We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Dennis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Courtney, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I wanted to start a career in photography because art has always had a massive impact on my life since I was a kid. I grew up in a home where my parents let me be as expressive and creative as I wanted. I had plans on going to the Art Institute but I felt I had other plans. I bought my first camera when I was 21 and I knew that it was something that was meant for me. There was a struggle in the beginning; trying to figure out where I fit in the photography world, but realized there’s always beauty in the struggle. It pushed me to pour more into my art and the process. I love how photography helps me to express myself and open up in a way I’m not used to. I’ve discovered so many new places and met so many other creative people . When I’m taking pictures, I try to capture the personalities of that have inspired me along the way. I’ve gotten to know so many interesting people; listening to their stories, learning about their background and I’m so appreciative that they trust me with what I can bring to them and what I capture.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart are the relationships I have built with the people who are in front of my lens. To be able to form a connection and evoke emotion is a special thing that I don’t take for granted. I’m so proud of my growth in this field because it was not easy for me. I’ve had to endure some failures, had to stumble and fall over the years, but those failures were some of the best lessons. It taught me despite those failures, to trust myself and believe in my vision.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh that’s easy! My favorite neighborhood in Houston is The Heights. If we’re talking about bars, Wicklow Heights, and Heights Bier Garten are cool spots (off the top of my head). As far as food, there are so many places we could go! Soma Sushi, Fusion Taco, Jinya Ramen Bar, Grace’s, and Swamp City.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shoutout my mom. I’ve been so blessed to have her always encouraging my passion and going for what makes me happy in life.

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