Hey there!! I’m Stephanie Watts, an overly-enthusiastic destination wedding and boudoir photographer based in Iowa. See that picture of me with glasses on? It was taken on the fly – running across a busy highway in Joshua Tree, California, dancing around the desert with my friends (with a HUGE smile on my face – totally normal), having the time of my life. This is exactly how your photography experience should be; unposed, authentic, and fun. I capture connections you can feel with your eyes, even if it means making a total fool of myself. Be forewarned – I’m a huge goofball and I’ll probably give you the biggest bear hug when we meet.
My husband and I currently live in North Liberty with our daughter, Haley, and three fur babies, a “puppy” Newfie named Oscar, an Anatolian Shepherd named Nami, and our newly adopted 10-year-old Mastiff named Danks. I met the love of my life on Match.com and was smitten on our first date. Picture this: his photo on Match was a *selfie *in his parents kitchen *with sunglasses on *making the duck face. (I’m still laughing about this!) We are newlyweds – married on October 21st, 2016, and had the most memorable wedding experience – which is great for you! I love helping my wedding couples plan their big day with tips and vendor ideas along the way.
I’m a proud University of Iowa Alumni (GO HAWKS!) and United States Air Force veteran, and hearing “The Star Spangled Banner” always brings happy tears to my eyes.
I’m the one who becomes BFF’s with the person sitting next to me on my flights. I crave honest and real connections with people. My passport is my best friend, but I rarely go to the same far-off destination twice; unless I fall head-over-heels for their sunsets… or their scuba diving… or the french fries.
I feel incredibly blessed every single day to live my dream of being a wedding photographer and photographing couples and families in love in all parts of the world. Even after almost 7 years of being a professional photographer, I still get so giddy when I book a wedding and can’t believe people trust me with one of the most important days in their lives. Let’s meet in my studio for coffee (or a cocktail!) and chat about your wedding plans! As stressful as wedding planning is, choosing a kick-ass photographer shouldn’t be.