I'm Courtney Garrett, a wedding and portrait photographer in Northwest Arkansas.
I left my corporate career, picked up a camera, hustled harder than I imagined possible, and am now running the business I once dreamt of.
I AM INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE BEST JOB EVER.
I want to sing it from the rooftops (or talk about it at every meal) but people would be annoyed, so I will just tell you about it here.
I have done "art" for as long as I can remember. I took art elective classes all through school and even took art college courses. I did custom paintings and murals for years before I decided to finally cave and buy a camera (something other than my Nikon Coolpix) and pursue my photography dream.
I bought a fancy (DSLR) used camera off a yard sale ad in November of 2016 (without a clue how to use it), made a few goals (and wrote them down), jokingly told my husband I was quitting my job in a year, YouTube became my best companion for months, and I quit my corporate manager job in November of 2017. God works miracles, AM I RIGHT?!
I also could not have done it without my insanely supportive and motivating husband, Chris, or my Mom that picks up all of my slack for our family and frequently watches our children during shoots and weddings. Thankful, SO thankful, for family (near and far) and for the friends that have supported me from day one.
To those of you waiting to chase your dreams. Just do it.
Buy the camera, change career paths, move cities. It takes a lot of hard work and consistency but JUST DO IT.
Ok, now I sound like a Nike ad, but my story is based on three things - Faith, Goals, and Optimism. You won't know until you try it.
I say it all the time and I really do mean it, I have the best job that I could ever dream up. I get to spend my days at home with our kids, nap times editing beautiful people, and I get to meet (and become friends with) some of the most wonderful humans on this Earth. I get so excited when I prepare for wedding days, but I also have so much fun spending time doing sessions every week. I get to come home and look at all of the images and I LITERALLY get giddy every time I download a new session to edit. Photography is art and art has been my passion for years.
I love chasing "The Good Light", as I call it, that makes my images pop. I love bright and airy images but I like to keep my clients sharp in my editing so they remain the focus. I spend a lot of time on editing, I'm OCD in many ways, but I believe the quality of my work makes me stand out and so do my clients.
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You can most likely find me...
WEARING: yoga pants and a sweatshirt
DRINKING: *coffee*, water or pinot noir
SITTING: on the couch with my laptop, phone in close proximity, and our children, Grayson and Grady, by my side.
READING: a devotional or self-help book
LISTENING TO: a podcast, Instagram story or Christmas music
HOPING: to spend more quality time at home as a family
THINKING: about how much my husband, Chris, does for this family + how lost we would be without him. We are a 50/50 household and he often does more than his share.
IN MY FREE-TIME: playing with Grayson and Grady, enjoying time with Chris, fitting in a workout, or organizing some part of my life (#enneagram1).