Debbie Elisa Photography

Maryland Elopements

January 16, 2021

Maryland Elopements

Hey you crazy adventurous people! I just wanted to come through and say that I am switchng my photography over to smaller elopements and intimate weddings. The reason for the change? Well, it seems to be that I never get the chance to get to my couple. Just them, by themselves.

It also seems to be that a lot of weddings are closer to the evening time which makes me have to utilize a flash (I am not a fan of how flashes are used for indoors or outdoors but when it’s a late reception, the images are the images)

I am an introvert. Large gatherings are a lot for me to take in visually and socially. I handle myself well with larger weddings and love taking the time out and chat with a few people just to make myself sociable. But I can’t wait for when everyone is eating. Which means I get the chance to eat myself and take time to relax and clear my head, go over what I need to go over, shots to still be taken, and look the my images on my camera in awe of what I am seeing. But it is definitley something that takes a lot out of me.

Elopements can be the total opposite. More relaxed, intimate, focused on the couple and not all the lovely decorations, and and atmosphere of it all. Woods, or a lake side area, even on a back yard can be just as lovely, fun, interactive, and a dream come true for everyone.

So, when you are planning your wedding. Take the time to see if whether or not you want that lavish wedding, or if you want to focus more on family and unity.

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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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