Kortni Maria

Kortni Maria

Based In: Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York
Photographer: Kortni Maria

Kortni Maria

Based In: Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York

A wedding + elopement photographer based in Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York that’s always down to travel – offering untraditional imagery for laid-back + adventurous lovers.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME…

Hey there! Call me Kortni. I’m a small town girl that grew up in the Adirondack Mountains that has a big sense of adventure. I love traveling the world for work + for fun! I’m a wife to my best friend. His name is Mike + he’s a cutie! We’re kind of inseparable. If you’re into Eneagram + Myers-Briggs, you should know that I’m a 9w8 + an ISFP. Some things I love are working out, being outdoors, playing board games, reading a good book, traveling to new places + watching dumb TV shows with husbabe.

I’ve always been artistic, but not very good at the traditional drawing, painting, etc. I had a few older friends that were into photography + they sparked my interest in it which led to me buying my first real camera. I kept falling more in love with photography + eventually realized how much I enjoyed photographing people which led to weddings! I shot my first wedding over 6 years ago, but I started shooting + loving photography when I was just in middle school.

For over 2 years I was the Creative + Branding Manager at an international non-profit organization up in the Adirondacks where I managed all of their photography, graphic design + video content. I’ve now been a full-time freelance Wedding + Elopement Photographer for 3 years now. I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Graphic Design + a minor in Photography, Business + Studio Arts from Liberty University.

I’m all about capturing love, timeless portraits + candid moments for laid-back + adventurous lovers. My unique style is journalistic photography, capturing moments as they unfold in the areas of portraits, engagements, weddings, elopements + just about anything to do with love + people. I’m constantly capturing real moments + creating art as I adventure all over the world. I strive to take photos that evoke emotion + take you back in time.

I can’t wait to work with you both + capture your greatest adventure yet!

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Kortni is absolutely amazing. Talented is an understatement -- she is truly an artist when it comes to capturing special and irreplaceable moments. Her photos are pure magic! My husband and I always had the dream of having a small and intimate wedding. Because of this, every detail mattered, especially when it came to choosing our wedding photographer. We had a very specific vision in mind, and after finding Kortni's page, I knew she was capable of bringing our vision to life. She did an incredible job with our engagement photos so we fully trusted her with our wedding. When we received our wedding album, we were blown away. Trust the process with Kortni, you will not be disappointed! We couldn't be happier with the memories she gave us that we will cherish for years to come.

KARL + SARAH

Kortni was amazing and flexible when we had to pivot our plans to an elopement this year. She was incredibly responsive and professional. Best of all the photos she captured are more stunning than we could have imagined. She made everyone feel natural and comfortable in front of the camera and we can't wait to have her capture our big party next year. I can't stop looking at these photos and everyone I show them to is blown away by the colors and styling.

JEFF + CARLY

Kortni truly works magic. She captured so much emotion in our elopement photos that we were brought to tears all over again. Her efficiency is unmatched; she is both prepared and professional. I feel so blessed to have had her be a part of our special day this year and cannot wait to work with her again next year at our big celebration. Thank you Kortni for giving us these beautiful photos that we will cherish forever!

SEAN + NICOLE

Kortni is everything you could ever hope for in a photographer. The first time we met was for our engagement photo session. In the days leading up to the shoot, she sent us very helpful resources like what to expect and tips about what to wear. She was so flexible about location, and capturing any pose ideas we had. Right from the start she was SO friendly, easy to talk to and fun to be around. She made us feel at ease, having never had our photos taken before. By the end of the shoot we really felt like best friends. Our photos turned out soo amazing. Kortni captured every moment in such a natural, unforced way. Her attention to detail, lighting and composition is impeccable. It was a no brainer to hire Kortni for our wedding. As we all know, 2020 has been a rough year. We happened to schedule our wedding during the height of the pandemic. We had to deal with a date change and then a last minute venue change . Kortni was there for us throughout the whole process. It meant so much to us how caring she was and was still willing to photograph our day. Our wedding turned out better than we could have imagined. It truly was the best day of our lives and we're so thankful Kortni captured every moment of it. Each photo was composed to perfection and could seriously go on the cover of a wedding magazine. Looking through the pictures brought tears to our eyes, as we relived all the happy memories and emotions of that day. All our guests kept saying how great Kortni was. She was everywhere and nowhere at the same time, capturing all the important moments while not obstructing our guest's view. We can't say enough positive things about Kortni. She did an outstanding job and we will definitely hire her again in the future. Thank you so so much!

KYLE + RACHAEL

My husband and I can't say enough great things about working with Kortni! From the beginning she was so sweet and always got back to us quickly. When the whole Covid thing hit the fan she was so accommodating and really went above and beyond to work with us as everything ended up changing. After our engagement shoot we couldn't believe how easy and natural the whole experience was and it was the same for the wedding! We got to be ourselves and have fun and it really added to the experience of the big day. Every time a set comes in we're floored by how stunning her work is! We're so lucky to have found her and worked with her, and you will be too!

ALEX + SARAH

I cannot recommend Kortni enough for her amazing work! Kortni shot my fiancé and I’s recent elopement in the Adirondacks and we are SO happy with the way our photos turned out. We actually stumbled upon Kortni’s Instagram before even choosing an elopement location and fell in love with her beautiful photos and unique style. We didn’t have anyone else at our elopement so our only photos of the day are from Kortni – and she captured everything perfectly. She really made us feel so comfortable and natural. My husband and I joked after that it felt like we were spending the day with a friend! She was so easygoing and fun while taking incredible photos. Kortni provided us with sneak peaks the night of our elopement which was awesome to be able to share quickly with our friends and family. We just got our full album last week and can’t stop obsessing over her talent.

RYAN + SHANNEN

When COVID affect our original wedding plans I knew the one vendor I wanted to hold on to was Kortni and was so glad we did. From the beginning Kortni was super helpful and responsive. We received a sneak peak the evening of our wedding which was so, so great. Neither of us have ever had professional photos taken and don't really enjoy being in photos but Kortni made us feel so comfortable and at ease. The photos are simply amazing and I still cannot believe how great she made two awkward people look! My friends and family are all in love with the photos as well. I cannot recommend her enough and we are so happy to have such a beautiful keepsake from our wedding day.

MATT + LEAH
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