Briana has had the pleasure of knowing Courtney Cheatham, also known as CoThePhotographer, since high school. Based out of Fayetteville, NC, Courtney is your go to girl for family portraits, maternity shoots, outdoor portraits, graduation pictures, special events, and more! She is literally a one stop shop for all of your photography needs. Her passion for her art shows in every shoot she does. Here is an interview she did with our CEO Briana Ross:
1.) How did you get into photography?
“When I lived in Texas I met a woman I went to the same church as, and she would take me to events she photographed. One day she just handed me the camera and told me to take pictures. Although I didn’t know everything I fell in love immediately. She was so helpful, and answered all of my questions. When she looked at the pictures she told me, “you take better pictures than me." After that she took me to a wedding that I got to shoot, then she ended up letting me use her camera over the course of a year. Most of everything was self taught and she was there if I had any questions.” Kinda weird how it happened, but it is definitely worth it. “
2.) What do you love most about what you do?
“I love being creative, and coming up with new ideas to shoot with. I like meeting new people and being able to edit their pictures, and seeing them love their pictures. This past weekend I had a shoot with a stylist I had previously shot with, we took pictures for her birthday at a carnival, and she fell in love with the pictures. She was so happy, and that’s what I love. I love making people happy with what they pay for.”
So you came up with the carnival concept?
“Yea she mentioned that their was a carnival coming into town, and I was like oh yea lets go there and she loved the idea!”
3.) What advice would you give women wanting to start their own business?
“I would just say go for whatever you’re passionate about. Don’t let people stop you from doing what you want to do. There will always be people who will make you feel unworthy about your passions, but just go for it. Keep working, there will be seasons when you feel like you’re not getting anywhere, and I was once that person. Don’t give up. That’s what keeps me going, God is in control, and I know that I can accomplish anything.
4.) What motivates you?
“What motivates me is my boyfriend and this girl I used to talked to every monday morning. I was in a place where I didn’t know what to do, and she gave me guidance. I got lost, and with having Xavier around he really pushed me to get back started.”
To view more of Courtney's work you can find her on Instagram @CoThePhotographer