Customer Reviews


Stephen did an awesome job with our engagement pictures. He was a lot of fun to work with and the pictures looked amazing. We highly recommended him to all of our friends in the area.

— Chris

The day of the shoot was record breaking HOT! Our time was limited for when we could shoot so even though he would reschedule, we couldn’t. He was a trooper and came with the desire to capture the moment. He gave great suggestions on how to beat the heat – which was very much appreciated and worked. I recommend Kinstler Photography! Thanks Stephen for having the gift of capturing our family!

— Beth

We wanted to remember a very special vacation in Sandbridge with family & my in-laws for their 50th anniversary and decided on photos on the beach. I searched the internet and found Stephen and booked a date. A day later my daughter mentioned that she would love her senior pictures down at the beach, so I contacted Stephen again and booked yet another date for her. I was apprehensive since I booked everything so quickly but I couldn’t be happier with every single picture, family and the senior shots. If you are looking for someone in the Virginia Beach area, please give Stephen a call, he will not disappoint!

— Tom

Stephen is a great photographer. My young children were very comfortable and he found an excellent location for us. He is very patient too. We love our portraits and I’m already looking forward to our next session. Beautiful textured shots and great candid photos too! Highly recommend!

— Dena

We loved our pictures! Stephen was very experienced and took all considerations into account! He really came out with some great ideas. I was very surprised he had so many great shots. We have a two year old son and he was very active so I thought the options would be limited. However, Stephen proved me wrong. We couldn’t really decide which portraits to get because there were so many great shots! Stephen’s personal touch really appealed to my husband and I as well. When we plan baby number two I hope to give Stephen a call once again to do pregnancy pictures!

— Naomi

Stephen did an outstanding job at my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding this September. He was able to capture the true heart of the event and gave us pictures that we will treasure for a lifetime. He was a pleasure to work with, always keeping me on track with what needed to happen which I really needed that day. I recommend him for weddings, portraits and all family events!

— Lou-Anne, Mother of the Groom

Stephen was awesome! Ever since our first interaction he was so flexible. We didn’t have lots of time to meet with him (due to another appointment) but Stephen worked with us and made it happen. He was always responsive and the pictures look great!

— Jessica, Bride

Kasey and Shawn’s wedding pictures are gorgeous. I truly mean that. You out did yourself. I must admit, I wasn’t too sure of the whole beach destination idea, but oh…my…gosh… it’s the perfect place for a wedding and your pictures are surely the proof! Thank you so very, very much for all your hard work and patience.

— Debbie, Mother of the Bride

Stephen did a great job on our post-wedding portraits. He really understood what we wanted and he exceeded our expectations by far! We will definitely be using him in the future for family portraits. Stephen was very professional and seems to really enjoy his work. We highly recommend him!

— Tyler & Kayla

We love his originality! Stephen did my bridal portrait and the wedding portraits everything was “SUPER AMAZING!!!!” he is definitely by far the BEST IN THE BEACH ..I am speechless…I LOVE ALL OF OUR PICTURES THANK YOU AGAIN and we love your sense of humor! (ha ha ha )

— Grace

I found Stephen on the internet and his prices were reasonable. We had a Family Portrait done – 15 people – kids running all over the place, older parents on the beach. He took everything in stride and the pictures came out beautifully. The candid ones are by far my favorite and I wish I had listened more carefully when he told me that this is how he likes to shoot. He managed to make us look good and have a fun time and I don’t like getting my picture taken. It was a great experience and I highly recommend him.

— Cori

Stephen did an unbelievable job with our family portraits at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. He was very patient with both our kids, in particular our son, who was not the most cooperative subject. We could not be happier with the portraits. The only tough part is choosing what to order. Thanks Stephen!! We highly recommend you!

— Jennifer

Amazing child/family photographer. Stephen is wonderful at what he does. Very easy to work with and accommodating. We had to reschedule several times due to weather and he was always very accommodating with our schedules. He captured some beautiful pictures of my daughter and the entire family. I highly recommend him!

— Lynlea

Stephen did a wonderful job on our family portraits. We drove from Ohio to Virginia so we could have a family beach portrait, and they all turned out wonderful! He was very patient and even got our teenage son to smile 🙂 I would highly recommend him and look forward to more pictures w/him in the future!

— Karen

Stephen did a great job with our very large group! He was very flexible in rescheduling because of our rainy weather. We were very happy with our session!

— Tim

Stephen did an awesome job with my wedding pictures. He and his wife were very professional and easy to work with. Stephen always kept me informed through email. My photos were Great!!

— Sally

Stephen did a great job on our family portraits. He was really good at getting my teenage daughter to relax and got some wonderful shots.

— Kimberly

Stephen was absolutely a fantastic photographer! He was there every second of our special day. He did not miss one picture! Looking back at our wedding photos we feel like we are still in that special moment even though it has been a little over a month. Don’t know how anyone could not choose Stephen Kinstler as their photographer, as he is simply the best!

— Lauren

My family of four was traveling from Kansas to Virginia Beach for a vacation. I really wanted some keepsake pictures from our vacation so I researched photographers. I was drawn to Stephen’s portfolio online and also liked the size of photo packages he offered along with affordable additional pictures for our extended family to order. After emailing several photographers, Stephen responded very promptly and had a great plan. He was so helpful with directions since he knew we’d be in unfamiliar territory. I can’t even begin to express how happy I was with the session and the pictures. Stephen let my kids (ages 2 and 4) come up with poses of their own and he humored them the entire way. He truly captured some great shots of my kids being themselves and I have gotten so many compliments on the pictures. The photo session is EXACTLY what I had hoped for and you will not get a better VALUE for the dollar anywhere else. The toughest part is selecting the best ones since they are all so good. Thank you, Stephen!

— Megan

We had a great experience. Stephen is an amazing photographer! He was flexible and open to taking pictures at any location of our choosing. He has a great artistic eye and really captured the essence of our family, especially our son. I know we will cherish the photos he took of our family for years to come. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for a great photographer at a great price for that special occasion.

— Katie

We were planning a family vacation in Williamsburg, VA with a couple of afternoons at the beach. We really wanted a great family pic taken while on vacation so we found Stephen on the internet and decided to take a chance. We were SO PLEASED! Stephen was very helpful up front and found us a new location for pictures…the boys thought he was awesome and a lot of fun. We all were extremely relaxed and ended up with some awesome pictures! We would quickly recommend him to anyone!

— Kimberly

I am so happy with our session and photos from Kinstler Photography. I had checked out the website and hoped for half as good photos of my family (with three kids you hope for the best). Stephen got shots I didn’t even know he was taking. I was blown away. You will not be disappointed!

— Carrie

Stephen did a fantastic job with our pictures. As this was our first set of professional pictures we did not know what to expect. Stephen put us at ease right away, allowing us to accomplish a more natural look than a studio would. The quality of work was outstanding! We were outside in the woods later in the day which does not allow for as much natural light as we would have liked but the pictures look like we did them in the middle a nice sunny day. I look forward to working with Stephen in the future and would recommend him to anyone.

— Shanna

Stephen did an awesome job at our photo shoot which consisted of no less than 18 people! It went very smoothly and was well organized. The pictures will serve as a lifetime of memories! Thank You!!!

— Liz

Great photos, easy-going photographer, works well with children, lots of fun! You won’t be disappointed!

— Kendra

Stephen was an absolute pleasure to work with. He is very professional, yet personable, and certainly helped us to relax in front of the camera! The pictures we now have from our engagement session and the actual wedding are stunning and many even look like they could be in a magazine 🙂 We could not have been happier with his services and highly recommend him to anyone looking for someone to truly capture that special day!

— Amber

Stephen and his wife were so easy to work with and took their time making sure they captured our wedding.

— Cassandra

Stephen is an outstanding photographer! We booked a full wedding package with him. I can truly say that every single picture he took was amazing. I was really looking for a photographer who would do a mix of candid, and well as posed pictures. Stephen does a great job at this, and he knows exactly how to pose you and everybody else in the picture for a perfect shot. He makes you instantly feel at ease. The finished pictures are of phenomenal quality. I could not of been happier with both our engagement and wedding pictures. Stephen is also extremely professional, and he did a great job interacting with the guests as well as vendors in an unobtrusive manner so that no pictures were missed. One of the the things that was included in our wedding package that I absolutely loved was the same day sideshow. He has equipment available to show the pictures that he has taken at the wedding, and displays them at the reception. It was a great moment, and all of our guests raved about the slideshow. Our package also included a beautiful slideshow DVD set to music, which was amazing as well. We can’t wait to see our storybook album!! My husband and I will look to Kinstler Photography for all of our future photography needs. Thanks Stephen!!

— Kimberly

Stephen’s work was PHENOMENAL!! We are so glad that we had the opportunity to work with him; We got so many compliments on the slide show that he did the day of our wedding. We got our proofs back extremely fast and there was not one picture that we did not like; they were all amazing! Stephen was very professional and fun to work with, and also very creative. I would highly recommend him to any bride looking for a photographer!!!

— Ayisha

Stephen Kinstler is an amazing photographer! He has been with us since the beginning; for our engagement photos, my bridal portraits and on our wedding day. Now that it’s all over the only thing we have to look back and remember is our photos and we couldn’t be any happier with the beautiful memories he captured. Stephen took some amazing shots, I would describe his work as creative art photography because some of the pictures are the coolest photos that you don’t always see in typical wedding albums, but they were perfect and exactly what we wanted. Dan and I are not the most photogenic but Stephen sure made it look like we were, he was very easy to work with and never missed a moment. Thank you Stephen for capturing our specials moments we can’t thank you enough that we have such wonderful pictures to look back and remember the “Best Day of our Lives”. I would highly recommend some extra services Stephen offers, the DVD slide show and the same day slide show. Our guests were blown away with the same day slide show out our reception, we got soooo many complements on how awesome it was for everyone to see photos Stephen had taken throughout the day!! Thank you again!!!!

— Ashley & Dan

Stephen did an incredible job working with my boyfriend and I taking pictures for us before he left for deployment. He is very creative and works to bring out the emotion in the pictures instead of just taking pictures for scenery. I would highly recommend him to anyone and will certainly be using him again in the future!

— Lauren

We called Kinstler Photography after being “stood-up” on 3 hours’ notice by another, very prominent, Virginia Beach photographer. Fortunately for us, Stephen had the afternoon free, and met us that afternoon for our beach-themed photo shoot just as the sun was setting over the water. He had great ideas for locations and poses, but more importantly, he made us feel very comfortable despite just having met us. Even our beloved cat took a shine to Stephen and he was able to capture her adorable expressions at just the right moment. His sense of timing and knowledge of light and shadow are excellent. We’ve hung our gorgeous family portrait right in the front hall of our home and we grin from ear to ear each time we look at it. Friends who’ve seen Stephen’s You-Tube video compilation of our photo shoot are extremely impressed and complimentary. The coffee table book of our photographs he has created is truly delightful. We highly recommend Kinstler Photography, and intend to use his services again for an even-bigger family portrait when our next grandchild is born.

— Peggy