Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™m by the mountains of Colorado or Virginia, 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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January 3, 2023

Happy New Year | A Time of Reflection

Happy New Year | A Time of Reflection
Photo by Krysta Norman Photography

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Can you believe it’s 2023? 2022 was a busy rebuilding year in so many ways! For some, it was their best year. For others, it was not the year they anticipated. Personally, 2022 was a difficult year ā€” I grieved over tragic losses more than any other year. Between my sister’s Fiance’s unexpected passing, a family-friend tragically losing their two-year old son, unexpectedly putting my cat (Pixie) down, and a family member almost experiencing death too soon, it really put my values in place. But, after reflecting on the unfortunate circumstances that occurred, through my faith, I know there is HOPE for the future.

I pray that YOU have a healthy, successful, happy year in 2023!

As Alex and I sat down together over the New Year to reflect, I felt so grateful for him. My best friend is encouraging, honest, and genuinely wants the best for us/our son. Our marriage grew so much in just a year, and I look forward to what this year has in store! As we reflected on 2022, we thought of goals to push ourselves to be better partners, entrepreneurs, and parents. 2023 is going to be a good year!

Sarah Arnold Photography
Photo by Sarah Arnold Photography

2023 Goals

  • Get more involved in church
  • Date night/day 1x a month with Alex
  • Workout 5 days a week (3 days of weight lifting and 2 days of cardio)
  • Read at least 2 fictional books + 3 self-improvement/business books
  • Hike one 14er
  • Connect with at least 5 Colorado venues and 10 wedding industry vendors/photographers
  • Expand my team in Virginia // Even take on some associate gigs?
  • Book at least 5 Colorado weddings
  • More Mother-Son dates šŸ™‚
  • Look for land in Colorado to BUILD an Airbnb

2022 Recap

Denver, Colorado Concert

Quality time with Alex, Jack, and our families in Virginia. <3

Between the YMCA childcare and hiring a Nanny, I finally have a daily routine!!!

Amazing Race Birthday Surprise

Celebrated my mom’s 60th Birthday, Jack’s 2nd Birthday, and surprised Alex with an “Amazing Race” that led him to a surprise Birthday party! What a year of big birthdays!!

We *finally* found a church we love in Colorado Springs ā€” Midtown New Life Church!

Home Sweet Dome Airbnb, Black Hawk, Colorado

Launched TWO new Airbnbs (Home Sweet Dome + Our Colorado Basement) + Sold our Georgia Airbnb

Denver, Colorado Modern Airbnb

Designed 5 Airbnbs ā€” 4 in Colorado and 1 in Nashville!

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Photographer

Countless local and far adventures/travels!

The Manor House in Denver, Colorado Wedding

Photographed beautiful Colorado and Virginia weddings + portraits sessions!

Redesigned/Updated my website!!

Washingtonian Feature | Rob + Samee Stone Tower Winery Wedding

Wedding Features!

Bought a mirrorless camera!

Voyage Denver Feature

Even my own personal feature!!

Thank you for another great year!!!

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