MY ACCOUNT
Checkout
photographers
SHOP

Travels

Scotland

Two Weeks in the Highlands

filed in:

I'm Katelyn James Alsop, a photographer, educator and momma who believes any photographer can have a profitable AND purposeful business.

WELCOME

Top Categories

Browse All

read more

WEDDINGS

Browse All

EDUCATION

Browse All

PERSONAL

A wintery boston wedding

w/ inside, dark ceremony

KJ ALL ACCESS

WATCH ME SHOOT weddings
Come join over 3,000 other photographers from around the world & become my virtual third shooter! 
FREE TRIAL
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ

Browse Series

 Baby James Story

Our Home

Our Kids

Ask Anything

I have to admit… there is part of me that is still so surprised that I’m even writing this blog post. I’m still in shock that this trip even happened! We have never come so close to cancelling a trip before! Four days before we were supposed to leave, we found out that Evy would be getting into her “Hip harness” early! We were excited and thankful to have another alternative to the Spica Cast but starting in the harness early made for sleepless nights and a frustrated baby!

We honestly prayed for wisdom about what to do about the trip. The night before we were supposed to fly out was the night that Evy slept through the night again and so we decided to go for it! Whew! What a risk!!!

Buddy and Jill mentioned going to Scotland with their families over a year and a 1/2 ago and we knew we wanted to go!! We love traveling with them and we’ve done so many trips with them in the past. However, this year was different because we BOTH have babies now! So that 11 hour layover in JFK? Well, we just stuck together and made it work! All things considered, the babies were angels! Seriously. They both MAYBE cried twice on both flights and were so sweet during our time in Scotland! We were proud parents!!!

So who went on this trip? A whole bunch of people! Some people came and joined us late but there was a core group of us that were together from the beginning and that was us, Buddy, Jill, Knox, Buddy’s dad, stepmom and step-brother, Buddy’s Aunt Bonnie, Uncle Jim, Cousin Jane and Uncle Steven. And Jill’s mom and dad were with us of course! Jill’s mom was born and raised in Scotland and so once we got over there, we got to meet all of Jill’s extended Scottish family! Then our friends from college (Dave and his wife Grace) joined us! A few days later John and Kaylie (Buddy’s brother and wife!) joined us and so did our sweet friends Anna and Ryan!! What a crew, right?! It was so much fun!

Jill planned the whole thing and we stayed at the most epic old mansion in Ardgour (the tiny town where Jill’s mom grew up!). This house…. oh my gosh. It was a work in progress but the fact that it wasn’t perfect was actually pretty cool. The toilets were old fashioned, the floors slanted a little, there was still original molding and paintings on the walls. It was so impressive!! When we pulled up, it didn’t even seem REAL! We loved “playing house” there for the week! Everyone had plenty of space and we loved our hangout time in the upstairs living room every night (when the babies cooperated for bed time!).

So what did we do and where did we go?! We went to Oban, Isle of Mull, Iona, stayed in Ardgour, visited Fort William, Glencoe and so many other cute towns. We ate amazing food (Seriously… probably the best we’ve ever had in Europe!) and we went to some “Highland Games” and felt like we were locals! We joined in on the Friday night “Kaylee” and took long drives to see the prettiest views!!!!

So what’s the consensus on Scotland? It wins the award for the most impressive and jaw-dropping scenery! We’ve been to a lot of different beautiful places around the world and I’ve never seen so many stunning views over and over and OVER again! We LOVED it and we’d love to go back one day!!!! Enjoy our trip in pictures!

Ps. If you’re wondering how it went traveling with two babies… here’s a little blog post for you!  

ALSO… we have a video!!!! Jill made it! I can’t take ANY credit for it!!! She’s amazing! She makes it on her phone as we go and I’m so thankful for these sweet memories!!:

Just to avoid some emails… her arms were swaddled… it was freezing. She’s also in a hip brace… she literally CAN’T move the blanket! haha

It doesn’t even look real!

Oh this beautiful Abbey…. we’ll never forget it. This is where Evy threw up all over the floor and we had to ask a nun to clean it up. OH my gosh.

Jill does video… I do the pictures. It’s a great trade-off!!!!

Jill’s family reunion!!! That we crashed! :) But seriously… you know you’re good friends with someone when you go on vacation with like half of their family!

We flew to NYC and stayed one day in Brooklyn!

Why not end with a cute baby face! We love you Knox!

Oh and Ps….. get excited because I have portraits to share from Scotland too!! And they are GORGEOUS!! Look at these sneak peeks!

 

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

Nathan + Jenni Rae Historic Estate Wedding | Franklin Tennessee

This beautiful day way unlike any wedding I have ever photographed before. It’s hard to put into words how powerful and inspiring it was.

READ MORE
Weddings

If you’ve been following my updates since I got the R6 two years ago, you know I LOVE it!! It has been a game changer for me! But there is ONE mistake that I’ve made that cannot be fixed afterwards!

R6 Mistake That You Cannot Fix
READ MORE

R6 Mistake That You Cannot Fix Learn how to avoid this!

Youtube
Common Website Mistakes to Avoid

Common Website Mistakes Tips to Avoid & Change

There are things that EVERY photographer should have on their website! We will walk through some students’ websites to see how small changes can impact their perceived value, and for you to see if what they’re missing is something that you are too!

READ MORE
Youtube

The Waldron Family A Backwoods Family Session

You know what I’m realizing? I’m realizing I am loving getting to see people I love and miss in this very busy season of our life.

READ MORE
Portraits

We’re gearing up for wedding season and there are so many ways to market yourself DURING a wedding to keep new clients coming in! I have been a wedding photographer for 13 years, and I have never paid for ‘traditional’ advertising!

How to Book More Weddings
READ MORE

How to Book More Weddings Easy & FREE Tips to Market Yourself

Youtube
Customize With Canva

Quick + Easy Tutorial for Canva A Game Changer for Designing Content

I am eating my words again! For years, I have used InDesign for everything… but Canva had a HUGE update last year which changed everything!!

READ MORE
Youtube

READER FAVORITES

"Best money I have EVER spent on education! ... and I've spent a lot!”

- Kara Abbey, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"I love all the lessons I'm learning from KJ All Access! Thanks Katelyn!”

- Shannon Drummond, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"I find very few educational resources worth it ... this one is!”

- Kate gansneder, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"Recently signed up for KJ All Access and it's EVERYTHING!”

- Kassidy Mowery, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"Being able to see behind-the-scenes of Katelyn interacting with her clients has been SO impactful!”

- Angie mcpherson, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"Recently signed up for KJ All Access and it's EVERYTHING!”

- Kassidy Mowery, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER

"SO worth it! It's amazing the amount of knowledge you get out of them!”

- Brittany Lowe, ALl ACCESS MEMBER

"I learned just as much in one All Access as I did in a whole course! SO GOOD!"

- Joanna Krueger, ALL-ACCESS MEMBER
10 Steps to Starting Your Photography Business
Helping a friend survive a season of Infant Loss
How to photograph a first look in Harsh Light
OUR KJ COUPLES REUNION
A Lake Como Destination Wedding - Greg and Kate
A Letter to the Go-Getters fearful of Motherhood

The KJ blog
must-reads

The KJ Blog is where you get to know me, where you meet our KJ Couples and see their beautiful wedding days, where I have been building an archive of education for over a decade and where I let you see a peek into our life, our home, and hear about our purpose! 
don't miss the
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ
Arrow KJ

YOUTUBE

Join 54,000+ others and learn, grow and get connected via our Youtube Channel! This is where I'm constantly sharing new content, talking all things gear, business, tips, tricks and letting you into the behind-the-scenes of our everyday life! 
MORE FREE EDUCATION + CUTE BABIES ON
WATCH NOW

"I have invested in all of KJ’s education!

The way she teaches makes so much sense and I’m so grateful for her! My business will be forever changed!"

- Renee Nicolo

"KJ education has been life-changing

 It has elevated my work so I could quit my day job and work from home with our baby boy!"

- joanna k.

"I'VE INVESTED IN SO MANY RESOURCES... 

and none compare to what I get from KJ!"

- LAUREN M.