July 29, 2020

Kristy + Friends | Destin, Florida Family Photographer

Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, my soul feels at home, surrounded by rural living and the raw beauty of nature. I genuinely love what I do, and feel so passionate to share the enthusiasm and joy of these celebrations with you!

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Kristy + Friends | Destin, Florida Family Photographer

Kristy reached out to me before her vacation trying to find a Destin, Florida family photographer for their large group. šŸ™‚ While I typically don’t take on large groups, we decided to break it down to 15-minute mini sessions! It worked like a charm to make sure all three families had their time in front of the camera!! šŸ™‚ It brought me back to the Christmas mini session days back in Virginia where I would photograph 16 families in one day ā€” I ran on adrenaline the entire time!!! So much fun capturing different personalities ā€” And that was the same for this group. šŸ™‚ Anna, Ashley, Kristy along with their families came dressed up in the sweetest outfits, making all three sessions so photogenic!

Kristy + Friends | Destin, Florida Family Photographer

We met on Okaloosa Island at Beasley Park to avoid the crowds (AMEN!). It turned out to be a beautiful, although humid, evening. But as soon as we made our way over to the water, the breeze kicked in and fortunately worked with the lighting! There are times when the wind/breeze is blowing away from the sun which can be tricky to work to create a comfortable session. But the “Beyonce fan” worked in our favor this evening!!! šŸ™‚ Haha! Everyone came prepared with smiles and a great attitude, which made this session a BREEZE (no pun intended ;)) to photograph!! Enjoy some of my favorites from each mini session!

Thank You!

Thank you all for having me photograph these special memories during your stay here in Destin, Florida!! Our time together sure flew by quickly, but you all made it SO much fun running around along the water. šŸ™‚ I hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation time ā€”Ā I’m sure it flew by way too fast!!!

Anna + Family

Ashley + Family

Kristy + Family

I love the kid’s reaction to their parents having photo time together (see below)! HAHAHA!

Stephanie Messick Photography, LLC is a Navarre, 30A, Destin, and Florida Panhandle Beach Engagement + Family Photographer, also serving Northern + Central Virginia. Learn more HERE or contact her HERE and ask about the Destin, Florida Portrait Photographer Special!



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