• Eric + Kayla | Engaged

Michael and I have known each other our whole lives! So that means that even before we dated in high school, our families knew each other. I remember seeing his cousins, grandparents, aunt and uncles around during the holidays LONG before we were a couple. After we started dating, I started going to Thanksgivings and family trips to Charleston, WV. I feel like I’ve known his cousins my whole life!! So when Eric brought Kayla to Thanksgiving one year, we were all really excited to meet her. Not only is she gorgeous, but she has a heart of gold!!

These two are incredible athletes and their modeling skills aren’t too shabby either:) I could have photographed them for HOURS and HOURS!! Michael and I were so excited when they got engaged and we’re so thankful that it worked out to meet up with them in Sarasota after our cruise for their engagement session!! I’ve decided that the end of November is an amazing time to shoot in Florida! It was a perfect 80 degrees! The only thing we encountered that was less than ideal were RACOONS! I’m serious! Now I don’t know if things are different in Florida but in Virginia, if you see a racoon in the broad daylight, you RUN! That normally means that they have rabies! Maybe things are different in Florida because these little critters were EVERYWHERE! We rushed through a few portraits in the tall grasses because the coons were coming out of the bushes left and right! I have to say, that’s a first for me! :) And I never expected that to happen in Florida of all places!

Besides the racoons and a few sand spurs stuck in my feet, this engagement shoot was perfection. I was so proud of our location scouting and timing. We started their shoot in an artsy district of downtown Sarasota that I had spotted over a year ago and then we ended the shoot on the beach as the light became soft and glowy. During the session I think I said at least 5 times that I just can’t wait to photograph Kayla as a bride. She’s going to be beyond stunning! It’s going to be such a happy day and we can’t wait to be a part of it! We’re so happy for these two and we know that God has amazing plans for them as a married couple!!! Enjoy some of my MANY favorites!!!!!!

Love this one! Those teeth!! They’re perfect!


Kayla you’re gorgeous girl!

So thankful we had such glowy light! 

Love it!

Here we are in racoon territory!!!

It was worth the risk dont ya think?! 

Love this light!

Another favorite!

Love this!


xoxo, Katelyn
16 Comments Engaged
  1. Wynona reply

    I love them all! Good looking couple and awesome mad skills of yours! Stunning! :)

  2. molly @ still being molly reply

    okay seriously these aren’t real people. they are RIDICULOUSLY attractive. GORGEOUS images!!!!!!!!

  3. Rebekah reply

    Are you sure they’re not professional models?! I love both of their outfits, especially the ones at the beginning, casual yet classy.

  4. petals and promises llc reply

    They really do look like pros….looking forward to the wedding shots!!!

  5. Casey reply

    Whoa. Everything about every single one of these is insanely gorgeous!!! Seriously stunning!

  6. elizabeth. reply

    So much gorgeous!

  7. Terri Baskin reply

    Gah!!! These are beyond amazing!!!!

  8. Tiffany McClure reply

    woowwww!! You were in sarasota! That’s right near me! These images are breathtaking, and I LOVE the light in them all! It definitely is a plus that they are a great looking couple!! This session is definitely a favorite Katelyn!!

  9. Kristina W. reply

    Wow, what a gorgeous couple! Their photos are amazing!

  10. Katie reply

    beautiful!!!!!!! The light, their love, their faces, FLORIDA! All of it! So in love!

  11. Stephanie Stewart reply

    Wowza!!! gorgeous everything! I am swooning over that black and white closeup of their faces on the beach…but seriously love them all! And yes, worth the risk in the tall grass with raccoons all around!

  12. staci reply

    oh. oh my heavens. these are glorious. fantastic work and a beautiful couple!

  13. Stacy Hart reply

    I can’t even….Really, Katelyn??? These are off the hook. How would they not have a wall display of all these photos. I’d have a 30×40 with that last shot.

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  15. Katie reynolds reply

    Gorgeous!!!! I love that part of downtown sarasota! it’s so neat!

  16. Tatyana reply

    Pretty sure these two are secretly models! Gorgeous couple.

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