2012 Money Pics


Some have

asked what exactly determines a “Money Pic”? Perfect light? perfect composition? Amazing exposure all together? Maybe. I’m not really sure to be honest. There are just some images that give me a feeling. That feeling could be caused by numerous things. Maybe the composition is perfect…. maybe the light is amazing… maybe it’s a money shot because it has emotional value… maybe it’s because I took nothing and made it turn into something amazing….It could be that “Money Pics” are selected because the represent me trying something new… maybe I pushed the limits a bit…….

maybe it was a split second of emotion and I caught it right before it slipped away. I’m not sure what constitutes a “Money Pic”….. but I what I DO know is that I was blessed to have several of them this past year!! Money Pics are those images that keep you going… they are the shots that inspire you and push you to be a better photographer! I’m so excited to share some of my money pics from my 2012 weddings!!! Enjoy!!

Love this shot. Callie’s sweet mom lost her battle with cancer only a few short days after the wedding. I re-learned what it means to be a photographer while photographing this amazing wedding day. Callie, it was such an honor to be there. 

These were taken in a church conference room.


We were running out of light … the sun set like 20 minutes prior but this ended up being one of my favorites from their day! 

In a little cabin full of bridesmaids and hairspray, this little spot of light was my saving grace

Leaving their ceremony! Love this.

Kiss during their ceremony.

2 minutes before the heavens let loose!




New bridesmaids pose…




Comments (45)


  1. Kimber Wassenberg: ( )

    Ah!!!!! That first picture stopped me dead in my tracks…and I think every picture after it did too! These pictures are amazing! What a great gift your brides and grooms received when they hired you to be their wedding photographer!

  2. Rebekah Hoyt: ( )

    Umm WOW – Katelyn, you are something else. I don’t know how you don’t have every inch of your office walls covered in canvases – I can’t even begin to pick a favorite!! You’re so amazing and always inspiring me to push myself to be greater :)

  3. Gabrielle Corbin: ( )

    Oh gracious, each of these are STUNNING! I don’t know how you managed to narrow it down to even these. I don’t think I could possibly pick a favorite, but I am partial to those taken in big open fields, especially if there are mountains in the background. :)

  4. Gayle Driver: ( )

    Thank you Katelyn! These are just beautiful and amazing! I love your work so much!!

  5. Anna K.: ( )

    So many gorgeous images! I love you and your beautiful work!

  6. Mallory: ( )

    So my comment was intentionally going to list all of my favorites of your Wedding Money Shots, but I very quickly realized that I would’ve listed every picture! Holy cow, SO AMAZING!!
    The photo with the bride and her mom, where you mentioned that her mother lost her battle with cancer shortly after the wedding, that has to be an incredible feeling knowing that you got the shot for the bride to have and look back on.

    You truly have a gift and a wonderful eye for a great picture!

  7. janelle: ( )

    breathtaking! wow – you have amazing, amazing talent! teach meeee! ;)

  8. molly stillman: ( )

    gorgeous. every last one is just gorgeous.

  9. Katie Yuen: ( )

    This post contains some of the most jaw dropping images I’ve ever seen Katelyn. You are SO amazing!

  10. Annamarie: ( )

    Did it take you HOURS to narrow down your money shots to just one blog post?? Seriously I don’t know how you pick your favorites bc ALL of your pictures are money shots in my book:).

  11. Hailey: ( )

    Absolutely stunning work, Katelyn!

  12. ashley link: ( )

    these are all so wonderful! you’re so right about each shot conveying something totally different but being so awesome all the same. these are all great. some had great angles, different lighting, and beautiful emotion! such an amazing journey you’re on! keep up the wonderful work, pretty lady! :)

  13. Ashley Jock: ( )

    Katelyn you are truly amazing!!!!! Such an inspiration!

  14. Mary Powell: ( )

    Such beautiful work!!! What a great year of ‘Money Shots!”

  15. Kelly M: ( )

    Gorgeous gorgeous photography. I love your style and the emotion you captured in each photo. That’s what it’s all about!

  16. Christen: ( )

    LOVE THESE! I don’t often have time to follow other photographer’s blog but I never miss a post by you! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Lauren Gregg: ( )

    The new house TOTALLY needs a money shot gallery! :) Congratulations on another beeeeeautiful year, can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for KJP!

  18. Jess White: ( )

    Katelyn- your work is absolutely incredible. I am blown away by you time and time again. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

  19. Amanda Miller: ( )

    Girl, I think you always get the money shot! Wow! So gorgeous!

  20. Francesca Caputo: ( )

    i love that vertical photo on the dance floor with the big chandelier. the composition, color, everything just draws me in.

  21. Becca: ( )

    LOVE them Katelyn! They look so good!

  22. Kristina W.: ( )

    Katelyn, these are all so gorgeous! You are so talented!

  23. Ashlyn: ( )

    Gah. Inspired- so so so amazing. You are talented, Katelyn! The second one made me choke up. Perfect. I also loved every single other photo. :)

  24. Katie: ( )

    I agree with Rebekah, I would have so many canvases in my office. WOW! <3 So inspiring. :)

  25. Kacey Wolters: ( )

    I think you get the money shot on EVERY shot…. well at least what I see on your blog LOL.

  26. Melissa Manzione: ( )

    AMAZING as always. You are incredible.

  27. ashley barnett: ( )

    Love it Katelyn! So much prettiness!

  28. Rebekah Carter: ( )

    Gosh, these are all STUNNING!!!

  29. Gielle: ( )

    Katelyn!! You continue to inspire me!! WHOA! You’ve done it again!!

  30. Barbara Gregg: ( )

    Dear Katelyn~I am a proud Mom known as Momara to Jameson and Lauren Gregg. You did an amazing job photographing their wedding this past October. Truly blew me away ~~ I relive each moment every time I view them. Just beautiful !! And now viewing all these other weddings from this past year that you again captured moments in time from each of their lives that will be forever treasured ~~ You have a talent worth every penny ~~ for PRICELESS memories. THANK~YOU ~~ so happy that Lauren found you ~~ and may your year ahead be as stunning as this past!! :-))

  31. Kim H: ( )

    Wow! I love the first shot…the tear falling is “money”!

  32. jamie: ( )

    favorite post…loved looking back at all your beautiful images! wow!

  33. Sarah Adams: ( )

    Smiled the whole way through. Every single shot you take is money, Katelyn. I especially love your bridal portraits, they are breathtaking and so genuine! And your ability to find the most stunning light is just amazing. Love love love!

  34. kat: ( )

    I’m echoing everyone else when I saw that these are STUNNING, amazing, breathtaking and absolutely amazing. I really can’t wait for July 20 :)

  35. Annetta: ( )

    WOW! You certainly did your best this year, Katelyn. I love them all!

  36. Lindsey McClennahan: ( )

    TALK about inspiration! SO SO SO pretty. I’m in awe, thank you for taking the time to put this post together! One of my favorites for sure! Can’t wait until you’re on creativeLIVE!

  37. Becca: ( )

    LOVE love love!!! In my head I was thinking of all the money shots from our wedding. All the favorites we had made into huge canvases. All here =) I’m sad 2012 is over because that’s the end of our wedding season/blog stardom ; ) Cheers to news seasons of life and continued blog loyatly to admire everyone else now!

  38. Alex: ( )

    Wow! Some of these made me cry, they are so beautiful! Thank you!!

  39. Kathryn Grace: ( )

    Incredibleness. Love, love, love!

  40. Grape Photography: ( )

    So many beautiful images, beautiful couples. So much joy. Inspiration. Love the first image. The tear falling from the bride’s eye is perfect.

  41. Brenda (Katelyn's mom): ( )

    KK, you have had an amazing year, touching many lives by capturing so many beautiful moments! Congrats and may the Lord continue to bless you, Michael, and the business with just as many wonderful opportunities in 2013. It sure has started off well so far!!! Looking forward to all that God is going to do through you and Michael as a team this year. Luv you.

  42. Erin: ( )

    Such consistently incredible shots! You have a portfolio to die for!

  43. Kristin: ( )

    This was SO much fun to look at. Amazing, inspiring work! Every picture is so beautiful!

  44. Andrew: ( )

    These are undoubtedly some of the best photographs I’ve ever seen! Great job Kat!

  45. Holly L. Robbins: ( )

    Hi Katelyn!!! Absolutely stunning! Every time one of your gorgeous photos shows up in my newsfeed I always stop and take a peek. You are so very inspiring to me! What would you say your favorite lens is that you used the most to capture these gorgeous moments? One of you biggest fans! H.

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