Here’s the backstory behind this portrait session at the Sandy Hook Bay. An old friend referred Kaytlen to us for wedding photography. Unfortunately, we had another booking on her date. However, we mutually followed each other on Instagram and I quickly learned that she was an insanely talented illustrator and even has her own Etsy shop. I loved Kat’s vibe and she seemed so cool, we were really bummed out that we wouldn’t be photographing her wedding. Coincidentally, nearly a year later, we ran into each other at a Fourth of July Fireworks event. We recognized each other from Instagram and formally introduced ourselves in person.
Kat has such a beautiful look and style, I knew I still needed to do a shoot with her. We planned a date to meet down the shore at the bay in Sandy Hook beach. I found this gem of a spot a week prior to our shoot and knew it was the place. The shallow waters are excellent for wading in without waves crashing over your heads. It’s the best portrait spot!
The more I’ve gotten to know Kat, I’ve realized she’s just a genuine and chill person. I also learned she even beat thyroid cancer – I was awestruck by her optimism. She is so admirable for being in such great spirits after going through all of that, and to be honest her battle scar is incredibly fierce. She was a natural in front of the camera and I had such a great time photographing her. This is one of the first of many portrait sessions I intend to have to empower other women, and allow them to take agency of their own beauty before the camera. I think most of us can agree we are tired of women being photographed from a certain perspective that exploits us. So glad Kat and I decided to do this!