Wednesday, September 20, 2017


In May 2012 I received my first "real" camera.  It was refurbished.  It was finicky.  But it was free.

And it made me deliriously happy.  I could finally capture life's precious little moments with a quality that my foggy mom brain couldn't.  I took my camera just about everywhere.  I snapped picture after picture after picture of my kids because they were always with me, and always willing.

Over time I started to feel more comfortable with my camera.  Occasionally I would think I'm getting kind of good at this, but that's about as far as it went.

Fast forward to early September 2017.  As my neighbor and I walked home from the bus stop she made a comment about a picture I had put on Facebook.  {I can't even remember which one}.  And she offhandedly said that I should consider taking pictures for other people.  

In the past, various friends or family members had said the same thing but I thought they were just trying to be nice.  I didn't feel ready or comfortable with my abilities.  What if I was terrible?

But somehow this time felt different.  Instead of instantly putting myself down, I decided to ask the magical question: "What if?"

The planning started immediately.  I met with several friends who do photography and asked lots of questions.  I designed a business model and dug up a few photos that I could use in my tiny portfolio.

And then I went to work.  I upgraded to a newer camera {mainly for reliability reasons} and toyed with various settings.  I scheduled a few trial photo sessions with friends who wouldn't mind being my guinea pigs.  And I spent many late nights studying editing tutorials and fine-tuning my skills.

I still have A LOT to learn and there will always be someone out there who is "better" but I can feel it in my bones that I'm doing the right thing.  I'm supposed to develop this talent and share it with others. 

I'm happy to say that Kourtni Steorts Photography is up and running.  Feel free to check out my  website!