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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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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Zack & Debbie | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Anniversary Photographer

Oh, sweet Zack and Debbie!!! I’m soooo glad our schedules aligned so I could be their photographer once again and document their anniversary portraits on Virginia ‘s Shenandoah Mountains!!! One of my favorite places in Virginia to not only photograph, but enjoy the peacefulness of this beautiful world. <3 And Zack and Debbie made it […]

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Pat & Tara | Manassas, Virginia Maternity Announcement Photographer

You might recognize these two!! Pat and Tara got married on the most beautiful fall day last year at Raspberry Plain Manor! Some of my all-time favorite photos. 🙂 Tara told me when the time came that she would love to have their future pregnancy documented. Well, little did they know that they would find out they would be expecting […]

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Joey + Family | Santa Rosa Beach, Florida Photographer

Joey and her beautiful family met me at their gorgeous condo, just days before selling it. After a decade of memories in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, they decided it was time to hand the keys over to the next owner. I can tell that it wasn’t an easy decision after they shared some beautiful stories of […]

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The Mast Family | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

I’ve known this beautiful family what feels like my entire life!! In fact, the Mast family was one of the first families in Warrenton, Virginia, who hired me as a photographer! And that was about a decade ago … Crazy!!! Seeing their kids grown, unfortunately, reminds me of my age, though. HA! But they are […]

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The Daltons | Sylvanside Farm, Virginia Family Photographer

What a great way to celebrate this precious little girl by taking family portraits! After all, the last time this family and I got together for pictures was when Claudia was pregnant with Evelyn. 🙂 We took photos nine months in, and now these portraits mark nine months out! How special!!! And I’m glad Herman, the pup, […]

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