Hey there!

My name is Courtney, photographer behind A Borrowed Likeness. Aside from being a photographer, I’m a 27 year-old wife, bunny-mom, equestrian, chicken enthusiast, and pumpkin patch owner. Spaghetti is my favorite food (carbscarbscarbs) and fall is my favorite season. I love God and I love to smile! A lot of people ask “Why Photography,” so let’s address that. My journey to capturing images began in the form of hand building ceramics. I could get lost in a project and I always felt close to God when creating. I explored other art forms (drawing, painting), but once I stepped into the darkroom I left everything else at the door. I currently shoot both film and digital, and love what both offer.

I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so A Borrowed Likeness was always the dream. It came to fruition in January of last year (2016) when I took the leap of faith and quit my 9-5 job. My work is largely influenced by my childhood growing up on a family farm in central Minnesota; my love for animals and being outdoors sparked my passion for landscape and nature photography. As of now I have been published three times in Photographer’s Forum’s “Best of College Photography,” was chosen as a Special Recognition Artist for an international exhibition through the Light, Space, Time Gallery, and received second place honors in an international exhibition hosted by the Starkweather Arts Center. However, this blog is about a personal project that I hope you’ll follow along with.


A photo a day for a year. A photo diary of sorts. I can’t promise that I won’t miss a day here or there, but I’ll do my best!

Thanks for taking this journey with me (and keeping me accountable!). Leave me a comment on any images that intrigue you or that you have questions on – I can’t wait to hear from you!

Let’s do this! xo

*Photo by Shelley Paulson Photography