• Matt + Samantha | Engaged

are moments when all of the pieces just fall together…. perfectly. This past Friday was one of those moments. Matt and Samantha are getting married this spring but between Sam’s intense class schedule and Matt’s military schedule, scheduling an engagement with their east coast wedding photographer proved to be quite a challenge!! Sam is in VA and Matt is stationed in San Diego and they are pros at the long distance relationship thing. As Sam and I were emailing

about possible dates… I casually mentioned “Well this is a long shot but we’ll actually be in Southern Californian in February! Maybe we could shoot them there when you’re visiting him?!”. It was a perfect plan!! Michael and I flew out a few days early and made it happen!! Thanks to my LA coaching gal’s suggestion, we found the most amazing location! Rocks, cliffs, beaches, palm trees! It had it all!! We met up with Matt and Sam and loved them immediately! They are the type of couple that you meet and love instantly. Between Matt’s awesome sense of humor and Sam’s sweet smile, we connected immediately and I just loved our time together!

These two… gosh they are awesome! They were literally climbing rocks in bare feet! I think after you see their images, you’ll agree that their adventurous engagement shoot was SO worth it!! We cannot WAIT to celebrate with them in a few short weeks in VA!!! We loved pretending to be Californian photographers for the day and I hope you all enjoy this fun post!! Happy Thursday!

Look at those smiles!! 


These rocks! I could have stayed here all day! 

One of my favorites! 

Another favorite!

Ha! Do you see our two friends on the right?! They wouldn’t leave!! 

Oh the light!!!

28 Comments Engaged
  1. Melissa Farmer reply

    Wow! So fun & beautiful :) love the destination photographs!

  2. Ashley Herrinton reply

    Love these so much! Awesome detail shots! I love how they coordinated too!

  3. Stephanie Stewart reply

    Love, love, love all of these, what a happy, beautiful couple, and perfect location!!! Can’t wait to see their wedding!

  4. Annetta reply

    What a beautiful session! Awesome job katelyn!

  5. Rebekah Carter reply

    Wow, gorgeous! Every single one.

  6. Aunt Janie reply

    STUNNING!!!! So love your work. My favorite is the black and white on the rocks. Love Craig’s Aunt Janie

  7. Kathryn Grace reply

    GORGEOUS!! So amazing!

  8. Aunt Susan reply

    Those 2 friends on the right were the “Love birds!’
    Great pictures once again!

  9. Kari reply

    Wow! looove!! Amazing katelyn!

  10. Erin manning reply

    Absolutely beautiful, incredible and stunning!

  11. Brooke reply

    This is an incredible shoot!!! Why can’t Maryland look like this? Stunning couple and beautiful photos!!!

  12. Grace Lowen reply

    These are SO Beautiful!!!!! You look gorgeous Sam!

  13. Heather Walter reply

    Absolutely Beautiful!!! Great Job!!!

  14. Becca reply

    The one of them on the rock is INSANE! Love it!

  15. Elizabeth V reply

    Oh my goodness, I love Laguna Beach! I have never been there, but, I have a good friend who lives there and is a photographer…. so over the past few years I have fallen in love with the area through her pictures :)

  16. Kristina W. reply

    Wow, these are gorgeous! The extra plant photos you added to the blog post really make the post beautiful! Congratulations Matt and Samantha!

  17. Stephanie Messick reply

    This makes me want to go back to the west coast! Gorgeous!!!

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  19. Michelle caplan reply

    These photos are absolutely perfect! I cannot belief how well they perfect capture the mannerisms of this wonderful couple xoxo

  20. Katie reply

    Ahh! You should be a Californian photographer more often! ;) Love this post, these two are so cute!

    Sam! I live in San Diego! I would love to get in touch whenever you come visit! #kjbrides ;)

  21. Cindy Habel reply

    Beautiful, Katelyn! I especially love the large B&W portrait on the rocks…stunning xo

  22. Lisa Cour reply

    Wow…those smiles ARE amazing!! Such a relaxed feel to the shoot.

  23. Anna Liz reply

    Oh. My. The shots on the rocks are just perfectly beautiful!

  24. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    First of all, what a cute couple! And those pictures when they’re standing on those rocks are absolutely amazing! What a beautiful place!!

  25. Diane MacDougall reply

    Samantha, you and Matt look so in love and so close! What a wonderful pair! And, oh yeah, you are both so beautiful! The photos are just inspiring! Can’t wait to see what the wedding looks like!! :)
    Love to you both, Diane and Bob MacDougall

  26. Manish – Wedding Photographer Vancouver reply

    Nice engagement photography.

  27. Garineh Ashjian reply

    Wow, stunning pictures, stunning location, stunning couple.. Left me speechless with each picture. Congratulations Matt and Sam!

  28. Elizabeth LaRose reply

    Dear Matt and Sam,
    These pictures are stunning !! Sam you are gorgeous !!!
    A beautiful couple in so many ways
    Inside and out your love shines through these incredible photos!
    I love you both and wish you all the happiness in the world !
    God Bless you both.

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