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 13, 2023

Fall Mini Sessions at Bear Creek Park, Colorado Springs

Fall Mini Sessions at Bear Creek Park, Colorado Springs

I met five families this fall for their mini sessions at Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I loved that one family was one of my past couples who married back in 2014 (hey, Justin and Lauren!!!)! They just moved to Colorado Springs this year, and I loved reconnecting with them, along with their newest addition. 🙂 Otherwise, I had the best time catching up with everyone since I knew every family. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do any advertising to fill these five spots — If you want to make sure you grab a mini-session spot, email me at (info@stephaniemessick.com) to be on my interest list! 🙂

We got SO lucky because a big snowstorm surprised everyone the following weekend and took out all of the fall leaves for the season! Whew. I’m so glad we have these fall colors documented — It turned out beautiful!!! I enjoyed playing games with the kids and chasing them around for organic photos along with the quick family posed + interactive photos. It’s always a great, fun time!! Check it out below!

How a Mini Session Works

After booking a record 20 mini-sessions in one day back in the spring, I decided to keep it to just 5 mini-sessions this fall. I enjoyed it way more limiting the number of minis, so don’t be surprised to see this moving forward. 🙂 We met one evening at their contracted time to photograph their sweet moments together for 15 minutes. I scope out a location beforehand and tell each family where to meet and what to wear so they prepare before the event. Whether or not they choose to follow my style guide, I try to help as much as I can and check in before the contracted date. And while I typically deliver 20+ photos, I narrowed down this blog post to some of my favorites! 🙂 Check out some of my favorites below!!

Family Mini Session Photography at Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado





Thank you!!!

Thank you all for having me as your mini-session photographer in Colorado Springs! It was a beautiful and fun evening thanks to your support and easy-going attitude! 🙂 I look forward to offering more events like this in the near future!

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