I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’m by the mountains of Colorado or Virginia, 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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November 9, 2021

Sunflower Mini Sessions | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

Sunflower Mini Sessions | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

Why am I posting about sunflowers in November? HAHA! We are working through August sessions/weddings, and this wraps it up!!! During my visit to Warrenton, Virginia, one of my photographer dreams was to photograph my clients in a sunflower field! I originally had plans downtown but plans quickly changed. While I was heading to my parent’s house from the airport, I saw sunflowers at the Fauquier Education Farm! I reached out to the owner and they so graciously gave us permission. 🙂 The best news!!! Everyone was excited to have this summery backdrop for their August pictures — And I made sure to be mindful that maybe sunflowers aren’t the best backdrop for Josh’s senior portraits. HAHA! So we worked around it, easily!!! 🙂

It was SO great catching up with these friends!!! I’ve photographed many of their weddings and now families — I love that my “job” keeps me connected with so many past couples. <3 And whether it was a time to celebrate … Like a maternity, an anniversary, or senior portraits … Or just an occasion to bring the family together … I’m honored they got up early to make this mini-session morning happen!

It was a beautiful morning, and I’m glad it was a morning event because that particular August weekend was hot and humid!!! Haha! Everyone came dressed up in beautiful colors that complimented the sunflower backdrop! And 15-minutes was perfect for many who didn’t particularly like camera time (like kids and men mostly). HAHA! But everyone did GREAT and seemed to enjoy the short amount of time we had together. 🙂 I only hosted six slots this time around, but I look forward to hosting another round of mini sessions in Virginia!!!

Sunflower Mini Sessions | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

Thank You!!!

Thank you, all, for making my photographer heart happy during my quick visit to Warrenton, Virginia, and photographing you in the sunflower fields!!! And a special thank you to Fauquier Education Farm for having us!!! It was the best way to conclude my trip to Virginia for the month of August! 🙂

Stephanie Messick Photography, LLC is a Colorado Springs, Colorado Wedding, Engagement, Maternity, + Family Photographer, also serving Northern + Central Virginia. Learn more HERE or contact her HERE!



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