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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...

Sam + Katie | Engaged

This session is VERY special to me. It’s actually hard to even believe that I’m typing these words, but I knew that this day would come. I actually prayed for this day many many times. You see, I’ve known Katie P since we first moved to Richmond 7 years ago and Michael took a job as a youth pastor. Katie was only a rising Sophomore, and she was one of the most reliable girls in the group. If I needed help with worship team stuff, she was there. If we needed a leader for something, she was the first person we thought to call.

How to Overcome the Biggest Lie about Light

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I’ve heard it so many times over the course of my 10+ years in business. However, there was one remark that will forever be etched into my memory. I was shooting a wedding at a beautiful country club, and while I was frantically trying to capture as many portraits as possible during golden hour, I was struggling to place the light in the right place. It was about that exact time that a wedding guest walking into the reception (carrying his own DSLR) stopped and shouted “Those portraits would be way better if you used a flash?!” Yea. Yikes. Not only did I question what I was doing, but I also cringed at the thought that one of my couple’s friend’s publicly humiliated me in front of them!!!

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