I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’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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I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’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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Daniel & Betsy | Destin, Florida Beach Engagement Photographer

It has been a while since I’ve posted an engagement session! 🙂 During the winter season, I was hustling through projects to gear up for the busy spring wedding season. Once COVID hit, plans changed. Betsy, Alex’s coworker, knew that I was a Destin, Florida Beach Engagement Photographer, and reached out to me. 🙂 I was […]

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Now that we have covered my favorite engagement ring shots from last year, it’s time to share my favorite Virginia + Florida engagement portraits! And actually, this goes even beyond Florida and Virginia! I see quite a number of other states/cities/countries represented in these photos below. 🙂 Hello, Washington D.C., Charleston, Raliegh, Harper’s Ferry, and […]

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Now that I covered some of my favorite lifestyle portraits from 2019, I’m continuing the “Best of 2019” series today with Florida + Virginia engagement ring photos!!! Get ready for some eye candy! I had the privilege of photographing many couples engagement portraits in Florida and Virginia this past year. And during each session, I […]

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I’ve known Cat since the JMU years (GO DUKES) and just saying that flooded my mind with great memories. 🙂 But now seeing her with Cory makes me even happier that she found her soulmate! I adore their energy because they are so loving, fun, and playful! I think some of these photos share a […]

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Talk about a blast from the past … When Natalie reached out to me via email, I was SO excited to see her name, and then started thinking about the old days when we were kids. Natalie and I attended St. John’s private school, where we had the “privilege” of looking the same wearing a uniform every […]

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It’s not very often when I take on DC sessions, but when I do, they are some of my FAVORITE. I seem to forget the traffic or the early alarm or the FREEZING temps that we had to face when I just see pure JOY in the engagement portraits posted on the blog. And, goodness, […]

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Christmas may be over, but it’s finally time to share this darling couple with you all on the blog! While I was visiting family in Northern Virginia last month for Christmas, Rob, Sameera, and I got together to celebrate their engagement by taking photos. 🙂 They graciously welcomed me inside of their charming Old Town Alexandria home. […]

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Kevin, Laura, and I met for their engagement session exactly one year until their wedding day! What a better way to celebrate?! When I picture the fall season, I think about the mountains and the beautiful and colorful foliage. Kevin, Laura, and I started planning their engagement session months ago and while thinking about a […]

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When I first met Nick and Khea, I wasn’t so sure Nick was excited to have his photos taken. I mean, I don’t know many men who really love it. But I reassured him that we were going to have fun! 🙂 Just a couple of days before their session, we found ourselves still finalizing […]

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During my last business trip to Virginia, Curtis, Rachel, and I got together on one beautiful evening in Old Town Alexandria!! I love when couples have a place in mind for their engagement portraits that has significance to their relationship. 🙂 They loved the cobblestone side streets and the water, so it’s a beautiful mixture […]

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