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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Colin & Jules | Navarre, Florida Family Photographer

You might recognize Jules and Colin on the blog — Not only have I photographed their engagement and wedding portraits, but also their maternity, and now these family portraits!!! Jules emailed me months ago letting me know that they were moving to the Florida Panhandle. 🙂 I was so excited that I felt the need […]

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Camille + Family | Destin, Florida Beach Photographer

I met with this lovely, sweet family at their vacation house on 30A just before moving to Colorado! 🙂 They had one epic set up with their iconic 30A style home situated on a private beach! When they searched for a Destin, Florida beach photographer, I’m so glad they reached out to me!!! What an […]

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Life Update | We Moved to Colorado!!!

We are officially Coloradans! We miss our Florida friends and the breath-taking beaches, but we have a feeling that Colorado is going to be so good to us!!! It’s still so hard to believe that we are finally here. But we are looking forward to settling in over the weeks ahead. 🙂 After all, we […]

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Julie + Family | Destin, Florida Beach Photographer

WOW. That is enough to say about this session… By far, one of my favorite sessions on the beach!!! Not only because we had one GORGEOUS sunset, but because this family had high energy! 🙂 Julie and her darling family came to Destin, Florida, and wanted to hire a beach photographer during their vacation. After […]

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Jessica Family | Okaloosa Island, Florida Photographer

Working in a vacation photo shoot here in Destin, Florida can be a fun excuse to get the family together!!! And it seems to be a common thing to do. Many families admit how quickly the time had passed since last taking family portraits… And with children, that time seems to fly by even faster! […]

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Chris & Julie | Fort Walton Beach, Florida Anniversary Photographer

Check out the PRETTIEST sunset I’ve witnessed and photographed here on the emerald coast!!! Julie and Chris ran out in the cold sand with their pups to celebrate 32 years of marriage! 🙂

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The Best Portrait Overlooks Shenandoah National Park

Are you looking for the best overlooks at Shenandoah National Park for your portrait? After years of photographing along Skyline Drive, I have been asked by countless photographers and fans WHERE in the world are these special, magical spots!!! Today, I’m sharing them! 🙂

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Best of 2020 | Virginia + Florida Lifestyle Portraits

This past year was so fun photographing families in a variety of backdrops! From the valleys of Northern Virginia to the crystal clear waters on the Emerald Coast beaches. It was a dream to photograph between these two extremes!!!! The coming years will look different after we move to our Air Force station this summer. […]

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Preston & Amanda | Seaside Chapel, 30A Florida Proposal Photographer

When Preston reached out to me regarding his BIG plans to propose to Amanda, excitement overcame me! I loved that we connected through several friends through our church (thanks, Gathering Church!!!). I also loved that he had the vision of hiring a photographer to photograph his proposal at the Seaside Chapel in 30A, Florida!!! Talk about a DREAM! […]

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Benny & Megan | Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Photographer

Don’t you love Shenandoah National Park? I’m a big fan, especially when it’s during the fall season!!! Well, actually, any time during the year, it’s pretty spectacular! And when I’m able to catch the sunrise or sunset, it’s the best time to photograph my darling couples. Absolutely breathtaking!!! And it’s not very often I get the […]

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