Give the Perfect Gift this Valentine’s Day!

When was the last time you and your spouse had fun together without the distraction of kids or to do lists?

When was the last time you and your spouse took good photos together, not snapped as a selfie or from the viewpoint of your five year old?

On top of that, how many of you think about Valentine’s Day next month and hope your spouse drops a good hint these next few weeks of something he/she would like other than the chocolate bar and gift card to Starbucks you were planning to grab on February 13th?

If you find yourself in any of the above scenarios, I have the perfect gift for you this Valentine’s Day!

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Gift Debbie Dean Photography’s Valentine’s Day package!

For $120, you get a one-hour photo session AND a 10×14″ canvas of your favorite image from the shoot! Not only will the shoot be a fun time of you two enjoying each other and creating a fun memory together (free from kiddos or other distractions that have seeped into your time as a couple over the years!), but you will also have a canvas to hang in your office or bedroom, reminding you of the love you have for this bestfriend, love of your life, & partner in crime for years to come!

Interested? Book today! Inquire to: debbiedeanphotography@gmail.com. 703-789-0513.

(Based out of Hampton, Virginia — travel rates apply for photo sessions more than 25 miles from Hampton.)

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David & Kala: Kentucky Blue VA Wedding

Despite blog crashes and computer struggles, I’m finally able to post this wedding! Similarly, despite mid-July heat and threatening rain showers on the forecast all day, David & Kala’s Kentucky Blue wedding was probably the most fun wedding I’ve shot to date. David & Kala are a life loving, God loving, people loving couple. They were excited, patient, and energized their whole day (and they had a sweet bridal party that carried similar qualities). It was such a joy to be their photographer and experience them become one family! Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Herman. Thanks for your patience with these photos! Enjoy some of my favorites.
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Tara & Matt – Engaged

October 2009. As an insecure, trying-to-find-my-place-in-this-world freshman, I tagged along to a house I had never been at to participate in the birthday party surprise for a girl I hardly knew, thinking, “This will be great… Wait, this is scary, I hardly know ANYONE at the party!… Buuuut I’ve met the birthday girl a few times and she seems nice… But I don’t think I’ll ever be her friend because she’s just SO COOL! Aaaa, I should leave… Oh no, too late now, she’s coming!” I remember that surprise party so vividly. There were dozens of people there to celebrate a freshman babe by the name of Tara Thompson. The Christian community at CNU has always been incredible, and especially my freshman year, the upperclassmen went out of their way to make us feel welcome and included in life at CNU. So in the midst of this birthday party, I remember looking around at the people gathered to celebrate Tara and thinking, “I want to be part of this community. And I want to know this girl that SO many people would come surprise and celebrate as a freshman on her birthday. She’s just so cool………..”

Who would have thought that night at the start of our freshman year that Tara Thompson would end up being one of my very best friends………. and that I would be doing an engagement shoot of her and her FIANCÉ just a few years later!?!

Tara’s one of those people who’s beauty on the outside is just a smidgen of the beauty that’s inside her. Her heart is unlike any other I know. She loves genuinely, she loves faithfully, she loves honestly, she loves bluntly, she loves encouragingly. When Tara cares for people, she gives 100%. She isn’t wishy-washy or half in. I remember a time during sophomore or junior year when one of the downtown guys from the DownTown Ministry Tara leads at CNU was in a serious car accident. Tara threw herself into praying and caring for this dear friend. She was steadfast in hospital visits and figuring out how to best serve him, and she constantly was reminding me to pray for him. Tara also loves openly and candidly. I can’t tell you how many times she has straight-up rebuked lies I was believing or spoken Truth to me in love, encouraging me away from frustration and disappointment (she makes it very difficult for me to keep hurt inside, the stinker….. she ALWAYS knows when something is wrong). Aaaaand she can also make me laugh. Like none other. She’s made me pee in my pants from laughing (maybe more than once). She’s a super goof ball (just ask her what she knows about armed robbery or how good she is at kitchen spatula singing to Grease‘s “You’re the One that I Want). I always wish we could have more time together when we hangout.

And now my darling Tara is getting MARRIED! Had you told either of us freshman year that Matt Hayes was gonna be her husband, we would have laughed and said, “Yeahhhhhhh… what?” Let’s just say, the dorky, handsome boy Matt from our early CNU years has become dorky, handsome man Matt. And MAN, is he perfect for my Tara. Matt is one of the most humble & gentle yet strong & leader guys that I know. He serves and loves Tara with such selflessness, putting her before himself and setting such an amazing example of Christ in their relationship. I remember this one time semi-early on in their relationship when Tara was digging into some theology and praying about what she believed about a certain doctrine. Matt took time by himself and with her to find biblical, sound teaching and wisdom on this doctrine and talk and work through hard questions with Tara. That’s just a tiny example of how he goes above and beyond to look to others’ interests and serve them before himself. I could not think of a better man for Tara. He calms her down, leads her  so well, has this hilarious quiet humor, and puts His relationship with Christ as a priority over all else. I’m so excited to see what the Lord has for their marriage and how they will continue to serve Him as Mr. & Mrs. Hayes!

I love you two so so much, and am so grateful you let me take these photos. Thanks for letting me be part of your lives!!

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Williamsburg Wedding: Dani & Ryan

I still quite vividly remember the day Dani asked me to shoot her wedding. It was last semester, fall 2012, and the five-foot tall, double major in English and Theater sat next to me as we furiously composed papers that were soon to be due. We were in Chinese Literature together, and both only had an hour to spare before class. In the midst of paper writing, Dani and I chit chatted, and I let it slip that I was getting into wedding photography. I swear she jumped in her chair and moved herself a foot closer to me, then stretched her fingers and said, “Ooohhhh you do wedding photography do you….????” She proceeded to explain how she and her darling Ryan were to be wed in February, and they had yet to solidify a photographer. That conversation led to another, and within a month or so, they had booked me for their early 2013 Williamsburg Inn wedding.

 Their late February wedding started out a bit rainy and chilly, but by the time the ceremony was over and we were doing portraits, the rain had stopped and it was a photographer’s paradise of an overcast sky and a happyhappy bride and groom. Enjoy some of my favorite shots from the day (including a few from my wonderful second shooter Maggie Gore!). Dani and Ryan, thanks for being such a relaxed, FUN couple to work with. It was seriously nothing but a joy to share in your special day with you.

This is what greeted me when I arrived at Dani’s house the morning of the wedding…. So precious.

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Williamsburg Inn! Stunning.

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Dani’s centerpieces were incredible… Perfectly blending her love for literature and theater (and Beauty & the Beast!)…

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Ryan LOVED this little phone booth near the groom’s prep room….

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Gazing at one another’s rings…..

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Beautiful reception room!

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Maggie’s fantastic shot from their first dance….. LOVE HER DRESS!

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SO so happy for you two!! Thanks for letting me be part of such an incredible day. My best wishes to you two, Mr. & Mrs. Doster!

 

Proposal: Matt & Tara

I seriously don’t know how to begin this post. What are you supposed to say about the engagement of one of your very best friends in the whole world?? How do you describe the flashmob proposal her boyfriend arranged with 30+ people that ended with a human tunnel leading her to her boy down by the water?? There are no words.

When Matt Facebook messaged a bunch of us with his proposal plans, I quickly volunteered to take photos. I was honored he wanted so many of us involved in this special night, and nothing would make me more glad but to document it. We all arrived at City Center (Oyster Point) in Newport News with plenty of time to spare before Tara would be led there by roommates, under the false news that they were going to celebrate a few friends’ internships and acceptance to grad school at one of the restaurants. Little did she know what was waiting for her…..

(Note: I switched on and off all night between using my strobe and shooting with a slooooow shutter speed…… I have so much to learn about night photography!)

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So so SOOOOOOOOO excited for you two!!! Matt, I know you’re one amazing guy to win the affections of my dear Tootie. She’s a gem.Take good care of her! Love you both!!!!

Throwback Thursday: Billy & Renee

Sorry I’ve been such a slacker in blogging this week! It’s been a long, full week and I’m so excited for the weekend. More free time to figure out my new iPhone, actually do my homework readings, cover some photography events for CNU, and watch the Superbowl with friends?? Yes please.

This week’s Throwback Thursday is from another wedding that I shot last fall but was unable to post due to blog complications. The darling couple is Billy and Renee Herbert. Billy was my brother David’s closest friend at West Point (USMA) and our family pretty much adopted him as a son and brother. Renee and Billy met through David when Dave and a group of his friends (church friends from home + Army buds on leave) went to NYC to watch 2011 become 2012. Renee was one of the said church friends, and let’s just say… Billy was one determined guy. Despite Christmas leave ending and his going back to Germany where he was posted, Billy chased after this little lady. Hours of phone calls, the finishing of his post in Germany, a move to Virginia, and not-so-many months later, our little Billy put a ring on it.

When Renee asked me to shoot their September wedding, I was thrilllllllllled. I hadn’t known Renee all that well before Billy started going after her, but the more we talked and the more I saw them together (Billy got posted to Arlington, Va, with the Old Guard when he finished up with Germany in the spring of 2012), the more I grew excited about his perfect choice of a wife.

I love you two very very VERY much, and I hope I’m around when little Herbert babies start popping out so I can take photos of them too. 😉 Enjoy some shots from your special day!

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Billy’s Mom, Eda, and his nephew, Daniel…. precious!
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Love you guys! xoxo

Kylie and Dominic — Clifton Engagement Shoot


I know it’s been YEARS it seems since I posted something on here, and for that I apologize! I was trying to make some renovations and changes to the blog that have had to come to a halt, so there really are no excuses for me to not continue blogposts at this time. And MAN do I have stuff to post!

This shoot goes back to this past December when I was home in Northern Virginia for Christmas break (my last winter break EVER as a college student!). Kylie and Dominic met me in downtown Clifton, VA on a crisp Sunday afternoon, full of energy and making me more excited with every minute of interaction. Kylie is a CNU grad and Dominic went to the Air Force Academy, and they’ve been together for more than SIX YEARS. (Woohoo!) It was clear right from the get-go of shooting that they’re best friends. They were so comfortable, continually laughing and building on the other’s jokes, while at the same time easy-going and flexible. They made my job so easy with their laughter and model faces! I had a awesome hour of shooting with them. Thanks for the fun afternoon, guys! (Aaaanndd… Go Army! Beat Air Force! (Sorry Dominic… had to do it!))

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Jenny & Eric – Bumpass Wedding

I don’t even know how to begin this wedding post. How do you summarize a day full of sunshine, rain, a living room ceremony, a rainbow, a gorgeous couple, and a just fun fun crazy time?? Jenny and Eric’s wedding day was insane. But SO wonderful.

When I arrived to the gorgeous Keen home in Bumpass, Va. on the morning of September 8th, the sun was shining and the skies were blue with only a few clouds here and there. The Hager and Keen families were running around making finishing touches on the outdoor ceremony and reception area. You wouldn’t have believed me if I had told you that just a few hours later, the skies would open and winds would come crashing down, drastically changing our plans for the day! Yes, a sudden monsoon came and moved the wedding into the Keens’ living room…. but despite this drastic change to the day, Jenny and Eric were SO calm. Their families and friends pulled everything together to make a beautiful indoor ceremony and salvaged much of the reception decorations to put the reception area back looking stunning! (Of course the rain stopped right after the ceremony ended…. God’s got a great sense of humor.) Jenny and Eric have been dating for over six years, so they were just ready to be husband and wife! Their day didn’t go as they planned but through it all they were so joyful, and just so excited to be with family and friends.

Congrats you two! I had so so much fun with you (crazy-rain-changes included!). Enjoy some photos from your special day!

My amazing second shooter, Halle, took these following few photos of the reception area before the storm hit. So beautiful!


Jenny’s gorgeous bracelet with their rings… SO STUNNING!

The beautiful bride!

Jenny and her adorable niece…. So precious.

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Jenny joined Phi Mu while in college, and one tradition of this sorority is to sew several beads – symbolizing things like love, sisterhood, etc. – into the dress of a Phi Mu sister when she gets married. Jenny’s Big Sister Amanda did the sewing…. It was really sweet to watch!

Here comes the bride!

Halle’s view….

Eric’s sisters and Dad played/sang a song during the ceremony… It was emotional!

Halle’s view of the kiss!!!

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This bridal party was awesome…. SO fun!

Eric and the ladies!!!


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The Keen’s barn on their property…. Love itttt!


Love this….. Such a special moment of the Father-Daughter Dance!

Eric and his groomsmen created a band in High School and they played for a bit during the Reception! So fun. Eric was a fantastic drummer….

Jenny’s Phi Mu sisters singing a traditional song around her….

Jenny about to throw the bouquet… Looove her face!

Eric’s brother and sister swing dancing…. Precious.

Heading out as husband and wife!!!!!!

Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!!!! Loved every moment.

Jenny’s Bridals – Williamsburg, VA

It’s been KILLING me keeping these secret for the past two weeks! When Jenny and I drove to Williamsburg and did her bridal portrait shoot on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon at the end of August, I knew it was going to take everything in me to not share her photos until after her wedding on September 8th. SHE WAS STUNNING, and so natural and happy, and I loved how the pictures turned out! Now that she and her hubby Eric are wed and off honeymooning in the Bahamas, I can finally reveal this gorgeous girl’s bridal photos. Be looking soon for their wedding pictures in the upcoming week or two! For now, enjoy some of my favorites of beautiful Jenny…..

Barefoot Wedding – Frederick, MD

When I first came to visit CNU in 2008 as a senior in High School, I still vividly remember my cousin Maggie bringing me to lunch in one of the dining halls and introducing me to a million people. The very first person I met was a beautiful red-head by the name of Emily Wolven. She was so welcoming and engaging, genuinely reaching out to me and wanting me to be part of the group. I even remember Maggie going off to class while I chilled with Emily and her roommate Carly in the library, feeling totally comfortable and at ease with these two new friends of mine. I honestly think my interactions with these girls are some of the main reasons I decided to come to CNU!

Fast forward a few years… Emily’s living across the street from me at CNU in a cul-de-sac of houses, and this guy named Sean Barefoot lives in the same circle of houses with a bunch of guys. I get to know Sean that year (he was a great neighbor…. especially when he and his roommates hit tennis balls across the street onto my house, making me and my roommates feel like we were living in a bomb shelter), and it was easy to see what good friends he and Emily were. When Sean graduated in May 2011, people began to wonder if something was up between this crazy, caring, people-loving, life-of-the-party Emily and quiet but incredibly sweet and hilariously-comical Sean. Not many months later, word on the street had it these already-best-friends were dating…. then engaged…. and then quickly planning a wedding! You can imagine my joy and excitement when Emily approached me at work one day at CNU to ask if I would be her wedding photographer! I was floored and overjoyed and just so so SO honored!! This same amazing girl who welcomed me in to CNU when she didn’t even know me now wanted ME to capture her wedding day. I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

Sean & Emily’s wedding took place on August 19th, 2012 in Frederick, MD at the Morningside Inn. Despite rain changing up a few parts of the day, the two were wed with much celebration and praises. Their wedding was so focused on Jesus Christ and their deep love for Him as their Savior, and how they desire to reflect this Christ-like love in their love for each other. I know the Lord will bless their marriage as they seek after Him and daily lay down their lives to serve the Lord and serve each other. I love you two so so much, and I still can’t believe you let me photograph your wedding!! Thanks for letting me be part of your special day, Mr. & Mrs. Barefoot!! XXOO, Debbie

Emily’s gorgeous gown was a gift from many of her dear friends, who all chipped in to buy it for her. So beautiful!

Personalized Toms…. So clever!

Emily always loved to wear jerseys around CNU, and commonly became known as the “jersey girl.” As part of her gifts for her bridesmaids, she bought them all jerseys!


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Sean and Emily chose to do a First Look, getting a special time of about 45 minutes for portraits before the ceremony. While the rain foiled some of our plans, we were able to get a few shots before it poured. I love this one of Emily and her best friend Lauren praying, while Sean stands out of sight waiting for his bride-to-be….

Showing off her Toms…

My 2nd shooter Halle captured this AWESOME shot…

Makin a run for it as the rain begins to fall!

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Sean had this idea…. Love it!

About ready to go! Praying before the ceremony…

Here she comes!!

Precious….

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It stopped pouring right as the ceremony ended, so we were able to run outside and grab some more shots!! Thanks, God. 😉

Thanks again to Halle for this fun shot!

Back inside for the reception!

Emily did YoungLife in college and is going on to YoungLife staff now that she’s graduated. A bunch of her girls were at the wedding! Love em…

You guys are GREAT and I love you so much!! Thanks for letting me document your amazing day.