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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 Fagans | George Washington's Mount Vernon, Virginia Family Photographer

The Fagans wanted to hire a family photographer to celebrate their last pregnancy at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. When we talked about taking photos around the estate, Kayla knew McKenna would love it! And she was right — McKenna was glued to the estate map as we wandered around the property. Of course, I took a […]

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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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Brian & Jenn | Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Maternity

I met Brian and Jenn years back on one of the coldest December days for their engagement portraits in Washington D.C… Read their engagement blog post, and you’ll see how adorable these two are together! <3 When we were figuring out the ideal backdrop for their engagement photos, they also mentioned Old Town Alexandria but went […]

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Luke & Valerie | The Broadmoor + Garden of the Gods Elopement

When Luke, Valerie, and I talked about their elopement plans, not once did we think that they were going to elope in a snowstorm!!! Although, the weather quickly changed the day of, and I secretly hoped for magical snow photos. 😉 Maybe not the low, frigid temps… but it was Colorado in December, so we […]

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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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When Kaitlyn initially reached out to me saying they were pregnant, my heart could have burst! 🙂 Two thoughts went through my head. I was so excited that Josh and Kaitlyn were going to be parents!! The other thought was how honored I was that they wanted me to photograph their maternity portraits at Marriott […]

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You might remember these two from their garden engagement session last year, but I cannot help but think back to our coffee date when I first met Colin and Nicole. I love any chance to connect with my couples, and over a cup of joe, count me in! I adored their story as well as the sparkle […]

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What a beautiful way to cap off the 2019 year! Jonathan and Mary Sheldon’s wedding was an absolute DREAM come true to this couple, as well as everyone involved. Mary Sheldon said in an Instagram post that she had dreamt this very day since she was a little girl and couldn’t have dreamt of a […]

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The moment I met these two at their Homestead engagement session in Hot Springs, I knew that they were destined to be with each other. The way that Jacob pulled Felicia in for kisses on her forehead or even a simple hug, those little genuine moments were 100% sincere. It was as if they never wanted […]

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To say it was FREEZING is an understatement! It felt as if the temperature dropped from 28 degrees at the beginning of the session to the negatives by the end of the session! Anna was such a trooper standing in the unbearably cold temps in her adorable sequin dress! I don’t know how she did […]

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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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