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Meet Courtney Scholari of Courtney Scholari Photography in North Dallas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Scholari.

Courtney, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It’s a bittersweet tale that began in January 2013 when my dad passed away. Losing him had a profound effect on the way I viewed my existence. By the summer, I knew I was lost and needed a career change for something more fulfilling. So I left a well-paying, stable desk job even though I had no future prospects in sight. My boyfriend’s mom had a photographer client looking for someone to shoot their overflow real estate jobs. She knew I enjoyed photography as a hobby and thought I’d do well. So, I gave it a shot. I shadowed the real estate photographer for a bit and learned the basics of shooting and editing.

Then I spent little savings to upgrade my equipment and soon began taking on my own work. I was hooked from the start. The first couple of years were very hectic. I had supplemental part-time jobs, photography classes, and a wedding to plan, but by Summer 2016, life settled into a beautiful and fruitful rhythm. I was out of school, married, and down to one job… photographing architecture. Now, the housing market continues to keep me busy, and I am living a passionate existence.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Turning a hobby into a profession can be difficult. I had to train my eye to see architecture for the purpose of selling a home not just what I thought looked cool. One of my first solo home shoots was a repeated disaster. I could not capture the home properly. Luckily, the client was patient, and by the third reshoot, I was able to provide acceptable shots. I learned from my failure and improved. I’m happy to say that I still shoot for this client, and I have not had to reshoot since.

Courtney Scholari Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Courtney Scholari Photography is a company that specializes in architectural photography. CSP is known for beautiful photos, fast. The real estate market moves quickly, and I aim to keep pace. Clients can expect excellent communication and service, as well as true-to-life representations of the property, delivered in a timely manner. Clients will feel that their success in selling a home is important to me, too, because it is.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I would like to recall a moment that happened early on in my career. While out shooting, I found a pretty spot to eat lunch. I parked in a quiet clearing by a woody area, opened the hatchback, and sat in the rear of my SUV eating a sandwich with my legs dangling over the bumper. As I ate, a young bobcat came out of the woods and trotted across the clearing. It was a brief sighting and the bobcat never looked my way, but the experience felt like an affirmation that my career change was right. I used to spend lunch at my old job daydreaming about a career outside, and I was (and still am) proud that my daydreams are now a reality.

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