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Coco & Co. Blog - Atlanta Family & Portrait Photographer

Beth & Jeff | Fayetteville, GA Engagement Session

After taking some time off to spend with my newborn baby, I got back into the swing of photography with this beautiful engagement session.

I LOVE it when a couple tells me they're gonna be awkward, because it always means that we have the most fun and I get the best candid smiles out of them. Beth and Jeff were no exception. We had such a great time, laughing (usually at my expense) and exploring these gorgeous gardens. I am so excited for their wedding in September! 

Courtney Grigoras
Newborn Lifestyle Shoot in Kirkwood | Atlanta, GA

I absolutely love the neighborhood that my husband and I moved to last July. It is full of the most passionate, wonderful people, and I've had such a great time getting to know a few families through my photography business.

Rebecca reached out for some newborn photos of her sweet Amelie. I'm not great with the studio-style, posed newborn photos that so many photographers have perfected, so I let her know this would be more of a natural, lifestyle photoshoot in her home, and she was on board for it! Their room had such pretty, bright windows so it was the perfect location for this beautiful family. And of course, their first baby, Riley the pug had to get in on the fun!

Courtney Grigoras
Janae' & E | McDonough, Hampton, Georgia Couple Photos

Janae' reached out to me after seeing my work on Instagram (which always makes so excited!) and wanted some holiday photos for her and her husband's Christmas cards this year. I suggested a local tree farm and she loved it! We went to the Old Barn Christmas Tree Farm in Sunnyside, GA. It was perfect! The owners could not be more gracious and welcoming.

I had trouble getting this guy to look at the camera because he couldn't keep his eyes off of his beautiful wife! You can't blame him! We had so much fun with this session. 

Courtney Grigoras
The Fishburnes | McDonough Georgia Family Photos

I've said this before, and I'll say it again: my favorite part of starting this photography business this year has been the opportunities to reconnect with old friends. I worked with Dana at Starbucks while we were both in college (for very different studies, haha!) I always got excited when she was on the schedule with me.

Fast forward eight years, and Dana is now mom to THREE adorable boys. She has her hands full, but she manages with such grace. It was so good to see her again in this role as mommy. 

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The Burketts Fall 2017 | Smyrna Georgia Family Photos

I wanted to share some more photos from this beautiful fall session in Smyrna! This is my second time shooting this beautiful family and I just love every photo. Despite getting over various sicknesses, Nora was an absolute doll. Can't wait for our next session!

Courtney Grigoras
Atlanta Piedmont Park Beltline Engagement Session - Soraly & Colin

Soraly & Colin just celebrated 7 years together. They recently got engaged and wanted to commemorate this sweet time in their lives. Upon meeting them at Piedmont Park, Soraly told me they NEVER get pictures taken like this and were worried they would be awkward. It couldn't have been more opposite, in fact, I think I WAS the awkward one! These two were such naturals and almost every single picture of them was perfect. They seriously made my job easy that day.

I had a hard time choosing my favorites, so I wanted to share some here! Could they be any more gorgeous?

Courtney Grigoras
McDonough Family Photos - Sweet Nora's First Birthday

I was so excited when Ashley reached out to me to photograph her gorgeous family. She found me on Instagram of all places! Her family had just moved to McDonough, GA from San Antonio and didn't know many people or photographers yet. Hashtags work, folks! 

Little Nora turned 1 in June and they wanted some photographs to remember this adorable age. I am so glad they chose me. They were seriously the cutest. It was obvious that girl is a full-on daddy's girl and I could see why! Nora wasn't really warming up to me, but her daddy stopped at nothing to get his baby to smile, complete with a scarily realistic Elmo impression.

Courtney Grigoras
Summertime, and the livin's easy

Atlanta has had a fair share of rain and cloudy gloom the past couple of weeks. As cliche as it sounds, I'm ready for some sunshine. I want some heat, a pool to lounge by/swim in, and some good music.

I do love seeing these kids have so much fun in their kiddie pool, though! Growing up in Georgia summers, all you needed was a bathing suit and a water hose to have the time of your life. 

Side note: how many blog posts about summer do you think there are with this title? Ha!

Courtney Grigoras
A Family Full of Joy - Jonesboro Family Session

Isaiah 66:13

As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you

Sarah is the most gorgeous example of motherhood, and I'm not sure any camera could do that justice. This family was so fun to work with, and that adorable little Everett kept us laughing the entire session. Capturing the love and light of a family is the best part of this job.

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Another McDonough, GA Senior Portrait Session

I love when clients bring their friends along for photoshoots. It instantly sets them at ease, and results in the most natural laughs and smiles. In this particular case, Racheal's friend was also a great stylist and creative director for us. I think we all had fun during this shoot. 

My second shooter, Caitlin, actually snapped my favorite shots from this one. Having an awesome team also helps :) And of course, I had to throw in a hazy, light flared pic. I can't help myself! The lens just makes its own magic sometimes.

Courtney Grigoras
McDonough, GA Senior Portrait Session

I'm seriously envious of seniors these days. It's like teenagers now just skip the awkward phases and situations of life, school-appointed senior photo sessions included. It's really not fair. Anyway, check out these photos of this gorgeous soon-to-be high school graduate from Creekside Christian Academy.  

Courtney Grigoras
Peachtree City Family Photography Session

One of my favorite things to come from starting this business has been the opportunity to catch up with old friends. This family was one of the first to reach out to me and I could not be happier that they did. Not only was this park in Peachtree City fun to explore, this family was just light and happy the entire time, which always makes for an easy shoot. 

Courtney Grigoras