Why You Should Hire A Professional Photographer | Colorado Elopement Photographer - Courtney Lynn

Why You Should Hire A Professional Photographer | Colorado Elopement Photographer

This is Why You Should Hire A Professional Photographer.

It’s true that everybody knows somebody who is a photographer. A relative or family friend who is really into photography, but has no true intentions of quitting their “day job”. They’ll post their pictures on social media or show you their work in person, and their work is pretty good. They may even own the biggest and best camera gear.

If you are on budget (who isn’t?!) or funds are tight, you will probably consider hiring that relative or family friend for that couples session you’ve been dying to do or even for your wedding. They have most likely offered their services to you at a discounted rate, but don’t do it! Being a photographer myself I can tell you why hiring a professional is a no-brainer. I have heard one too many horror stories from acquaintances about how they didn’t like their images, missed special and important moments throughout the day or that the quality just wasn’t up to par.

Here are some important reasons why you should hire a professional photographer

Hiring a professional photographer


Most professionals usually spend tons and tons of time investing in their knowledge and in their business – I know I have! Whatever equipment they use they will know how to use it inside and out without fumbling through their gear and take seconds to make any necessary adjustments throughout the day.

Photographers usually have backup gear just in case of the horrible event of malfunctions or a freak accident happens. If you hire that family friend chances are you’ll be stuck with iPhone pictures. They have most likely done this before so they will be a big help to you leading up to your wedding and throughout the day.

Another major factor to a successful photographer is knowing good lighting techniques whether they are a natural light photographer or use studio lighting. A professional will know to create unique and customized scenes that best fit the time of day they are shooting at.

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If you are hiring a photographer for your wedding they will be there by your side the whole entire day.

That being said is SO important to hire somebody you get along well with. When I got married and I was looking for a photographer the main reason I hired my photographer besides liking her work was how friendly she was and how well we clicked.

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Having a face to face chat is a great way to gauge whether or not they’ll be a good fit for you! Another cool aspect about hiring a photographer is that photographers are artists, so how cool is it that you get to have an artist focused on you the whole day?!

They will usually help you with your wedding timeline as well and help to create the flow of your day. At DIY weddings with no planner your photographer will usually take on the role naturally so that they make sure to get all the necessary shots at the right time of day. Although, hiring a Day of Coordinator is HIGHLY recommend! They are 100% invested in you and are so excited to be there for you! Photographer make connections and you may end up being friends by the time it’s all said and done!

We Are Worth It

Photographers invest so much of their time before AND after your wedding or session. They take time to get to know you to really understand what you are looking for and the details you want captured. They spend hours upon hours going through images and editing them till they are perfect.

They create art and are in their field because they love it and there is no better thing than to work with somebody who absolutely loves what they do!

Their joy will come through and brighten up your day and you will most likely have a blast spending time with them. Their knowledge and investment in their gear are so worth it and honestly, do you want somebody under qualified to capture the most important day of your life. I think not.

In conclusion, hire a photographer to capture your wedding from beginning to end. They will create art and will truly add so much to your day. Spending that extra cash to hire a photographer will be the best decision you ever made. You’ll be even happier when you receive that stunning gallery that you can treasure forever!

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Courtney made the process SO easy! She does more than just photograph your day. She cares about you having the BEST elopement experience possible! I'll never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen!

Contact me about your Elopement!

You probably have a million thoughts running through your head making you a bit overwhelmed.

How does this work? What can I do during my elopement? How do I choose my location? Is the ceremony legal? Can I elope with family?

One of the reasons you're probably eloping is because you want to have a stress-free day, but with so much uncertainty on how to plan an elopement how is it even possible?!

No need to stress, you're in the right place! This is where I come in and do the heavy lifting for you.

I'm Courtney, and I specialize in documenting adventurous elopements for couples who love the outdoors, but role is so much more than just an elopement photographer.

I'm here to guide you through every single step of planning your elopement and to give you a clear path tossing that stress out the window!

So, if you're ready to have a unique elopement experience that's actually focused on you, then let's friggin' do this!!

You know you want to elope,

and you know you want it to be meaningful and adventurous, but where do you start?!

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"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. 

COURTNEY MADE THE PROCESS SO EASY! She is organized, professional, sweet, and so so funny!! She does more than just photograph your day, she cares about you having the BEST elopement experience possible!

She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details! 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!

Our elopement was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! I will never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen. 

So, for anyone on the fence, swaying back and forth about whether or not work with Courtney, 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

"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

"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 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

Don't just take it from me, Take it from my past couples!

You’re in the right place!

I’m here to guide you through EVERY. SINGLE. STEP.

Let’s toss that’s confusion out the window and focus on how you want to get married!

Let me relieve those feelings of being lost, save you time, tell the story of your day and let’s get started creating a day that you’ll never forget!

So, if you know you want to elope,
but feel unsure on where to start, 

contact me & let's get starting creating your dream elopement!

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