Debbie Elisa Photography

Samantha and Hunter’s Engagement on Sullivan’s Island

June 9, 2022

When I left the mainland for Samantha and Hunter’s engagement on Sullivan’s Island, there was a huge storm in the forecast. Luckily, when I crossed over the Ben Sawyer Bridge to Sullivan’s Island, the skies cleared up and we had a gorgeous soft light morning beach engagement session.

Samantha & Hunter are getting married in March of 2023 at Dunes West on Mt. Pleasant in South Carolina. One of the most exclusive wedding venues in South Carolina is Dunes West. What makes this location so unique is it’s an all-inclusive resort, which provides catering and staff services. This allows you to relax, knowing that absolutely everything is being taken care of while your guests are enjoying the oceanfront accommodations. The coastal elegance at Dunes West can’t be matched by any other Mount Pleasant venue and the pictures are a reflection of this fact.

Beach Engagement Session on Sullivan’s Island entrance used was near Fort Moultrie and provided an amazing backdrop for the couple in the wooded areas to keep the beach theme alive, and throughout their image gallery.

A place where many residents visit, but not on this day. On this day we had the beach to ourselves.

Thank you, Samantha & Hunter, for allowing me to capture your engagement session! This truly was a beautiful day, and I cannot wait for your wedding.

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Sullivan's Island Beach Engagement
Sullivan's Island Beach Engagement
Samantha and Hunter's Engagement on Sullivan's Island
strolling along the beach
Sullivan's Island Beach Engagement
Samantha and Hunter's Engagement on Sullivan's Island
Sullivan's Island Beach Engagement
Samantha and Hunter's Engagement on Sullivan's Island

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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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