Hi, my name is Courtney McManaway, and I have had the distinct honor of being a wedding photographer here in southern California for 8 years. I shoot weddings because I love love.
A lot of weddings are almost identical in format. There’s a ceremony, an exchange of rings, toasts and first dances. Despite these similarities, what makes every wedding I shoot so unique is documenting those deep relationships that the bride and groom have with one another and with their friends and family. Everything is amplified on your wedding day – the smiles are bigger, the tears fall faster, the laughter is louder. A wedding is not only a celebration of your love, but the first chapter in your new lives together. I truly consider it an honor each time a couple trusts me to capture the story of their day.
Much of my work on your wedding day is standing back and capturing the events as they unfold – Mom helping her daughter into her dress, the first kiss between bride and groom, Dad toasting the newly married couple. My style is clean and modern, which will give your photos a timeless look for generations to come. Part of why couples hire me is my interaction with them, their bridal party and family on the wedding day. As a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, I help my couples to create a family formals list. These images will become more important to you as time goes on. I also take an active hand in creating beautiful portraits with the bride and groom. Rather than awkward, posed photos, I help guide couples into natural positions and let their emotions shine through. It’s not too hard to get loving looks and kisses from a bride and groom on their wedding day!
I ask every couple I meet with, “What is important to you on your wedding day?” This gives me a great deal of insight on how to prioritize my time to capture their wedding. I also love to know what they like about my work. This isn’t just to feed my ego ;), but this tells me that if they really love my work with bride and groom portraits, we need to prioritize those in their timeline as well. It’s not just to show up with my fancy camera and lenses – a great deal of work and pre-planning goes into each wedding to create a timeline that meets my clients’ needs. And truly, nothing makes me happier than clients who love their photos! Up-to-date reviews can be seen on my Wedding Wire account, and I am the recipient of Wedding Wire’s 2017 Couples’ Choice Award, which is based on client reviews.
I would be honored to tell the story of your day. You can see more of my work in my wedding portfolio, review my wedding day photography investment and client testimonials, see why couples choose Courtney McManaway Photography, or take a look at my frequently asked questions. I would also love to hear from you! No question is too big or too small when planning your wedding.