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Hi there! i’m katelyn.

Hello, and welcome to the KJ Blog! I'm Katelyn James, and my husband Michael and I are a wedding photography team based in Richmond, Virginia. We hope you grab some coffee (or a diet coke, in my case) and enjoy viewing our latest work, browsing resources for photographers, and getting a little peek into our life!  Read more...

James + Lauren | Married

Lauren emailed us all the way back in the fall of 2017 about her anniversary session. I knew from the very beginning that this shoot was so important to her. She shared that she and James got married very young and now they were getting ready to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. Well, a lot of life happened for us after that email was sent and Lauren patiently waited until 2019 for her shoot. We met James and Lauren on Monument Avenue in downtown Richmond last Friday for their anniversary session and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!! Almost no humidity and it wasn’t blazing hot!

Graham’s Newborn Portraits

  • By: Emily Gerald Photography

Can I just say, it is so much fun to have your portraits done when you’re a photographer yourself! It’s SO good for us to feel what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera. I asked Emily Gerald (a dear friend, past KJ Bride and incredible birth/newborn photographer) if we could hire her to do Graham’s newborn portraits and she said yes immediately! I was 1. relieved… because I had waited until the last minute to plan this and 2. So excited to have portraits done with both of my babies. When you lose a baby, there are little things that sting a little deeper than others. For me, I had envisioned getting to have beautiful portraits with Evy and Baby James before we knew how sick he was.


Photographers…. don’t we just love the “glow”? It’s the best! When the sun is low and the light is golden, it’s a recipe for perfect portraits. However, it’s not always easy to find the EXACT angle or the EXACT approach to the light to get the look the look that you want. If you’re angled too far in one direction, your image will be too hazy. If you’re angled too far in the other direction, you’ll have harsh light hitting your client’s face. It’s a very delicate balance!! It can also be a very frustrating balance. I don’t know if there is anything MORE frustrating during a shoot than KNOWING you could have incredible images but not knowing how to get them!

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