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the give ten project (virginia beach baby photographer)

“we make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” — winston churchill

charity photography

giving is at the very heart of my business…of who i am as a person and as a photographer. God has so richly blessed me, it is an honor to pass on His gifts to deserving families and organizations. this year, i have begun the “give ten project” — a small effort, that i hope will ultimately make a difference in the lives of many. through lifeography, i am committed to giving a minimum of 10 percent of my time and profits to charitable work and causes. eventually, i hope others will join me. for now, i am so excited to share one of my first “give ten” photo sessions from virginia beach.

meet baby isabella. i’ve been waiting since december to meet her. she made a surprise entrance when her 7-months-pregnant mommy traveled home to wisconsin for a baby shower. born prematurely at a mere 30 weeks, bella entered this world at 2lbs 12oz. a tiny miracle, she spent her first seven weeks of life in the NICU and left as a healthy baby girl.

newborn baby portraits

newborn bella (photos courtesy of her parents)

zak and christy–you are blessed! of course, you already know that. bella is simply darling. and even though she wasn’t sleepy (who could blame her at 16 weeks old!) i think you’ll see that she shined for her photo session anyhow. i’m so glad to be living nearby again…and am looking forward to watching her grow. enjoy your photos!

baby bella, mom + dad

baby bella, mom + dad

cradled in daddy

cradled in daddy’s arms…


a classic.









  • ivonne - love your work as always but man, that saggy, wrinkled newborn bum is just pinchable!!ReplyCancel

  • crystalyn - what a beautiful idea. and beautiful photos as well.ReplyCancel

  • rebekah - love your idea of “give ten”!! and what precious photos! so sweet.ReplyCancel

  • lilia - Oh, Stephanie…simply lovely! You are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Deb Schwedhelm Photography | blog » give ten - […] much on giving…right?! well just so happens that one of my best friends in the world started a giving project–the give ten project. and i’m hoping that everyone will participate. not just […]ReplyCancel

  • anna - these are so beautiful, and i am in love with your give 10 concept…proving once again that you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside, and that you are as giving as you are talented…i adore these, and i adore you. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rashmi - Beautiful photos as always Steph. I love your Give Ten idea. I love that our job makes it so easy to give.. because after all.. who doesn’t love photographs? I am also committed to giving more this year. Last year I was shy about asking deserving families if they would like some family photos.. shy that they might think I was crazy. But not this year. I am giving more (the worst that could happen is they say NO) and feeling happier. You rock. xoxoReplyCancel

  • christy - It made me cry!!! Steph I knew you’d have great photos, but knowing the session this was amazing!!

  • heather starr - i need to visit your work more often! you are so inspirational! just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany F Photography - She is a BEAUTIFUL girl! What a wonderful project you’re doing!

  • Kim - Every single on of the photos is STUNNING!!!! Wonderful job to you and the beaustiful family!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Wheeler - What beautiful photos, and what an amazing story! I would love to join you on your give10project 🙂ReplyCancel

  • shawn - these are STUNNING, steph! great color on the walls (?), too! you ARE inspirational. i just love following your work 🙂 also, thanks for the reminder to use our own unique gifts to give back to the world.ReplyCancel

  • abbey - I am so interested in learning more about our give 10 project!!!
    I will try to find out more! Will you email me more!
    I am LOVING your work!
    SO inspiring!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie - I am feeling so inspired! You are amazing, my friend and these images are beyond breathtaking! What an incredible story of faith and hope! Having two little ones that started life in the NICU, I know the challenges. It does my heart good to see her happy and healthy! Stephanie, I’d love to learn more about the project–it would be awesome to join you!!ReplyCancel

  • stacey woods - these are beautiful images, steph! i’m so proud of you and what you stand for, who you are. i’d love to know more about the give10project as well. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Provinsal - Absolutely stunning! Lovely job on these, capturing the pure sweetness of a baby is truly a gift for you. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - That is such an awesome gift to the parents, the time in the NICU is such a hard road. My daughter Bella was born at 23 weeks 5 days. The pictures bring tears of joy to my eyes to see another little Bella doing so well.ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlyn Campbell - these are really good. What a beautiful baby you guys have! Wish the best for you guys!!
    ♥Kaitlyn & JessicaReplyCancel

  • stacy larsen - Glad to see that she is doing so well. She is absolutely gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

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