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.

This business - and human! - is a supporter of all loving people,
regardless of how you identify or who you love.