The Beginning of RCP

March 19, 2018

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Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

The lowest of valleys will teach you more than mountain tops ever will.

Rose Courts Photography was born in the lowest valley of my life. I learned a lot, grew the most I ever have in a season and ultimately found a passion and a fire for life that I didn’t have before.

I was let go from three full-time jobs in the span of a year. (two of which were sucking the soul out of me anyway but the other was what I thought was my dream job). I was 26 years old. I felt like a complete failure — like I was unworthy, incapable of succeeding at anything and like I had accomplished nothing in my life. I was dating an incredibly ambitious and successful business owner which, in comparison, made me feel like even worse about that state of my life.

But let’s back up a little. Before I was unemployed, my sweet husband (boyfriend at the time) bought me my first DSLR camera for my birthday. I was getting into graphic design and figured it would be good to take high-resolution images for Jacob’s construction business. I also had grown an eye for landscape photography and iPhone photos weren’t cutting it. I wanted to fill our home with the photos I had taken. Little did I know that camera would actually take me places.

While in that low valley, I made a mindset shift. I told myself that I would be the best at anything that I do. I started a job at a luxury day spa. I actually pissed off a lot of my co-workers because I was trying so hard to be the best — but that’s a story for another day.

Ok, back on track — So in the fall of 2017, while still jobless, a family member asked if I would take portraits of her kids and I said “sure! I don’t really know what I’m doing but I’m sure I can learn!” So on October 19, 2017, I took these photos of Jacob’s niece and nephew, Grace and Ethan!

Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

To be honest, most are not great BUT for a couple, I did do the right thing without even knowing it! I threw a Photoshop filter on most of them cause I had no idea how to edit. But on that day, RCP was born I wanted to learn how to be amazing at it and that’s where it all began.

I shot my first wedding in February of 2018 and I fell in love.

Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

I am so grateful for this sweet couple trusting my friend, Kim, and I to capture their special day! They opened up the floodgates to a passion of mine I didn’t even know I had!

I love every single part of wedding days — the feminine details, being surrounded by joyful people and, truthfully, I feed off the chaos and pressure, too! It truly is so fulfilling and I thank God for that low valley of my life. It brought me all of this.

Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

xo, Court

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As a creative wedding photographer, I'm always refining my eye for shooting artistically but I also understand the importance of preserving ALL the elements of your day. You'll feel confident knowing your gallery will include jaw-dropping portraits that feel natural, candids that embody your unique connection, along with every detail of your celebration from start to finish. All this while having someone behind the camera who feels like an old friend. 

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