• John + Colleen | Engaged

bad session for me to shoot RIGHT when I’m having puppy fever! I want a puppy so badly!! Just a little one… that’s sweet and cute and furry. I pulled up to John’s house and Colleen explained that they had a yellow lab named Bubba and that her parents would be bringing Captain along to join us for some shots as well.  Little did I know that Captain would be the CUTEST little puff ball I had ever seen in my life! He’s a teacup poodle and he’s full grown. You’re not going to believe how adorable he is!! So John and Colleen are the epitome of “dog people”.

They treat Bubba like he is their first born and I love it! He’s such a huge part of the family! We started their session in their neighborhood and headed down to a little pond where they like to walk Bubba after work and sometimes go night canoeing! How fun?! These two met through a mutual friend and just knew this was it! They were going to spend their life together!! Colleen had an idea that a ring would be coming one day… but while on a hike together, John caught her completely off guard and asked her to marry him!! They’re planning their beautiful fall wedding for this October and I can’t wait! It’s going to be amazing and guess what! …. Bubba will be a part of the wedding celebrations for sure! I told you, he’s part of the family!


So John and Colleen as we move closer and closer to your wedding day, I get more and more excited to capture it! What a wonderful and joyful couple you are! I’m so glad our paths crossed (in some crazy ways!).  Enjoy a TON of favorites and thank you for making this session incredible!!

Oh how I love little Captain!!!

Light in the woods = awesomeness

So let me tell you about this awesome necklace. Its from a seller on Esty and there is only one! It was made during the war and it’s a working compass that is always supposed to be pointing North…. but it’s stuck at Southwest.  So normally, Colleen would be able to say that John is her true North…but now she’s just saying he’s her true South-West!! Ha!  It’s a fun idea and I like it when brides wear big jewelry! ESPECIALLY when there is a story behind it!

I’m pretty sure Bubba is sticking his tongue out….

Ha! Love this!

Probably my FAVORITE from the whole day!



Let me explain how much Bubba loves his family. When they left him on the shore and took the canoe out…. HE FLIPPED! He went crazy! He just wanted to be with them so even though they knew a wet muddy dog wouldn’t be the greatest thing to come home to later…they let him jump in and he was SO HAPPY!

Oh and lets not forget to give Captain a little spotlight too… isn’t he adorable?!! And he’s full grown!! AH! I want one Michael!!

We shot the second half of their session at Belle Island in downtown Richmond.

Oh hey glowy light!!

Love it!

Don’t you feel like they’re on an episode of LOST?! ha! Maybe that’s just me.

I love tall grassy places! Did I find a tick on me when I got home? Yes. But was this worth it? YES!!

You  two are GREAT!!! LOVED my time with you and THANK YOU for my Historic Richmond Lesson as we were walking around!!:)

15 Comments Engaged
  1. Maria Jones reply

    LOVE these and all the colors!

  2. Clare reply

    I love that you are making these posts longer, Katelyn. I never want them to end. They are all SOOO good! And those dogs are just the sweetest things!

  3. Ashley Nicole reply

    Beautiful as always Colleen!!!!!!!!! xoxo

  4. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    So, so pretty!

  5. Natalie reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love each and every image.. you are so talened! :) Inspired!

  6. Jennifer Krieg reply

    These are fantastic! Love the smooch in the boat with the dog between them! And the light in some of your shots… OH MY….. Wow!

  7. Lesley reply

    definitely looked like an episode of LOST! (favorite show ever.) I love all of these, especially the ones down by the water!!

  8. Mandy reply

    I loved this post KK! The picture under the curved willow tree was awesome…and those two near the end totally looked like a Lost episode! So cool. You are awesome at what you do! :)

  9. Brenda reply

    Very Nice! Luv the ones in the canoe and the ones at the river. Some of them REALLY DO look like they’re from a LOST episode. AND yes, Captain is a cutie and I KNOW you want one!

  10. Tammynize reply

    You seriously…..had me….at PUPPIES!

  11. Girish reply

    Absolutely aamazing. Brilliance. So many photographs :)
    Fantastic work.

    Hey can you share which lens did you use for the boat ride pics.

  12. Kristina N. reply

    At first I thought Bubba had stolen the show…but then there were such FABULOUS glowy light photos and fun canoe photos and CAPTAIN! So cute!

  13. cathy dennis reply

    what a fun picture session! gorgeous pics and so much personality. professional models could not have done this; there is so much emotion showing in many different ways. i will look at these over and over.

  14. Beth reply

    What a wonderful engagement session!

  15. Charlotte reply

    ahhh these are adorable! and if you are thinking about getting a dog…think about fostering one until you find one that you like…plus they pay for all expenses!

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