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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...

January 2013 | Crystal, Erin, Judith, Christy & Elizabeth

  • Coaching

one thing that photographers, for the most part, really don’t LOVE to do… and that’s get on the other side of the camera!! Every time I have a coaching session and we’re finishing lunch, I announce, “Ok, time for some headshots!” and the girls just give me a look like “Oh no, not that part!”.  No one is excited about the portraits!!! …. And I totally understand why. As photographers, we are SO comfortable BEHIND that camera. The thought of us being in front of a camera ia terrifying!! Oh the irony!! Aren’t we the ones who are suppose to make our clients FEEL amazing during their shoot? And yet we HATE having our own pictures taken?

The Key to Moving Forward

  • Anxiety vs. Ambition

so many things changing for us and the business. Having a full time partner is amazing… and challenging. I’ve done this for 4 years on my own… and I’m MORE than willing to share the load!! …. But we’re still figuring out what that is going to look like. Our schedules are finally getting a little bit back to normal and that means that we’re ready to sit down and plan out this new phase of life together. What will our mornings look like? What will our responsibilities look like? What big projects should we attempt first? When are our work hours?  How many weddings can we commit to in 2013 since we’re a team now?

Bridal Shoot at Tuckahoe Plantation

  • Blythe's Bridals

this before and I’ll say it again, bridals are a lot of fun!! No stress, no time limit…. it’s just me, my brides and their closest friend or family.  Blythe brought her mom and sister along for her shoot and I’m always so thankful to have another set of hands! We walked around the beautiful grounds of Tuckahoe Plantation and followed the golden light.  We had a beautiful day for this. The temperature was bearable, the sun was shining and we had the venue to ourselves! Blythe couldn’t have been more stunning and I’m so thankful she was willing to do some crazy things in her dress!! I mean, standing in a barn with a dirt floor and


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