• Ryan + Annamarie | Engaged

…contacts me, I always ask about the wedding, their big plans, if they found a dress….etc.  It’s so much fun to get to know my clients! …. Especially the ones that share the same love for exclamation marks as I do! Annamarie’s email was FULL of exclamation marks and I knew from that very first email that we were going to be friends! Good friends! I loved her and I loved her story. Annamarie and Ryan have such a refreshing and rich friendship and that makes their relationship so genuine.  As soon as we started their session, they were laughing at each other….(photographer’s dream).  If it wasn’t 90 degrees with 90% humidity,

I would have made their session 3 hours long! I loved my time with them and I can’t explain how excited I am for next June!!!  Ryan and Anna will be celebrating their wedding day on her aunt’s estate, outside of Richmond.  It’s BEAUTIFUL. We shot their engagements there and so I got to look around at all of the neat locations for their portraits. It’s going to be A-mazing! Between the river, the grassy field, the old vintage TEAL truck and the barn… someone is going to have to take my camera from me so that I don’t make them take portraits the WHOLE EVENING! The location is fabulous!


We had an amazing time together last week and as I left their session, I was overwhelmed with how blessed I am to have such amazing clients like these two. So Ryan and Anna, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this amazing new step in your life!! What an honor! I can’t wait to celebrate with you next summer!!! Enjoy some of my favorites!

How neat is the front of her aunt’s house?!

Aren’t they great?!

Annamarie told me right before I took this that she isn’t good at the “model” face….. girl you LIED!

Work it work it work it! Normally I don’t keep too many shots from the first spot I shoot during a session because the couple is just warming up to the camera… I kept like all of theirs!

A favorite!

Anna is crafty and creative! She MADE these paper flowers!! Love.

Anna, you’re beautiful.

FAV! New sample canvas?… for my teal studio?

These are always so funny to shoot….couples look at me like “what do you want me to do??”

No, we didn’t go to the jungle for the end of their session… this is just an amazing spot by the river! Love the green!

I loved this session!! Did you?! Leave Ryan and Annamarie some comment love! Happy Tuesday!

42 Comments Engaged
  1. Faith reply

    AWESOME pictures!! :) That location looks amazing.

  2. Camille reply

    Hottest couple of the year award. These should all be in a magazine. I love the location!!! Great work as always Katelyn.

  3. Susan Dukat reply

    I have no idea how they are going to choose their pics . . . so many fabulous ones!

  4. Katie reply

    wonderful location, i love the truck and the paper flowers!!

  5. ruth reply

    SO beautiful KATELYN, I love how you’re now shooting alot of my friends!, so great!! and so so excited for you ANNAMARIE! Marriage is wonderful and I wish you all the best!

  6. Meg reply

    Just gorgeous Katelyn, you’re so clever! I adore teal too, usually with yellow and pink, but it looks amazing with Annamarie’s beautiful mauve dress… talk about colour POP!

  7. sharon reply

    uhmmm. really?!?!? this is a gorgeous couple! i didnt want this post to end!!! xox

  8. Amanda reply

    Anna and Ryan this pictures are AMAZING!!! Can’t wait for your wedding :) I was stalking the blog waiting for the pics to come up! Katelyn you did such a great job and I LOVE your work!

  9. Megan reply

    these are absolutely beautiful!! It’s crazy how much ryan & anna radiate Christ’s love. as i was looking at these, my eyes teared up because they’re so gorgeous. katelyn, you did an amazing job capturing ryan & annas love :)

  10. Tina reply

    Wow, HOT couple! That girl is gorgeous! And the location? Perfection! Love every single one of these, you rocked it!

  11. Cait reply

    OMG – I LOVE THESE – these are gorgeous. The colors are just amazing. Can you say YUMMY LIGHT???

  12. Deborah Zoe reply

    you never cease to impress katelyn:) i LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVE this session, one of my favs of yours:)

  13. Brittany reply

    These are ah-mazing. Absolutely love all the colors. This is probably one of my favorite engagement sessions (other than ours of course)!!!

  14. Allison reply

    WOW! You did it again! Seriously, these two are ridiculously good looking! You did an amazing job and that sample canvas would look stunning in your new studio!

  15. Cathy reply

    I’m still smiling…what a beautiful reflection of an amazing love you have for each other! I’m so excited to see more!! Love you both…

  16. Katie Y oung reply

    Ryan is adorable! Annamarie is drop dead GORGEOUS!!! and she is amazingly good at her model face. holy cow! I loved these pictures. they are so precious! <3

  17. molly d reply

    I’ve been checking back daily to see these since you posted the sneak peek…Wow, what a beautiful couple and location!!! Are you sure that wasn’t Sandra Bullock in this shoot? Definitely her look-a-like! Great job, can’t wait to see the wedding photos!!!

  18. Kelley O reply

    I love this post!!! It is amazing and I cant wait to see their wedding pics from this venue!! This is probably my favorite engagement session I have seen! Love it!

  19. katie yuen reply

    Love Love Love these! the colors of her dress/flowers against the greens of the grass and the teal truck! great chemistry. just looking at these makes me want to smile with them!

  20. Catie reply

    In love with this session!!!! The couple is adorable and the colors are beautiful!!! Great job once again! <3

  21. Leslie reply

    literally am obsessed with this post. SO GOOD and they are SO beautiful.

  22. molly buckley reply

    oh. my. gosh. these are seriously amazing. and she is GORGEOUS. WOW. seriously love these.

  23. Mandy reply

    Oh my gosh!!!!! I love this so much! Beautiful locations and couple and pictures! Definitely another excellent job KK! And I think that truck would look great on your wall! :)

  24. Michaela reply

    These photos are beautiful. And her dress is lovely! I want it (: Katelyn, you are so talented! I love reading your blog and seeing how dedicated you are to serving others through the talents the Lord gave you.

  25. danielle reply

    Love, love, LOVE these pictures!!!!! The colors are absolutely amazing and these two are fabulous!!! Lovely pictures!!!

  26. cynthia michelle reply

    Oh, Katelyn, I LOOOOOVE this session! My absolute favorite engagement session of yours ever. And the couple is drop dead gorgeous! You’ve GOT to get that gallery wrap for your studio! Way to go, girl!

  27. Anna Burke reply

    I love these! They are an adorable couple, and the pictures are awesome. Great job, Katelyn :)

  28. Maria Moore reply

    I think this may be my favorite engagement session yet! Such a beautiful couple and LOVE the colors!

  29. Leslie reply

    LOVE these so much! the light and the colors are just perfect! :))

  30. steph reply

    amazing seriously these are beautiful kk

  31. Chelsea Patricia reply

    AH-mazing! I love it!

  32. CindyFornataro reply

    Beautiful Photography of a Beautiful Couple!

  33. Elise reply

    I looove these, KK! She’s absolutely beautiful and you did a great job. I’m happy for you that you have another awesome couple :)

  34. Jacqueline reply

    these MIGHT be in my top five……of all your sessions that I have looked at!!!

  35. Courtney reply

    Beautiful! I’m speechless, really I am!

  36. nicalaws reply

    This is definitely one of my favorites! Gorgeous couple, gorgeous scenery, gorgeous poses!

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  38. Brittney M reply

    LOVE it! I can’t wait for your wedding Anna

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  40. Abby Grace Photography reply

    i love it when clients say “i’m not good at model faces” and then they end up looking more fierce than Tyra herself. love that jungle river shot!

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