Lovely Lens Photography
by Courtney MurrayLet me introduce myself…. My name is Courtney Murray and I am a graduate of Cazenovia college. I have a Bachelors in Fine Arts: Specialization in Photography. I also have an Art History and Journalism minor.
A brief history of me photographically:
When I was five years old I earned my first film camera through a kindergarden fundraiser. It was a little purple plastic thing the size of an animal cracker box with only a single button for releasing the shutter. From that moment on I took photographs of everything (much to my mother’s annoyance. “Courtney, you cannot keep taking pictures of the cats. Film is expensive.”)
My camera came with me everywhere and for my 15th birthday my father let me choose my first ever “real camera.” It was a Canon Rebel, a 35 mm one of course. Again, I took a lot of pictures. (Especially of my cats! Some things never change. . . ) I some how became the family photographer, always there every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and family gathering with my camera in hand.
September of that year I went to my first ever wedding for my cousin Ginger. (I was a bridesmaid!) Of course, I tagged along every where snapping photos, oblivious to how much I must have been annoying the professional photographers. Knowing nothing about professional photo practices, I actually captured some amazing moments. I knew that I was going to be a photojournalist (working for National Geographic of course), and I never thought that one day I would be photographing weddings again (this time as a pro). It really works for me though. What drew me to photography was capturing memories and love, especially the people that I love (and the cats too).
At Lovely Lens Photography I specialize in couples photography and weddings as well as numerous other services for families including maternity, newborn, and boudoir photography. My previous experience with photojournalism has given me great skills for wedding photography. Photographing couples is similar to photojournalism because it is my job to tell a story and to capture all the details of the day including candid moments.
I switched from photojournalism to wedding photography because it is so much more positive and uplifting. My only concern about the switch was that I would not be using my skills to help people and make a difference in the world, that is, until I came up with my plan to photograph a wedding for free every year to a couple that truly deserves it. I also have other ways to give back such as photographing weddings to raise money for charities and special discounts for military couples.
After photographing my first wedding I realized how much I wanted that positive energy to be a part of my every day life. I cannot imagine doing anything else as a career. If you would like to know more about me and my work, I can be found on Facebook, on Twitter @LovelyLensPhoto, and at 203-598-5344.
Now for the fun facts: Here is just a little bit about me. I absolutely love elephants! Of course, you can probably see that from the first picture I have on this page. That is Siri, an elephant from the Syracuse zoo who often thinks she is human too. Another thing I adore are wooden stamps. I think they are so much fun and they are often very beautifully made. I love all forms of art. And mail!!! Getting mail, sending mail, and especially love letters *sigh.* I could probably go on an on about all the things in life that I love, like vinyl records, sunflowers, and huge libraries, but what I love most of all is love itself: love of families, love of friends, and of course, the sweetest of all: true love.
At risk of sounding all mushy, my boyfriend has taught me what true love truly is. I really believe that it is because of him and what we share that has guided me towards the lovely genre of wedding photography and families instead of photojournalism. That and he lets me take dozens of pictures of and with him. Any photographer needs a partner who is photography tolerant because they’re going to have to face a camera almost every day. Photographers just cannot help it.
Matthew is also my partner and assistant when I photograph weddings and he really loves spending time with me as I work. He is also great with a camera (how much more amazing can he be?) and likes to take photos alongside me through out the day.
We are also learning French together. Yes, thats right: the language of love. For our two year togetherness anniversary in 2010 we went to Paris because I was studying abroad in England and he came to visit me. So we spontaneously decided “Hey, lets go to Paris!”
Because of Paris I know that I want to do destination weddings. So how much french do I know? Well, I can read a menu and get us around the metro, but I can barely speak a word. I am a visual learner, not an audio one so I’m still working on that. But one day I am going to be a bilingual wedding photographer. And that is a promise.
Well, thats enough about me. I hope that this page has given you some insight into my education as well as given you a small impression of who I am and what is important to me. Now I cannot wait to learn all about you and hopefully photograph your beautiful moments as I like to photograph mine.
Courtney L. Murray