Elaine & Brandon | Engagement Session

County Line Orchard + Indiana Dunes State Park

The hour long home video showed a tiny 3 year old me, and a slightly less tiny 5 year old Elaine, running in circles and chasing each other around the front room of our childhood home in Indiana. My family watches this video occasionally and laughs at how cute we are, and how tirelessly I chase after my older sister Elaine. For those of you who are the little sister of someone, you likely understand the unwavering desire to awe, impress, and care for your older sister. I’ve felt this since I was 3, before I even had the time to formulate any other memories. 

One of the most cherished moments I will ever hold in my life was being able to be the one to photograph my sister’s engagement to sweet, goofy Brandon. Nearly 7 years ago, they came in the door on a cool, Autumn night when I was 14 and announced to everyone in the kitchen that they were going to start dating. Truly, I didn’t think it would last a week. But in just over a year on the day after their anniversary of Brandon asking Elaine to be his girlfriend, they'll start counting the anniversary of the day she said yes to being his wife.

I know it makes Brandon uncomfortable when I cry (sorry bud), but I'm already choked up at the thought that this moment is finally arriving for them. Not like he isn't already, but I'm so excited to welcome Brandon into our family officially. Their engagement session was an incredible, romantic, and endlessly endearing look into the love these two have built. From County Line Apple Orchard where they went after their first high school dance together, to the beach in honor of where Brandon asked her the question she couldn't wait to hear, I hope this day means as much to them both as it did to me.

Congrats Elaine & Brandon, and I'll see you next October. ;)




Katharine Hannah

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.