• The Sugar Shoot | Part II

recovering from Saturday. I don’t have much of a voice but that’s definitely my own fault! I have this problem with being overly LOUD when I shoot.  If something is gorgeous, I squeal about it…. if the models look amazing… I squeal about it.  I get REALLY into “portraits” and “details”… it’s just my thing. So obviously, Saturday was like portrait and detail OVERLOAD. Thanks to the AMAZING ladies at the Sweet Spot, we had a gorgeous candy bar!! (I told you that you had only seen half of the details!) It was unbelievable. The Sweet Spot actually offers custom candy bars for events AND weddings… so if you’re a bride and you’re interested…definitely contact them!! The workshop started at 9am and we went until 6pm

… it was jam packed with information about posing, light, business basics, etc. It was a LOT to take in.  I realized as I was teaching that we probably could have had a whole WEEKEND full of JUST instruction and STILL wouldn’t have covered everything. My hope is that these ladies were able to take the information we DID have time to cover and go home inspired. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed in this industry. There are SO many people that are starting to pursue photography and while that’s awesome!…..It makes it 100x harder for the “new” photographer to make it.  We talked A LOT about creating a business around YOU.  This topic is so important because it’s literally the only way new photographers are going to survive. Your brand has to be about who YOU are because that is the only thing that other people cannot copy. Anyone could produce images like mine…..but no one can be Katelyn James.  This is true in any business but in photography, it’s the one thing that is setting certain photographers a part from one another!


So that’s a little peak into what we talked about and here are some MORE images from our time with Jared and Lauryn! Seriously, I can’t thank them enough for giving up their Saturday to be our models! Love you both!!!!


And Thanks again to our amazing vendors:

Thanks to:

The Sweet Spot

The Bride’s Cafe


Mosaic Unique Events

Button Soup Jewelry

Jared and Lauryn

How awesome is this CAKE?! Thank you Shyndigz!

After our time in the Sweet Spot… we moved outside!

We talked a lot about the “evolution” of posing!  This basically incorporates how to get MANY “looks” in one location AND how to use the transitions between poses.

By simply changing lenses and angles, you create totally DIFFERENT images in a matter of seconds.


Then we shot in some direct lighting… at 12:30 in the afternoon… not easy.

We talked about reflection and how to recognize it and USE it well!

The balloons were stolen from an “Open House” advertisement at the end of the street…. we returned them, don’t worry.

Ok…. I wish I could say I planned this… but I didn’t.  We just happened to find someone’s retro VW Bug parked at the Hotel… so off course we used it!

And here are the WONDERFUL photogs that I got to hangout with all day! Thank you all so so much!!! It was a blast!!

29 Comments Photography, Weddings
  1. stephanie b reply


  2. Kelly Jensen reply

    Katelyn! I’ve been looking forward to seeing and reading all about your Sweet Spot Photography Workshop. It is more breathtaking than expected. I love all the colors! Very exciting and just wished I could’ve been there in person with all of you. Keep it going :)

  3. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Love the images and the tips!!

  4. Leigh Skaggs reply

    When is your next workshop??

  5. Lexi reply

    every shot is amazing and the workshop looks like it was fantastic!!! love it all.

  6. Kristin reply

    LOVE them all….looks like a fabulous workshop!

  7. Clickmama reply

    Wow. It was worth the tease and the wait. You sure can be proud and I wish I were there too! YOu tell it soo true. There are zillions of photographers in the world who can take the same image as you but there is only one you and you have to work that you to the best of your ability which is what you have done. God bless you and take you from strength to strength. I am inspired…

  8. Elizabeth reply

    Katelyn, you are such an amazing photographer!!! I love how bright the pictures were! Incredible!!!

  9. Tammynize reply

    totally in love with these shots! super inspiration and beautiful theme!

  10. becca p reply

    I am TOTALLY creeping in the photographers picture :]
    But I love the photos Katelyn!

  11. Carley reply

    Katelyn! Thank you again for hosting this! You were amazing!!!!! I learned SO much. And you pictures… gorgeous as always! <3

  12. Brenda (Katelyn’s mom!) reply

    KK, Part 1 & Part 2 were both absolutely beautiful! Luv the colors. And Lauryn and Jared are very photogenic. Congratulations on a successful workshop.

  13. Lisa Keeney reply

    Love it! When’s the next one???

  14. Leslie kerrigan reply

    This shoot is awesome! Love all the details and the wonderful colors!! I need to attend your next workshop!!

  15. Justine Russo reply

    WOW! I love every single photo! You should come visit us up in Canada and do a workshop up here! I would for surebe first on the list!!!

  16. Michael reply

    GREAT JOB!!! I have to admit that I am glad that we made it through this day alive…and I am sure everyone is wondering who took the group shot…it was me. My one contribution to the day. When is the next work shop???

  17. Jill Samter Photography reply

    absolutely stunning photography and looks like a blast! ok when is the next one? can’t wait to have a play date with you!

  18. britney reply

    dosen’t she look a bit like reese whitherspoon??? love it!

  19. Cecilia Flaming reply

    Love the teal and orange colours with all the decor & candy! I’m also in love with the bride’s shoes… looks like it was an amazing time for everyone!

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