Family Photos

January 3rd, 2016

In 2015, one of my goals was to actually start displaying more photos in our home. I am not all that unusual from a lot of photographers in that although I stress the importance of displaying photos, sometimes I don’t practice what I preach. Well, no more! I had the perfect space in our living […]


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In 2015, one of my goals was to actually start displaying more photos in our home. I am not all that unusual from a lot of photographers in that although I stress the importance of displaying photos, sometimes I don’t practice what I preach. Well, no more! I had the perfect space in our living room for photos, and in the fall of last year, I started hunting for suitable frames to put in a white bookcase. I also had an idea that I wanted these photos to be pictures of me and my husband from our childhoods, and it seemed natural to display these in black and white. I scanned all the photos in shortly before Christmas, and then had the task of removing scratches and dust from oh…twenty-ish years of sitting around.  Thank goodness for Photoshop! :) If there’s one thing I appreciate, though, it’s a printed photo. That’s something I fear a little in this digital age…if our computers go kaput, there goes our memories! But anyway, shortly before Christmas I had all the prints in, and now that our house is de-Christmased, the photos are finally on display!

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I really love, not only the prints themselves, but the eclectic feel of the non-matching frames. I am a big fan of framed pictures! There are a lot of cool photo products like canvases, metal prints, wood prints, etc., but framing offers the most flexibility and the option to change out the images over time.

Hopefully this serves as a little inspiration to get some of your own memories on display in your own home! :)

 

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Kayleen + Micah: Coto de Caza Wedding

October 25th, 2015

I have loved this couple since we first met! Kayleen + Micah have one of the cutest getting-together stories I have ever encountered, and one that was in fact re-told during their wedding ceremony! Kayleen’s mom and Micah’s mom work together. Over the course of various conversations at work, they found out they had kids […]


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I have loved this couple since we first met! Kayleen + Micah have one of the cutest getting-together stories I have ever encountered, and one that was in fact re-told during their wedding ceremony! Kayleen’s mom and Micah’s mom work together. Over the course of various conversations at work, they found out they had kids of similar age, and had a great idea that perhaps their respective kids might hit it off. They somehow convinced Kayleen + Micah that this would be a great idea, and a date was set. Well, it turns out Kayleen was running a little late, but thank goodness Micah waited, because it was a perfect match! I was honored to shoot their Rancho Santa Margarita engagement session, and even more excited to shoot their Coto de Caza wedding!

They both started off in separate areas of Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club to get ready.

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Their first look was right on the grounds – my favorite part was how much time they spent checking each other out! ;) Right after the first look, we did some portraits with the two of them before the ceremony.

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They are simultaneously sweet to one another, while making each other laugh! I absolutely love their natural interaction! :)

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Their ceremony could not have been more beautiful! A lot of thought went into the elements they created and shared with their wedding day guests.

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Married! :)

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I love when a couple brings some of their personal interests from their lives into their wedding details. Micah is an archer, and they integrated that passion into helping their guests find their seats! They also have a few cats and included more than a few details in homage to their furry family members :)

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After the ceremony, we had access to the Coto de Caza grounds to get some more portraits of the newlyweds. The sun cooperated by coming out briefly to light the two of them right at the end of the session!

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I had so much fun taking pictures of these two! I could have followed them around all day, but we had a reception to get to! :)

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They had some pretty sweet moves…

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Followed by a very sweet father/daughter dance…

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And toasts by their loved ones…

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Everyone got to know Kayleen + Micah a little better during the reception! They had a slideshow as well as the “shoe game” to see how well they knew each other!

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Congratulations, Kayleen + Micah!

Wedding + Ceremony: Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club
Officiant: Beverly Edwards
DJ: Steve Burdick Events

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Snow + Aaron: Chapel of Orange Wedding

October 18th, 2015

Snow + Aaron had a beautiful October wedding which started off with a Chinese ceremony.  I arrived to a residential home, and Snow was getting ready for her wedding day along with her bridesmaids and family. The home was decorated with a variety of Chinese decorations to celebrate this portion of their day! Snow’s traditional wedding […]


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Snow + Aaron had a beautiful October wedding which started off with a Chinese ceremony.  I arrived to a residential home, and Snow was getting ready for her wedding day along with her bridesmaids and family. The home was decorated with a variety of Chinese decorations to celebrate this portion of their day!

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Snow’s traditional wedding dress came directly from China, and it was STUNNING!

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Snow was hidden away, as Aaron would need to make it through a series of tests before he would be deemed “worthy” to see her! ;)

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First Aaron and his groomsmen knocked on the door, and had to convince the bridesmaids and family that he could enter by offering many, many, MANY red envelopes! :)

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Then Aaron had to face a series of questions from those who knew Snow best – from her shoe size to what her name looks like in Chinese! Snow’s mom was trying to be helpful in showing him the name while Snow’s father held her back! In the end, Aaron figured it out on his own :)

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There was an orange-passing game…

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Followed by a show of strength…

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Then Aaron tasted and guessed foods blindfolded, to represent various stages of marriage.

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Finally Aaron was deemed worthy enough to see his bride!

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One last task! Aaron had to find Snow’s shoe in the room and put in on her foot. He succeeded, and off we went to their Chapel of Orange wedding!

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Snow’s mother helped her get dressed, in a beautiful gown she handmade for Snow, while Aaron got ready with his groomsmen in a separate area. I LOVE the intricate and delicate feel of Snow’s dress! So perfect for her!

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The Chapel of Orange is a gorgeous setting for a ceremony – so many touching moments took place as Aaron and Snow exchanged vows!

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After the ceremony, we headed to Orange Circle to get some super-quick bridal party and bride and groom portraits. This group rocked it out in a short period of time!

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And then back to the reception! Snow and Aaron’s friends and family had an amazing time dancing, toasting and celebrating with the happy couple!

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Congratulations, Snow + Aaron!

Ceremony and reception: Chapel of Orange
Florals: Oceanic Flowers
DJ: A-2-Z Party DJs

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Sneak Peek: Snow + Aaron

October 11th, 2015

I shot Snow + Aaron’s wedding yesterday at the lovely Chapel of Orange…can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous event soon!  


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I shot Snow + Aaron’s wedding yesterday at the lovely Chapel of Orange…can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous event soon!

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2015 Southern California Mini Sessions

September 20th, 2015

  This year I will be offering 3 mini session dates! Mini sessions are great opportunity to get a few nice photos without committing to a full portrait session. Mini sessions are $125 each and include 20 minutes of photography, a gallery of your session posted within two weeks of the shoot date, and your choice of […]


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This year I will be offering 3 mini session dates! Mini sessions are great opportunity to get a few nice photos without committing to a full portrait session. Mini sessions are $125 each and include 20 minutes of photography, a gallery of your session posted within two weeks of the shoot date, and your choice of 5 hi-res digital files. Additional files and the entire gallery are available for separate purchase. This year, I’ll be shooting on 3 dates in 3 locations:

  • Sunday, September 27th in the Long Beach area
  • Saturday, October 24th in the Laguna Niguel area SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, November 14th in the Temecula area

There will be 8 twenty-minute slots available on each day: 10:00, 10:25, 10:50, 11:15, 12:15, 12:40, 1:05, and 1:30. To book your session:

  • Email me with your top 3 preferred time slots (info@courtney-mcmanaway.com or via the contact form below). I will be booking on a first come, first served basis.
  • Payment is due at time of booking in order to hold your session time. Once I have confirmed your time, I will email you instructions on how to pay.
  • Sessions are non-refundable (except in the case of a downpour or other torrential weather!) , although you are welcome to sell your session to another family should you not be able to make your session time.
  • Get 3 additional images FREE in your session when you refer friends and family! That’s 3 additional images per referral :)

If you’d like to see more of my work, check out my Mini Sessions tag. Looking forward to capturing some fun memories this year of you and your loved ones! :)

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Chicago Mini Sessions

July 21st, 2015

In July, I had the opportunity to take pictures of some awesome families while I was in the Chicago area! I love shooting in new locations, and I love meeting new people too! All of these sessions took place in the Elmhurst area, and by complete coincidence, each family had one daughter that was 15 […]


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In July, I had the opportunity to take pictures of some awesome families while I was in the Chicago area! I love shooting in new locations, and I love meeting new people too! All of these sessions took place in the Elmhurst area, and by complete coincidence, each family had one daughter that was 15 months old! It was such a fun grouping of mini sessions – enjoy!

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Angelique + Daniel: Orange County Wedding

May 2nd, 2015

Sometimes, as is the case with Angelique + Daniel, I meet the groom for the first time on his wedding day. There’s nothing I love more than hearing the story of how a couple met. While taking a few portraits of Daniel, he shared with me he wasn’t the type to seek out relationships. He […]


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Sometimes, as is the case with Angelique + Daniel, I meet the groom for the first time on his wedding day. There’s nothing I love more than hearing the story of how a couple met. While taking a few portraits of Daniel, he shared with me he wasn’t the type to seek out relationships. He and Angelique worked together, and during lunch he would typically eat by himself. Clearly Angelique saw something special in Daniel, and Angelique, being as sweet and friendly as she is, isn’t the type that I think anyone would ignore! :) Casual conversations turned into exchanging numbers; then dates; then a proposal; which took us to their beautiful Orange County wedding at the Aliso Viejo Country Club.

We started the day at the club, where it was drizzling outside mid-day. Daniel and his groomsmen stayed to one side of the club while Angelique and her bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law got ready on the other side.adwed_0048orange-county-weddingorange-county-wedding-aliso-viejo-country-clubadwed_0058orange-county-weddingadwed_0007adwed_0046adwed_0009

As a last-minute decision, the ceremony was moved indoors so as to be out of the rain. However, if there’s one thing I love, it’s window light! The change in venue didn’t seem to matter one bit to the bride and groom :)adwed_0017adwed_0059adwed_0020adwed_0021adwed_0010adwed_0023adwed_0060adwed_0014adwed_0011adwed_0008adwed_0012

Jennifer at Plumeria Cake Studio absolutely outdid herself with this gorgeous white cake! Isn’t it stunning? I love how the delicate layers and ruffles had the same feel as Angelique’s wedding dress.
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I absolutely loved the mother-daughter dance! I haven’t seen this at a wedding before. It seems dads get the spotlight on the wedding day, but moms deserves it just as much! :) I love the sweet moments it showed between Angelique and Natalie.adwed_0041adwed_0042adwed_0043adwed_0044

Miracle of miracles, the weather cleared up and we were able to wander the golf course and spend some time getting portraits of Angelique + Daniel. We only had about 20 minutes before the sun went completely away, but were really able to take advantage of the grounds and get some beautiful images of the newlyweds!orange-county-weddingadwed_0032kdimg_0036adwed_0034adwed_0062adwed_0066

Angelique asked me mid-way through the session, “Can I sit down in my wedding dress?” Um, yes you sure can! I love an adventurous bride! :) orange-county-wedding-aliso-viejo-weddingadwed_0064adwed_0036adwed_0051 adwed_0052adwed_0065

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Congratulations, Angelique + Daniel!

Venue: Aliso Viejo Country Club
Hair and Makeup: Blown Away
Floral Design: Design By Tricia
Bakery: Plumeria Cake Studio
DJ & Lighting: Epic Entertainment

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Angelique + Daniel: A Sneak Peek

April 26th, 2015

Angelique + Daniel were just married at the Aliso Viejo Country Club on Saturday. Can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous wedding soon :) ABOUT COURTNEY     WEDDING PORTFOLIO     WEDDING FAQ     WEDDING INVESTMENT     TESTIMONIALS     CONTACT


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Angelique + Daniel were just married at the Aliso Viejo Country Club on Saturday. Can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous wedding soon :)

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