Hello, My name is Courtney

I pride myself in being ...

Authentic, Sincere & Heartfelt

Durban based; photographer, wife, daughter, animal lover, chocolate and coffee addict! Those closest to me will more likely than not describe me as an organizational ninja, a neat freak and a perfectionist at heart. I'm that person who can't start my day without making my bed and who packs and triple checks my bags before leaving the house ...

I absolutely love all things girly but when it comes down to the nitty gritty stuff, I welcome it with open arms. I'm not afraid of getting my hair wet or getting down and dirty if it means I can get the results I know my clients want! My family loves getting back to nature, which is why trips to the KwaZulu Natal Midlands and camping excursions are a regular occurrence in our home! This is why my favourite place to be and to shoot is outdoors at a picturesque location with beautiful natural light.

After matriculating in 2015, having taken triple Science as my set subjects in school, I made a complete career change. I attended VEGA (an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd) for a year where I studied photography and developed my technical and practical skills further. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to have worked alongside a number of talented South African photographers who have taught, encouraged and pushed me to become the photographer I am today.

If I'm not out on location with my camera in my hand you're likely to find me outside in the garden tending to my succulents, playing tug-of-war with the dogs or with my family.

This is my wonderful husband, Trent


Our story began when we matched on Tinder over 6 years ago. After two weeks of Whats-app messages and voice notes back and forth, we met for coffee where we got to know each other even better in person. At some stage in the afternoon, my mom phoned to find out how it went only to discover that we were still on our date - a couple of hours later. I promptly put my mom on the spot and asked if we could invite him around for dinner that night so that my parents could meet him and we could all watch the Rugby World Cup (the match South Africa was playing in) with someone who actually knew what was going on... My mom said yes and immediately said I don't have enough food prepared for all of us but I'll make a plan. Trent said he would love to join us and we got in our cars, meet at a central spot and he followed me home (sounds creepy I know) but it was the best impromptu thing I have ever done. Ever since then he has been a part of our lives.


He is my biggest supporter, motivator and the best assistant on all my sessions. He is always willing to help. Be it sacrificing a sleep-in to get up at the crack of dawn for a sunrise session or spending 12 hours on his feet alongside me at a wedding carrying equipment, making sure I stay on schedule, demonstrating to clients how I would like them to interact or pose all whilst ensuring I stay well hydrated and fed so I can give my clients the best version of myself.


A few of my favourite things

Animals (Overly excited about Dogs and cows!)

This is Snig-E-wig aka Wiggles (my in-laws last addition who I have claimed to be mine) and she brings me so much joy. We love going for runs together but she's also a great assistant in the garden and always shows interest in what I'm doing. If she's not fast asleep by my side, she's trying her best to get my attention to play with her which is more often than not me chasing her for the ball.

Family

I've always been very close with my parents. They are also my biggest supporters and I wouldn't be where I am today without them. We do a lot together - from cycling on the Durban Promenade, doing Parkruns together as well as Saturday afternoon braais.

Camping

My first camping trip was at 18 months old in Newcastle. It was so cold that icicles formed on the roof of the caravan that my dad had to keep me wrapped up in his arms all night. My childhood holidays were spent camping at Mountain Splendour Caravan Park in the Central Drakensberg where many great friendships formed over the years.