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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John & Caitlin | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Engagement Photographer

You might think to yourself as you go through these photos, “are John and Caitlin models?!” Well, from our conversations, that is not their main profession, but I never asked if they did it as a side gig!! 😉 Haha! When John and Caitlin reached out to me, I was… A) Excited that I was […]

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Dillon & Ginny | Washington, DC Engagement Photographer

Dillon and Ginny planned their wedding to happen in the beautiful wine country of Virginia just two days after this session. So for their engagement portraits, they were looking for a location that was sentimental to them! Since they live in DC, that location ended up being around the Washington DC monuments!! Dillon and Ginny weren’t necessarily […]

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Anna & Justin | Okaloosa Island, Florida Proposal Photographer

This post is EXTRA special. One because a SUPER sweet proposal happened recently!!! Two (spoiler alert), Anna said YES!!!! Three, this is the exact place where Alex proposed to me too. 🙂 When Justin reached out to me about a proposal on Okaloosa Island in Florida, I couldn’t say “YES” fast enough!! There’s something about proposals that […]

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Matt & Briana | Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia Engagement Photographer

Matt, Briana, and I met at the beautiful Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia, for their engagement portraits. I initially met Briana at her sister, Gaby’s wedding back in 2017! Unreal to think it was almost THREE years ago since that super fun day!!! And just knowing how much fun her sister’s wedding was at Morais Vineyard, I’m in for […]

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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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