Courtney Holmes is a family and portrait photographer/videographer from NSW. In addition to filming and photographing family life, Courtney is also a speaker, educator, and photography mentor.
I’ve always been a nostalgic person, but when I became a mother that feeling of looking back and wanting to savour every moment just intensified. I became obsessed with documenting our everyday life, and all the details in between.
My favourite images are the kind that tell a story about the people in them. The kind of images that aren't just pretty and technically perfect, but the kind that make the person looking at them FEEL something.
When I work with a family, it’s about more than just a photography or film session to me. It’s about truly connecting with who they are, learning about their story, and providing them with a film and/or images that breathe life into their memories. It’s the reason why I limit the number of sessions that I do.
I am inspired by families that are comfortable in their own skin, that are ok with opening up to me and sharing their story (no matter how mundane it might seem), and that are absolutely content just hanging out together while I record their memories.
The families that book me tend to choose me for my ability to create beautiful images for them without any pressure to perform or be anything but themselves. They tend to feel a strong connection to their home, to their family, and to the idea of preserving memories and stories that can be handed down to their children and their children's children.
In addition to filming and photographing family life, I'm also a speaker, educator, and mentor to photographers who want to learn the art of family filmmaking.