Thank you for visiting our company page. I'm Courtney, lead photographer and owner of Courtney Lively Photography. I'm a versatile photographer who is passionate about capturing raw moments and creating refreshingly unique and fun images. At the same time, I believe in taking quality photos that will withstand the test of time. I try not to 'over-create' as I've found the best moments are usually the ones that unfold all on their own. But with over 10 years of professional experience, you can count on me to confidently lead you through the process to ensure you receive images and an experience that will exceed your expectations.
First and foremost, however, my passion is fulfilling YOUR specific photography needs. The pictures I take aren't about me, they're about you. I look forward to working together with you to create a gallery of images that will meet all of your unique needs and wishes.
Fun Fact about Courtney: I played for the Arizona State University Division 1 Soccer Team for 4 years, plus 1 red shirt season after an ACL tear. I was a Scholar All-Region Athlete from 2003-2007 and the Team Captain for 2006 and 2007. I know a thing or two about hard work, accountability, dedication, and working together with a team towards something bigger than myself. Also, Go Sun Devils!
Lead Photographer & Owner, Courtney Lively, Photographs a wedding at The Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley
"If you are looking for an amazing wedding photographer you would be blessed and fortunate if Courtney is available for you. She was the best decision we made for our whole wedding! The images were absolutely incredible. She was so professional and flexible with our needs, She captures all the right moments staged and candid. Went out of her way and above and beyond what we expected, to do an amazing job. Personally I would have paid double or even triple the prices for her quality of work. You will not regret choosing her."
“Courtney is without a doubt one of the best portrait, family and wedding photographers in Arizona. After researching several photographers, once we met Courtney and saw her work, she quickly became our first and only choice for our wedding photographer. Her attitude was amazing, her work impeccable and she was a consummate professional throughout the day. A wedding can certainly be a stressful day and somehow she managed to keep everything light and fun while keeping everything and everyone on schedule. There’s no question that we would recommend Courtney to anyone looking for a true professional photographer!”
“I have two words to use to describe Courtney and the camera: super awesome. Courtney has done many photo sessions for my family and the end results are always amazing. She has a great way of not being afraid/shy while taking pictures with little ones – she literally was on the ground making funny faces with our son Micaiah. She was also not afraid in directing us to get good shots. We were also very pleased with the quality of the pictures. The color pictures were vibrant and the black and white pictures had a soft, classic quality. Courtney is always accessible and responds quickly to any requests/questions. Courtney is great to work with and we would highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for a photographer. We have decided that we will be using her from now on for all our family shoots!”
“Courtney is an unbelievable photographer! Not only does she take amazing photos, but she has an uncanny ability to put the subjects at ease – adults, children and pets alike! We love both the casual candids and more formal photos she has taken of us. We continue to use her again, and again – pregnancy shots, baby pics and even important family events! I highly recommend Courtney Lively Photography!”
"Dear Courtney, God puts people in our lives when we need them. You were the person we needed to understand the changes we have been going through this last year. The beautiful collection my husband worked to put together is now captured in photographs thanks to you. We are so grateful to you for your kindness and for understanding what the trains mean to Charles. Anyone can point and shoot a camera but only someone with heart can capture the art of life. Courtney your photos are so poignant you have a gift."
"I would recommend Courtney to absolutely anyone for wedding photography. She photographed my day and prior to booking her what attracted me was the beauty of her shot portfolio - she has this innate ability to capture the true emotion in a given moment, something I've not found in a lot of photographers. But then when I started working with her, it just got better! Courtney is someone you are so happy to be working with. She's responsive, patient, understanding, organized... She really listened to what my husband and I (ok, let's be honest, he didn't really get a say!) wanted out of our wedding photography and she worked to make it all happen. She's also crazy fun to be around so you feel like your best friend is documenting the best day of your life - but with a professionalism that is necessary for these kinds of events. I honestly can't say enough about her!! I'm excited to have other momentous occasions in my life so she can come photograph them."
Courtney, today was so much fun! You are an amazing photographer. There is such an ease about you! You were so patient with Wyatt and Blake. You just went above and beyond! We truly appreciate you. Not many photographers would run in the yard with a toddler or wait for a newborn to breast feed. You made us feel so comfortable especially after just having a baby - it's stressful... And you made us feel so relaxed. I felt pretty and calm: because of your family/relaxed persona. I was seriously breast feeding and couldn't believe you were patiently waiting and playing with Wyatt. You felt like family and we can't thank you enough!"
"Courtney is amazing! She is able to capture such beautiful moments and has a way of making you feel at ease while she is taking your pictures. After the wedding we had some guests commenting on how great she was. Our engagement photos were beautiful and we are so excited to see our wedding pictures! We highly recommend Courtney Lively Photography."
“Courtney Lively is in one word..amazing! Her personality and talent comes through in each photograph she takes. Working with Courtney was an absolute treat and we were beyond thrilled with the outcome. I cherish the photographs she captured!”
"If I could, I would have Courtney follow my family around so she could document all of our moments. We have had several family sessions and the pictures from each one are my most valued possessions. She is a joy to work with and makes you feel so comfortable, and she is AMAZING with kids. She makes sessions fun and it really doesn't feel like a photo shoot, it's more like hanging out with a friend. I always look forward to our sessions with Courtney."
Purchasing a professional photographer is an investment and it is important you feel comfortable with the photographer and that all of your questions are answered. For ease of use we have created this Frequently Asked Questions section. Should your questions or inquire not be answered here please contract us for a consult.
How do I reserve a date?
Larger events require a signed contract and a non-refundable retainer in order to reserve your date. Contact me for availability and more details.
Do you offer albums?
Yes, we offer beautiful custom designed albums. Album pricing starts at $1000.
How do I receive my images?
Once your images are completed you will receive a link to your shareable online gallery where you have options to purchase, download and view all of your final images.
Who should sign the contracts?
Although we are aware that many people may be involved in the decision making process for your photos - We will defer to the name/s on the contract as the person/people we can go to as the ‘final decision makers.’
How long does it take to receive my wedding photos?
In general we ask for 8 weeks to get your final images to you. However, it all comes down to the flow of business at the time. We are always trying to get you your images as fast as possible, we know how excited you are! But these are not the kinds of things we like to rush. Most people receive their images within 4-6 weeks.
How many photographers will shoot my wedding?
We never shoot a wedding with less then two professional photographers. There are simply too many important moments and too many things going on at the same time. This is one of the most important days of your lives. We want to make sure all of the bases are covered.
What precautions do you take in order to avoid lost images?
Digital photography is a technology-based industry and many things could occur that could cause the loss of files. Many precautions are made in order to avoid the loss of files.
Are the final images that are delivered fully edited?
Yes, always. Every single photo you receive will be fully edited and reviewed multiple times before being added to your gallery.
How many images do you deliver?
It depends on how long we shoot for - and the events that are planned for the day, but it’s safe to assume that for every hour we shoot you can expect to receive about 50-75 final images.
Will I get color and black & white photos?
In most cases, yes. The majority of the images you receive will be in color but some may be selected to be delivered in black & white.