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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since 2012.


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January 11, 2023

The Fagans | George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virginia Family Photographer

The Fagans | George Washington's Mount Vernon, Virginia Family Photographer

The Fagans wanted to hire a family photographer to celebrate their last pregnancy at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. When we talked about taking photos around the estate, Kayla knew McKenna would love it! And she was right — McKenna was glued to the estate map as we wandered around the property. Of course, I took a photo to share! Although it wasn’t her first visit to the Mount Vernon estate, it kept her occupied. 😉 

The Fagans | George Washington's Mount Vernon, Virginia Family Photographer

These kids have the sweetest little smiles!! Kayla calls her little guy, Brayden, “Mr. Serious,” but we managed some sincere smiling pictures… Especially when I had them play games! 🙂 It was a little easier playing with them during this session — The last time, we were in Colorado taking photos on rocky, uneven terrain. 😉 Of course, their independent McKenna loved exploring, and it was the same this time (but on safer ground). Ha! Speaking of the ground… It was a pretty wet/muddy day when we got together. Somehow, we squeezed in the dry weather before the rain came (so lucky!). And the kids managed not to be covered in mud from head to toe! HA! Check out all of my favorites below!! It was a great way to wrap up the year!!! 🙂

Family Portraits at the Historical George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Thank You!!!

Thank you, Fagan family, for having me as your photographer to photograph your family portraits at Mount Vernon! I loved photographing around the property with you all and documenting your children’s personalities. 🙂 That was so rewarding!!! I left our time together with my heart SO full — You have kind, sweet souls and I hope to hang out again in the near future!!! CONGRATS on your newest addition!!! I cannot wait to see the big debut SOON! 🙂

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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