Courtney Anderson: Photographer

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  • 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. 

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    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. 

    One of my favorite stops on the Gopher Road Trip was on our northwest tour and our stop in Alexandria, Minnesota. It was BEAUTIFUL and we couldn’t have prayed for more glorious weather. It was held at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum.

    Garrett took me to Taylors Falls, MN yesterday afternoon. He’s been a huge fan of it since he moved to Minnesota and I can understand why. What was interesting was that it completely reminded me of home much more than I expected. The little town even reminded me of Ely. We had a really great time. Not to mention, stopped and got amazing ice cream from this little shop on their main street.

    This spring my sister, Elizabeth, graduated high school. I could not be more proud of the girl that she has become. I can’t help but look at these photos that I took of her and smile. She’s absolutely stunning and that’s not only on the outside. Her personality, although obnoxious from time to time, is intoxicating and hard to not admire. I love her so much and I’m so glad that I was fortunate enough to get to take these pictures of her during such a milestone in her life.

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    I have lived in Minnesota my entire life and I’ve learned to never get my hopes up about the weather and what it may (or may not) bring.

    After many months of snow & blizzards these are the types of sights that I cannot wait for in spring & summer. I’ve recently falled in love with tulips and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it’s the delicate petals or the darkened opacity when they overlap along their edges. 

    Either way, it’s something. 

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    Garrett Wright and I were a part of Gopher Road Trip #2 yesterday and today! He, Goldy and I got our own golf cart to follow AD Norwood Teague, Jerry Kill, Don Lucia and Richard Pitino around as they stopped by and greeted golfers on the course after our event. Needless to say, we had fun.

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