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Joe + Jo(anna) = The Jo(e)’s

posted by Kelly

There is nothing more exciting then when someone you are related to falls in love and gets engaged. Back in early fall Ryan’s brother, Joe, asked his amazing girlfriend, Joanna, for her hand in marriage. Not only do we love Joanna, we love Joanna for Joe! She truly brings out the best in him. They are genuine and sincere and open to God’s guidance and refinement in their lives.

Joe is one of Ryan’s younger brothers and the talented lead photographer and owner of Snap Photography in Washington D.C. He has also helped me out BIG TIME each time I was on maternity leave shooting in my stead. Ryan and Joe are quite a presence at 6’6” and 6’5”…you can’t miss them!

As an early wedding gift, Ryan and I decided to give them an engagement shoot at a location of their choice. Seeing as DC is their current home and holds many sentimental spots around town, it was only fitting we came to their turf.

It was a BLUSTERY cold New Years Eve but we all toughed it out on the outdoor shoot and then defrosted once we moved into the AMAZING National Building Museum for some more refined shots.

Joe and Jo, we are beyond thrilled at the union that God has brought together. We love you both and enjoyed our stay with you (without the kiddos…bonus!). Your wedding in March will be a true celebration. Blessings.

We started our shoot where everything started for them….a kiss in an alleyway behind Joanna’s old row house.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joanna is crazy photogenic! Those amazing green eyes and eyelashes, perfect teeth….a photographer’s dream.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe liked it so he put a ring on it…..oh oh oh, oh oh oh ohoh…..

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

This picture has nothing to do with their shoot except that it is hilarious. Ryan and Joe’s oldest brother Dan was also visiting over the holidays and he was filming our photo shoot but in this picture he looks like someone creepy behind me.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

This is one of Joe’s favorite pictures of Joanna.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

This is one of Joanna’s favorite pictures of Joe…..he is actually leaning over to give her a kiss and Ryan tactfully took the opportunity to shoot a “flattering” angle.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

These two have a slew of jumping photos over their period of dating. I love the one all the way to the right. Joe totally faked Joanna out…solo flight.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

My favorite jumping shot of the day, nice ups.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

We moved down the street to a local coffee house they frequent, Big Bear. The coffee shop was already closed but they were really cool to open it up and let us come in and shoot for a few minutes.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joanna’s beautiful aquamarine engagement ring, so unique, just like her.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

So we walked in the front door of the National Building Museum and my jaw hit the floor. Ummmmm….not too shabby, not too shabby at all. This place is gorgeous! Joe and Joanna kicked it up a notch on there outfits and we transitioned into some more sassy shots.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Superhero pose….Joanna getting her dance jam on.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

They busted out a some old school “Kid-n-Play” dance moves for us.

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

Had to end with another jump shot!

Joe and Jo(anna) Engagement- Washington, DC New Years Eve Shoot

11 Responses

Amy Martin says:

January 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm

That was the mother of all blog posts! :) Great pics… I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in March! woohoo!!

Dikola says:

January 3, 2009 at 8:41 pm

First…Joanna is GORGEOUS!!!! The ring is GORGEOUS! I love this photo shoot. Love the one of Joe looking down at her and her looking right at the camera in their coats. LOVE the kissing scene in the beautiful building. Love the colors…Love it all! Congrats to Joe and Joanna and the Portnoy’s on a really beautiful shoot! We go sailing tomorrow on a 36 ft boat and would love a great family shot..boo hiss that you’re not closer!

Abby says:

January 3, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Gorgeous. They are an adorable couple, and I love their natural, retro vibe!

Now - can I adopt you guys as MY pseudo-in-laws? What a GREAT gift!

Elizabeth says:

January 4, 2009 at 2:04 am

WOW. What a wicked-awesome shoot. Joanna - amazing legs, girl. Congratulations to the Jo’s

Clifton Griffin says:

January 4, 2009 at 10:19 am

Fantastic. Great use of colors. (As always.)

Alexis Rice says:

January 4, 2009 at 10:41 am

So I was looking at the pics of “Joe and Jo” and well, they’re terrible. No, I’m kidding. Can I just say that the entire shoot looks like an Anthropologie catalog? And furthermore, I want your red coat with the fur collar. :) It’s divine.

leigh miller says:

January 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm

i love how you captured their personalities! great work!

The Latest Clicks by Kellan Studios » Blog Archive » The Brides Cafe says:

January 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm

[…] Go check out The Brides Cafe featuring Ryan’s brother Joe and his fiance, Joanna’s, e-session. […]

Off the radar at Filtering Life says:

January 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

[…] We have been featured on The Brides Cafe!!!! Whoo hooo……this is such an awesome, well known and respected bridal planning blog. They are featuring our New Years Eve shoot of Ryan’s brother, Joe and his fiance Joanna. […]

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March 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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February 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm

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