About Courtney Paige Ray

I love to show people how wildly beautiful they are through photos. I love working with people who are open, caring, compassionate and flawed, because. Those flaws make us unique, and they should be celebrated (and probably put in quotes, because then my lack of control around sweets is just a “flaw”).

In short, I want to tell your story. And I want to do it in photos.

The best pictures come from moments of pure emotion, so to tell your unique story, I start with a question: Who are you in your truest moments? This is the most important question that I have for my clients. Whether I’m asking you or you and your loved one, I want to know what makes you YOU. Every person and couple has something unique in them, and my goal is to find that element and pull it out so you shine in your pictures. So who are you—in those moments of silence and love, when it’s simply your thoughts, your beauty and those bits of time to explore your emotion?

So what makes me talented at telling your story? Well, let me tell you a bit about myself: I’m Courtney Ray, a portrait, wedding and boudoir photographer living in Los Angeles. I have a degree in journalism, so I spent 10 years writing people’s stories for newspapers and magazines. A few years ago, I went back to school to study photography, and now I tell stories through photos and I love it! I’m so lucky to do what I love and share with amazing clients.

I get overly excited about the small joys in life, like puppy sneezes and warm tea during a rainstorm. Usually, I’m wandering outdoors: running, hiking, camping, beaching, dancing, yoga-ing and mostly just enjoying the sun (the best part of living in Southern Cali!). I’m mostly known for being super bubbly, happy and upbeat, but I also love my quiet time with a good book, a cup of coffee and my pup, Boo, falling asleep in my lap.

As a fine art and wedding photographer, I’ve been featured on the Huffington Post, Style Me Pretty, OnceWed, Glamour (Paris) the Daily Mail and Burnett’s Boards. My work has been exhibited at PhotoLA and at the APA-LA 2014 Off the Clock exhibition. And I’ve been honored to be named as the 2015 U.S. National Award Winner at the Sonly World Photography Awards. As a commercial photographer, I’ve been so fortunate to work with amazing companies, including Dreamworks Animation and Santa Anita Race Track.

Let’s chat! You can contact me at court@daybreakanddusk.com, or call 310-880-5561. You can also fill out this form and I’ll get back to you right away. And don’t forget to sign up for my monthly newsletter, where I share tips—like how to dress for your photo session or find the right wedding dress for your style—and education—like how to take the best photos with your iPhone. Don't hesitate to get in touch!