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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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Megan & Benny | Part II: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Canada Family Portraits

Yesterday, I featured Day 1 of Megan and Benny’s Banff travels! If you missed it, read all about it HERE! Today, I’m sharing their family portraits at the iconic Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, and the Lake Agnes Tea House! This has to be my favorite day of the weekend trip! It was crammed from sunrise […]

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Megan & Benny | Banff, Canada Family Photographer

It has been three months since this incredible trip with Megan, Benny, and Palmer. Megan reached out to me asking if I offered any travel family photography. I wasn’t sure if logistically it would come together with our schedules, but we made it happen! 🙂 They flew me to Banff National Park for a quick […]

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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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David & Michelle | Skyline Drive, Virginia Engagement

While Michelle and David are waiting for their big day next fall, we celebrated their engagement by taking photos on Skyline Drive in Virginia! It was a beautiful evening on top of the mountains! And it was my first time meeting them in person — They were just as sweet as on the phone! Michelle […]

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Evan & Britteny | Stone Tower Winery, Virginia Wedding

It was almost a year ago when we met in person for their engagement session on Skyline Drive. 🙂 And quickly looking back through those photos gives me all of the fall vibes I’m longing for right now. 🙂 It was super cold/windy that day, but fortunately, for their Stone Tower Winery wedding, we didn’t have […]

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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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Brennan & Lindsey | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Maternity Portraits

This was not Lindsey and Brennan’s first time in front of my camera. In fact, I think I have photographed them at least three different times! Their engagement session, wedding day, and Christmas mini sessions. 🙂 But when Lindsey reached out excitedly sharing that they were expecting, I couldn’t imagine not celebrating this season with […]

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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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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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