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Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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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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. šŸ™‚ And quickly looking back through those photos gives me all of the fall vibes I’m longing for right now. šŸ™‚ It was super cold/windy that day, but fortunately, for their Stone Tower Winery wedding, we didn’t have […]

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Nick & Julianne | Bears Den Bluemont, Virginia Engagement

When I spoke to Nick and Julianne about a meaningful location for their portraits, the Reston Towncenter came up. After all, they live in Reston, and Nick proposed there. šŸ™‚ So we planned to take photos around the town and their home with their pup! But about a month before their portraits, Julianne reached out […]

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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 ā€” So they wanted to celebrate this milestone by taking wedding portraits at the Garden of the Gods. This […]

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Morgan & Tim | The Inn at Little Washington, Virginia Family Portraits

I love the Virginia countryside. The green rolling hills, sunsets, trees, and beautiful views of the Shenandoah Mountains. Whenever I visit from Colorado, there is a side of me that misses the green countryside. I have a lot of appreciation for this beautiful environment, and I’m grateful I have an excuse to visit throughout the […]

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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. šŸ™‚ 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. šŸ™‚ 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. šŸ™‚ I […]

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Tom & Jenn | Stone Tower Winery, Virginia Wedding

I met Tom and Jenn for their engagement session in Washington DC last spring, and after hanging out with them, I knew their wedding was going to be one to remember! šŸ™‚ But I had *no* idea that we would battle the unpredictable weather. Fortunately for us, it actually worked in our favor (as you’ll […]

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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. šŸ˜‰ This session was their first professional photographer shoot, and I was excited […]

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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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The Emmart Family | Airlie Gardens, Warrenton, Virginia

I’ve photographed the lovely Emmart family over the years, but it all started when Morgan and Cam married in the Airlie gardens in Warrenton, Virginia, in 2017. šŸ™‚ Since then, they have had two ADORABLE children. It was fun taking photos with the kids, especially of their spunky little girl! She was not afraid of the camera, […]

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Iā€™m Stephanie, a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Warrenton, Virginia. Whether Iā€™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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