In my 30+ years, most of what I have learned really boils down to two big things:

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1: LIFE IS COMPRISED OF A SERIES OF MOMENTS

Some are big. Some are small. Some are good. Some are not. Some are predictable and some seem to come out of nowhere. Moments in life are diverse and widespread, but they all have one thing in common;

MOMENTS ARE FLEETING

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2: Life is work and it's worth working hard, but there is little point of all that effort if you can't take the time to enjoy it and be happy. So do that. Take the time to enjoy life and be happy.

And then, document your life so that you can
hold that moment with you always. 

 
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans
— John Lennon
 

... more like random questions

but real answers nonetheless

 
 
 

What are your favorite things to do?

  • TRAVEL!!
  • Spend time with friends and family
    (a BBQ maybe?)
  • Binge a new obsessive show
    (Hello, Handmaid's Tale!)
  • House projects
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When did you get into photography?

My love affair with photography started in the dark room in college. Robert Frank, Dorthea LangeHenri Cartier-Bresson, and Ansel Adams were all inspirations. What started as an obsession with black and white, film, street photography, morphed into a love for being that fly on the wall during someone's wedding day.

 
 
 
 

Do you do anything besides photography (professionally)?

I actually started my career researching in the medical field. Courtney Z Photography was my side-hustle that turned into a full-time gig. After finding my rhythm in running my own business, I decided to get my MBA! Since graduating, I've started a second business, Homeroom, where I teach and consult other small business owners about business strategy and financial sustainability.

 
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introvert or extrovert?

I'm an extroverted introvert. That's a real thing!

I love being around people (especially one-on-one or in small groups), but I need to be alone to recoup all my energy.

 
 

steak or salmon?

Salmon! I'm actually a pescatarian (well, like 95% of the time), so I'm going to pick salmon every time. Plus, it's hard to beat fresh PNW salmon.

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What's your fave place you've traveled?

Ah! That's a hard question. I LOVED Italy (Rome and Venice especially), but South Africa ...and Kauai ...and France ...and Santorini are hard to beat.

 
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are you an oregon native?

I wish I could say yes! I moved here with my high school sweetheart (now husband) from Wyoming in 2004 for college. We fell in love with Oregon, and Portland and just can't see ourselves moving away. We've even recruited each of our sisters to make their way out here too!

 

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