I'm Kaitlyn. Born and raised in the hill country, currently based in Dallas, always roaming. Creating things - paragraphs and photographs, mostly - brings me joy. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember, but I picked up a camera to help tell some stories a few years ago and never looked back. The Big and Bright exists to celebrate your adventures and commitments with warm, light, heartfelt images you'll love for years to come.
I'm married to a tall, dark and handsome guy I met online - turns out, it does work. Andrew's the best encourager and most generous person I know. Abby is our Rhodesian ridgeback (named for Abilene, where we had our first date). We love living in the city for now, but our heart is in the country - we'll be back some day.
More than anything, I love capturing authenticity in emotions and relationships. My style can be summed up like this:
Bold over lovely.
Timeless over trendy.
Marriages over weddings.
I don't just care about taking your pictures. I care about who you are as a person, knowing your story, and making the experience as comfortable and fun as possible. These are some of the most beautiful days of your life. Let's preserve them well!
Take marriage seriously, but themselves, not so much.
Might describe their wedding style as 'rustic, refined' or laid-back and joy-filled.
Like to spend their weekends in the great outdoors, maybe a beer in hand.
Believe family and faith are everything.
Kaitlyn was so incredible to work with for our engagement shoot, bridal portraits, and wedding photos. Both of us were rookies in front of the camera and Kaitlyn immediately made us feel comfortable. On the day of our wedding, she worked with our venue to know our day-of schedule from start to finish so she could capture all of our special moments. We didn't have to worry about anything. When there were delays or changes in schedule, she didn't hesitate and rolled right with the punches. The thing I love most about Kaitlyn is that she captures the essence of the day. Nothing is ever stiff or posed. From private moments before the ceremony to dancing at our reception, she captured real, authentic moments that we can look back on forever. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a lifestyle or wedding photographer! - The Roys
Kaitlyn is seriously the sweetest person and SO genuine. Leading up to the wedding, she always made sure we were on the same page. My bridals went very smooth and she does such a great job of telling you exactly how to pose, which I needed, but still keeps it natural and fun. On our wedding day, Kaitlyn captured real, raw, emotional photos. She always remained calm and that made me calm. Brides will understand how AWESOME this is. I was so impressed with the photos taken during the wedding mass as well. The pictures help me relive the day over and over.
Our wedding was massive. Bridal party, family, wedding guests. All massive. Kaitlyn was absolutely great about keeping us organized and still capturing pictures. We even got to sneak out of the reception to take golden hour sunset shots. LET. ME. TELL. YOU. These photos are FANTASTIC. Kaitlyn made my little hometown look magazine-worthy. Can't say enough about how perfect and detailed our photos were. I will cherish them forever. Overall, we were SO happy with The Big and Bright. Her sweet-fun personality and willingness to capture the details 100% sets her apart. - McKenzi M.
Our newborn experience with Kaitlyn far exceeded our expectations. From the moment I messaged her to schedule a day, to the actual part of capturing our precious girl, the conversations we had while doing the shoot, all the way to the finished product, everything was amazing. Kaitlyn made us feel so at ease and comfortable with the whole process, and never made us feel rushed, even when our girl needed to be fed and changed the entire shoot. Somehow, she made us feel like we were family and that our photos were just as important to her as they were to us. I cannot say enough great things about our experience with Big and Bright, but I will never use another photographer from here on out. Thank you Kaitlyn for your kindness and patience! - Chelsey J.
I would HIGHLY recommend Kaitlyn. From the beginning she has been nothing but amazing to work with and very flexible. I felt immediately comfortable with Kaitlyn when I met her and she truly wants you to love your photos. My husband is not one that loves to be in front of a camera nor taking pictures. However, Kaitlyn really made him feel comfortable and created a fun environment where he was able to let his guard down! The photos she took were absolutely beautiful and we have them hanging everywhere in our home. Her passion shines through her photos. If you are looking for a photographer for any event, without a doubt Kaitlyn should be your girl! - Sunia P.
Wedding photos are such a huge deal and choosing the right photographer can be stressful. We we THRILLED with our choice in Kaitlyn and couldn’t recommend her highly enough! She was very professional and especially warm and helpful. She made us feel very comfortable and had a knack for knowing when and how to get great shots. Kaitlyn worked so hard to get us previews just a few days after the wedding and was incredibly timely in getting the whole album uploaded and sent to us. We will definitely be calling her for future family photos! - The Shellenbergers
Our engagement pictures were a dream all thanks to Kaitlyn! We basically felt like models because of how easy and fun she made the session feel. She even brought flowers to make the photos more unique and beautiful. She was so wonderful so work with - so sweet and happy! Not only was our session incredible, but she also got our pictures back to us so fast! They were GORGEOUS and we will cherish them forever! - Natalie B.
Kaitlyn is incredibly talented behind a lens, but she's also great to work with! She was able to get my camera-shy husband to relax and forget about the camera. The session was enjoyable and the photos were wonderful! The photos she took for our family are unique and beautiful and so special to us as they remind us of a really significant time in our life. She was able to really capture our personalities and we will cherish those photos forever! - Darcy W.
The Big and Bright made our engagement session dreams come true! Kaitlyn was a dream to work with: professional, punctual, and super talented! It was 99° and humid the night of our photos, and she made us look (and feel) like we just stepped out of a magazine! - Marley E.
Hiring Kaitlyn as our engagement and wedding photographer was one of the best decisions we made. From the get-go, working with her became one of the most enjoyable and stress-free parts of the engagement and wedding experience. Not only is Kaitlyn a fantastic photographer but she is wonderful to work with. She is professional, organized and extremely kind and approachable. My husband and I were felt super nervous and awkward taking professional photos, but Kaitlyn told us exactly how to move and pose, while also encouraging us and putting us at ease so we felt and looked like ourselves. Any time she was taking photos with us, she made sure we were having fun!
In addition to the impeccable quality of the photos she took for us, Kaitlyn demonstrated an incredible ability to be flexible and understand our vision and goals while still remaining professional and in control. With minimal input during the natural chaos of our wedding day, she was able to fully deliver on capturing the special moments while still finding time to add unique shots that allowed us to re-live parts of our wedding from a new perspective.
Kaitlyn is incredibly thoughtful and generous. She made sure she got to know us both and understand our vision and execute it. She did so many small thoughtful things working up to the wedding and on the wedding day that really added up. We could not recommend Kaitlyn more for both engagement and wedding photography. It was a joy to have her help us capture our wedding! - The Peppers
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