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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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Top 10 Colorado Springs Engagement Portrait Locations | Garden of the Gods

Colorado Springs has some of the most beautiful and romantic locations to capture your engagement portraits! From the mountain views, rock formations, spectacular sunsets, quaint parks, and downtown settings, there are plenty of amazing places in Colorado Springs that are perfect for engagement portraits. As a wedding and engagement photographer, I know the importance of […]

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Lofthouse Colorado Springs Proposal

Rey and Caitlin were visiting from Texas to enjoy an unwinding, relaxing trip after Christmas. After 12 hours of driving, they arrived just in time for a snowstorm to create a winter wonderland! Rey knew he wanted to propose to Caitlin during their mini vacation but wanted to wait for the perfect moment. That moment […]

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The Mareans | Manassas, Virginia Family Photographer

The last time I photographed Jessica and Gary was on their wedding day back in 2014! Since then, they have had two precious little boys! Fast forward to this year, Jessica reached out wanting professional portraits of her family. We met at the Manassas Battlefield in Virginia to photograph her darling family. Although, we didn’t […]

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The Hu Family | Colorado Springs Family Photographer

Hey, look! An indoor portrait session! I don’t typically photograph indoor photo shoots, but this was a special request. <3 Our friends, Chris and Rachael, had their baby here in Colorado Springs and hoped to have a family photographer take lifestyle portraits. The newborn season goes by so fast! 🙁 I could hardly wait to […]

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Colorado Springs, Colorado Fall Minis

I was so excited to host my first Colorado Springs Fall Minis in Colorado this year! Typically, I host annual Christmas minis, but with the aspens peaking, it was the perfect opportunity to document the mountains and color all at once! 🙂 I had a jam-packed schedule with weddings/sessions in Virginia earlier in October, cutting it close to […]

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The Fagans | Colorado Springs Family Photographer

When Kayla emailed me saying they were visiting Colorado Springs and wanted to hire a family photographer, I could hardly wait to reconnect with her family! Thinking back to the last time I saw the Fagan family, I remembered photographing their little girl who was by far the happiest baby I’ve ever photographed! 🙂 And […]

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Keith & Lauren | A Virginia Flower Field Maternity

Keith and Lauren have a way with beautiful views!! You might recognize these two from their epic DC Cherry Blossom engagement session or their mountain wedding two years ago. Recently, we celebrated another VERY special occasion… They are pregnant!!! Keith and Lauren are going to be amazing parents. <3 When they reached out to me about documenting their maternity […]

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Michael & Laura | Early Mountain, Virginia Wedding Photographer

When I first talked with Michael and Laura, Laura was getting ready for her twin sister’s big day! And it seemed like the months FLEW by quickly after that initial conversation! Soon after, we were together photographing their Christmas tree farm engagement session and she was able to switch gears to plan her wedding! I had plans […]

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Tom & Jenn | District Wharf, DC Engagement Photographer

This was my first time photographing around the District Wharf in Washington DC. Tom and Jenn made it so much fun that I cannot wait to come back! 🙂 This part of DC holds a special place in their heart. Not only because they live there, but all of the memories they’ve had together dating back to […]

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Now Serving Colorado Springs and Colorado | Portrait + Wedding Photographer | Palmer Park

Hello, Colorado!!!! I’m so excited to plant my business roots here! I moved to Colorado Springs last summer, but it’s been a whirlwind since the move. Eight months later and we are still trying to settle in! Haha! My goal this year is to take on more Colorado portrait and wedding photographer events so I […]

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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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engagements

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