• Escalate 2010 | Day 2

I don’t believe in coincidences.  The amazing people I have met and random connections that have been made throughout my journey of becoming a small business owner within the last 2 years did not happen by chance.  I’ve had so many moments where I can look back and see how the Lord has worked in my life and presented me with awesome oppurtunities and new friendships. It’s amazing. The most recent example would be meeting miss Courtney Reese! We met at a stylized shoot that we both attended in VA Beach and we hit it off.  Deciding to room together at Escalate made our trip 100x better! Seriously! She’s such a sweetheart and I could have talked to her from hours upon hours. We had a blast and I’m so thankful that I had a lunch buddy, a seat saver and friend to tell me as I’m getting in the shower “Um, Katelyn, just to let you know, its 3am.” haha That was the best story of the trip!

Courtney and I took advantage of the beautiful sunshine that we had for one afternoon and we walked and talked along the oceanfront. Awesome! Enjoy some of those shots and then enjoy some shots from day two of the conference!

Whew! I look tired!

Courtney Reese everyone! Just love her!!

I forgot to explain to Courtney that I drive a VW bug and so I’m sure she thought I was crazy when I saw this old VW and immediately ran over to it! Isn’t it so cool and vintage and beachy?! Love it!

Momma, you’re the garden expert. What in the world is this flower called!?  It’s so intense!

Shots from the walk home!

Now for a few shots of our fabulous speakers from Day 2! Jerry Ghionis = Amazingly funny and insanely talented.  His perception of light and composition blew me away. He was definitely  favorite!

I’ll give you one guess who this is!:)

Yep! Jessica Claire and her wonderful Shootsac

David Jay! What an incredibly wise and humble guy! Loved hearing from him!

Lastly, the amazing Jeremy Cowart. This guy’s huge heart and passionate spirit had everyone in tears. Check out his site and please be sure to check out Help-Portrait while your at it. I’ll definitely be participating this year in VA!

And I must end with to very different plane window shots! (I love having the window seat and a camera!)

Newport Beach at night!

17 Comments Personal, Photography
  1. Meredith Sledge reply

    Katelyn! Your blog seriously makes my day! Everyday! Haha. You’re such a great writer! And obviously photographer. =) I especially liked this post because I love the beach so much. Anddd I want to live there. Haa.

    I don’t know if you remember meee but I’m Blaine Sledge’s sister. I think I messaged you once or twice on Facebook. But because I read your blog, I know that you love peacock feathers!! Or rather, the teal in them! =) I am absolutely obsessed with teal/turquoise so I took some pictures of some peacock feathers last weekend. I’m going to tag you in them on Facebook. =) Hehe.

    But thanks for sharing your blog everyday! I love it!!!

  2. Meredith Sledge reply

    Ahhh. Sorry. I didn’t think the first one posteddd.

  3. Laura reply

    these photos are wonderful. california looks like a great place to be. i’m so glad that they offered a free live stream because i learned so much. but i am definitely going next year. even if that means that i buy nothing from now until then. and yes, you should do help-portrait this year. i did it last year and it was an awesome experience. we had about 60 people get their pictures taken between 3 photographers at meal for the homeless that my mom helps run. the people were so excited and grateful. they couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks. i can’t wait to do it again this year.

  4. johnna brynn reply

    thanks for sharing! made me feel like i was there! :) i watched online, and got a taste of the escalate wonders! :) soo cool u have a fun friend to be with! that is a special gift from Jesus!!! :) bless u, katelyn. ;)

  5. j gar reply

    dude, so stoked you went to newport beach. it’s so sick! the only place i like more in SoCal is laguna beach. and no, not because of the show, because that only egregiously disgraced it. i hoped you woulda had sweet lamborghini and ferrari pictures because there’s literally dealerships on every corner. big fan of the airplane pictures. the best part of any trip is lookin out the window in the plane, so sweet. anyway, tried to keep this comment abridged because the last one got a little outta control.

  6. Julie Wooldridge reply

    Beautiful! It was so great meeting you :) Good luck to you in the future and with your upcoming wedding. I can’t wait to see the pics on j*’s blog! ;)

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  8. Tina reply

    I SO wish I could have gone to Escalate! Looks like so much fun:)

  9. Tira J reply

    So much fun! And I am so glad the sun made an appearance for you in Newport. It was cloudy and rainy up here the entire day. I listened to both days of Escalate because of work and it was amazing! Your pictures rock! I have lived here my entire life and obviously need to get out more to enjoy the sun, surf and sand. xoxo

  10. Brooke Huley reply

    Gorgeous photos!! :) Also, isn’t it incredible to see the amazing things the Lord does in our lives? It’s crazy to think He cares about each of us individually, as insignificant as we are. Finally, thank you for warning me about Blackberry phones not changing with the time zones haha–I’m moving to Los Angeles next month. Can’t wait for the next post!

  11. Britne reply

    These are so gorgeous! I love how you caught great pictures in an airplane! And that flower was so awesome. I’m glad you had fun!

  12. Girish reply

    Wonderful shots.

    Jeremy would be one of my favorite photographers totally. Rocks that guy. Very inspiring.

  13. Kristina N. reply

    Wow, looks like it was a great trip! I love the plane shots — I fly all the time but half the time don’t have my camera with me.

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  15. Katie reply

    These are amazing!

  16. Mandy reply

    Ok, so I have to admit that I was a little bitter about this post when I first saw it because you left for the conference, which meant that I got a little less time with you than I wanted (except I had the whole year…how selfish could I be?) But, after reading it and looking at all of the pictures I have to say that I really am happy that you got to go and excited that you got to have so much fun/make more connections with fellow photographers! I love you, and these are beautiful pictures! I really like the VW Bug and the intense flower! :) I hope you are having fun in Caroline County….miss you a lot already!

  17. Nicole Brown reply

    I absolutely love the second VW picture! what lenses do you have because in all of your pictures the colors and so pure. Is that from photoshop or are you just that amazing? :)

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