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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 didn’t think I was going to share this on my blog, but I built up the courage to press “publish” because I know there are others who can relate and can appreciate honesty/vulnerability. I was worried by sharing these words today that it might show that I’m “weak,” but I also realized that by sharing…

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  • LOVE YOU, sweet girl!!!! Proud of you for trusting in the Lord to satisfy your heart!!!! 

  • Heather Chesky

    Amen!!! Love what you share! Giving your virtual hugs, high fives and prayers 💕

  • Ahh! Thanks for being so vulnerable! I know that’s tough, but God will continue to use your story to help others! You are such a beautiful light!! xoxo

Ah! Kevin and Catherine are MARRIED!!! I couldn’t be more happy for these two. They have been together since HIGH SCHOOL, so this celebration was anticipated. :) I have enjoyed this journey with them and cannot believe their wedding day is done! At least they will have these memories to always remember the day. <3…

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  • Scarlet

    Wow! The red plus yellow looks so amazing! Catherine was one of my favorite swim team kids so this is so lovely to see:) Beautiful work, Stephanie! 

  • Basically a dream wedding! Thanks.

When Erik, Danielle and I were brainstorming ideas for their maternity session, my parent’s farm came up as an ideal location because of the wildflowers and open fields. :) I’m thankful the flowers held out a little longer than expected because another plant started to invade due to the spring rain. Thank the Lord! Although we…

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I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing weekend! :) I cannot believe wedding season has officially begun! This winter season flew by soooo fast, but I’m excited to be back photographing sweet and joyful couples!! If Saturday is any indication of what is ahead, minus the rain, then this year is going to be a good…

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I’m still in disbelief the Second Annual Runaway Brides 5k Fun Run is over!! The past six months I must have poured at LEAST 250+ hours to make this event happen. I can admit … even some sleepless nights — But trusting God was key since this is all to serve Him and His mission…

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  • Cyndi Messick

    All I can say about the day is <3 !!! Great work, congrats to all!!!

When I moved into my house last year, I was more concerned about exterior details looking situated. I knew going into the 2017 year, I wanted to focus on organization, especially in the kitchen! In January, I went through every cabinet and drawer and listed general kitchen utensils, appliances, plate ware and everything in between…

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