I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, 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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I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’m by the mountains in Virginia or the ocean on the Florida Gulf Coast, 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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@stephaniemessickphoto

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Arisbei + Family | Miramar Destin, Florida Photographer

Want to see the most precious little family with the cutest little outfits for kids? Those gold bows and tropical little toddler dresses? *Be still my heart!* I was honored when one of Alex’s coworkers referred my business to Arisbei, and asked if I would be their Miramar Destin, Florida photographer while they were in town! It […]

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Jessica + Family | Destin, Florida Beach Photographer

Jessica and I connected all thanks to the Virginia wedding industry! She owns a successful wedding planning business in Northern Virginia called, Jessica Ashley Events! 🙂 And while planning a visit to see her dad and family, she reached out to see if I would be their Destin, Florida Beach Photographer. I loved getting together […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

It’s TUESDAY but I’m making up for not posting a blog feature yesterday. 🙂 I took a long weekend with Alex to celebrate the Fourth of July. As you’ll see below, I ran up to Cheaha State Park for a little hiking adventure over the weekend!!! It was so much fun getting out with my […]

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Destin, Florida Portrait Photographer Special

With many tourists or even locals inquiring about my services for photos around Destin, Florida, I thought I would share a special I’ve been running behind the scenes. 🙂 Due to the pandemic, I won’t be traveling up to Virginia to photograph weddings as often as I originally planned. As of now, I’m blocked to […]

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Julie & Blake | Navarre, Florida Mother + Son Beach Photographer

I was honored to be Julie and Blake’s beach photographer in Navarre, Florida! They wanted to document precious mother and son portraits before their big move. We are going to miss them SO much!!! It’s a bittersweet season for Julie, as well as all of the former third-years in the residency program. Just as of […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

I don’t have a lot to share from this past week in this post below, but I’ve been out and about photographing sessions! 🙂 Coronavirus cases are on the rise as Florida is now claimed to be the new epicenter of the pandemic, but I’m taking every precaution to socially distance myself from my couples/families. […]

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We are Having a Baby!!!

Now that the news is OUT, I can finally share photos, stories, and random things I learned about the first trimester! 🙂 As soon as I typed the title for the blog post, I thought… “Did I really just say that?!” Mentally, it hasn’t sunk in. Physically, though, it has in so many ways!! No […]

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Corey & Kimberly | Okaloosa Island, Florida Photographer

THIS SESSION. This session with Corey and Kimberly still has my photographer heart on cloud nine! <3 The golden light, pink clouds, blue water, and this darling couple made this session one for the books! Okaloosa Island will forever be a special place to many of us here near Destin, Florida, including Corey and Kimberly. […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

MAN. What a WEEK!!!! I did not want the weekend to end. <3 I’m very grateful for this time with Alex, but now that vacation time is over, I’m back to work behind my computer AND camera this week!!! I have some exciting and beautiful blog posts to share with you all, and I cannot […]

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Matt & Allie | Marriott Ranch, Virginia Engagement Photographer

I had been looking forward to meeting Matt and Allie for MONTHS after briefly getting to know them over the phone. 🙂 At the time, they were anticipating for their August wedding at Stone Tower Winery, and could hardly wait to tie the knot! After all, they had been waiting for a DECADE to get […]

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