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I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’m by the mountains of Colorado or Virginia, 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!

Enthusiastically capturing authentic connections IN COLORADO & VIRGINIA
since 2012.

@stephaniemessickphoto

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Fall Mini Sessions at Bear Creek Park, Colorado Springs

I met five families this fall for their mini sessions at Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I loved that one family was one of my past couples who married back in 2014 (hey, Justin and Lauren!!!)! They just moved to Colorado Springs this year, and I loved reconnecting with them, along with […]

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Amanda Extended Family | Colorado Springs, Colorado Portraits

On our way to the session, storms came to our surprise from the mountains. *Typical Colorado.* HA! We called each other to strategize and see if we could make this work because I was driving through heavy rain. It was Amanda’s promotion that brought everyone in from out of town, so this was a very […]

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Sophia & Marcus | Wedding Portraits at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Marcus and Sophia celebrated 12 years (!!!) of marriage this year, and I was excited to celebrate with them! When Sophia reached out to me, she told me that they never had professional wedding portraits taken — So they wanted to celebrate this milestone by taking wedding portraits at the Garden of the Gods. This […]

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Ute Valley Park, Colorado Springs Mini Session Photographer

Who else loves seasonal mini-sessions? I don’t offer them all year long, but I love the hype up before the event. 🙂 While I hosted mini-sessions in Virginia this year, I wanted to extend an invitation to locals in Colorado! I enjoy any chance to reunite with familiar faces and meet new families. 🙂 I […]

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Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding Photos

Just hours before their flight back to the east coast, James and Claire woke up early to take some photos in the sunshine! If you saw their dreamy Dream Lake wedding photos from the day before, we didn’t even have the chance to change into Claire’s traditional attire because of the frigid temps! By the […]

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Dream Lake, Colorado Wedding Photos

James and Claire flew from the east coast (do you recognize them from their Chincoteague Beach session?) and were surprised to find that spring in Colorado really meant SNOW at Dream Lake for their wedding photos. And to be honest, I expected snow on the ground, but I was not expecting a snowstorm during their portraits, […]

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Colorado Springs + Virginia Photographer

What a season!! As a photographer with businesses in Colorado Springs and Virginia, there can be challenges. With Jack being so out of routine, I saw how much it affected him as well as myself. But it’s also very rewarding!! I’m grateful for the time with family and friends in Virginia while also being in […]

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Wine & Nosh at Spruce Mountain Ranch is organized by the incredible Sarah Viera Events and the talented Southern Charm. This bridal show is an intimate boutique experience for couples. And unlike typical bridal shows (which can be overwhelming and feel very salesman-like) Wine & Nosh is an upscale, curated vendor team with the heart to serve couples […]

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Some things Jessica and Maxx enjoy together — Trips to Colorado, skiing, attending Broncos games, hiking, and dancing. We covered *almost* everything in this engagement session (except skiing and football) at Sapphire Point in Colorado! 🙂 They flew out from Virginia to have this season celebrated in the mountains. While I photograph many of my […]

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Jessica & Maxx | Downtown Breckenridge Engagement Photographer

When Jessica, Maxx, and I talked over the phone during our initial meeting, they mentioned how much they love Colorado. For Jessica, it’s all about skiing. For Maxx, it’s all about hiking! It sounds like they need to move out this way. 😉 This session was their first professional photographer shoot, and I was excited […]

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I’m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether I’m by the mountains of Colorado or Virginia, 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!

Enthusiastically capturing authentic connections IN COLORADO & VIRGINIA
since 2012.

@stephaniemessickphoto

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