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!

light chaser, dreamer, go-getter.

@stephaniemessickphoto

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Best of 2020 | Engagement Ring Shots

2020 was a strange year, and nothing comparable to the past years in the wedding industry. I’m not going to sugarcoat it… It was so challenging to watch so many couples cancel and postpone their plans. But I don’t want to treat it any differently in the way I celebrate my couples. <3 That’s why […]

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Jack's First Month

How has it already been a month?! Something tells me that these months/years ahead will fly by as quickly as everyone says. I’m a few days late posting this, but we just celebrated Jack’s first month on Saturday!!! 🙂 I love seeing his personality come out week by week. But one thing is for sure… […]

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Jack's Birth Story

Some situations shake us from the inside-out. And just thinking about it resurfaces the traumatic experience all over again. Throughout the past three weeks, I’ve been mentally and physically recovering from Jack’s birth. This type of painful recovery you’ll read below was not what I anticipated, but nevertheless, I want to share his birth story […]

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We are Having a Baby | The Final Countdown

It has been since August (!!!!) since I last shared a pregnancy update! As you can imagine, a lot has happened! We are currently 38-weeks pregnant and in the home stretch as we anticipate his arrival … ANY day now!  It’s a weird time because as real as it should be, especially looking around our home, it still doesn’t […]

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Coffee Talk Mondays

Wow… Tomorrow is DECEMBER! Can you believe it?! We are almost done with 2020!!! Despite the craziness, I’m counting my blessings. <3 Thanksgiving looked a LOT different this year since we weren’t able to travel back to Virginia and spend it with our families. But we were able to celebrate with friends here in Florida […]

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Out of the Office until October 27th!!!

HAPPY OCTOBER!!! One of my FAVORITE months of the year. 🙂 I’m loving all of the fall vibes happening in Florida! But I’m really looking forward to visiting Wyoming and Virginia for the full “fall experience.” Bring on the campfires, hot cocoa, apple cider, fall boots, cute layers, and the COLORFUL foliage! I cannot WAIT! […]

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September 28, 2020

Coffee Talk Mondays

What a weekend!!! 🙂 It wasn’t quite as productive as I expected, but it was FUN!!! Hopefully, this week will be productive as we prepare for a little vacation to Wyoming on Friday. 🙂 **I’ll be out of the office starting Friday with no intentions of doing any business work during this last big getaway […]

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The Downs Family | Warrenton, Virginia Portrait Photographer

I’ve been privileged to know the Downs family for years!! Not only as a wedding + family photographer but as a friend throughout my time in Warrenton, Virginia. <3 They have a special place in my heart that continues to overflow with joy every time I catch up with them. And what a journey it […]

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We are Having a Baby | Second Trimester

It has been about ten weeks since we shared with you all that we are expecting. 🙂 So it’s time to share an update now that the second trimester is quickly flying by!! The first trimester seemed like an eternity whereas the second trimester seems like we cannot grasp time. You’ll see below why we […]

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Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day!!! I am taking a “paws” (you see what I did there?) from sessions and dedicating this blog feature to Ollie and all dogs out there. <3 Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but they really are a man’s best friend! Or I guess … man is a dog’s best friend! […]

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