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Lexington Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Kelbie + Austin

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Lexington Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Kelbie + Austin

Kelbie + Austin Sweetheart Session in Lexington Kentucky | Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty


If I have said it once, I'll say it again, photographers if you're not a part of bridal shows you need to be! I have met so many wonderful people and couples that I have grown to love and respect so much!

Speaking of love, let's talk about Kelbie + Austin. From dating on and off in high school, going down different roads, but love literally brought them back together. Even though they both were shy at first, once we started the session, I started asking questions about their relationship, they naturally opened up and we were able to capture some of my favorite shots using the 21C Hotel in Lexington, KY as well as shooting at a local horse farm that was beyond beautiful. Trust me, growing up in the horse capital of the world, and a horse lover, this farm was GORGEOUS.

If you would love to see some shots from 21C Hotel, the horse farm, as well as the love between Kelbie + Austin then scroll down below! <3

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Lexington Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Callie + Heather

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Lexington Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Callie + Heather

Callie + Heather Sweetheart Session in Lexington, Kentucky | Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty


As photographers we run into a tiny issue -which in reality is a big issue- of being booked up on someone's wedding day. And normally we try our best to find a photographer to fit their needs.

Now, I wanted to work with Callie + Heather immediately. And I know some photographers don't work with same sex couples which is fine, that's their business not mine. But me? I don't see color. I don't see sexual orientation. I don't see judgement (unless it's needed) but when it comes to love, that's all I see. I see two people who would travel to hell and back for this one person who understands them, who connects with them, and would stop a bullet for them.

From talking to both these young ladies plus Callie's mom at a recent bridal show; we laughed, we discussed the big day, we even talked about how they met, but unfortunately I was booked. And it's moments like this that break my heart because I love being able to work with clients who love me, love my work, and want me to be a part of such a special day.

Not even an hour after they left my booth, Callie's mom came back and had asked if there was any sort of a waiting list. I told her I would be more than happy to keep her name down and let her know if there was any type of date change.

Sure enough on my way home, the date they wanted, that bride moved her wedding to another date. It was like a sign. So after a call, another meet up, a signed contract, they were booked and it was time to start planning their sweetheart session.

I have shot in Lexington multiple times, but this was a first because I was tired of the same poses, I wanted something more real and this was the perfect time to test out how I could pull emotion from a couple.

If you want to see real love and emotion between Heather + Callie then scroll down below and check out some of my favorite shots.

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Springfield Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Kayla + Cody

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Springfield Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Kayla + Cody

Kayla + Cody Sweetheart Session in Lebanon, Kentucky | Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty


"I aspire to be an old man with an old wife laughing at old jokes from a wild youth." -Atticus

Now normally I don't start a post off with a quote but this one, I had too. In this day in age love is not only a hard thing to find, but young, true love is something that I feel a lot of people forget about, say they wish for it, but don't know the true meaning of it.

Kayla + Cody know exactly what young love is.

I have worked with this couple before when they were still in high school and they were wild, love struck kids who wanted images to show off that love. Well a few years pass and Kayla contact me again and wanted new photos to focus not only on their love but also on their engagement.

Of course I said yes! I love being able to work with past clients to give them better and more personal images because I grow each time I shoot.

Their first session vs this session you can see a huge difference in my work and also a growth in both their lives.

We made a plan and shot on one of my favorite holidays ever (St Patrick's Day!!!) and shot at the beautiful Saint Catherine's College! Even during the cold months (yes I know it's March it should be pretty spring weather but this is KY, Mother Nature decides when it will be cold or warm lol) with no leaves on the trees and pretty cold weather, it was still beautiful!

If you love young love, you love beautiful locations during the cold months, then scroll down and check out just a few of my favorites from their sweetheart session with me!

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Harrodsburg Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Carissa + Austin

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Harrodsburg Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Carissa + Austin

Carissa + Austin Sweetheart Session in Harrodsburg, Kentucky | Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty


If I have said it once, I'll say it again. The bridal show "Diamond Rings and Pretty Things" has been a huge blessing in my life. I have met so many beautiful couples including Carissa + Austin!

When first talking with these two sweethearts about their big day and what they were looking for, we immediately clicked. Honestly they told me about their dogs and I was hooked lol.

But overall it was their personalities that I connected with the most. They are perfect for each other. They pick on each other, they joke with each other with some of the most hilarious jokes, but most of all they have a fun and loving relationship.

If you don't believe me then scroll down and check out this fun session that we shot at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, KY!

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Nicholasville Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Heather + Jon

Heather + Jon Sweetheart Session in Nicholasville, Kentucky | Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty


If you want a tip on working with new locations that you've never been to before, here's my tip or two cents, go there at least a day or two BEFORE the session! Go to a place without looking it over you're sitting yourself up to be disappointed as well as your clients.

With Heather + Jon here I actually knew my way around Nicholasville and knew where my favorite spots were! Not only did we shoot at downtown Nicholasville but we also shot at High Bridge park in Wilmore, and let me tell you the light at that park during sunset, IS GORGEOUS.

Don't believe me? Scroll down below and check out my favorite shots from this session!

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Loretto Kentucky Maker's Mark Sweetheart Session | Sarah + Cody

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Loretto Kentucky Maker's Mark Sweetheart Session | Sarah + Cody

Sarah + Cody Maker's Mark Sweetheart Session in Loretto, Kentucky | Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty


This couple will be one of my first couples who are getting married on a Sunday! And by the fun we had at their sweetheart session I know for a face their wedding will be AMAZING.

This Maker's Mark sweetheart session was filled with a lot of love, a lot of laughs, and a lot of looking at items to buy at the gift store. But what made their session even more special was how personal we made it.

Sarah told me that Cody had  a big passion for Star Wars (Comic Books, anything "nerdy"really) and because he had that passion, I had an idea. At the end of the shoot during golden hour, I wanted to do a black tie affair type shoot but with a light saber.

And at first it was giggles, until I told them I was serious lol. If you don't believe me check out how stunning this sweetheart session was from the start at Maker's Mark until the end with the light saber.

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Loretto Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Elizabeth + Devin

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Loretto Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Elizabeth + Devin

Elizabeth + Devin's Sweetheart Session in Loretto, KY / Kentucky Wedding Photographer Rebecca Beatty


When I first met Elizabeth it was actually through Facebook! I didn't get to physically meet her or her husband Devin until this session! You see like a few Marine couples that I know of, sometimes you don't get to have the big extravagant wedding that you want, instead you have a small, and simple courthouse wedding that way you can a) be married and b) go off and explore the world with the one you love! And in this case Elizabeth + Devin wanted to be together.

So when Elizabeth contacted me and booked me to do their anniversary/wedding redo I was so excited! My maim goal was to make sure that it felt like a wedding day to them, to let them experience the day they missed.

But not everything will go as planned. Sometimes you gotta wait on things, and sometimes the Military tells you you're going to wait on things. So even though the wedding redo was cancelled, I still got to meet these two love birds and do a little sweetheart session with them in the cold!

Check out some of my favorite shots below!

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Bloomfield Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Hannah + Mike

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Bloomfield Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Hannah + Mike

Hannah + Mike's Sweetheart Session in Bloomfield, KY / Kentucky Wedding Photographer Rebecca Beatty


If you've been following me for a while, then you may remember this couple from their New Years Eve wedding! Because Michael is a member of the Marines they moved their lives from little ole Kentucky to California. So whenever I see that they are back home, I get excited! I got even more excited when Hannah messaged me asking to shoot while they were back.

And of course I said Hell yes!! I love being able to work with these two again especially since it rained all day during their wedding! But that's ok because the only thing that was upsetting to us was the cold weather lol.

I'm hoping by May I will be able to go out to California and see them and do some more very special pictures for them which you can see what kind at the very bottom of this blog! But don't cheat! Look through all the fun we had with Hannah + Michael, plus their dog Tank!

Plus they have a little Christmas Secret ;)

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Bardstown Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Deanna + Zach

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Bardstown Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Deanna + Zach

Deanna + Zach's Sweetheart Session in Bardstown, KY / Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty


This past Fall weather that we had this year was CRAZY! Some of the days we would have cold temperatures, then the next we would have warm days but freezing winds. Even though we had some of those crazy winds, Deanna + Zach were a dream to work with.

Like other couples who speak to me via online and not face to face, they're always nervous to be around me. But after a couple of minutes of me telling really bad jokes, and asking them to tell me funny stories about them, it's easy to immediately click and start capturing some great shots!

I can't wait for y'all to see all these fun shots from their sweetheart session! Check out the love below!

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Loretto Kentucky Surprise Proposal | Guy + Alex

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Loretto Kentucky Surprise Proposal | Guy + Alex

Guy + Alex's Surprise Proposal in Loretto, KY / Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty


I can't lie right now. I get a lot of emails and about a good 10 or 11 of them are people wanting me to sell products for them, or scam artist, and as a business owner, I don't like those kind of emails because that's minutes I could use for an actual client.

So when Guy had messaged me about shooting his surprise proposal to his girlfriend Alex, I immediately thought, ok this has to be a scam. No way a man from Saint Louis -who also is a photographer- found me and wants me to be a part of a very special moment.

Boy was I wrong.

Guy is probably one of the sweetest guys (no pun intended) that I have actually met. Normally they are very quiet, hush hush about plans like these but he had an idea and knew exactly what he wanted. Which hey, made my job a lot more simpler.

We talked close to three almost four months about this day and when it actually came, talk about NERVES!! Poor Guy was a bit shaken but you could tell he was excited too!!

And there was a few times when I thought I may had blown my cover and Alex caught on knowing why I was really there -even though I made up this huge lie saying I was with the paper writing a story on love and whiskey *le sigh- she never did.

Now I can't say the same for the five military men that was there -one of them even told me I was a good liar....which I don't know how that's a compliment but I took it as one lol-.

If you want to see the fun we had while on a tour at the Maker's Mark Distillery, then scroll down below and check it out.

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