Today is the dayyyyyyy! After 7 long months our house is finally ready for us to move back in! The whole thing has felt like one big mental exercise, so move in day is feeling a little surreal. Our little bungalow has undergone quite the transformation these last seven months, but my favorite part is that it’s still the same four walls we came to as a newly married couple, and the same home we brought our daughter to after she was born. Now just with room to grow. I’m so excited that we are moving in today, and pray we have many many years of memories to be made in our home ahead of us.
A little Friday Freshie for you. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. If I could only shoot one kind of session for the rest of my life, a Fresh 48 would be it. No posing, props, or gorgeous backdrop is more beautiful to me than a precious brand new baby. God is so very good, and I’m infinitely more aware of His miracles every time I meet a brand new baby. Thank you so much, sweet Callan James, for spending a little time from your first day with me. #courtneymalonefresh48
Had a Fresh 48 this morning which means I’m currently in the deep dark depths of baby fever. Quick, someone remind me that it’s REALLY hard in those early sleep deprived days. Oooooh but it’s so magical tooooooo. This right here... three precious girls... dream life! 👶🏼😍😭😘
Interrupting your pretty morning insta scroll with a moment from REAL LIFE for ya. This is my sweet little family. We love each other deeply, are flawed and imperfect, and have great days and not so great days together. We recently did a photo swap with my incredibly talented friend @charlotteconklin, and while she delivered a GORGEOUS gallery to us, I can’t help but really really love this outtake photo. Because guys, this is life right now. Our daughter is as sweet, loving and adorable as she is wild, sassy and unruly. As a work at home mama, most days I’m just hanging on for dear life trying to nurture my growing business as well as my growing toddler. It’s messy and imperfect, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I think what I love most about this photo is that it was mixed in with so many images that hold so much love and magic. This girl was a HOT MESS the night we did these photos. Jim and I walked away like “whose child is this and where did our daughter go!?” because she did not act like our sweet Jamesy girl. But in so many pictures we are loving and hugging and our girl is smiley and happy. Even in the midst of chaos and tantrums there is always a little magic sprinkled in. Mamas, can I get a 🙌 if ya feel me!? #ourdaughterjames
Summer on film - Ektar 100. Nothing has helped me truly understand light and exposure as much as shooting film. I can’t get over these beautiful Ektar colors. I have so many beautiful film images I’m dying to share with you guys! This is one of my favorites of my sweet and sassy girl, just killin’ it at the beach. I really hope that when I grow up I’m half as cool as she is. #oursummeronfilm
All the sweet dreams for this little lady. This is what I wish my weekend plans looked like BUT we will be packing up our little rental to move back HOME! I guess that’s not so bad 👏🙌 What are your weekend plans friends!? Sleep or play!? #courtneymalonestudio
You’d never guess there were hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people running around downtown looking for treasure while we were out shooting this beautiful maternity session.... 😅 If their calm, go with the flow attitude is any indication, Hope and Zack are gonna crush the new parent game. Can’t wait to meet their precious baby girl soon! #courtneymalonematernity
I can remember being in the hospital in the hours after James was born and not being able to resist the urge to kiss her right on the lips. It was the first of MANY kisses all over her sweet little face. I love when the kisses just happen without prompting during newborn sessions. Mamas, do you remember those first kisses? Despite the blur that is post partum life, I can very vividly remember the first time I kissed James’s cheek. #courtneymalonenewborns
Confession. I’ve been hoarding an arsenal of personal images lately that I’ve felt too protective over to share. I very frequently go back and forth between sharing images from our personal life, and keeping things all business on social media. But the truth is, my family and my little girl are the heart of what I do and NOT sharing some of that with you almost feels more weird than sharing it. My daughter is the reason I am so deeply passionate about capturing memories for other families. She’s the reason I have been working day and night on my Lifestyle Mama website with the goal of teaching more moms to use their cameras to capture beautiful everyday images for their own family legacy. I’ve been looking at this picture of James with her best buddy Rhys (@charlotteconklin ‘s precious boy!) over and over the past couple weeks. She’s such a little lover. Wild and crazy but tender and sweet, and in the moments she is driving me slightly crazy (you know, like 10 mins before this photo was taken when she was acting possessed as we tried to have our family photos taken) I cling to photos like this and remember the magic that’s sprinkled in the chaos 😍 Double tap if you want to see more from the Malone family archives! #courtneymalonefamilies #ourdaughterjames
We are less than two weeks from moving back into our home, which means a few weeks after that I can re-open the doors of the studio. I’ve got so many little dreams for this space, one of which is offering these beautiful, simple newborn studio sessions. Mamas, what’s your pick...studio or home lifestyle? They’re both so special! #courtneymalonenewborns #courtneymalonestudio
Sweet dreams, little Harper! So tiny in her little crib ❤️ #courtneymalonenewborns
It’s August, it’s August! Which means it’s MOVE IN MONTH. If you’ve been following along on my Instagram stories you’ve probably seen that we are renovating our house! We popped the top, added a second story, and re-did the kitchen and living area. It was quite the project but we have our move in date on the calendar and things are just about done. I am so excited to share the finished project with you guys soon!
Summer family sessions, so highly underrated! Loving this sweet family who has been with me since day one! Literally! #courtneymalonefamilies
I spent a few days in Charleston last week learning a style of newborn photography I’ve been obsessed with since the moment I saw it. It’s no secret that I love capturing newborns as authentically as possible. It doesn’t take a lot of fuss or “stuff” to create beautiful images of your brand new baby and all of their perfect features. It’s why I’ve always loved capturing newborns in the home in the “lifestyle” way. With my studio re-opening in just a few short weeks, this workshop was perfectly timed. The workshop focused on studio newborn work, and how to capture them in all of their newborn perfection in an artful way. I left the workshop feeling refreshed and inspired, and even more excited to get back in the studio in just a handful of weeks! #courtneymalonenewborns
Got to exchange sessions with my girl @charlotteconklin and her boys the other day. We rescheduled and rescheduled on account of weather and sick babes, and shot each other’s sessions in just minutes as we tried to beat the rain on this summer night, but we did it! One of the greatest gifts of photography has been the connections I’ve made! So glad to know this sweet photog soul sister of mine! #courtneymalonefamilies
I am so excited for this coming week because I’ll be headed down to Charleston to attend a newborn photography workshop! I think one of the coolest things about being a photographer, and really just a creative in general is that you just never stop learning. Last year I intentionally invested a lot of time, energy and money into my own education and growth. I took so many classes and learned as much as I could to be the best that I could possibly be at my craft. One of my goals for this year was to attend a workshop in person, and when two of the photographers I admire the most (@daniellehobbsphotography and @bethneybackhausphotography) announced they’d be hosting a workshop I about fell out of my chair. The focus of this workshop will be studio work, but in line with my less is more, simple vision. With the studio opening in just a few short weeks, it couldn’t be more perfectly timed. I can’t wait to spend a few days learning with some of the best!
You guys. I’m just so overwhelmed with the response to my mini session sign ups that went out last night! The sessions sold out in THREE MINUTES. Three. I sat on the couch with my husband just in awe as my phone went nuts. I am so so thankful to each of you who are trusting me with your family photos this year. I also know a lot of you that wanted a mini session did NOT get one. I’m working on finding another day, time and location to host a few more in hopes I can serve more of you this year! I’ll keep you posted!
Today’s the day!! I’ve officially hit publish on my Fall calendar. Make sure you check your inbox if you are a part of my mailing list! Sign up for mini sessions is going out tonight at 8 o’clock so if you’re waiting for that make sure you keep an eye out! I am so excited for this year’s Fall season and all the memories that will be made. Thank you for trusting me with your family photos for yet another year! #courtneymalonefamilies
It’s always special when I truly connect with the families I work with. I could have stayed to chat with this sweet mama for hours. It’s always a gift when other moms open about their journeys, talk about the real stuff, and share their story with authenticity and truth. Thank you so much to this sweet family for inviting me in to capture beautiful baby girl number 2, sweet Ilaria! Also, let’s just talk about this nursery for a sec 😍 #courtneymalonenewborns
All smiles because I’m publishing my Fall calendar this Wednesday, July 18! As of Wednesday, I’ll be offering scheduling for this Fall. I’ll also be announcing my mini session date for 2018 and sign ups will go out at 8pm on Wednesday night. If you are interested in a spot, make sure to mark your calendars because they go crazy fast. Last year, all 8 sessions were booked in less than an hour! Even though I’m still enjoying this sweet Summer season, I am so very excited for all to come this Fall. Make sure you are on my email list for Fall details, pricing and availability! #courtneymalonefamilies
Mountain views, a cool breeze, and pretty much no cell signal (in the best kinda way). It must be High Hampton weekend!
Finally got to meet this precious boy yesterday. Isn’t he perfect!? I love the simplicity of this image. So pure, so sweet and so cozy. Just Henry as he truly is in all of his newborn goodness. #courtneymalonenewborns
That Sunday feeling 😴❤️ #courtneymalonenewborns
Current mood! #joy #courtneymalonefamilies @amber_michels_yourmilkshoppe