Debbie Elisa Photography

Destination Gold Bug Island

November 20, 2020

I have known David for about 34 years now…duh I should he’s my brother, and have known about Katie for a year or so before even getting the chance to meet her. It really wasn’t until New Years of 2019 that I finally had the chance to meet her.

Their engagement session was about 2 hours. I have to say first, that in those two hours my brother had a lot of nonsense going on as he always does. Funny guy right…nerd! He had us take video of him (actor in the making..check out The Black Revenger on Amazon) so that took up some time to do. But we walked all over the park and got shots everywhere we could think of before we got too hangry and had to leave (haha).

She is as bright and bubbly as they come. but, I have to say she has a little bit of some spunk to her! This girl is gonna be my ‘ride or die’ one day hahah I can already see it!

So yes, eventually we all were like “hey debb, why don’t you do the photography for the wedding”…”oh hell naw play I am not ready for that”…”you’re not ever gonna get to where you wanna be if you keep holding back”…”true dat..okay fine I will do it”…end of scene!

I worked tirelessly from Jan of 2020 until September of 2020 with practice bridal shots, practice detail shots of rigs and flowers etc., practice sessions with small groups to learn how to pose, gather, and get the shots needed for her wedding (yes her wedding bc my brother was not all that into it as far as decor and stuff haha). Then her wedding day came. From 10am to 12pm I stuck it out and took over 5000 images…me..and me alone to a degree. At one point David (also a photographer/videographer) pulled out his cameras and video to record some stuff. But the end results was fantastic and lovely and I am so happy and honored to capture their wonderful moments.

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Hi, I'm Debbie

A self proclaimed badass photographer

No elegant or amazing story to tell here. My life consisted of growing up in the military from the age of 2. Settling in North Carolina, and marrying a Navy Corpsman. Three kids later, and two masters degrees into a career in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, I decided that it was finally time to pursue a lifelong dream of mine, photography.

I started out as wanting to become a Marine Biologist/Oceanographer, and working for National Geographic, swimming with the sharks! Choices made led me down a different path and led me to where I am today. Sitting here, at the computer, writing a mini novel about my life to you.

I started my business in 2019 realizing as my oldest son graduated high school that I missed photography, I missed the interaction I could have with others, and the different lives I was able to be a part of. So, I did as allo beginner photographers did. I dusted off my only old camera, and started using my friends and family as models. Charge next to nothing for sessions, and was able to purchase mentoring sessions, business courses, posing class, 1:1 workshops, and I have learned so much and have grown tremendously within my skill and knowledge. With the help of amazing photography mentors such as Katelyn James, Alina Thomas, Joy Michelle, Megan MacPhail, India Earl, Anni Graham, Jai Long, Maddie Mae (Adventure Instead), and many more, I have been able to create an experience for my couples that is comfortable, relaxed, and crafted specifically to their style and personality


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