• Drew + Becca | Engaged

close to three years ago when I hosted my first large scale workshop here in Richmond. I was newly married and I finally had a chance to pour my time and energy into teaching and I was really excited about it! We launched registration for the “Sugar Shoot” and I was so pumped to meet the 20 photographers who would be attending! I was SHOCKED when I saw that a young, aspiring photographer would be traveling all the way from FLORIDA! What?!! That’s so crazy!! I couldn’t wait to meet her. That young photographer was Becca! She was so brave to travel up north to spend a day with photographers she didn’t know!

Well, fast forward three years later and I get an email that goes something like this: “Hi Katelyn, It’s Becca from the Sugar Shoot and I’m getting MARRIED!!!” AH!! I was so excited to hear from her and Michael and I couldn’t be more excited to shoot Drew and Becca’s wedding in Florida next year! It really worked out perfectly. They booked and they we realized we would be so close to one another during our vacation last week!! We traveled an hour north on Friday to Sarasota and saw family.  Then I spent the evening with these two! A torrential downpour happened about 30 minutes before our shoot and it continued to linger around. It had me a bit worried but Drew and Becca were so sweet and excited to have their portraits done that we could have made it work no matter what! We started shooting down by the water and slowly but surely, the skies started to clear. By the time we made it over to the beach, we had it to ourselves and the sky was full of the most BEAUTIFUL pastel colors I have ever seen! The water was a light teal and the sky was a mixture of baby blues, lavender and a hint of coral. It couldn’t have been more perfect! I absolutely loved my time with these two and I can’t wait to see them again! I’m bummed I have to wait almost a full YEAR!!

So enjoy this Sarasota engagement shoot and get excited to see their Florida wedding on the blog next year!! YAY!

Love their smiles! 

One of my favorites! 

Such a beautiful ring! 

Love their “beachy” look! And because it had just stormed, it wasn’t miserably hot! It was a dream! 


Another favorite!!!

These next two sets are so similar but I just loved them all so I posted them all!!:)

Love these pastel colors!!!

Those colors!!!

And that’s how that day ended… WOW! 

44 Comments Engaged
  1. Amanda reply

    I am so excited to finally see these! Ever since you posted the sneak peek on Facebook!!! Adorable! I love every one! What a fabulous location to shoot! Great job Katelyn!!!

  2. Sarah Heppell reply

    I’d have to agree, shooting right after a storm for these results would be my new favorite, too! how delicious! the colors are stunning. a watercolor backdrop for their session!

  3. saira reply

    wow! Those colours are unreal! I love the second to last portrait…so pretty

  4. Ashley Jock reply

    Katelyn, these are amazing!!!

  5. Shelly Lane reply

    Oh my goodness! these are just incredible! WOW! Becca and Drew are just adorable and Katelyn of course is nothing short of amazing. What a combo! Becca, I love how you styled this! ! Can’t wait to see your wedding photos and can’t wait to attend a KJ Workshop one day myself :)

  6. katie reply

    WOWWW that last set on the beach is AHHmazing!!!!!!!!! Those colors are so so gorgeous, I can’t wait to see their wedding!

  7. Aunt Susan reply

    WOW!! Love these! So glad you got our beautiful sunset!!

  8. ashley barnett reply

    HELLO THIS IS AMAZING! :) You absolutely rocked this – perfect colors!

  9. Meredith reply

    Those last ones!!!! Ahhhh! The light and colors! Beautiful!

  10. Ashley reply

    These are absolutely amazing! beautiful couple in a beautiful setting. makes me miss home soooo much!

  11. Currie reply

    Oh my gosh! These seriously couldn’t be more beautiful!!! LOVE them Katelyn!

  12. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Oh. My. Goodness! Those shots on the beach are absolutely stunning!!!!!!!! Their outfits, the light, the colors, your always wonderful composition…I love, love, love them!

  13. Carmaleta Ann reply

    OMG! Katelyn!!! You’ve done it again! Amazing!!!!!!! The pastel beach pics are my favorite!

  14. Annetta reply

    Beautiful Katelyn!

  15. Chynne reply

    Well I don’t blame her for traveling so far for such an amazing photographer. I want to do the same. Your SO inspiring. I am going to save every LAST dime I have to have you as my photographer as well. I absolutely LOVE looking at all your portraits and you are such a great artist I don’t think I’d live with myself! As could they… It’ll be a few years, but I don’t have it any other way! <3 AMAZING KATELYN!

  16. jenn reply

    the colour is amazing!!! love this session, katelyn!

  17. Sherri reply

    So beautiful!!! Love their outfits, location, poses…everything!! :)

  18. Garrett reply

    Beautiful photographs!
    ….Father of the Bride

  19. Kristina W. reply

    Wow, these beach pictures are amazing! Great job Katelyn!

  20. Bethany McDonnell reply

    These are sooo beautiful! I love, love, love the ones by the water–the colors are AMAZING!!!

  21. Mallory reply

    I started to list my favorite pictures from this session, but oh my gosh, I love them ALL!! So beautiful, and the colors…WOW! Can’t wait to see their wedding next year! :)

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  23. Anna reply

    These are such gorgeous engagement photos! You are seriously talented Katelyn!

  24. Becca Haymes reply

    I Love this so much!!!!

  25. Haley reply

    OH My gosh! These are gorgeous! I love the pastels. The second to the last photo just blew me away. They look like such a fabulous couple. fabulous job katelyn!

  26. Elizabeth Cox reply

    hands down one of my favorite engagements you’ve ever done. i grew up going to siesta key for vacation with my family so this shoot is near & dear to my heart. incredible work katelyn!

  27. Mary Anne reply

    I am in love with these pictures!!!!

  28. molly stillman reply

    wow seriously – the colors in those beach images are AMAZING!!!

  29. Laura reply

    Gorgeous shoot, Katelyn! Love Sarasota, love shooting at the beach — and LOVE nights like this! So happy you all had such a gorgeous evening!

  30. Becca Pettingell reply

    KATELYN!!!! I FINALLY had the change to look at the photos! (I have been so patient to look at them at a computer all day) I AM SO BLOWN AWAY!!! You make us look so good!! LOVE YOU!

  31. Allison Mannella reply

    These are just breathtaking! What a beautiful couple in the most perfect setting!

  32. Melissa Kate reply

    I’m in love with this beach session! You are amazing Katelyn!

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  34. Rici reply

    Crazy Colors! Incredible!! Totally in love with this session!!!

  35. Sarah Adams reply

    Katelyn, those one in the water?!? that sky is INSANE. I can’t stop staring at it. GORGEOUS

  36. Kristen reply

    I love the colors in this shoot and the location was amazing. great job as always. :)

  37. cate waters reply

    Those last three… wow, by far my favorite you have taken in the past few years. crazy awesome emotion, amazing life changing colors… wow, such a neat photo for this couple to have!

  38. Tess reply

    Do you use a flash when shooting sunset shoots? I love how you keep the colours of the sky without anything being over/under exposed! This is a gorgeous engagement shoot!

  39. Linda M. Linder reply

    These pjotos are absolutely stunning!. What a beautiful couple! Congratulations!!!

    Much love,

  40. Linda M. Linder reply

    Sorry about the misspell! I mean photos!

  41. Nikki reply

    I’m just stumbling on this esession of yours and omigoodness! I am in love! I always follow your blog, but this is definitely my favorite esession. It makes me want to get remarried, travel to the ocean, and have you shoot our photos. Love, love, love!

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  44. laura beth stricker reply

    I love this! Amazing colors. They should be tourism models! I’ve been dreaming of a beach engagement shoot wherever that time comes – because my first date with Al was at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk!

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