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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 :)

I cannot believe Matt and Brianna’s wedding day was almost two years ago! Time has flown by since then, and now they are expecting a precious little boy this year!! You might recognize these two because they have been featured on the blog several different times, especially their epic rose petal toss exiting from their…

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After many prayers, the anticipated rain was nonexistent for the day! What a blessing!!! Drew and Kelsey had a beautiful outdoor ceremony on Saturday at Murray Hill in Leesburg, where they invited special family and friends to gather and help celebrate the occasion. Saturday was every bit of joyful as I could ever imagine! <3 When…

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After months of prepping for this session, it was clear how excited all of us were about photographing on Skyline Drive! One of my personal favorite locations! :) Whether it’s traveling for business or personal time, the views speak for itself! During Adam and Cindy’s session, it was as if we were above the clouds…

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Earlier this month marked my FIVE year anniversary in business!!! I’m not sure where the time has gone, but this is a pretty big deal to see this day/year. :) According to a recent USA Today article, 20% fail within the first year, and HALF of all businesses no longer exist after five years! This makes me humbled…

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Gosh, I feel like I have known these two forever! :) I am so honored they asked me to photograph another milestone in their lives. From their engagement to their wedding day to now, welcoming a little baby Synstad into the world in the next few short months! This time with Evan and Ally has…

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It was only weeks ago when I finally had the opportunity to meet Michael and Kelsey in person! Just in that short time since seeing them, it seems like things are coming together for them between work and the big move back to VA! I’m so happy for them!! Exciting changes!!! Now that the wedding…

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