I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’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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I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’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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The Franks | Ute Valley Park, Colorado Family Photographer

Now that we are approaching the end of fall here in Colorado, no better time to share this wildflower session! The Franks had been holding a secret … Until now!! They are expecting baby number two!! 🙂 YAY!!! I was so honored to be their photographer and take some updated portraits and announcement photos at […]

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The Johnson Family | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

This is one FUN family! Just glancing through these photos, you’ll see their personalities shine. 🙂 Not only are they the kindest family around, but you never know what is going to happen next. So as you would imagine, the Johnson/Nichols family made this time hilarious to photograph! I made sure to throw in some […]

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The Fagans | Colorado Springs Family Photographer

When Kayla emailed me saying they were visiting Colorado Springs and wanted to hire a family photographer, I could hardly wait to reconnect with her family! Thinking back to the last time I saw the Fagan family, I remembered photographing their little girl who was by far the happiest baby I’ve ever photographed! 🙂 And […]

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The Hinz Family | Manassas, Virginia Family Photographer

I’ll just start this blog post by saying, if I didn’t love Baby Shark, I don’t think their son would’ve approved of me. HAHA! I met with the Hinz family back in June to photograph their family, but it wasn’t my first time photographing Gabby and Stephen. I actually photographed their engagement and their wedding […]

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Keith & Lauren | A Virginia Flower Field Maternity

Keith and Lauren have a way with beautiful views!! You might recognize these two from their epic DC Cherry Blossom engagement session or their mountain wedding two years ago. Recently, we celebrated another VERY special occasion… They are pregnant!!! Keith and Lauren are going to be amazing parents. <3 When they reached out to me about documenting their maternity […]

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Tenth Annual Christmas Minis | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

This is a FUN and festive tradition! For the past TEN years, I’ve hosted Christmas mini sessions!!! TEN YEARS! WOW. One of my favorite years was when we got our first snow coincidentally the day of our scheduled minis!!! But that was a one-time occurrence that I would be happy to welcome back. 🙂 I […]

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The Toves Family | Palmer Park, Colorado Springs Photographer

Let’s first talk about this family … Before they were a family, I knew them as Frankie and Chris. We met back in 2017 when they were looking for a wedding photographer. After getting to know them over a cup of coffee and then their engagement session, I felt a genuine connection! Fast forward to their wedding […]

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The Perez Family | Red Rock Canyon, Colorado Springs Photographer

Erica and her husband, Toby, gathered her parents together while they were visiting Colorado, and took some family portraits at Red Rock Canyon. 🙂 We originally connected through her sisiter-in-law, Kayla, and I’m SO glad we did!!! I loved hearing that not only is Erica originally from Colorado Springs, but her and Toby currently live […]

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The Daltons | Sylvanside Farm, Virginia Family + Maternity Session

You might recognize this beautiful family as well as this backdrop from last year! The Dalton family and I gathered to celebrate their little family with Evelyn last summer. But this year, they wanted to gather at the Sylvanside Farm again to celebrate their little growing family and maternity! 🙂 Eeeeppp!!! Isn’t Claudia just the most beautiful mama?! […]

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Sunflower Mini Sessions | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

Why am I posting about sunflowers in November? HAHA! We are working through August sessions/weddings, and this wraps it up!!! During my visit to Warrenton, Virginia, one of my photographer dreams was to photograph my clients in a sunflower field! I originally had plans downtown but plans quickly changed. While I was heading to my […]

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