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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Andrew & Katie | Blue Valley Vineyard, Virginia Engagement

We met at Blue Valley Vineyard for their engagement portraits on a beautiful summer day. Although, funny enough, the day wasn’t intended to be beautiful at all… We actually pushed the session to happen mid-afternoon due to the threat of rain that evening. Little did we know that we were going to be photographing in […]

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The Best Portrait Overlooks Shenandoah National Park

Are you looking for the best overlooks at Shenandoah National Park for your portrait? After years of photographing along Skyline Drive, I have been asked by countless photographers and fans WHERE in the world are these special, magical spots!!! Today, I’m sharing them! 🙂

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Best of 2020 | Virginia + Florida Engagement Portraits

I kicked off the “Best of 2020” series last week with engagement ring photos. Naturally, next on the list is to debut my favorite Virginia + Florida engagement + couples portraits from last year! 🙂 Despite cutting back my workload due to the pandemic, looking at these images below looks as though it wasn’t an […]

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Robby & Meghan | Great Falls National Park, Virginia Engagement Photographer

Robby, Meghan, and I got together at the Great Falls National Park in Virginia to photograph their engagement session last month! I love any excuse visiting a National Park, especially during Virginia’s fall season! 🙂 And ESPECIALLY with a super sweet couple, like Robby and Meghan!!! Oh, we cannot forget about their adorable pup, Daisy, too. 😉 […]

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Alex & Lu | Washington DC Engagement Photographer

It may have been a very foggy morning in Washington, DC, and as Alex and Lu’s engagement photographer, I hoped for a beautiful sunrise for them! But that October week seemed to be foggy every morning, and because our time was a little limited, we went for it and made the best of the time […]

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John & Caitlin | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Engagement Photographer

You might think to yourself as you go through these photos, “are John and Caitlin models?!” Well, from our conversations, that is not their main profession, but I never asked if they did it as a side gig!! 😉 Haha! When John and Caitlin reached out to me, I was… A) Excited that I was […]

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Dillon & Ginny | Washington, DC Engagement Photographer

Dillon and Ginny planned their wedding to happen in the beautiful wine country of Virginia just two days after this session. So for their engagement portraits, they were looking for a location that was sentimental to them! Since they live in DC, that location ended up being around the Washington DC monuments!! Dillon and Ginny weren’t necessarily […]

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Anna & Justin | Okaloosa Island, Florida Proposal Photographer

This post is EXTRA special. One because a SUPER sweet proposal happened recently!!! Two (spoiler alert), Anna said YES!!!! Three, this is the exact place where Alex proposed to me too. 🙂 When Justin reached out to me about a proposal on Okaloosa Island in Florida, I couldn’t say “YES” fast enough!! There’s something about proposals that […]

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Matt & Briana | Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia Engagement Photographer

Matt, Briana, and I met at the beautiful Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia, for their engagement portraits. I initially met Briana at her sister, Gaby’s wedding back in 2017! Unreal to think it was almost THREE years ago since that super fun day!!! And just knowing how much fun her sister’s wedding was at Morais Vineyard, I’m in for […]

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Daniel & Betsy | Destin, Florida Beach Engagement Photographer

It has been a while since I’ve posted an engagement session! 🙂 During the winter season, I was hustling through projects to gear up for the busy spring wedding season. Once COVID hit, plans changed. Betsy, Alex’s coworker, knew that I was a Destin, Florida Beach Engagement Photographer, and reached out to me. 🙂 I was […]

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