• The Sugar Shoot | Part I

The SUGAR SHOOT happened and it was a success! 18 photographers from the Virginia, Delaware, Ohio, and Florida came together to attend this workshop and I couldn’t have been more honored…. or nervous. I mean……what if I talked too fast? What if my presentation didn’t work or just disappeared into computer land….. what if I wasn’t prepared enough… ALL of these questions entered my head at some point last week while I was getting ready for the Sugar Shoot. I’ll admit it, I was nervous. However, as soon as I met these amazing ladies…..I was reassured that this day was going to be incredible. Not because of what I had planned or what I was going to say…but because 18 like-minded

girls were hanging out and talking about photography and their dreams….ALL DAY! How could this possibly go wrong?  The whole day was just amazing. I started off by explaining that this whole idea of the “Sugar Shoot” started when my friend Britney and I were having lunch together in December.  We were talking about the business and I explained that I wanted to host a workshop but it needed to be something different and FUN… and I was kinda at a loss for what to do…. and then….. because Britney is a genius and helps me come up with all of my good business decisions….she mentioned something about using the candy store…. and the wheels started turning. It was absolutely perfect. I contacted the SWEET SPOT and they agreed to host it, then we booked a conference room at the ALOFT Hotel, Janie from THE BRIDES CAFE agreed to arrange our florals and be our guest speaker, I bought details from ETSY and also made some myself….MOSAIC’s catered our lunch, JARED and LAURYN (remember them?!) agreed to be our models and  SHYNDIGZ created our amazing cake (coming in PART II!!!!).  The whole process was like planning wedding…. only for like 4 people….instead of 400!!! It was amazing!!


Be sure to check back in for PART II and hear a little about what we learned, meet the attendees and see MORE details and portraits!!!!


Thanks to:

The Sweet Spot

The Bride’s Cafe


Mosaic Unique Events

Button Soup Jewelry

Jared and Lauryn

Please note: I was the floral designer for the conference room…don’t judge…. we were on a budget!

Ok….let me just get this out there….this is a horrible picture. Me + talking + pictures = a bad situation. I look like I’m on something… but really I was just mid-sentence. Next time we’ll try to get a more attractive shot of me teaching. promise.

And before we move on to the PRETTY stuff…. let me just explain how AWESOME these ladies are……they surprised me with the SWEETEST thank you notes AND a Kelly Moore bag! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Oh my gosh! I was just in awe….I was so blown away by their generousity and thoughtfullness. THANK YOU ALL…. from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea how much this means to me. I will treasure these notes forever…. and I will look so CUTE with my TEAL camera bag! You’re the BEST!!!!!

Now on to the part we’ve all been waiting for!!! Ok, this first picture was taken as a practice shot… Lauryn was still getting ready… but they still look GOOD! Jared and Lauryn are one of my all time favorite couples and I adore them so so much!

WARNING…. this is a LONG post… I have so many favorites, it’s unreal! So bear with me!


Here come some details!

Love these girls!

Love that boy:) You have no idea how much he helps me…. I couldn’t do anything without him…. he deserves a TON of credit.

Lauryn…. oh how I love you.

ALL TIME FAV…. just LOVE this one!!!

GET EXCITED FOR PART II! You’ve only seen 1/2 of the details!!!

37 Comments Photography, Weddings
  1. Ali Mclaughlin reply

    Yay! Love your images Katelyn! You rocked the workshop.. so happy to have been a part of it!

  2. Jennifer Krieg reply

    These are fabulous!!!! Beautiful colors! So.. when is your next workshop?.. ;).

  3. Ashley Terry reply

    Katelyn, this is adorable! I would be thrilled to attend one of your workshops–I hope I get the chance in the future. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  4. Nancy Mitchell reply

    This looks so incredibly amazing! Beautiful bold colors. Great shots! Looks like the workshop was a success. When is your next one:) I am serious!

  5. Meredith Sledge reply

    WHATTT?! OHHHHHHHHH MYYYYY GOOOOOSHHHHH. These are insane. So beautiful. I LOVEEEEEEEE the one of Lauryn under the last picture of one of the girls taking a photo. I just about cried when I saw it. Wow.

    I don’t know if you usually comment on these Katelyn, but what lens did you use? I always wonder how anyone manages to get so much in the frame with a 50mm without having to back up so far. And in a store, that’s even more difficult. Just curious as to what lens you used.

  6. admin reply

    @meredith, that shot was taken with my 85 1.2… it’s an amazing lens!!!

  7. Kristin reply

    Love them all! I don’t think choosing a favorite is even possible!

  8. Tina reply

    Such a fun shoot!

  9. Allison reply

    LOVE!!!!!!!!! LOVE!!!!!!!!!! LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously Katelyn THANK YOU for the opportunity!!!

  10. Jodi reply

    Gorgeous Katelyn!! So colorful and fresh! Where oh where did you get that teal end table?!?! It’s amazing! :)

  11. Lexi reply

    oh my goodness Katelyn!! these are all so gorgeous!!! can’t wait for part 2. now you just have to do another one when I move to VA. ;o)

  12. stephanie b reply

    THIS IS AMAZING. YOU ARE AMAZING. I’m so proud of you for hosting such an AMAZING workshop!!! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE all the pictures. Seriously, you are the besttttt, and I’m not saying that because you’re my photographer ;)

  13. Erin Schrad reply

    I hate that I missed this amazing opportunity… only found out about it after the fact when Jared was getting tagged like crazy on facebook! I hope there’s another workshop in the future as I would really love to attend.

  14. Alicia White reply

    It looks like Im bowling while taking pics! lol :-) Great pics girl, what a FABULOUS time it was <3

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  16. nikki reply

    OH MY GOSH. you are so great! these are awesome!!!!!!!!!! and i have the most gorgeous best friend on the planet. and i guess jared looks pretty good too. :) lovelovelove EVERY ONE OF THESE.

  17. Allix B. reply

    My heart. just skipped. a beat. These are adorable and fabulouso!!!!! O…my…goodness….

  18. rhonda reply

    katelyn – O….M…..GOSH!!!! I LOVED SPENDING THE DAY WITH YOU!!!!!! it was so much fun and amazing – I learned so much – I must have asked you 100 times – “Katelyn – where are we” Thank you for everything – not just with the workshop – but answering all my (and I mean ALL MY) emails – you are so sweet! You and Michael are GREAT – xoxoxo – Rhonda

  19. caroline reply

    YEEESSSSSS!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE!!!!! great job kk :)

  20. Lloyed Valenzuela reply

    Very nice!!! I love the colors and everything on this set, awesome!!!

  21. britney reply

    awww thanks for the shout out kk – that was such a fun trip home! wish i could have been there for this (particularly with candy and mosaic) but this looks AMAZING! im so glad it all worked out :)

  22. Mena reply

    These are fantastic! Wonderful colors! Love your joyful style! :)
    Kisses from Italy!

  23. Emy reply

    why have you never taken me to this candy store when i visit you??!!?! this is unacceptable and needs to change asap. On another note.. this shoot is AMAZING! KK, you are so creative and you continue to find new ways to spice things up. Each picture you capture vividly expresses your passion for photography and for the people your shooting. Gosh, my sister’s awesome!!!!! Love it and you.

  24. Lydia reply

    These are amazing! I love the colors and the bright accessories…and the flowers are AMAZING! They really pop and make the image complete! Awesome work…can’t wait to see more!

  25. Lauryn reply

    ohhhh my. look how hot my husband is?! love these Katelyn!!

  26. amanda reply

    o.m.G Katelyn these are so fabulous!! I’m absolutely loving the orange and teal color combination, and the polka dots are just to die for!!! This may be my all time favorite post ever.

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    this. is. amazing. your attention to detail blows my mind- the button cands napkin rings? come on! too perfect! I should have waited to look at this post until after lunch though- now I’m STARVING.

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    Whenever I feel down about my own photography, I come back to this post. it’s the one I saw and thought “I want to do THAT”, and it still inspires those feelings, 3 1/2 years later!

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