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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...

Christian + Amanda | Engaged

  • A William & Mary Campus Engagement Session

We have officially entered a season of our life where we feel old! I knew this day would come and I actually remember HOPING that this day would come 5-7 years ago when Michael was a full time youth pastor and I was really close to the kids… especially the girls. I remember thinking “You know, I hope one day down the road I’ll get a text or an email when these girls are all grown up and are engaged!” I remember that thought crossing my mind several times when I envisioned what our life would look like down the road. It’s so exciting that that season is HERE!!!

Ryan + Amy | Engaged

  • A Waterfront Sailboat Engagement Shoot

I remember being really young and traveling up to Maine on a vacation with Amy and her family. The Cravens are the ones who introduced us to racing lobsters on the deck before cooking and eating them! ha! We may have only had one trip with them but those memories will forever be something that we love to reminisce about. Fast forward over a decade and I was just starting my business at CNU. Amy came to CNU as well, and we met up here and there! Since I remember Amy as a little girl with bright blonde curls and a spunky personality, it seems so crazy that I just took her engagement portraits!!

When you have to cancel a wedding

  • Ask Anything

So what do you do when life throws you a curve ball and you can’t fulfill your responsibilities as a wedding photographer? Sadly, this is the wedding season where some of my worst photographer fears came true. I’ve NEVER had to back away from a wedding until this year. I’ve always worried about what would happen if I physically could not shoot a wedding. What would my clients say? What would my backup plan be? Who would take my place?

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