Frankfort Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Monica + Porter

Monica + Porter’s Sweetheart Session in Frankfort, Kentucky | Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty

Things happen by chance. I had hit a point in my life where I wanted to travel and I wanted it bad! My one goal was to travel, but when you are the sole dependent for a sick family member, sometimes you have to put your dreams and plans on hold to be there for your family.

Luckily I met Monica + Porter. Not only my first couple to introduce me to a new area, but also they will be my first destination couple.

They were the true definition of a dream team. They worked together, talked things out, but most of all they had fun! They loved each other!

I’ve been to certain parts of Frankfort but never to downtown Frankfort, so when they brought up the idea of shooting there, I was so ready for it! The rich history of the place was alluring. Between the vintage movie theater and the historic government buildings, I fell in love with this place.

But I also got super close to Monica + Porter! Understanding all that they have been through together as a couple and individuals made their session so much more personable! I love the fact that I get to become close with my clients and make it feel like I’m with family and friends rather than just a client.

Lexington Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Samantha + Mason

Samantha + Mason’s Sweetheart Session in Lexington, Kentucky | Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty

It’s Spring time! And the one place I’ve wanted to shoot at FOR THE LONGEST was The National Cemetery in Lexington! Now normally, there’s a few weeks throughout the month where the popular Cherry Blossom Trees are in bloom.

But like my life, I’m always missing it by a hair, but in this case, we can blame the weather.

If you’ve ever lived in Kentucky then you know that the weather has a bit of a bipolar attitude. It could be raining at noon and than less than 30 minutes later it’s shining bright and in the high 90’s.

In this exact moment, that was pretty much how it was. We were suppose to have rain all morning and afternoon, but after a 15 minute drizzle storm, we was left with clear skies and a hot sun.

But! Samantha + Mason were champs! Even with the hot heat, it wasn’t a match for the chemistry between Samantha + Mason.

Between the beautiful scenery at the National Cemetery and let’s not forget how beautiful Keeneland is, this may in fact be one of my all time favorite sweetheart sessions!

Lexington Kentucky Sweetheart Session | Stephanie + Sevric

Stephanie + Sevric’s Sweetheart Session in Lexington Kentucky | Kentucky Engagement Photographer Rebecca Beatty

If there’s one place in Lexington that I love and I don’t care to shoot at over and over, it’s the graffiti wall over by the coffee shop Third Street and Stuff. I can’t get over how beautiful the mural is! Between the message behind it (which has been interpreted differently) and the bright vivid colors, I knew this would be the perfect spot for Stephanie’s + Sevric’s sweetheart session!

They both didn’t want somewhere that rustic and country, but wanted an urban, downtown city look. And Lexington is full of downtown spots! Right down the road from these murals is Gratz Park!

I know, Rebecca you just said they didn’t want rustic.

Well they didn’t and Gratz Park is a cute little park that has so much urban details to it. The tall columns of The Carneige Learning Center and let’s not forget The Alexander Moore and Peter Paul House!

Seriously how cute is that pink and blue house?!?

But of course! We had to play with a little off camera flash too! We ended up near The Square in downtown Lexington and just our luck they had the fountains on! <3 Talk about a beautiful way to end the night!

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

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!