Courtney McManaway Photography

Welcome to Courtney McManaway Photography! I am a lifestyle photographer, wife, bookworm, Sephora addict, sometime snowboarder, carb lover, and so much more!

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Eloisa + Victor: Serendipity Garden Wedding

March 17th, 2015

There were a lot of touching moments on Eloisa + Victor’s gorgeous Serendipity Garden wedding day. Eloisa got ready with her close friends and family while Victor did the same. They had an incredibly sweet first look and personalized vows that included both a sand ceremony and lasso ceremony. Lots of tears and laughter were [...]


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There were a lot of touching moments on Eloisa + Victor’s gorgeous Serendipity Garden wedding day. Eloisa got ready with her close friends and family while Victor did the same. They had an incredibly sweet first look and personalized vows that included both a sand ceremony and lasso ceremony. Lots of tears and laughter were heard during their toasts – I know everyone was particularly touched, including me, when the father of the groom sang a song that had also been sung at Eloisa’s quinceanera. Of course, no wedding is complete without a floor full of people dancing! Besides the excitement and love they showed throughout the day in becoming husband and wife, it was clear they know how to have a good time as well :) It was a real honor to see them surrounded by friends and family as they started their journey together. Thank you for allowing me to capture your wedding day memories!

Venue: Serendipity Garden Weddings
Videographer: Theater 10 Wedding Films
Officiant: Don Johnson

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Wedding Wire 2015 Couples’ Choice Award

January 8th, 2015

I’m thrilled to announce Courtney McManaway Photography has won the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice award! This award is based on client reviews. While I love seeing my work published, nothing makes me happier than happy brides and grooms! Thank you to all my 2014 wedding clients and looking forward to 2015!


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I’m thrilled to announce Courtney McManaway Photography has won the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice award! This award is based on client reviews. While I love seeing my work published, nothing makes me happier than happy brides and grooms! Thank you to all my 2014 wedding clients and looking forward to 2015!

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2014 Favorites

January 5th, 2015

It’s that time of year, isn’t it? Time to read about favorites! Each year I see a bunch of these in my Feedly (RIP Google Reader) and thought I’d join in the fun with putting together a list of some of my own  personal favorites in 2014. These are completely random categories I thought up [...]


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It’s that time of year, isn’t it? Time to read about favorites! Each year I see a bunch of these in my Feedly (RIP Google Reader) and thought I’d join in the fun with putting together a list of some of my own  personal favorites in 2014. These are completely random categories I thought up off the top of my head as I put together this post! We’ll see what changes in 2015 :)

Favorite Book: 11/22/63

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I’ve said a few times I prefer REAL books, but I have to admit, my Paperwhite got a good workout this year. My favorite time to get in a ton of quality reading is on vacation. I usually read 2-3 books, but it took me almost an entire week to finish 11/22/63. This was such an amazing novel, and a really fascinating concept. It’s one that I’ll certainly re-read eventually, since the first time I read a book I tend to speed through it anxiously to get to the end! I’d like to savor it a bit more on my next read. This was also my first Stephen King novel, if you can believe it. I don’t like horror movies, but I kept hearing about this book, so I finally picked it up!

Favorite Photography Purchase: 135mm f/2

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MOST of this list has to do with non-photography items, but this lens had to be on the list. When attending Cliff Mautner’s Photography Bootcamp course, I learned a lot more about utilizing longer lenses and lens compression to create a different look. My 50mm f/1.2 used to be on my camera a good 80% of the time, but I found I really prefer the 135 after using it most of this year.

Favorite New Thing That Is Changing My Life: Breville One Touch Tea Maker

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Um…I am not sure this will be a repeat category, but I have to talk about the Breville One Touch Tea Maker. I am a tea addict, and over the course of a day I might drink 4-5 different varieties. Something that’s always been a bit of a pain, for me, is the tea making process. First you boil the water – but depending on the tea, maybe not a full boil. Then you steep – but depending on the tea, not too long, because it could get bitter. Then, of course, there’s waiting for it to cool down before you burn off your tongue! I have been looking at the Tea Maker longingly for years, and my AMAZING husband bought it for my birthday. In the words of Chazz Michael Michaels, “I could not love a human baby more.” It actually heats up the water to the precise temperature depending on the tea variety, steeps for the correct amount of time, and I can even program it to start brewing at a certain time in the morning! Anyway, I’ve probably bored everyone reading this, but yes, I LOVE THIS THING! :)

Favorite Movie: Boyhood. I watched this on a long flight. It was filmed over the course of 12 years with the same actors, which is an unbelievable feat. It didn’t break the mold when it came to the plot, but it was literally the story of a boy growing up. It was both sweet and sad, and I love, love, LOVED it.

Favorite Beauty Product(s): I am proud (but my wallet is maybe not so proud) Beauty Insider member, and stocked up on my favorites during Sephora’s friends and family sale. I really couldn’t narrow this down to just one thing. My favorite long-lasting lip product is the Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon. While it definitely comes off, it is so pigmented the color stays well. It is also not drying, which is somewhat of a miracle in the beauty world! I also just LOVE the Fresh lip glosses. My two favorite colors are here, Tulip and Coral. So pretty and nice color payoff for the fact that they’re actually glosses. Last but certainly not least is Batiste Dry Shampoo. I have tried AT LEAST a half dozen different brands, and this is the only spray that actually feels dry – never sticky and doesn’t weigh my hair down.

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Favorite Song: Turn Down For What. Literally the first song that came into my head, that’s just how I roll! ;) Do yourself a favor and check out the video if you’ve never seen it.

Favorite Websites: These two kiiiiiinda go hand in hand. If you think about it. Fitness Blender and Serious Eats.  I work out at home and I love the variety I get with Fitness Blender’s workouts. I purchased one of their 8 week programs (which was pretty darn cheap, well worth the money), which really helped me to better structure the order of my workouts. And Serious Eats is a fantastic food blog! While I follow a ton of food blogs, theirs is my favorite, due to The Food Lab, which has helped me be a better cook. Do yourself a favorite and make this Pan Pizza stat. Drool.

Favorite Vacation: Hmmmm…THIS IS TOUGH! We went to the Le Blanc resort in Cancun, which exceeded the experience of any other resort we’ve been to, and NOLA, which exceeded all of my culinary and musical expectations. I guess I would say NOLA…by a hair. Simply because it was a totally new experience and we didn’t have one disappointing meal while we were there!

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Favorite Thing That Is New To Me But Everyone Else Already Knows About: Podcasts

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I am contrarian in nature, and often resist new things. I listen to the Kevin and Bean podcast sometimes when I’m on the road, but this year I REALLY got into more podcasts. Serial, of course, was the first podcast I actually downloaded on its release date, but I also enjoyed This American Life, Stuff You Missed In History Class, How Stuff Works, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and My Brother My Brother and Me.  And yes, that’s my poor beat up iPod…nano? I don’t even remember what version this one was called. The screen is cracked, but hey, it’s still kicking and I won’t replace it until it dies!

Favorite Personal Photograph: Frenchmen Street, New Orleans

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Actually the more I think about it, New Orleans was my favorite trip quite decidedly, and Frenchmen Street was the main reason why. The love of music can be felt in New Orleans, and in no other place is that more evident than Frenchmen Street. My husband and I saw tons of amazing live music here, and this group was just riffing it in the street for who knows how long. Just looking at this photo brings this moment back to me in crisp focus, recalling the beautiful music and the happiness I felt watching these musicians play, standing next to the one I love the most. Isn’t that what a good photo should do?

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Southern California 2014 Mini Sessions

December 31st, 2014

This fall I was very busy! A few years ago, I started shooting mini sessions, where I pick a day and shoot shortened session times for families. Many people want not only a few photos to memorialize the year, but for holiday cards as well! This year I had an Orange mini session, Laguna Beach [...]


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This fall I was very busy! A few years ago, I started shooting mini sessions, where I pick a day and shoot shortened session times for families. Many people want not only a few photos to memorialize the year, but for holiday cards as well! This year I had an Orange mini session, Laguna Beach mini session, and Temecula mini session, for a total of 19 families! I received quite a few Christmas cards from those families, too, which always makes me so happy!

Thank you to all of my clients in 2014 – I am excited to see what 2015 brings and wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

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Marissa + Erik: Old Town Temecula Engagement Session

November 13th, 2014

I don’t consider myself a total expert in marriage, with just 6 years under my belt, but I do know one of the keys to a happy marriage is being with someone who makes you laugh. I think it is safe to say Marissa + Erik have that in spades with each other, as I [...]


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I don’t consider myself a total expert in marriage, with just 6 years under my belt, but I do know one of the keys to a happy marriage is being with someone who makes you laugh. I think it is safe to say Marissa + Erik have that in spades with each other, as I discovered during their Old Town Temecula engagement session! They were one of those couples who interacted so naturally I barely had to tell them what to do – they just spent the session time enjoying each other’s company and, well, laughing a lot! They are getting married in just a few weeks – congratulations to the both of you, and thanks for the fun session!

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Published: Claire + Michael’s Wiens Family Cellars Wedding

November 11th, 2014

I am so honored to announce that Storyboard Wedding recently published Claire + Michael’s gorgeous vineyard wedding at Wiens Family Cellars. This wedding was so much fun and it was great to see it featured so close to their one year anniversary. Thank you for the post, Storyboard Wedding! You can see their feature here.   [...]


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I am so honored to announce that Storyboard Wedding recently published Claire + Michael’s gorgeous vineyard wedding at Wiens Family Cellars. This wedding was so much fun and it was great to see it featured so close to their one year anniversary. Thank you for the post, Storyboard Wedding! You can see their feature here.

 

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Featured on Borrowed + Blue

October 14th, 2014

I am excited to say Tina + Cory’s gorgeous wedding at the Aliso Viejo Country Club has been featured on Borrowed and Blue! Many thanks to the team of vendors which helped to make this such a fun, beautiful event, including  J Bird Events, Designs by Tricia, Simply Sweet Cakery, Pink Shutter Photo Booths, and [...]


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I am excited to say Tina + Cory’s gorgeous wedding at the Aliso Viejo Country Club has been featured on Borrowed and Blue! Many thanks to the team of vendors which helped to make this such a fun, beautiful event, including  J Bird Events, Designs by Tricia, Simply Sweet Cakery, Pink Shutter Photo Booths, and Extreme DJ. Check out the feature here!

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Laguna Beach Mini Sessions

October 12th, 2014

Due to popular demand, I am offering one more mini session date this year!  Mini sessions are a great opportunity to get a few nice photos without committing to a full portrait session. The Laguna Beach mini sessions will take place in downtown Laguna Beach on November 22nd. A gallery will be posted within two [...]


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Due to popular demand, I am offering one more mini session date this year!

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 Mini sessions are a great opportunity to get a few nice photos without committing to a full portrait session. The Laguna Beach mini sessions will take place in downtown Laguna Beach on November 22nd. A gallery will be posted within two weeks of your session, and you’ll be able to choose 8 hi-res digital files; additional files can be purchased for $15 each. If you refer a new client to me, you get 3 additional files in your session at no charge! To book your session:

  • Email me with your top 3 preferred time slots (info@courtney-mcmanaway.com or via my 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.

Looking forward to capturing some fun memories this year of you and your loved ones! :)

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