Intentionally natural memories for families who value genuinely joyful moments

Pennsylvania Family Photographer creating

You should enjoy family photos. 

You created this beautiful life for you, your partner & your kids.  Why not document every chapter?
Too often mamas get stressed their kid won't behave or it will feel stiff and awkward. 

I say, let's do something different. 
Let's make it a fun experience.

My style of family photography is genuine and intentional. 
Think placement & play with lots of belly laughs. 

So go head. Get excited. Celebrate this chapter.
Live in the present. 

Lifestyle Portraits

Refreshing the family photos, welcoming a new pet, expecting mamas, newborn photos, graduation, self-love, boudoir - you name it, I'm down for the ride while documenting your story in an authentically tasteful style. 

Hey babes, I'm em

I will never stop being grateful for the beautiful humans who have invited me into their most exciting yet vulnerable chapters of life. Growing up in Chambersburg, PA most of my life I've always had some sort of camera in hand, and photographing weddings & families professionally for 5 years now. I am here for YOUR story. The new love flutters, the big day, the newborn scrunches, the baby snuggles, the little fingers and toes, and all the moments in between that uniquely tell the story of YOU. 

I love every part of this job. Meeting amazing souls & creating unforgettable moments for them to relive is an actual DREAM come true ya'll. I have never felt more myself than when I am behind the camera interacting with the couple or family but also taking moments to step back and let them fully experience their wedding day or time together as a family. This is your story & I want you to be able to relive every beautiful moment we have together. 

Welcoming Baby

Bringing a child into the world is overwhelming enough-  the last thing your brain thinks about is scheduling maternity, newborn, and monthly photos, trust me, I get it mama! But the reality is, the number one regret I hear new parents have is not fully documenting the first year of their babes. They change SO much, so quickly. That's why I've created packages custom to new parents to let them relax a little & soak up each beautiful chapter of their babes while reliving it for years to come.

"Em has the ability to capture someone's story and pure emotions in photos easily while having fun.
I've never had an entire gallery of photos I love quite like this."

Weddings & Elopements

You've spent years dreaming about it, endless hours planning it- Your wedding day goes by so quickly & I've had brides tell me the photos are the only way they were able to remember (or even see) a moment of their wedding day they cherish deeply. I help my couples plan prior to & ensure they can kick back, relax and enjoy the day of their dreams. 

Need help picking your outfits for family photos?

I got you covered, mama! I share my simple system to know what to look for when choosing the best outfits for family photos. Use this to get the inspiration  flowing for your own outfits.Every session with me comes with a call to determine your style and a customized style board for you to easily put together the most photogenic outfits easily. 

“She made it so easy & relaxed with 4 kids. She made it fun and made all of us comfortable in front of the camera.  ”

Emily did a family/newborn session in our home. She made it so easy & relaxed with 4 kids. She made it fun and made all of us comfortable in front of the camera. She had previews to us within a few days and our whole gallery was available in a week! I love them and I am so glad we had this opportunity to use her for these lifetime memories. 

- Carrie & Family

"Working with her has been a dream. The engagement shoot was so much fun, and absolutely stress-free."

I fell in love with Em Katrina's photography style scrolling facebook. She has the ability to capture someones story, and emotion in pictures easily. Booking her for our wedding was a no brainer. Working with her has been a dream. The engagement shoot was so much fun, and absolutely stress free. Her production of our pictures was outrageously fast and I've never had an entire delivery of pictures I loved quite like this. There is not a bad picture in the whole album. I can't recommend enough.

- Abby & Jeremy

“Em is amazing to work with. She was not only easy to book, but communicates with you through out the whole process. ”

Em is amazing to work with. From suggesting locations, wardrobe styles that would work best, to providing direction during your session, I know sometimes it can a little awkward standing in front of the camera, and time frame of when you'll receive your images. She captures beautiful moments with direction and a little bit of candidness that gives each image a unique flare. I look forward to booking her again!

- Evelin

“Em is super creative and artistic with her shots, but is also amazing at staging the more typical poses. ”

Em is just incredible to work with! She makes you feel not only comfortable in front of the camera, but she also makes you feel confident! She will be your hype girl during the entire session and make sure that you’re having a great time. Em is super creative and artistic with her shots, but is also amazing at staging the more typical poses. We had such a fun time with her that even my fiancé said he was super excited to see the results, which we LOVED! We so look forward to working with Em again and highly recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent photographer who will make you feel beautiful (even on the hottest, super humid days lol)

- Fallon & Seth

“Everything about the photoshoot was so
easy with Em.  ”

She was so personable, even in directing us for the poses that the entire process felt easy and comfortable. Even with the puppy, she was so at ease with capturing the puppy energy, rather than forcing the puppy to behave any particular way.

Then the photos we received were GORGEOUS. I'm so excited for when we get the photos printed and framed for our house. They'll be perfect! I love how much her photos express just how exuberant our puppy is as well as the love my fiance and I have for each other and our little family.

- The Westermann-Weller Family

“Wow. I cannot begin to say enough about Emily!”

Her demeanor and bubbly personality made us feel so comfortable during our photo shoot. She made us feel at home and oh-my-WORD her skills 😍 The way she edits the shots just blows my mind! She is a flipping genius and I seriously cannot recommend her enough!

- Maggie & Family


you are worth celebrating.
you are worth remembering.
No matter what season you're in. 
let's wrap this moment in a photo as the best gift to your future self.

I value every inquiry I receive and want to ensure we are the best fit for each other. 
Use the short & sweet form below to tell me a little about you, your wildest idea and ask me any questions you have. Or as the Spice Girls say in my fave song

Tell me what ya want, what ya really really want

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❁ Informational guides with what to wear, helpful tips to prepare, and location recommendations

❁ Personalized & well-planned sessions to uniquely tell each story 

❁ Fun props & games for kids during photos 

❁ Access to high-quality pieces from client closet 

❁ How easy it is to get family photos with kids & pets! 

Things my clients LOVE:

The studio space

All photo sessions include access to The Tayem Photo Co. studio located along Route 30 in Chambersburg, PA in a converted historical carriage house. My bestie & I collaborated to create this studio space not only for our use but also to be a resource to other local photographers who need an indoor space to create. 

The space has exposed brick, modern industrial features, and ample like from our large windows spanning the entire downstairs. With three levels of unique, simple sets.

Offering a variety of backdrop colors, lifestyle sets, and creative freedom to create one-of-a-kind portrait session!

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