How I Became A Photographer | Destination Elopement Photographer - Courtney Lynn

How I Became A Photographer | Destination Elopement Photographer

My journey into photography was unexpected, abrupt and the best decision I ever made! Growing up my family went camping in Yosemite, the Sequoias or somewhere in the mountains every summer and I always enjoyed taking pictures of the beautiful scenery surrounding us, but I had never considered or even wanted to be a professional photographer.

I have always been an extremely creative person and my personality shown through at a young age. My mom would ask me “What do you want to make today?” instead of “What do you want to do today?”. My aunt would always buy me the coolest craft kits from bracelet making to watercolors to how-to books. The crafts were endless and I never tired of it! I am the type of person that can’t sit down for hours at a time.  It drives me crazy! (I think my mom appreciated me being distracted, tbh. Buuut, she probably didn’t love the messes I always made…)

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When I was a freshman in high-school and we would have our winter formals, spring fling, homecoming, etc., I would always go to one of my best friend’s grandma’s house so she could do our hair since she was a hairdresser. I loved the creativity in doing updo’s and makeup, so I began to practice on friends and I absolutely loved it! I actually started doing hair and make up for weddings when I was in high school, but didn’t think about doing it for a career till I was in my senior year. I realized that I could have a job that I actually enjoyed doing! So, I decided to go to cosmetology school right after I graduated. I got my license in a speedy 9 months, started working at a salon, and I loved it so much. Being behind the chair was truly a passion and looking back it helped me in my photography so much because it taught me how to have a meaningful conversation with strangers, and how to get them to open up. I had worked at the same salon for 3 years when the owner of the salon decided to sell it. Uh-oh! Some of the other stylists and I weren’t very happy about this because we weren’t too fond of the soon-to-be new owner. I worked under the new owner for a year when…I started to question if doing hair was the right thing for me. I disliked going into the salon and it just wasn’t an enjoyable experience anymore.

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During my last year working at the salon, my husband and I found out that we were going to be moving to Italy! This is when my aspirations really started to change. When I found out that we were going to moving I started thinking that I should learn to take good pictures because I am going to be in an incredible place, and I wanted to be able to capture our memories there. So, I started to read blog after blog and watch YouTube video after YouTube video to teach myself the ins and outs of photography. I honestly had NO IDEA how much work and knowledge you need in order to be a truly good photographer. All this information fascinated me and I couldn’t stop reading and learning. I spent about 2 months absorbing all the knowledge before I got my very first camera. Because I spent so much time learning before I got my camera I picked it up pretty quickly and fell in love immediately! I took pictures of my hubby a few days after I got all my gear and it was like my eyes had been opened to something that had been missing in my life. It sounds cheesy, I know, but it’s true! I loved photography so much that doing hair and working at a salon that I no longer loved became such a chore and a grim experience that I decided to quit and take on photography full swing.  It was the best decision I ever made.


Once I started doing sessions I quickly realized that I loved working with couples and that family sessions were not my thing. I also started to learn about Adventure Elopements and they really intrigued me because I have always loved hiking and exploring new terrain. So, if I got to combine working with couples and enjoying the stunning landscape, what more could I ask for?! I also love elopements so much because they are such an intimate experience since it is typically you, the couple, and maybe just a few other people. I get to know each couple so well and by the end of it I have made some dear new friends. I never expected this to happen to me, but I feel so blessed and am so grateful for each wedding that I get to be a part of!

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I'm so friggin' stoked you landed here! I'm an Adventure Elopement Photographer, but my role is so much more than just an Elopement Photographer.


Getting to know you is extremely important to me so that I create the ultimate elopement experience that's crafted around you. We'll be spending a lot of time together and I want to make sure we'll be a great fit so that your elopement day can be the best it possibly can be.

I'm here to make your life SO much easier and I'm so excited to do so!! I'm here to keep your day and planning process as stress-free as possible. I'm not about stressing out and I especially don't want you losing your mind on your elopement day! I'm here to guide you through every single step.

If you're looking for an adventurous, meaningful and wild experience on your elopement day then let's friggin' do this!! 

Hey, I'm Courtney!

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"Planning for our day and the day itself would have been completely different without Courtney. We only knew that we wanted to share our vows in the Tuscan countryside and have beautiful photos, and Courtney planned the perfect agenda for that to happen. She coordinated our timing around sunset, and not only were the photos breathtaking, but the actual evening was too. I remember looking out over the vineyards as the sun set, the view becoming more and more stunning by the minute. There were no moments that felt forced or posed, every shot was comfortable and fun and full of love.

Courtney is such a sweet, kind, fun person and we truly enjoyed spending the day with her. Courtney helped us to turn our dreams into reality, and we hardly had to do a thing. She allowed us to be in control of our day but gently took all of our wants and needs into consideration while making everything happen. Lastly, our pictures are just magical. Courtney is an incredibly talented photographer, and I feel so lucky that we were able to work with her. I would recommend her over and over again to anyone eloping."

Ellie & Zac

"Let. Me. Tell. You. It's not the technical aspects of photography that are the most difficult. It's the human aspect. Remembering that as a Photographer, you may be behind the lens but you are still a human, in front of other humans, in some of the most raw and intimate of moments. Courtney balances both of these necessities (but rarities) with poise, great direction, and an overall kind calmness that just makes you breathe a sigh of relief. If you've come across Courtney's page and see what you like already, BOOK HER NOW. Don't spend another second looking for another Photographer that doesn't bring anywhere near the amazing light and spirit that this girl brings right here. Thank you again Courtney for allowing my husband and I to marry each other all over again! The images are stunning and I can't wait to blow them up and hang them in our home."

Shannon & Brandon

When my now husband and I started planning our elopement, we were confused to the max. We didn’t know where to start or how to go about planning anything. We knew we wanted to get married in Ireland, but had too many options on exactly where. After doing some research of elopements on the web, I was scrolling on Pinterest and came across some BEAUTIFUL photos taken of an elopement in Ireland. Those moments were captured by, yep you guessed it, Courtney!

Her website and Courtney herself made the process so easy. She is organized, professional, sweet, and so so funny!! Courtney does more than just photograph your day, she cares about you having the BEST day! She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details, like what type of shoes to wear! She helped us narrow down where, giving us her informative opinions on each of our options! She gave us cool ideas that we could incorporate into our special day. No idea was too big! When the day came, we had the absolute best time exploring and getting married! After we exchanged our vows, we went to celebrate at a local pub (Courtney’s idea ;) ). It was a blast!!

Our elopement was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! I will never be able to thank Courtney enough for making it happen. So for anyone on the fence, swaying back and forth about whether or not work with Courtney on your big day, SWAY NO MORE! You’ve found your person!! My day couldn’t have been any better and my pictures are beautiful and capture the fun we had!!! I can’t wait to work with her again!

Taylor & andrew

"Working with Courtney was an extremely easy experience, seamless, positive and obviously fun. My wife and I went on our honeymoon and wanted to surprise her with a surprise honeymoon adventure session. Courtney worked with me to make that dream gift for my wife a reality. Meeting and posing for a photographer for the first time can be intimidating, but with Courtney it was anything but that.

Courtney is extremely positive and helpful and made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She played some of our favorite songs and before we knew we were just having fun and she was catching them every second. Perhaps the best part of our session was that Courtney knew all the characteristic and peaceful places of where we were, which made our photos even more extraordinary. She kept the focus was on my wife and me. When we shared our images with friends and relatives, everyone complimented on Courtney's aesthetics and the emotion she was able to capture. I can't thank Courtney enough for exceeding all our expectations with this photo shoot!!"


"Pick her -- she's the best! Courtney is amazing! Seriously! If you're thinking about eloping you should snatch her up to capture your day. She makes the entire experience fun and relaxed plus the pictures just blew us away. I will never forget our magical time in Venice and I'm obsessed with the gorgeous photos Courtney took of us. She's so so good!"

Jami & Tim

Courtney is not only a talented photographer, but she makes you feel so comfortable even though being in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking! She did such an amazing job with our day and if I had to pick my favorite photo it would take FOREVER, because I love so many! Definitely consider her if you want adventurous and beautiful photos coupled with an amazing experience!

walker & mac

What's It like having me be your elopement photographer & coordinator? 
Take it from my past couples!