I'm Cortnie Dee, a wedding and portrait photographer based in McKinney, Texas.
Above all else, I love people. I love getting to know people, I love building lasting connections with people, and I love empowering people. I think if I had never picked up a camera I would have found a way to be a professional personal-cheerleader.
Being a photographer allows me to do everything I love. My job revolves around making people feel comfortable, making people laugh (at me, sometimes, which I'm okay with), and getting to know their stories. I love it. I say it all the time, but I really, truly have the best job in the entire world.
I started taking portraits in 2007 - my first session was a senior portrait session in their backyard...and just hit the ground running. I was asked to do a wedding in 2010 and didn't think I could do it. But I did it, and fell in love. Weddings are, without a doubt, the best part of my job. They're stressful, they're crazy, but they're incredible.
I moved myself and my business from San Diego to Dallas in 2014, and I could not have asked for an easier transition. Rebuilding a business isn’t easy, but I have been blessed beyond measure since deeming myself a Texan. (And I know it is cliche to use the word “blessed” but there’s no other way to explain it. Sorry-ish.)
My clients are the greatest (and I understand we're all supposed to say that, but I really believe it. My clients rule). In my business, clients become friends - and stick around. We go to coffee. We eat dinner together. I make myself available not just as a photographer, but a friend and a resource. And that's important to me - and apparently, to the people who hire me. (That's really why I have the best clientele. They value the relationship and the product as much as I do.)
I talk exactly how I type, so if you've made it to this point (or have read anything on the blog) and you're thinking "Oh, she's fun! I like her", we'll be a great team. Since it's pretty awkward to type in length about myself without sounding like I’m writing an autobiography, here are some little bullets that should basically sum me up.
I'm pretty high-energy when I’m in any type of social situation, but a total homebody when I’m not working. Give me a bubble bath and a bottle of Angry Orchard, then let me sit on the couch and play a video game.
I'm married to the funniest person I’ve ever met. He has a real cool beard, talks about tech stuff that goes over my head (software engineer, cool guy), and makes really neat music in his downtime. He’s my favorite.
I really want to be that person who keeps up a Pinterest-worthy home, but let’s be real. I can’t keep plants alive. Laundry only gets done when I’m down to coffee stained tees and torn jeans (not in a fashionable way). Our dining table is actually mail-and-craft-storage. I’m just not cut out for that life…but maybe someday.
I change my hair color often, so there is a 50/50 chance my headshot is outdated. Just look for a short person with a topknot.
My love language is Words of Affirmation, and it’s pretty obvious after ten minutes spent with me. If you don’t leave me feeling empowered or like you just left a good therapy appointment, I’m not doing my best work.
I don’t have much of a filter, and I’m probably the most open book that has ever existed. I’m going to be 100% me, and I just ask that the people I surround myself with do the same.