• Joe and Emily | Engaged Part 2

been in the back of my mind for weeks. With every spring engagement shoot I did I realized that my sister and her fiance’ Joe still hadn’t really had a real engagement shoot. We shot some quick portraits back in the fall, ONE DAY after they got engaged when we drove up to surprise them after our last wedding of the season. They were beautiful pictures! But I hadn’t given Emy any warning and so she didn’t get to pick out outfits or do her hair or pick a location. It was a fast little shoot so that they could get their Save the Dates out but I always wanted to do a real shoot with them in the spring. Well, spring is HERE!

And both of our lives are crazy busy. I had no idea when we were going to make this happen. Then I received an email from Emily’s friend Aicel and she invited me to a surprise shower she was throwing for Emy! So sweet!! Not only was it so thoughtful of her to throw a shower, it was super sweet of her to invite ME! So I looked at the calendar and we decided to make it happen. Michael was such a trooper and drove the whole way up to PA in the torrential downpours during the east coast’s most recent monsoon! I was excited to see Emy but I was also a little bummed because we not only wanted to surprise her at the shower, we wanted to shoot some engagement pictures too! This was our chance!!! So we kept checking the radar and we realized that there was a chance of sunshine in the morning and we spent the night and got up at the crack of dawn! It was gorgeous outside!!!! We were able to walk around downtown West Chester for a good hour and a half before they needed to go to work and it was perfect.

I loved getting to spend this time with Joe and Emy! The next time I see Joe will be the week before the wedding! CRAZY!!! We can’t wait for them to be married! It’s going to be so much fun having a married sister! We realized that the next time we visit them, we’ll all be staying in THEIR apartment! The more time I spend time around them, the more thankful I am for Joe and their relationship. I get teary eyed just thinking about it… how in the world am I going to make it through a toast at the wedding?! ha!

So for those that have been asking, I AM shooting a PORTION of their wedding. I have two wonderful photographer friends assisting me so that I don’t have to feel responsible for everything on my own. :) We’re so excited! Next time you see these two, they’ll be married and posing in the rolling hills of Lexington, VA! Enjoy some of my favorites from their their second impromptu engagement shoot!! You can view the FIRST one here! AND you have to see their PROPOSAL shot by the awesome Zach Wilson! Ok, enough of me bragging about my sister… enjoy!! :)


A quick shot in front of their future apartment! So cute!

Favorite! Hands down! 

Sunlight!! It’s a miracle!

Love finding beautiful buildings like this!


Wow! Fierce!! I wish I inherited this model face!

Joe has the best smile… he’s always so joyful… we love him:)

He also has a KILLER model face!! NICE!

Love this! 

Aww Emy you’re gorgeous!

So thankful we found these blossoms!!!


Haha, love this…

Outfit change!

See what I mean? Joe’s laugh is contagious!

Funny story, these petals weren’t falling, they were stuck to the walls from the monsoon!!

Love this little alley!!

Another favorite!!


xoxo, Katelyn
28 Comments Engaged
  1. Caitlin reply

    Wow!! These are beautiful!

  2. Jill reply

    These are SO beautiful (as is all of your work)–the flowers everywhere are amazing!!! Lovely lovely :)

  3. Emy reply

    Oh my gosh KK!!! These are awesome! You are such an amazing sister and I’m incredibly thankful for you!! You have blessed joe and I with so much during our engagement, these are pictures we will always cherish!! I absolutely love ALL of them!! And I LOVE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!! :)

  4. Beth T. reply

    Gorgeous!! How fun for you to shoot your sister! Can’t wait to see the wedding pics :)

  5. Kathryn Grace reply

    Hands-down some of your best work to date! These are fabulous!!

  6. Emily H reply

    Emily you are so beautiful! I’m super pumped for your guys’ wedding!!! xoxox
    Ah!! I love all these pictures Katelyn :)

  7. Caroline Logan reply

    Soooo happy for your family!!

  8. Jennifer reply

    i can feel the love in these photos – they are really wonderful. gorgeous shots of your sister!

  9. Brooke reply

    These are so beautiful!! Congratulations, Emy and Joe! I can’t wait to see photos from your wedding! I am so glad this monsoon we have been experiencing left some beautiful blossoms for your photos. :)

  10. Brittney reply

    These are SO gorgeous!

  11. Brenda James reply

    Katelyn!! These are beautiful. What a wonderful surprise for Emy and Joe. I love all of the settings and colors. Excited for May 30th to get here!!!

  12. Zack Wilson reply

    Beautiful work Katelyn! So glad that you had the opportunity to work a full session in! These are beautiful images! Congrats again, Joe and Emily!

  13. hannah elise reply

    you totally killed these, Katelyn!! love it.

  14. Sarah reply

    LOVE the blossom photos!!!

  15. Anthony Malizia reply

    Werk it emily and joe! Great shots and you guys look great!!

  16. Annetta reply

    Beautiful e-session Katelyn!! Love all the flowers.

  17. Kristina W. reply

    These are so beatuiful! I’m so happy that Emy and Joe got a real engagement shoot from you! :) Emy, your outfits and you looks beautiful! And I love those flowering trees! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

  18. Kim reply

    So glad you got to get a session in before you left! Way to make the trip worthwhile…even though it was epic flooding. Great to see you :) and incredible pictures!!

  19. elizabeth reply

    LOVE the lighting and focus of these! <3 The flowers are gorgeous, too. And I love her navy/white maxi skirt with the coral + green colors. So pretty. Blessings!

  20. ashley link reply

    these are so sweet! so happy for you and your sister and everyone! haha. this has to be such a great time in your lives! idk how i’ll keep it together when my 3 sisters get to this point! gah! one of them is graduating from CNU next week. i’m gonna be a mess haha. congrats and enjoy this fun time! beautiful pictures, as always! :)

  21. Kristen Morgan reply

    They’re so sweet! The romance and flowers says it all! Very beautiful photographs!

  22. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    They are the absolute cutest!! And I have no idea how they’ll pick what photos to print because they’re all good! I love that vertical black and white with Joe’s model face…and the new pose with Joe on the red wall and Emy in front. Amazing, amazing job!

  23. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    These are WONDERFUL! Not only that, but they are so very special. Sister relationships are the BEST! I am so excited for you to get to experience the joy of watching your sister get married!! :)

  24. Aicel reply

    Oh my gosh Katelyn these turned out beautiful!! Of course you could pull off such a phenomneal shoot after a torrential downpour and moonsoon! You are a creative genius!!! I’m so glad it could work out for y’alls schedule to come down. Thanks for being there to make the surprise ten times better! You just go and make people cry with your presence… ;) ;)

  25. Sydni Jackson reply

    LOOOOVE all of them!!

  26. Anna Liz reply

    Ah! Beautiful sister, beautiful session! =)

  27. Amy reply

    Katelyn, I always love your work but this is beyond beautiful for me. Maybe it’s because i actually know the subjects. i found myself tearing up and exclaiming outloud to no one, “oh i love that one!”. Emily you are such a beautiful woman and I am happy that I had the privilege to watch you grow into the person you are today. Congratulations to you and Joe.

  28. Melissa Macko reply

    So much fun! Love this shoot! It would be so much fun to shoot your own sister. Can’t wait to see the wedding blog! ;)

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