January 28, 2020

The Lowe Family | Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida Photographer

Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, my soul feels at home, surrounded by rural living and the raw beauty of nature. I genuinely love what I do, and feel so passionate to share the enthusiasm and joy of these celebrations with you!

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When I first received an email from Kandy’s daughter, Katherine, I was SO excited to connect!! At that point, I was so consumed in photographing/editing weddings and sessions from Virginia, that I was thrilled to receive an inquiry just down the road from my home in Sandestin, Florida! I haven’t had the time to really make connections since moving to Destin in July, but I’m starting to little by little, especially now that it’s the “slower season,” and I’m not traveling so much (not until April). šŸ™‚

When the Lowe family and I got together, I had just returned from a Virginia trip for the Holidays. I don’t typically take on large families because I love working with smaller groups so I can remember names and create a great mix of candids/smiling photos in their gallery. However, I was up for the challenge to make this a personable experience for the Lowe family. šŸ™‚

Steve and Kandy’s daughters and son, along with their spouses and babies, were visiting Florida for the Holidays. It was very special having everyone together in one place because they all live in different parts of the country. And funny enough, it turned out that Katherine lives just “down the highway” (although, we know that i-66 can take forever to trek) from my folk’s place in Northern Virginia! Small world. šŸ™‚ Needless to say, this occasion was cherishable. Especially with the grandbabies growing quickly! 

I met the Lowe family at their beautiful retirement home in Sandestin, where there’s plenty to do in the area, from the beach to golf to tennis to countless activities! No wonder so many retire here. šŸ™‚ We wandered around the house taking photos and even had time to get to know each other a little bit. I love listening to the stories people share with me because everyone comes from different upbringings. I feel like we can learn a little something from listening. šŸ™‚ One of the big reasons I love photographing people! And this crew started my 2020 year on a bright note!

Thank you, Lowe family, for having me document these precious memories for you all while you were together for the Holidays. <3 It was a treat to kick off the 2020 year meeting you all! I hope to see you again in the near future while the grandbabies continue to grow. I wish you a healthy year filled with countless blessings in your family!

Thank you again, Lowe family!!!

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