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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 :)

Where do I even begin with this post?! I met Devin and Makalea through my sweet photography teacher/friend, Michelle Lieb, and I’m so thankful they had me help them celebrate their special day. :) Their wedding day has been long awaited as they are high school sweethearts and were in love with each other before they…

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This is the last and final post for the series, “DIY Farmhouse Repurposed Table!” I have shown you the big transformation as well as how to repurpose a table, now I’m sharing how you can repurpose dining room chairs! Typically, dining room chairs are wood/upholstery. Of course, though, there are different styles, but I hope…

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  • Kelsey

    Beautiful! What shop did you go to for the table and chairs? We’re in the market for a farm table for our new house and love what you did!

  • Hi, Kelsey!!

    I purchased the set from a local thrift shop called Noah’s Arc in Bealeton, VA! :) It’s small, but I find treasures once in a while! Another favorite shop of mine to find treasures like this is Restore!

    Thank you so much!!!
    Steph

Happy first day of SPRING!!!! It’s a bit chilly outside, but I know the warmer weather is just around the corner. :) Cannot wait for sunshine and time to hopefully spring clean around the house! I know you must be anxiously feeling the same way! Well, this weekend officially kicked off wedding season with Devin…

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After hibernating in my house all day leading up to meeting Curtis and Emily, I was NOT expecting the freezing temps we encountered Friday evening. WHEW! I had to wear my coat during dinner to warm up. ;) Haha! Since we were on top of a hill, the wind was brutal! Fortunately, these two were…

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Some of you might have expected a decorating post, like the chair upholstering tutorial I hinted last week (that’s coming next week!!!), but I have something different for my photographer/creative friends! Every artist should have a system to everything and systems are GOOD. Today, I’m sharing one of my FAVORITE systems that seriously save my booty throughout…

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Oh man, who is a Bachelor fan?! It has been one of those, “guilty pleasures” for me since … Gosh, I guess Ryan and Trista’s season! Although, I wasn’t technically allowed to watch it when their season first came out. ;) Here are my thoughts on Nick’s season finale… I have loved Raven from the…

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