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Welcome, and thank you for visiting my daily blog! My name is Stephanie, and I'm a wedding + lifestyle portrait photographer based in Warrenton, VA. Feel free to browse around and check out some of my recent work!

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Born and raised on a family owned dairy farm in Fauquier County, along with two siblings, Amanda and Eric. Graduated Liberty High School and went to James Madison University, where I participated in Kappa Pi Honors Fraternity as well as the Marching Royal Dukes! GO DUKES! Graduated in May of 2012 with my B.F.A. in Graphic Design. I worked as a graphic designer in the D.C. area for almost a year after graduating college and then resided in Warrenton, VA to work for the Piedmont Press & Graphics as one of four graphic designers :) Currently, I am managing to balance my full time graphic design job along with my photography business! It's a hectic lifestyle, but I enjoy it!!! About my photography business: I have learned in the world of photography that it is not just about pretty photos, it is all about the EXPERIENCE the photographer gives to the client. And that is what I am out here to do! Give YOU the best experience that you will not forget! From the moment we schedule the session... to the laughs/smiles we share the day of the shoot... to the moment I hand over the package of your images... I make sure that every step of the way leaves my client smiling :)

Hola!! Oh my gosh, if you haven’t visited Hawaii, I’m going to somehow convince you to go in the near future! Although, I heard that with an increase in flights will come cheaper fares next year. Let’s keep an eye out for that! ;) Now that I’m back, I’m excited to dive back into a…

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!! It’s funny to see how timing can work out in our favor. :) My friends in Hawaii invited me to visit them while they are living on the beautiful island, so a few months ago I took the offer seriously when I saw the plane ticket prices! I was supposed to visit…

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It has been a while since I have shared a DIY home project with you all! So today, I’m sharing how YOU can really jazz up a room with some wood, nails, caulk, and paint! When I was designing my home, I wanted the walls to have personality, but it had to blend with the atmosphere….

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These two should look familiar on the blog!! If you missed it the other day, Stephen and Becca’s darling engagement portraits were featured on the blog with many favorites! Today is no different. :) Their joyous and oh-so-lovable personalities were evident last weekend as they promised their futures together. What an honor it was to…

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This is one heck of an adorable couple! Within minutes of our session, I could tell this was going to be a great time together! And Stephen and Becca did not disappoint! Their fun, happy personalities were infectious from the moment I met them. It translated so well through these photographs! :) Gah, they are…

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Happy Monday, everyone!! :) I just completed my last wedding of the spring/summer season on Saturday which means I get to spend the next month catching up with a lot of behind the scenes work, personal projects and traveling! It has been a busier than anticipated summer season, but I’m INCREDIBLY grateful for your support!…

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