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The Cook Family … circa 2016

2016 was a whirlwind … yet in the midst of the swirling and whirling we managed to set aside a few days to hideaway for a staycation at the new Okoboji Commons Hotel. It was more than perfect and we were even able to squeeze in two hours to have my dear friend Kelsie take…

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A New Year … An Improved Me …

New years resolutions tend to get a bad rap … with a less than ideal percentage of those who actually follow through. I still love the excitement and feel like the visual of a fresh start is motivating. I have take specific steps to help me in my vision planning and writing daily affirmations to…

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Class of 2014 Preview // Northwest Iowa Senior Photography

A full post is due to hit the blog later this week, but I know quite of a few people have been itching to see what I was up to last Saturday. To kick-off the senior photography season here in Northwest Iowa, I gathered four senior models from area schools for a fun styled shoot….

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The Heart of a Lion // Beautiful People 2013

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross In my last post I shared  with you how…

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  • Nancy OwensApril 10, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    My heart is so full, Courtney. Your sweet pictures with Makensie’s words overwhelm me.

    I don’t think anyone else could have taken pictures of our girl than you. Your love for her shows in every photograph.

    Of course Kensie has blessed my life, just because she is my granddaughter. But I have to let you know that you have blessed my life also, first through your precious girls and the joy you all have brought into our lives, but also through your wonderful talent and the love you show through that talent. Thank you Courtney, you will always have a place in my heart.ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyApril 10, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind words, Nancy!
    I know that being connected with your family was no coincidence.
    Courtney =>ReplyCancel

Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen. // Personal Project 2013

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross   The first time I read that quote was…

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  • kirstyn blakeMarch 22, 2013 - 3:14 am

    my mother is beautiful. inside and out. she doesn’t realize, how beautiful she is. she has no idea. telling her she is beautiful will not make her ever realize how much I truly admire her beauty..ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyMarch 22, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    Your mother is gorgeous indeed! When is the last time you told her this? I have realized that sometimes I forget to tell people not only that I love them, but why, and also forget to remind them of their beauty.ReplyCancel