Welcome to Joie de Vivre Photography! I'm Stefanie, photographer extra-ordinaire, and mastermind behind the scenes. Take a minute, take an hour, and look around the blog! If you want to view my full portfolio, please visit This is where I like to post pretty photos of recent photoshoots, ideas, helpful hints, occasional features, and all kinds of other randomness!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016


I can't believe its almost here already! School is going back in session, wedding season is beginning to wind down, and its almost FALL! Which basically means its time to get my bootie in gear and get started on FAMILY PICTURE TIME! My favorite time of the year!

    Every year, my schedule gets totally and insanely crazy, going from my average 3-5 shoots a week, to around 20+! And between the 9 different ways of contacting me (FB, website, email, voicemail, text), plus the typical back and forth as we figure out what works- I tried to come up with a new solution! I will post my WEEKEND availability on this blogpost. If you are able to schedule a weekday slot, contact me- as I am much more available! if you are interested in a weekday slot, let me know the dates, and I will check my calendar- those are always almost open- it's the weekends that get crazy! I primarily shoot on Saturdays- Sundays are reserved for my family and church days, so if at all possible, I try to keep it reserved. Thank you in advance for understanding!

     IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A WEEKEND SLOT, go to my website and view the calendar section first!  Heres the way it works:

     If you are the first to book either a morning or an afternoon slot- you get to choose where I will be for that entire morning or afternoon! Once chosen, that is where I will stay (mornings are usually 7am-noon, evenings are 2-7pm), and I will schedule concurrent photoshoots in that location. Check out the calendar to see if a weekend date you are looking for has a location chosen already. THEN visit my new ONLINE SCHEDULING PAGE BELOW TO OFFICIALLY BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT!

 This is a new system for me, so please be patient if there are any bumps along the road. I LOVE my job, but as a SAHM to four young kids, I wear many hats! Please forgive me if I make a mistake, or take a little longer than expected to return your message- I am absolutely doing my best to make sure that I can get as many wonderful clients in as possible, and things get pretty busy!! Contact me with questions. 
Also keep in mind that once my schedule goes live, I am almost immediately unundated with requests- so you might want to put in a second choice, just in case someone requests a location before you.  Provided that there are slots booked back to back, during the holidays, there are NO travel fees on weekend slots! If you book a weekday slot, travel fees do apply, unless we also find someone to piggy back with. So find a friend to shoot with, and your travel fee will also be WAIVED!
    I am SO looking forward to seeing all your lovely families again! Please take a second to review my 'DETAILS' and 'INVESTMENT' tabs to review my policies and procedures, as well as cost for the sessions.  Contact me if you have any questions!!

joie de vivre!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Brooke & Aaron, San Diego LDS Temple wedding

I swear, the older I get, the younger these sweet brides and grooms look! But Aaron and Brooke were so sweet with each other, and laughed ALL .THE. TIME. We took their bridals in the Orange grove a few days in advance, then had their temple wedding and reception later that week. Here are a few of my favorite images of their sweet temple day and backyard reception!

Joie de vivre!