There's nothing better than bonding with my tiniest clients. (Photo credit: Carrie Elzinga)

There's nothing better than bonding with my tiniest clients. (Photo credit: Carrie Elzinga)

 Sometimes my clients take the pictures! (Photo credit: Anna Rogers)

Sometimes my clients take the pictures! (Photo credit: Anna Rogers)

 Old journals and the first images I thought had potential...from 7th grade camp.

Old journals and the first images I thought had potential...from 7th grade camp.

 My first camera, stolen from my daughter's costume closet. She's taking after her momma when it comes to snapping pictures.

My first camera, stolen from my daughter's costume closet. She's taking after her momma when it comes to snapping pictures.

My Story

Images heal. Tell truth. Freeze time. Act as a measuring stick. Become legacy. They're sacred. I got this at an early age:

age 3 | my overflowing crayon basin and the smell of waxy potential was my preferred mode of image making.

age 8 | my first camera, a blue Kodak 110. I fell in love with the cadence of image making: click, thumb-push advance, click.

age 10 | my stacks of picture albums. I was so attached that I begged my dad to bring them on our vacation. Diligently he layered the back of our (pink) station wagon with the albums, covered them with an old plaid blanket and put our suitcases on top of them.

age 12, | the cobweb covered darkroom at camp as I learned to load a film reel inside a light safe bag. Those were the days.

age 20 | I was a college fine art major. I spent a summer studying in Europe and was so inspired that I took an epic 5,000 images...in film. (It took months to afford the processing!) 

I haven't stopped documenting since. Though, it wasn't until the birth of my well-earned children that I found the intersection of my passion and calling.

Today, when I'm not shooting, developing and editing, I can be found working the other side of my brain as an account director, serving a medical-focused fortune 500....And when I'm not doing either of those things, you can find me at work on my most important job, loving on my family.

I've been married for more nearly 15 years to Max, the boy next door (ok, downstairs since he occupied the apartment below mine in California) and God has gifted us with two of the most extraordinary souls, Ryan (age 9) and Elise (age 5). We love the lake, the garden and the football field.  

 

BEHIND the NAME

Roots and blossoms aren't just parts of a tree. They describe the best parts of family:

Roots securely plant us in the rich soil of our family's unique culture.

When our roots are strong, each of us can go out and blossom for the world to see our goodness. Only then do we have the support to reach beyond ourselves to grow and become...more.

This is what drives my parenting philosophy, my business philosophy and drives me to capture the best parts of your story, for generations to adore.     

I've moved outside of documenting just my family's journey and love to focus my camera on the adventures of others.  Contact me if you're interested in working together.


- Courtney