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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
since 2012.

@stephaniemessickphoto

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Brian & Jenn | Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Maternity

I met Brian and Jenn years back on one of the coldest December days for their engagement portraits in Washington D.C… Read their engagement blog post, and you’ll see how adorable these two are together! <3 When we were figuring out the ideal backdrop for their engagement photos, they also mentioned Old Town Alexandria but went […]

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Evan & Britteny | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Engagement

I love looking through this gallery from Evan and Britteny’s Shenandoah Mountains engagement session in Virginia! We embraced every bit of golden light during their session — The range of lighting and colors were beautiful! Although, you cannot tell, but we had a SUPER windy day!!! Britteny was smart and brought a hair brush with her […]

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Andrew & Katie | Antrim 1844, Maryland Wedding

Let me start off by saying that I don’t think these two could’ve found a better matched soulmate. Andrew and Katie were meant to do life together — It was obvious during their ceremony and the final dance together. <3 I enjoyed getting to know them during their engagement portraits last year, but I feel like […]

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Brendan & Caroline | Seattle, Washington Engagement Photographer

Guys. I’m dying over these photos from Brendan and Caroline’s session!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 When they wanted to fly me out to Seattle, Washington, to be their engagement photographer, I had NO idea it would look like this. I enjoy photographing couples in a meaningful place, and Seattle is so special to Brendan and Caroline […]

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Ryan & Brittany | The Manor House, Colorado Wedding

As I was driving to Ryan and Brittany’s wedding, I had all of the excited butterflies in my stomach. Sure, it was the middle of the wedding season, but this wedding at The Manor House was different because it was my first (and hopefully many more) wedding in Colorado! Their wedding exceeded my expectations, as you’ll see […]

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Steven & Kara | King Family Vineyards, Charlottesville Virginia Wedding Photographer

This couple melts my heart to pieces every time I hang out with them or chat over the phone. They have some of the most caring, genuine hearts! We instantly connected during our first meeting together months ago, and I loved hearing that both Steven and Kara were finishing up med school at UVA. It […]

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Dilan & Allison | House Mountain Inn, Lexington, Virginia Wedding Photographer

LOVE and SPRING are in the air!!! 🙂 Dilan and Allison couldn’t have chosen a better day to get married. That week leading up to their wedding at House Mountain Inn, the grass turned green, and the flowers blossomed! Between the flowers outside on the trees and the flowers decorated inside the venue, I was in […]

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Matt, Shannon and I met bright and early Sunday morning to finally have their engagement session! I have had to reschedule so many sessions this summer due to thunderstorms in the evening time last month and the month prior. It does make it tricky to reschedule, but my clients and I always find a way […]

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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
since 2012.

@stephaniemessickphoto

find inspiration

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get to know me

weddings

engagements

lifestyle