Courtney Anderson: Photographer

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  • This family session was a top secret mission from a former co-worker. As an anniversary present for his wife he wanted to coordinate a secret photo shoot of him and his boys while she was out of town for work.

    We were able to find the perfect location near Minnihaha Falls on the most wonderful evening. Between the perfect lighting, these boys’ baby blue eyes and the high energy how could we not end up with images like these?


    I was beyond flattered when I was contacted by one of my youngest cousins to photograph a senior session for her. Jennifer and my sister Elizabeth have been attached at the hip for as long as I could remember - luckily that includes remembering some ridiculous memories of this little lady. 

    It’s been such an honor to be a part of this girl’s life and offered the chance to capture her beauty through my lens. I wish only the best for her now and forever. Keep shining, Jennifer! 

    A few weeks ago I was able to escape the concrete jungle of the Twin Cities and get up north and back to my family. We have a lake place nestled up about an hour north of my hometown near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

    No neighbors, no roads, no electricity and no stress.

    My parents, my little sister and I had a great weekend relaxing, working on the property, swimming, soaking up the sun and spending time together. With my folks dodging me and my ever watchful camera and Theresa following me around hoping I would shoot her, I was able to take some photos to capture our weekend together.

    When my father wasn’t teaching Theresa how to captain his little fishing boat and the Johnson 5.5 he was working hard on the upkeep of the property. My mother spent a lot of her time making meals for the four of us and reading in the yard when the sun decided to peek between the clouds. Theresa nipped at my heels the entire weekend. Whether we were indoors, on the boat, in the water or I was walking around taking photos she was always close by - I love the time her I spend together.

    It’s weekends such as these that allow me to recharge my batteries - and with a new school year quickly closing in, Lord knows I need it. It will get busy around here in no time. 

    Once again I have Kayla to thank for being a fantastic model. She’s always extremely willing to bear with me while I fiddle on the other side of the camera, switching settings, swearing softly under my breath and working to capture those little moments.

    I called her up about twenty minutes south of Eveleth, Minn. and asked her if she looked decent and what she was doing that evening. I wasn’t even home for the 4th of July yet but I wouldn’t let the gorgeous lighting that was moving across the highway go to waste. She laughed at me and told me she’d “pretty-up” really quick and I knew she wouldn’t disappoint. She always looks pretty fantastic and agreed to meet me. 

    We had an awesome time despite battling the mosquitoes that were biting the heck out of us. I’m lucky that I have friends who put up with me constantly snapping photos. Lord knows I wouldn’t be able to stand it if it was the other way around! 

    Please enjoy! :)

    After months of “thinking about it” I finally decided to buy an instant film camera and I couldn’t be more happy about it. I’m excited to have another way to capture those funny, interesting and quirky moments.

    I took these three little guys while I was in Crookston with Evan. Lucky for him he’s dating a photographer and has been and will be the subject for photos in the future. He wasn’t too thrilled about being photographed but it looks like he’s going to have to get used to it. It was great getting to see where he is from and what his hometown and lifestyle in NW Minnesota is all about. 

    I’m saying goodbye to make up for the next 40 days. I know - I’m insane. I usually use Lent as an excuse to try and lose weight by giving up sweets or soda but we all know how that usually ends up.

    This year I wanted to do something that will benefit me spiritually. First Peter 3:3 says - “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 

    Although I don’t wear insane amounts of make up I still feel inadequate without it. I have believed the idea that the only way people will find me pretty is if I hide my flaws behind make up. I’m tired of never feeling good enough. Society tells me that the way God created me (in His image) is inadequate. Why is it that I can sit at home alone all day without makeup on and feel fantastic but when I step out of my apartment I immediately feel vulnerable? This tells me that I compare myself to others when in public and feel incomplete.

    I want to use the time that I spent in the morning putting make up on to pray for love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness and self control. I hope that it will help me see others - and myself - as beautiful images of God. My goal this Lenten season is to find inner beauty for myself and finding my worth in God - not in everyone else. So here I am - no make up! I am looking forward to the challenge.

    I cannot wait to see this little number next weekend. It will be her first time visiting me in Minneapolis since I moved here in July of 2012.

    Miss Mary Arola has been one of my best friends since the eighth grade. We were introduced through mutual friends and we have been practically inseparable ever since. Sure - college and her crazy sense of adventure has kept us apart and in different parts of the state (sometimes the world) but we have always been able to keep close.

    I can’t even begin to describe all the craziness we have been through together. Between high school drama, her living in Madagascar for a year, her mother - Mable - babysitting my little sister since he was a newborn, homemade video making in the woods and driving around in our matching vans we never run out of stories to tell and memories to share.

    I don’t quite know what I would do without this gal. I only wish the best for her in all her future adventures - to grad school and beyond. 

    Kayla and I met under unusual circumstances that we really don’t need to get into. It brings up some bad memories but the silver lining in it all was that it brought this wonderful girl into my life. 

    Honestly, we were probably best friends right away. That first summer together we were inseparable. Between going to the St. Louis County Fair, celebrating my birthday with mini muffins and daily trips to Ely Lake beach it was one of the greatest summers I ever had. 

    Whether it was drama between friends, issues at home and work, or dealing with boyfriends and break-ups I’ve known that she is someone that I can always talk to about anything. Many people go their entire lives without a companion and friend such as this. 

    Finding my best friend’s inner beauty and pulling it through the lense was one of the most amazing experiences of my life as a photographer. 

    (Source: courtneyandersonphotos)

    Paul & Amanda Rovnak’s little boy, Paul, is just the cutest thing of all time. While I was supposed to be taking pictures of Nick Leddy & the Stanley Cup at Mariucci Arena I couldn’t help but sneaking a few pictures of this little dear. 

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