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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August 31, 2023

Angela & Matt | Silver Lake Park, Haymarket Family Photographer

The last time I photographed Matt and Angela was pre-kids — They celebrated their anniversary by having photos at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens with their sweet Roxy pup (RIP). I was excited they asked me to be their photographer again, but this time, their family at Silver Lake Park. A lot changed in 6 years, but they now have two SWEET girls! Goodness, they are darling (especially in these dresses)! As I photographed (and melted behind the camera from their cuteness), I kept saying that I needed to update my client style guide with these photos. Haha! Can you see why? 🙂

Angela & Matt | Silver Lake Park, Haymarket Family Photographer

We started the session at the Manassas Battlefield, and had lovely lighting for a 9 a.m. session. Before I had my own child, I prioritized lighting and preferred my clients to meet at sunrise if it was a morning session. But after having Jack, I realized that if a family needed a later start for happier children, I’m totally supportive of that decision! I will say that the lighting worked for us at that hour because of the smokey haze from the Canadian fires. It wasn’t super bright, so we worked in open light, which was refreshing!

About halfway through the session, we drove to Silver Lake Park. The girls were joyful, playful, and in good spirits. And in lemon dresses, how could you not be happy?! Haha! We played a lot and captured some cute, genuine smiles. 🙂 I loved every minute of this session!

Outdoor Lifestyle Portraits at the Manassas Battlefield and Silver Lake Park in Haymarket, Virginia

Thank You!!!

Thank you, Angela and family, for having me as your photographer and documenting these PRECIOUS family memories for you all at Silver Lake Park! I loved reconnecting with you all and meeting your adorable girls. I cannot wait to hang out with you all again in the 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!