• Mike + Amanda | Engaged

I was dancing and snapping away at Jason and Jackie’s wedding this past December when I cute little blond approached me, exclaiming ” I just LOVE your pictures! I’m Amanda! From the blog! I comment ALL the time!”.  I was so flattered and Amanda’s excitement was contagious.  We talked and she mentioned that she was engaged and that she would be getting in touch with me.  I was so excited but after a long wedding and shooting all day, I forget these things. So it was such a pleasant surprise to receive her email a couple of days later! Amanda uses A LOT of exclamation points in her emails and that’s one of the many reasons I just adore her.  She’s couldn’t be more excited to be getting married and I LOVE that.  Brides that refuse to be stressed and choose to enjoy planning their big day are just wonderful to work with!


We decided to travel a little bit for their engagement session this past Sunday.  Michael accompanied me and drove the ENTIRE way so I could finish typing my senior thesis. (Isn’t he wonderful:)  It gets better, once we arrived and met Mike and Amanda, I assigned Michael the duty of taking care of Khloe, their baby chihuahua.  He didn’t sign up for that task but we seriously couldn’t have done it without him! That little thing is full of energy!


Michael and Amanda had a chilly day for pictures but they worked it and made their session a breeze. I loved hearing little pieces of their story and all of their plans for July 17th! I CANNOT wait! They’re having a beach ceremony. Get excited!  July will be hear before you know it but for now, enjoy some of my favorites from their session!

I promise you! The grass was THAT green! I didn’t enhance that, I swear!

There she is! Cute little thing… ears and all:)

Look at those eyes! Whew!

One of my favs!

Oh Light! How wonderful you were!

Ok, it is REALLY hard to get this little ball of energy in focus but I loved this! It’s a perfect summary of how Michael’s dog sitting went!

Lines lines lines! I love lines! (They are GREAT dippers!)

Light from the water.. perfect.

Amanda, you are gorgeous!

The one on the left makes me smile.

Mike and Amanda, you were so much fun to work with! So glad Michael and I got to hangout with you two this weekend! I’ll see you in JULY!!

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113 Comments Engaged
  1. Em reply

    KK i love them!!! these are SO great!!!! you’re awesome!!!

  2. Michael reply

    haha this was such a fun day. I know you want a big dog, but little Chloe was soo much fun. Mike and Amanda it was great to meet you, ya’ll look good!!!

  3. brooke bowland reply

    beautiful images katelyn. so many fab shots. your locations and light are perfection!

  4. Carrie Lillard reply

    I just love these! Some of my fav yet! :)

  5. Lisa reply

    LOVE the dipping shot. Everything about it is perfect. Nicely done. Looks like a VERY fun shoot!

  6. Jenn reply

    This are AWESOME! Great job, this couple looks like they were a lot of fun!

  7. ericamay reply

    i think i need to move there. :) gorgeous images!

  8. Kristina N. reply

    I love the ones on the bridge in the field!

  9. Anna reply

    they are so good, KK! Justin and I are soooo excited for Sunday :)

  10. Spring reply

    WOW- These are really beautiful! I love the locations- such great architecture!!!! Katelyn you are amazingly talented!

  11. Ro reply

    Beautiful pics!!

  12. Jacqueline Griffin reply

    I dare go out on a limb…….I think these are my favorite or at least top three :) of all the engagement pictures I have seen of yours!!!! Every single thing about them is amazinnnnggggg!!!!!! Did they pic the location or did you?

  13. Jess S. reply

    Y’all are so flippin’ cute!!!

  14. Crystal reply

    Beautiful pictures! They are SOOOO cute! And obviously so taken with each other!

  15. Teresa reply

    These are sooooo pretty! They are very “Amanda and Mike.”

  16. Alex Hilborn reply

    These are really amazing. They capture the Amanda and Mike that we all know. Amanda looking as sassy and bright as ever, and Mike looking as sweet and humble as ever! I am really proud to be the beautiful bride-to-be’s little sis. Thank you Katelyn!

  17. Michelle reply

    I LOVE THESE PICTURES! In fact, I love all of your pictures! Absolutely beautiful.

  18. Mandy reply

    Omg, going thru the pics all I could think about was how happy, in every shot, ya’ll look!!! Great pictures!!!

  19. Amanda Powell reply

    Wow, those pictures are amazing!! You two look so cute together! Congrats on the wedding!

  20. Katie reply

    These are so gorgeous! Katelyn James is an amazing photographer and I’m so happy for Mikey and Amanda!

  21. Alicia reply

    These pictures are gorgeous.Beautiful shots of a picture perfect couple. Your personalities shine through in these shots as well as your love for each other.

  22. Seth reply

    Congratulations! Wish you a very happy future!

  23. Gena Susan reply

    B-E-A-U-T-F-U-L! :) xoxo

  24. Mattie reply

    These are gorgeous pictures! It’s so professional! <3

  25. Jessie reply

    That dog is adorable! And so are you two, of course! ;) Congratulations on the upcoming wedding!

  26. Kelly reply

    Your pictures are beautiful!! They are an amazing couple!!

  27. Megan Wolfe reply

    Great pics, best of luck to you guys! Enjoy your wedding in OBX!! Its my favorite place on earth!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Holly reply

    You guys are soooooo perfect together…Pictures are beatiful, Im jealous!!! CONGRATULATIONS AMANDA AND MIKE!!!!

  29. Amanda Hilborn reply

    ***Thanks to everyone for these comments! You all are so sweet, we are smitten with Katelyn James work, she really captured us as we are, a ridiculously happy, nerdy-in-love & content little couple on the way down the aisle in exactly 112 days! :)***

  30. melissa kunnecke reply

    Amanda, the pictures are amazing congratulations

  31. Dawn reply

    Amanda and Mike look great.. GREAT Shots!!!

  32. rachel henderson reply

    Beautiful pictures =)) the contrast between light and dark colors make it even more special!

  33. Bobby reply

    I’m in love with these pictures.

  34. Cindy Ransom reply

    absolutely gorgeous….never seen anything quite like these…love the shots with the puppy included ….beautiful

  35. Andrea Beagle Tate reply

    This is without a doubt a wonderful session with Katelyn…I love the pictures and the scenery couldn’t have been more perfect…Manda, I cried just reading what Katelyn wrote!! I love all the pics….Katelyn is something else.. so talented!!

  36. Leslie reply

    Gorgeous photos, TONS of LOVE in them!

  37. Dita reply

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! You all are adorable! The background is gorgeous. I wish you both the best!

  38. Sharron Lane reply

    What lovely pictures! You two make a beautiful couple. You will always remember this time.

  39. Karleigh reply

    The pictures are great!!!! I am so happy for you two!

  40. Linsey Reynolds reply

    Amazing pictures Katelyn! Amanda & Mike, I am so excited for you both and wish you nothing but happiness!<3

  41. Cody reply

    These pictures are fantastic! Mike and Amanda deserve all the best.

  42. Lindsay reply

    Aww! These are terribly cute! The scenery is beautiful as well!

  43. Cindy reply

    Loved the pics! Very cute couple and look very much in love. Best of luck to both of you!

  44. Janet Albright reply

    Wow – Fantastic Photos! Best wishes to both of you.

  45. Kari reply

    Pics are beautiful!! What a wonderful background. Do you ever make it out to California?

  46. Jane Brannan reply

    Love the pictures of Mike and Amanda! Great shots and location! I went to school with Amandas mom.

  47. Andrew reply

    I love them it is awesome yall r perfect

  48. Mike Hedgepeth reply

    I would like to go along like my bride-to-be before me and say thank you all for your comments, we had a blast that day! Even if it was cold, I couldn’t really feel it (Amanda could, though; she’s tiny hahaha). Katelyn, thank you so much for bumping into my fiance at Jackie and Jason’s wedding! These pics are perfect!

  49. Carissa reply

    oh wow, these pictures are GORGEOUS! i love all of your different perspectives!!!! and gosh what a cute couple. i’ve got you bookmarked now!! :)

  50. Francis Bailey reply

    The pictures are great, i love them. Andrea, your daughter is so pretty. I can see she loves her boots. i have some boots i love that much as well. I hope she gets her free portrait.

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  52. Dora May reply

    These are spectacular pictures! I felt like I was looking at a spread in Southern Living magazine about a happy couple in a beautiful location.

  53. Kenny Sumner reply

    Congratulations, Andrea!! I really enjoyed looking through these and seeing how happy they are, and then knowing how happy you and your husband must be, as well.

  54. Robin reply

    Great Pictures I especially like the black and whites

  55. Kim Blankenship reply

    Love the black and whites! Amanda is so beautiful!

  56. MAAAAA reply

    I love the pictures – beautiful work! Katelyn James is an artist! Of course, the subject is a little special to us! Love you guys! xox

  57. Debi Kidd Payne reply

    Love the photo’s excellent choice of course I am bias as I love lighthouses.

  58. Kelly M. reply

    These are amazing!! :)Amanda you are beyond beautiful and Mike looks handsome as well!! Oh..and Miss Khloe is cute as well!!! You did such an amazing job capturing how incredibly happy this couple is! YAY!!!

  59. Beau reply

    You guys look very handsome :) Can’t wait for the wedding!

  60. E-Dawg reply

    Having known Amanda since 9th grade, I must say – you’ve captured her spirit – her joi de vivre! She’s so very special and you were somehow able to channel that onto a 2 dimensional medium. I’m so grateful for your talent!

  61. Pat reply

    Awesome pics! Look like album covers for a country music star! Beautiful couple, beautiful pics! I’m sure the wedding photos will be just as spectacular!

  62. Kat Olson reply

    You guys make an adorable couple! Fantastic pix!

  63. Brooke Huley reply

    GREAT scenery, I can’t even pick my favorite photos!! Hope your wedding planning is going well–I look forward to Wedding Wednesday every week! :)

  64. caroline reply

    well dang. so much fun! i like the ones with the pier and wood in the background

  65. Ashley Crisp reply

    These are the best pictures I have seen in a long time!!!!

  66. Ashley Crisp reply

    The BEST pictures I have seen in a long time.

  67. Shelly reply

    great photos! wonderful couple! :)

  68. Darrell Templin reply

    You guys are so beautiful. I love, love, love these pics. I’m so happy for the two of you!

  69. Nikki Wood reply

    What amazing photos!!! Congratulations :D

  70. Ginger Leonard reply

    Amanda is a jewel! I don’t know Mike, but I’m sure he knows how lucky he is.

  71. Kelly Falk reply

    Your pics are beautiful! If these are any preview for your wedding! They are gonna be awesome too! Congrats :)

  72. Nicole Delaney reply

    These pictures are amazing!! You look so beautiful, Amanda…and y’all look very happy!! Enjoy your wedding :)

  73. Nichole reply

    These photos are some of the best engagement photos I’ve ever seen. Especially the dip shot! <3

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  75. Brenda reply

    AMAZING PHOTOS!! I’ve known Amanda for a little bit and these are so her. Bright, fun filled and so in love! Congratulations you two!

  76. Thomas Noakes reply

    Congrats you two, awesome pictures!

  77. Jessica reply

    Gorgeous as always. Love these pictures! They all completely capture the love you two have for each other.. they are absolutely beautiful. I only hope that we can all find a love like the two of you have!

  78. Briana reply

    in love with them mike and amanda! totally captured you all beautifully! and if anyone deserves a large print displaying perfect love its you two!

  79. Christina reply


    I absolutely LOVE the pictures and they look amazing; 1) because you are clearly very taltented and 2) because they are my gorgeous, so-much-in-love-it-is-contagious friends and I can’t wait to take part in your wedding!! Kately, How do you feel about travelling to the UK to take my wedding pictures? (Don’t get too excited because he STILL hasn’t popped the question, but if I can’t get you here, we’ll just have to come to you! I seriously love your work!!)

    Lots of love,
    Christina (super excited Maid of Honor!!)

  80. Heather Leaser reply

    WOW those pictures are great Amanda you look absolutly stunning in everyone of them. i love the one with your eyes just showing how big and pretty they are.

  81. Kitty Hedgepeth reply

    Loved all of the photos, but my favorite was the one of the puppy chasing Mike … all you can see is his foot as he runs out of the frame.

  82. Cati reply

    WOW :) Best pictures I’ve seen, I think!!!

  83. Melanie Spencer reply

    I love all of these photos, they really capture the personality of these two kids. They are apart of a few of the greatest people I know and I am so glad that they are getting married and are going to have a wonderful life. Pictures like these make me realize we’re growing up! danggit!! hahahaha!~

    My favorite one is probably the one with them dipping

  84. Nancy McDonald reply

    Loved the photos!!!!
    You two make a great couple!! Congratulations.

  85. Jessie reply

    I love how all of the colors meshed so well with the background and their outfits…mainly her dress! Gorgeous!

  86. johnna brynn reply

    great job, girl! whoa, i’m the 86th comment. u go girl.

  87. Jasmine reply

    These pictures are amazing. You guys are so adorable.

  88. wayne reply

    wow, you are so lucky to have Mike. if you didn’t I would snatch him quicker than 2 shakes of a lamb’s tail. GREAT PICS!

  89. Brenna reply

    yall are soooooo cute :o) the big day is almost here!! congrats!

  90. Unni reply

    I love your pictures. You two are adorable.

  91. Pauline reply

    Wonderful pictures, I loved the locations and how relaxed and in love they both look.

  92. Meredith Cofield reply

    The pictures are amazing! They absolutely capture Amanda and Mike and the best of the Outer Banks!

  93. Robyn reply

    I used to work with Amanda at Max & Erma’s and couldn’t be happier for her. I have never personally met Mike but I can tell from these pictures that he treats Amanda like the amazing girl she is…I am so happy for the both of them, these pictures are amazing!

  94. Trey Allen reply

    Congrats on getting engaged amanda….wish you both the best

  95. MattyHilpeth reply

    OMG OMG OMG OMG yal are SOOOOO CUTE!!! I just wanna eat you like a bowl of ice cream. Good pictures, nay, EXCELLENT PICTURES!!! Call me!

  96. Sigridlauren reply

    I am beyond happy for the two of you!! You guys look absolutely brilliant and I wish you all smiles & magic. Love, Sig

  97. seanne reply

    what a gorgeous shoot of two gorgeous people. kudos!

  98. Michael reply

    Wow! These are phenomenal! Congratulations!

  99. caitlin reply

    wow sooo pretty!!

  100. j reply

    wow awesome! i luv it

  101. alex briggs reply

    hey it’s seanne’s boyfriend, i’ve been recruited haha. love the pictures though! congrats!

  102. alex davenport reply

    Great photos guys! nice selection on the locations! outer banksssssss!

  103. Brittany reply

    I love them Amanda! Kissing on the dock is my fav!

  104. Amanda Aprile reply

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple at a beautiful location. It’s nice to see pictures of real life true love.

  105. Debbie reply

    Loved the pictures!

  106. Brooke Snow reply

    WOWSERS!!!!! Those shots are so fabulous! My favorite is the sepia tone bridge shot! Such fabulous composition! You are fabulous! Keep it up!

  107. Cindy reply

    Wonderful pictures!

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  109. Kim Faison reply

    Your pictures are wonderful and taken at one of my favorite places to be.

  110. Kathy Davis reply

    Beautiful pictures!!!!

  111. Stacy reply

    Amanda, Mike… these pictures are beautiful!!! You guys are so great together! Hope to see yall soon! :)

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  113. Matty Brunner reply

    Yall are so cute!

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