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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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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. 🙂 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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Christmas Mini Sessions | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

I’m grateful to everyone who supported my ELEVENTH annual Christmas Mini Sessions! There were so many great photos from every session during the short 15-minute timespan — It made these galleries my favorite collection of mini-sessions to deliver! New and familiar faces joined the festive occasion! 🙂 I hosted my annual Christmas mini-sessions in Warrenton, […]

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The Johnson Family | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

This is one FUN family! Just glancing through these photos, you’ll see their personalities shine. 🙂 Not only are they the kindest family around, but you never know what is going to happen next. So as you would imagine, the Johnson/Nichols family made this time hilarious to photograph! I made sure to throw in some […]

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Casey & Mary | Private Estate, Warrenton, Virginia Wedding Photographer

When Mary and Casey reached out about photographing their backyard estate wedding in Warrenton, Virginia… Excited was an understatement! I went to high school with Mary, and she was an American beauty. Photographing Mary and Casey during their Colorado Springs engagement session was EFFORTLESS (as you would imagine). So after that warm-up in front of the camera, […]

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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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Tenth Annual Christmas Minis | Warrenton, Virginia Photographer

This is a FUN and festive tradition! For the past TEN years, I’ve hosted Christmas mini sessions!!! TEN YEARS! WOW. One of my favorite years was when we got our first snow coincidentally the day of our scheduled minis!!! But that was a one-time occurrence that I would be happy to welcome back. 🙂 I […]

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There are couples you meet and you cannot help but think, “They were MEANT to be together.” That was exactly what I thought when I met Danny and Andreea in person! Even over the phone, I knew there was something special about their story. Now they are planning to get married next year, they wanted […]

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Last year I did the “Best of 2013” and it was a huge hit! This year, I planned to continue this series with the “Best of 2014”! Starting off this series with engagement portraits today! I completed 46 engagement sessions this past year (holy moly!) and found my personal favorite photo from each session to share […]

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It was the day after Andrew and Ashley tied the knot when we met up right before taking off on their pre-honeymoon vacation! This might be one of my new favorite types of sessions! What I end up doing is changing up the bridal session into a day after session where the bride and groom […]

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Not only is this triathlete amazing in sports … but she is one of the sweetest girls you will meet! Very outgoing, smart, obviously athletic, talented and very sweet! I am soooo glad that Leann and I had this time together to run around Kyle’s farm to take portraits because we had an absolute blast! […]

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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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weddings

engagements

lifestyle