults too.
I would highly recommend a photo story session for any family that wants to have a fun day of just being yourself and capturing those special and unique moments with your family. Having a newborn can be so stressful and exhausting in those first few weeks. It was easy to just relax and let things happen they way they would on any normal day. I was amazed by what came out of just a typical morning. I have also received many compliments from friends and family on the unique photos that we have from our session. I'm looking forward to doing it again in the future when our children are a little older to see the changes in how they’ve grown.
Check out their amazing indoor bounce house and enjoy all the newborn snuggles “Introducing Fiona Mae”.
Let me start by saying that pre-Kortney, taking family pictures was a bit like pulling teeth. Let me rephrase, taking family pictures was WORSE than pulling teeth.
Years had passed since we had a decent picture of our family of four. The Littles are not fans of standing still and smiling and let's be real, my husband isn't either. Then Kortney swooped in and saved the day. She came in on a Sunday afternoon to capture all the good stuff: my daughter's makeovers, card games, random dance parties in the kitchen. All the great stuff that happens on a random day, Kortney made it special. She makes the little moments special.
My favorite moment happened at the end. All 6 of us (2 dogs included) piled on the couch for one last picture. Kortney had all 6 of us so at ease we all chilled long enough to sit still and take a picture with cheesy goofy smiles plastered on our faces. That, indeed, is quite the miracle. That is why that moment frozen in time is my absolute favorite picture. Thanks Kortney (miracle worker)!
Relaxing spa time, board games, Harry Potter, and dance parties take over this beautiful In-Home Session. See their full story “A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon”.
My family has had the pleasure of working with Kortney on six occasions. She has captured our daughter's 1st year in 3 month intervals and also her 2nd birthday photos. She is such a personable, creative, fun, warm, and energetic photographer. She makes you feel comfortable and welcome. She takes her time and asks for your insight. She has a passion for what she does and it really shines through her work. We didn't think the pictures could get any better after the first session, but they did every single time. Sometimes I would leave a session and think there is no way any of those pictures are going to look good. Violet was a hot mess. Somehow Kortney always captured all the sweet moments and the photos were amazing.
For Violet's two year photos we did a story session and it was awesome! Not only do I have pictures of Violet just being her adventurous, loving, brave self, I have a photo story to remind us of how much fun being two can be. Especially since being two to my daughter means I have more energy than humanly possible and "no take pictures, mom" responses. Kortney's method of being the fly on the wall worked beautifully. She captured playtime, dress-up, a snowball fight, cuddling, laughter, and so much more. We are so blessed to have had Kortney to capture Violet's adventures as a newborn and to a two year old. We look forward to working with her in the future and creating even more magical memories. Thank you for being so awesome Kortney!
Kevin, Rachel, and Violet F.
I wasn't familiar with storytelling photography until I met Kortney. The minute I watched one of the videos she made for another client, I was hooked! The photographs and the music all melted together so beautifully that I started to cry watching their story unfold in front of my eyes. I needed to have my next family pictures taken by Kortney.
Kortney met us at a local park and started to take pictures the minute we pulled up. She made us feel very much at ease and followed us as we played on the playground or walked the trails at the park. Most of the pictures Kortney took were just us being us - no posing, no staging. I especially loved the candid pictures of my son just being a three year old. The video received so many compliments from our family and friends. I look forward to having Kortney tell the story of our daughter's birth and our many more adventures together!