My name is Cortney Dutton-Jones. Yes, I am one of those people that hyphenated when she got married. I love my career! I have been doing photography since high school but choose to only minor in art in college because I was afraid. I was afraid that if I put everything I had into it and failed, I would have failed to the point of no return. Looking back I should have made the leap then, but I would not have appreciated it like I do now.
As far back as I can remember, I have needed a creative outlet. When I was really young my dad let me paint on the walls of our home. Really! I can remember mermaids under a dark blue ocean, abstract landscapes, windows to other worlds, and the craziest jungle scene on my bed room wall in high school (apparently primer and a good coat of paint covers everything.) It was in high school that I found photography.
For three years I spent countless hours in the darkroom developing and manipulating photos I had taken. Knowing that art isn’t always a lucrative or practical choice for a career, I choose to only minor in it in college.
Then, I started my family. I tend to go back and forth between following my head and following my heart. It is a beautiful ebb and flow relationship. Marrying the man of my dreams at age 21 was my hearts choice. He is my very best friend so a fear that he wouldn’t wait for me or would tire of me, made me decide 21 was old enough. The most gorgeous Winter joined us in 2006, her baby brother Ledger came into our lives just before the end of 2008, Cabott made us a family of five in 2011, and last our ender baby Dutch was born in the beginning of 2014.
When my first little baby girl Winter was born I was heart broken that her baby photos in the hospital were horrible. They looked like my baby photos from 23 years earlier. The photographer laid her on a blue and pink paper, hung a camera over her and snapped a mugshot. She was more beautiful than Snow White, that’s why we named her Winter, but her photos were just terrible. That is where my business started. I had to change that for as many other mamas as I could.
Classically trained with film and a darkroom, digital photography was like stepping into wonderland. Photography holds so much of my passion for life. Capturing life through my lens is amazing and mesmerizing. My heart is full when photography is apart of my day.
Art + emotion + joy = photography for me.
My husband says I am happiest when I am pregnant or have a new baby around (ha ha I think he forgets about the emotional hormonal episodes) so Maternity and Newborns are a very natural choice. Women with a bump make me smile from ear to ear. I think everything a newborn does is phenomenal and cute, even when I get peed on.
Below is me at work…
Fun random facts about me:
1. I am in love with Australia and have never been there.
2. My children are my greatest accomplishments.
3. I like grapes, but do not like anything grape flavored.
4. My hair color and cut are always changing.
5. I am from Virginia and miss it dearly when I am away. I feel the same way about Utah when I visit Virginia 🙂
6. I’ll tell you anything, all you have to do is ask.
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