They say a picture is like a thousand words... 

I am just going to tell you right now, I like pictures.  I like taking them, and I like looking at them.  This is probably why I am a photographer and not a writer.  I don't like writing much.  But I do want to share with my visitors my pictures, maybe I will throw in a few words too.  

So I have a tendency to get behind in my blogging.  It's always a work in progress for me, my New Years goal is always to get better at blogging.  

So if you see big gaps in my blogging it's because life has overtaken my goal of blogging.  I will be back, I always am.  

Happy New Year!

January 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Happy New Year!


I hope for everyone a fantastic new year.  2014 was an interesting year.  So much to be thankful for, and many struggles to learn from.  I have been focusing lately on all the positives in my life so that I may move forward with an appreciation for all of my blessings.  Many changes coming for my family this year and I am looking forward to them. 

Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples!  I hope all of your wedding plans come together perfectly. 

Thank you to all the families that had holiday sessions with me.  It brings me great joy capturing your families as the years pass.

And a super big thank you to all my Brides and Grooms of 2014!  I am grateful for your trust in me to capture your special day.  I enjoyed working with all of you! 


I am so very looking forward all of my upcoming weddings and family sessions in the year 2015!




Hey There!

October 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

So we are in October now!  Wow, time has flown by.  

I have been asked for ages "what are you going to do with all your free time once you get all your kids at one school?"

My response has always been, work on my business and get back into shape.  

See if you didn’t know already, I am a stay at home mom to three kids.  My youngest just started kindergarten this year.  She is there for a half day which is pretty great!  And for the last six years I was very involved with a co-op preschool.  The experience being involved in a co-op preschool was awesome, but very time consuming.  See, I couldn’t just do my work days, oh no, I had to be on the board and then serve as president for the last 3 years.  It was essentially a job, I loved it.  But I am loving my free time now too. 

The good news is, I have been getting back into running.  Something I hadn’t made time for myself in years.  I really do love it. 

AND, I have been working on my business.  I have started an Instagram page @stephanie_horwedel_photography where I can post my work and interact with vendors and brides.  I am an Instagram addict in my everyday life and you can find me and my crazy life @horwedelsa.  The other change I made is with my packages.  I have taken in all my meetings with brides and the weddings I have done and I realize the best way to serve all you brides is to make my business a wedding photography service.  I am not going to sell you products or prints.  I have all of that stuff available on my website if you want it. 

I am going to photograph your day for you.  Edit your pictures and then give you your pictures.  EASY.  SIMPLE.  AWESOME!

So, if you are a bride and you want more info about my wedding day photography service, contact me!  I will send you the details.  If you want to go for a run, contact me, and I will try and keep up!

Arabian Nights Themed Shower

September 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Photographing Wedding Showers is so much fun.  This shower had amazing details everywhere you looked.  Guests were encouraged to dress to an Arabian Nights Theme.  With having a theme shower like this there were so many details to capture.   Guests were invited to get henna painting done on their hands, play some ad libs and over all enjoy themselves.   This shower was perfectly captured and the bridesmaids had me create a mini album so that their bride would be able to enjoy looking at her shower for years to come.  

Olivia & Robert's Wedding

September 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

In May Olivia and Robert were married at the Double Tree in Bakersfield California.  They had a large group of family and friends there supporting and celebrating with them.  I had a great time working with this couple and returning to the Double Tree for another wedding.  

Olivia's Beautiful Dress

Olivia and Robert chose not to see each other before the ceremony.  I photographed all the groomsmen before the ceremony.  What fun group of guys.

The Grand entrance, complete with high fives!

Custom Favor glasses!  I loved them.


This group knew how to have a good time.  It was such a pleasure to work with all of them.  

Bakersfield Museum of Art Wedding

July 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

In April I shot the sweetest second wedding for Melissa and Brad.  It was a beautiful intimate wedding set in the garden of the Bakersfield Museum of Art.  

Melissa’s dress looked amazing among the garden sculptures. 

She made her bouquet out of antique brooches. 

They opted to do a "first look" before the wedding.  I love Brad's expression and the fact that the boys were there too.


After the ceremony the family walked down the street to Mexicali for a dinner reception.