The Grand Forks Herald visited with Courtney Carter of Courtney Carter Photography, asking her questions about her new photography business.

Q: How did you get into photography?

A: It was just a hobby. I was mainly taking pictures of my kids. Then I started taking pictures of my friends, my family's kids and now I try to do it for anyone I can.

Q: Why and when did you decide to do it professionally?

A: It's been about a month now. I take a lot of pictures of my kids. And I just grew a passion for it. So, I want to do it for other people because it brings me happiness.

Q: What kinds of photography services do you provide?

A: I do family photos, and I've done newborn mini-sessions. I have mini sessions going on this weekend. I've done maternity shoots and basically all kinds of photography. I'm hoping to get into weddings and even childbirth, like fresh 48 (hours). I think it would be so much fun. It's all pretty much around the same rate. I do have mini sessions, which are obviously cheaper than a full session.

Q: What should people know before reaching out to buy a session?

A: I'm very friendly, very approachable. I'm an open book, basically, so any questions you might have, I'm ready to answer. I always strive to do my best, and if you aren't satisfied with something, I for sure want to know, and I would be willing to fix it. I just personally love photos, so I do try my best to give the best results that I can give.

Q: What challenges have you faced as a business owner during COVID-19?

A: It hasn't really had much of an impact on me just because I just started, but my biggest struggle would be promoting. Getting a new business out there is kind of difficult, because I know a lot of people choose photographers based on word of mouth or recommendations of who they’ve used. Once someone finds a photographer, it's hard for them to try out someone new.

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