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!

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@stephaniemessickphoto

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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. šŸ˜‰ 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. šŸ˜‰ 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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You never know how your story could impact others unless you’re willing to share your story. šŸ™‚ This session was a very special one to Matt and Briana and definitely a reason worth celebrating! They had a very trying year after they had a little angel join the Heavens early 2019, but little did they […]

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I was happy when the Faulkner family reached out to me to have fall family portraits done and celebrate their little one’s first Birthday! šŸ™‚ I am sure her sweet parents realized that the time with her was going by way too fast. What better time to capture this current stage of her life than […]

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Oh, man. These two make pregnancy look like a BREEZE. Really, though. Jules told me that she was going to run a race just weeks after this session if the Doc 100% clears her! Talk about impressive!!! Nothing stands in her way and I admire her determination. I’m sure that is just one of many, […]

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Last week, Alex and I had VERY special visitors!!! Alex’s twin brother and wife came out for a short weekend to enjoy some quality time and adventures with us around the Destin, Florida area. <3 It was so nice having Andrew and Kate because we got to share so many special places with them. Like […]

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The mountains will always hold a special place in my heart … Even though I’m loving the beach scenery too in Florida. šŸ˜‰ But I LOVE that I have the opportunity to reconnect with friends and photograph them on top of the Shenandoah mountains in Virginia when I come back for business trips! With the […]

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I’ve been photographing this sweet family for YEARS. It’s an honor for sure, but what’s even more humbling is seeing the love they have for each other. As the kids continue to grow, so does their purpose in life. They have a very strong foundation built on faith and family, which is evident every time […]

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I loved kicking off my first business trip back to Virginia with this session in the mountains! I love my new Florida home with my love, but my heart and soul is also brought alive in the Shenandoah Mountains. I cannot wait for fall sessions to start soon, but one thing that surprised me when […]

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I am SO excited to be an official Floridian! Just days after Alex and I tied the knot in June, my stuff was moved into our home perfect distance from Destin, Navarre, Pensacola, and 30A beaches. What a DREAM. I never in my wildest dreams thought that a vacation destination would be our home! It’s […]

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