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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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. 🙂 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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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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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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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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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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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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It’s that time of the winter season when I have the honor of sharing some of my favorite memories from the previous year. From Virginia to Florida, 2019 was quite eventful!! I managed to book portraits during my trips in two different states, which made traveling very busy, but also rewarding. When I look at […]

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