Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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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Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Destin, Florida and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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!

light chaser, dreamer, go-getter.

@stephaniemessickphoto

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florida Panhandle

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find insperation

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Keith & Lauren | Glass Hill Venue, Virginia Wedding Photographer

After not photographing a wedding since the start of COVID, I was SO excited to kick off the wedding season with Keith and Lauren’s wedding! You might remember their absolutely STUNNING cherry blossom DC engagement portraits!!! I thought I couldn’t adore them more, but then they proved me wrong last week! I’m so grateful they had […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

Obviously, it’s not Monday, BUT I spent the day traveling 14-hours on the road earlier this week! šŸ™‚ We (Ollie and I) made it to Virginia!!! Because I’m here on a business trip to photograph two weddings and some portrait sessions, I won’t have normal business hours checking emails, etc. I’ll resume back to normal […]

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Lori + Family | Destin, Florida Photographer

Lori reached out to me looking for a family Destin, Florida photographer to document their sweet family while they were visiting. One reason I specialize in small family portraits rather than families 6+ because I want to be as personable as possible by reciting names properly… BUT Lori tricked me when they showed up with […]

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Kristy + Friends | Destin, Florida Family Photographer

Kristy reached out to me before her vacation trying to find a Destin, Florida family photographer for their large group. šŸ™‚ While I typically don’t take on large groups, we decided to break it down to 15-minute mini sessions! It worked like a charm to make sure all three families had their time in front […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

What a week! It might not look like it was busy, but I was busy photographing vacationers. šŸ™‚ If I’m not photographing weddings, I’m at least grateful to photograph portrait sessions in the meantime. A nice way to stay busy during this season! But… That is changing NEXT WEEK!!! šŸ™‚ I’ll be heading up to […]

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Jamie + Family | Grayton Beach, Florida Photographer

I found myself on 30A twice in one week after photographing Jenny’s sweet family in Alys Beach. This time, I met with Jamie and her family in Grayton Beach! It was their last full day on vacation, so to end the trip, they wanted to document their time here on the Emerald Coast. So Jamie […]

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Our First Anniversary at Magnolia Springs + Fairhope, Alabama

I love it when Alex pulls off a good surprise. šŸ™‚ In fact, he apparently has one up his sleeve for this afternoon! šŸ˜‰ Anyways, I love that he’s always down for an adventure! And our anniversary weekend was all about exploring and adventuring!! You got a quick glimpse of it a few weeks ago […]

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Jenny + Family | Alys Beach 30A Portrait Photographer

I appreciate how much Jenny and her family cherish documented memories. They vacation to the Destin/30A area every summer for their summer beach family getaway. Each year, they hire a photographer to document their growing family. This year, they wanted an Alys Beach portrait photographer to document their stay in one of the prettiest destinations!!!! […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

I took last week away from blogging because I hit the road and ventured north to see my SIL and sweet niece!!! šŸ™‚ After my trip, I realized how much I miss personable interaction with family and friends… This quarantine season is HARD, and with things not getting better here in Florida means that I’m […]

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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?Ā *Be still my heart!*Ā 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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