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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The Mast Family | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

I’ve known this beautiful family what feels like my entire life!! In fact, the Mast family was one of the first families in Warrenton, Virginia, who hired me as a photographer! And that was about a decade ago … Crazy!!! Seeing their kids grown, unfortunately, reminds me of my age, though. HA! But they are […]

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The Daltons | Sylvanside Farm, Virginia Family Photographer

What a great way to celebrate this precious little girl by taking family portraits! After all, the last time this family and I got together for pictures was when Claudia was pregnant with Evelyn. 🙂 We took photos nine months in, and now these portraits mark nine months out! How special!!! And I’m glad Herman, the pup, […]

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Hellie | Warrenton, Virginia Farm Senior Portrait Photographer

I can remember attending my aunt’s baby shower YEARS ago, celebrating the upcoming arrival of my cousin, Helen. Flash forward many, many years later, my cousin is now a high school SENIOR at Liberty High School. I’m not sure how those years in between slipped away… The little girl I once taught swim lessons is […]

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Tim & Morgan | Little Washington Winery Family Photographer

You might recognize my *once clients turned to friends* in this blog post!!! Tim, Morgan, and I connected YEARS back when they were planning their wedding at Marriott Ranch! 🙂 Gosh, it was a picture-perfect day!! And as perfect as it was, I love seeing their story continue to unfold over the years since saying […]

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Michelle & Family | Okaloosa Island, Florida Photographer

Chatting with Michelle and her sweet, bubbly family about traveling with an RV makes me want to invest in one!! I grew up with my grandparents owning an RV, and some of my all-time FAVORITE childhood memories involved traveling around the US. 🙂 With the craziness going on right now, there wasn’t a better time […]

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Kristy + Family | Destin, Florida Photographer

Why not escape to somewhere tropical and beautiful while a hurricane is hitting your hometown? That was what Kristy and her family did!!! Although it’s typically the opposite, I expect us to be escaping the Gulf Coast tropical weather. 😉 HAHA! But while Hurricane Hanna was hitting Texas, they enjoyed their time in Destin, Florida. 🙂 We […]

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Sarah + Family | Grayton Beach, 30A Florida Photographer

There are some occasions when we can work around the rain and other times we have to push forward. Being that this was Sarah and her family’s last day in Grayton Beach, we decided to go for it! 🙂 Even if that meant huddling under a palm tree to avoid the downpouring rain for these […]

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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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