Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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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August 23, 2022

The Hinz Family | Manassas, Virginia Family Photographer

The Hinz Family | Manassas, Virginia Family Photographer

I’ll just start this blog post by saying, if I didn’t love Baby Shark, I don’t think their son would’ve approved of me. HAHA! I met with the Hinz family back in June to photograph their family, but it wasn’t my first time photographing Gabby and Stephen. I actually photographed their engagement and their wedding day back in 2017! So many warm, fuzzy feelings thinking back to their wonderful wedding day! And I’ll never forget jamming out to “Proud Mary” behind my camera! This time around, we were jamming out to Baby Shark. HA! I was honored to be their family photographer and photograph them in Manassas, Virginia! Gabby looked beautiful in her white summer dress and I’m always a fan of the boat shoes that Stephen wore. šŸ™‚ They looked so put together and made this session come together beautifully!!

One of the many reasons why I love documenting families is having the opportunity to reconnect and document my couples grow their families. I feel like I’ve been able to identify with my couples/families more than ever since getting married and having a family of my own. I understand that parenthood has high and low moments. Whew, it involves a lot of patience (I’m speaking from experience with my 20 month old son!!!)! And sometimes, you need to turn on Baby Shark 100 times to create peace. šŸ˜‰ HAHA! In my house, it’s Moana music on a daily basis, but it’s funny talking about these little things about parenthood with my couples. šŸ™‚

The Hinz Family | Manassas, Virginia Family Photographer

Thank You!!!

Thank you, Hinz family, for having me photograph your beautiful family!!! I still think of you all when “Baby Shark” plays. HAHA! From your wedding day to having two precious boys, I love every chance catching up with your life!!! I look forward to watching your family grow over the years ahead ā€” You have sweet boys!!! And I’ve always adored you both since our first meeting years back. <3 I hope to see you all again in the near future. XOXO!!!

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!