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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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Hannah | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Self-Love Portraits

When Hannah puts her mind to something, she’s fully in! I’ve known Hannah for YEARS, thanks to my brother. Since our initial meeting, I’ve photographed her engagement portraits, wedding day, and this self-love shoot! I love watching her grow over the years — She’s very intellectual and spiritual. Through yoga, singing (she has a voice of an angel*seriously!!!*), […]

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Dennis & Cassidy | Shenandoah National Park Engagement

Cassidy reached out to me what seems like a year ago to photograph their engagement portraits at the Shenandoah National Park! Since then, the months flew by, and I could tell from Cassidy’s emails that she could hardly wait!!! 🙂 I loved seeing her excitement because I could tell this meant so much to them […]

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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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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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Casey & Mary | The Garden of the Gods, Colorado Engagement

I know Mary back from good ole Liberty High School … over ten years ago? Crazy. We were on the swim team together, and she always seemed to be the cool chic in her high school class! She was tall, gorgeous, down to earth, and an all-American girl! I can see how these two are […]

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Matt & Allie | Stone Tower Winery, Virginia Wedding

Do you want to see the party of a lifetime?!!! I’m not kidding when I ask that rhetorical question. I’ve seen and documented HUNDREDS of weddings… But this party was unique and one I’ll never forget! And what a great way to conclude the wedding season? Matt and Allie hosted family and friends from all over to […]

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The Best Portrait Overlooks Shenandoah National Park

Are you looking for the best overlooks at Shenandoah National Park for your portrait? After years of photographing along Skyline Drive, I have been asked by countless photographers and fans WHERE in the world are these special, magical spots!!! Today, I’m sharing them! 🙂

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Mike & Lauren | Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia Wedding Photographer

When I look through these photos below (especially the ones at sunset), it looked like a DREAM! Fortunately, it wasn’t a dream … Mike and Lauren are MARRIED!!!! And while their Virginia wedding didn’t happen in the Shenandoah Mountains, they celebrated with their immediate family back in May at the Athenaeum. 🙂 …Yes. During the lockdown!!! […]

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Keith & Lauren | Glass Hill Venue, Virginia Wedding Photographer

After not photographing a wedding since the start of COVID, I was SO excited to kick off the wedding season with Keith and Lauren’s wedding! You might remember their absolutely STUNNING cherry blossom DC engagement portraits!!! I thought I couldn’t adore them more, but then they proved me wrong last week! I’m so grateful they had […]

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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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