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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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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When Kaitlyn initially reached out to me saying they were pregnant, my heart could have burst! 🙂 Two thoughts went through my head. I was so excited that Josh and Kaitlyn were going to be parents!! The other thought was how honored I was that they wanted me to photograph their maternity portraits at Marriott […]

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The Lowe Family and I got together in Sandestin, Florida to photograph cherishable memories while the entire family was in town

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Every time I see Brennan and Lindsey, I feel as though a ray of light shines from within them. They radiate joy and happiness! It might be obvious in the photos below. 😉 And when I think about their wedding day in 2018, I can see how God was a part of their stories. The […]

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I have to start this post by disclaiming that newborn photography is not my specialty, which is why you primarily see couples and families on my website. 😉 HOWEVER, the gift of life is by far the most beautiful gift from God. So, of course, I had to make an exception for my niece! Amelia […]

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