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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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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Elyse Reuben Custom Couture Gowns

October 3rd, 2014

I was recently honored to be asked to take images for wedding gown designer Elyse Reuben.  As a wedding photographer, this shoot was an absolute dream come true!  Taking pictures of pretty dresses all day? Yes, please!  It was wonderful working with the models throughout the day and seeing so many beautiful gowns. If you’re [...]


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I was recently honored to be asked to take images for wedding gown designer Elyse Reuben.  As a wedding photographer, this shoot was an absolute dream come true!  Taking pictures of pretty dresses all day? Yes, please!  It was wonderful working with the models throughout the day and seeing so many beautiful gowns. If you’re in the Temecula area, I’d highly recommend going to see her at Temecula Town Center!

Many thanks as well to Sandra Michelle Artistry, Beauty Duo, and Ohhh La La, who were hard at work keeping the ladies looking fantastic in hair and makeup.

Enjoy!

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Engagement Session Tips for Brides and Grooms

September 15th, 2014

You are entering a very exciting time of your life, and likely the one in which you’ll be the most highly photographed! For most couples opting for an engagement session, this is the first time they are being professionally photographed as a couple.  It’s a lot of fun, but also cause for a little nervousness! [...]

 

You are entering a very exciting time of your life, and likely the one in which you’ll be the most highly photographed! For most couples opting for an engagement session, this is the first time they are being professionally photographed as a couple.  It’s a lot of fun, but also cause for a little nervousness! Below I’ve listed some tips that should help to set your mind at ease ;)

What do we wear?
This is the question I hear the most! Many of my couples opt for two outfits, and change halfway through the session. My advice on what to wear is to look coordinated without matching, and avoid competing patterns. If, for instance, your fiance is wearing a long-sleeved shirt with a checked pattern, a solid-colored dress in one of the colors on his shirt would look fantastic! Usually one of the outfits is casual, and the other is slightly more dressy. I also recommend staying away from large patterns or screen-printed tees (unless that’s the theme of your shoot). These types of elements can be distracting and draw attention away from what should be the focus – you! :)

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If you have a shared hobby, it’s a great idea to bring it to the shoot! I loved working with Tina + Cory, who are both athletic and wore their workout gear the first half of their engagement session!

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No matter what you wear, make sure you feel comfortable! If you’re not worrying about your outfits, it will help you relax and be yourselves during the session.

Should I get my hair and makeup done?
Many of my brides use their hair and makeup trial run for their engagement session. This is just something else that will make you feel more confident when my lens is 3 inches from your face ;) If getting your hair and makeup done isn’t an option, I would recommend using a slightly heavier hand when applying your own makeup. This should help your features pop a little bit more!

Where should we shoot our engagement photos?
I’m always happy to help clients find a location! I ask them what type of backgrounds they’d like to see in their photos, and it’s usually split into urban and rural environments. Occasionally we can do both. For instance, when I shot Tina + Cory’s Dana Point engagement session, we shot a portion of it in downtown Dana Point, and finished the rest in a small park close by.  Stacy + Kevin’s Laguna Beach shoot was done partially in a field, and we finished the rest at the beach, which was within walking distance. The key is to not only find a background that suits you, but not to be too ambitious! I time all of my sessions so I’m shooting an hour before the sun sets (the most flattering light), and having to get in a car and drive to a new location halfway through interrupts the flow of the session. It’s also important to check with your photographer to see if he or she has any restrictions before making a final decision on your shoot location.nk_img06

My fiance doesn’t like having his picture taken! Help!
Trust me, I hear this all the time! Keep in mind I am a photographer and even MY OWN HUSBAND doesn’t want his picture taken, and I have to get approval before I upload anything to social media! Yet he was pretty great about getting his pictures taken during our engagement photos and wedding.

First of all, don’t underestimate what your fiance will do to make you happy! Secondly, a good photographer will help you to feel comfortable and have fun. I give my couples a lot of space during the shoot. I definitely provide them with direction, as it’s awkward to have a camera pointed at you and at first, you just don’t know what to do! So I help out with loose posing, but then back away a bit and allow you to get some natural interaction together. Hopefully, any couple that works with me is okay with having things shouted at them such as, “Oh my god! Keep doing that!” “You two are so cute, you’re kind of making me sick!” “Okay, now give me some Blue Steel!” Sometimes the result of this “encouragement” is laughing, and those are some of my favorite shots of the day.

Overall, just remember to have fun and be yourselves! You really can’t go wrong with that :)

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2014 Mini Sessions!

September 13th, 2014

Update: The October 4th date is completely sold out – I still have several session times available for the 18th. Thanks! This year I will be offering 2 mini session dates! It’s a great opportunity to get a few nice photos without committing to a full portrait session. This year, I’ll be shooting around downtown [...]


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Update: The October 4th date is completely sold out – I still have several session times available for the 18th. Thanks!

This year I will be offering 2 mini session dates! It’s a great opportunity to get a few nice photos without committing to a full portrait session. This year, I’ll be shooting around downtown Orange on October 4th and old town Temecula on October 18th. A gallery will be posted within one week 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). 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! :)

2014 Holiday Sessions

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Coming Soon!

September 8th, 2014

I will be announcing mini session dates soon! Please be sure to email me to be added to the list if you’d like to receive email notification when I release the dates :)


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I will be announcing mini session dates soon! Please be sure to email me to be added to the list if you’d like to receive email notification when I release the dates :)

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Valerie + Matt: Europa Village Wedding

August 26th, 2014

One of my great joys as a wedding photographer is shooting an intimate wedding.  Valerie + Matt’s Europa Village wedding was one such wedding, where those who were important to the couple were intimately involved in the day.  There was a sense of ease about their wedding, a word you rarely associate with a wedding! [...]


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One of my great joys as a wedding photographer is shooting an intimate wedding.  Valerie + Matt’s Europa Village wedding was one such wedding, where those who were important to the couple were intimately involved in the day.  There was a sense of ease about their wedding, a word you rarely associate with a wedding! Much of the time after Valerie + Matt’s first look was spent with their family and friends, enjoying their company. Their ceremony involved close family and friends and an especially touching section where they presented Matt’s daughter, and now Valerie’s stepdaughter, with a necklace and Valerie promised to be a wonderful mother to her. There was not a dry eye in the house! This was followed by a gorgeous outdoor reception that had the same intimate feeling. Instead of a series of reception events, Valerie + Matt’s theme seemed to be “fun,” complete with Tenzi dice on all of the tables and lawn games for the guests. Thank you for trusting your memories to me, Valerie + Matt! Enjoy!

Wedding Venue: Europa Village
Hair and Makeup: I Do Makeovers
Florist/Bakery: MFG Floral
DJ: Sterling Productions

 

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Erin + Ranil: Woodland Hills Country Club Wedding

August 8th, 2014

One of the first questions I ask couples considering me as their wedding photographer is the engagement story. Each couples’ story is so different, and in Erin + Ranil’s case, Ranil went BIG! Their engagement involved a surprise limo, what Erin thought was going out with her mom for manicures, then the proposal and a [...]


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One of the first questions I ask couples considering me as their wedding photographer is the engagement story. Each couples’ story is so different, and in Erin + Ranil’s case, Ranil went BIG! Their engagement involved a surprise limo, what Erin thought was going out with her mom for manicures, then the proposal and a big party with family and friends at the end. It was so sweet and well-thought-out, and it was no surprise to me that their wedding followed the same vein! There’s always excitement from the bride and groom on the wedding day, and I saw that excitement clearly echoed on both sides of the family, that they were finally coming together. They had a touching ceremony and their Woodland Hills Country Club wedding was the perfect balance of shared moments with friends and family to everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, out on the dance floor! I was also honored to witness the lighting of a traditional Sri Lankan oil lamp, symbolizing both sides of the family coming together.

Many thanks to Michael D’Avello for second shooting with me, and to Sara of At Your Door Events for introducing me to Erin + Ranil! Enjoy!

Wedding Planner: At Your Door Events
Wedding Ceremony: St. Bernardine of Siena
Reception Venue: Woodland Hills Country Club
Florist: Romance Etc.
Hair and Makeup: Passion For Makeup
Linens: Linen Lenders
DJ: Special Occasions
Transportation: Upperclass Limousine
Videography: Viken Productions
Cake Designer: Portos Bakery

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