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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...

And How it Grew My Business

  • Being Naive

I have been reminiscing back to my college days quite often recently. I don’t know what it is but I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about when this business was just a little dream. The truth is, I was never the girl that “always dreamed of being a photographer” when she grew up. I wanted to be creative and I wanted to love my job and I wanted to have freedom. Well, 6 years later, I’m living that dream and there are some days when I don’t believe it’s true. Sometimes I have people ask me, “Did you ever imagine your business would turn into what it is today?” and my answer is normally “No way!”. However, the more I think back to my first year of shooting,

August 2013

  • The Snapshot

We have two weekends off!! It may sound like nothing but to us, it’s AH-MAZING!!! We just didn’t book for these weekends and that means we get to go on vacation with my family to Florida and take a much needed rest! We have been going non-stop since April and so this break is so needed. I’m going to do a post after vacation about how rest actually makes you desire to WORK. It’s true! But if you never rest, you never renew and refresh and you enter burnout mode. So while I am grateful for this break, my August and fall brides are really the ones who are going to benefit from it the MOST!

A Virginia Beach Sunrise Engagement

  • JR + Sarah | Engaged

are slowly becoming morning people. Michael and I have started committing to getting up early together so that we can get more done without feeling rushed AND we can have some quiet time in the morning. So basically, we’re getting up early for God. And then the only other people we would get up at the crack of dawn for is JR and Sarah! :) Sunrise shoots haven’t been my specialty in the past just because I haven’t been a morning person. HOWEVER, after JR & Sarah’s beautiful VA beach shoot at 6:30am this past Saturday, I think I could get used to them!

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