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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...

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New York City Engagement

  • Matt + Clare | Engaged | Part I


where to start.  I was THRILLED when Clare commented on the blog for the first time… MANY months ago. Then I was even more excited when she emailed me exclaiming that she was ENGAGED! ….. But then it got even better! Clare and I were looking at some dates for their engagement session to be done in Richmond. Clare and Matt live in NYC but are getting married in Richmond so they would be down in VA every now and then for wedding planning appointments. It made sense to shoot here…. but then I had a crazy idea and after running it past Michael, I asked Clare if we could come to THEM!





Bridal Parties Love Shadows

  • Wedding Wednesday

there is SO much to think about when you’re planning a wedding. Cake, colors, favors, vendors, invites… the list is HUGE! I retweeted someone yesterday who mentioned that there is an average of 43 businesses used to make one wedding happen. WOW. That’s incredible! So much goes into planning a celebration like this and while little details can be overwhelming, it’s worth it to talk over locations, timelines and portrait details with your photographer before hand.  Most of my clients this year are opting for a First Look and I am THRILLED.  First Looks reduce stress, allow time for TONS of portraits and relax nerves like you wouldn’t believe!



Richmond Wedding Photographer | Downtown Engagement

  • John + Colleen | Engaged

bad session for me to shoot RIGHT when I’m having puppy fever! I want a puppy so badly!! Just a little one… that’s sweet and cute and furry. I pulled up to John’s house and Colleen explained that they had a yellow lab named Bubba and that her parents would be bringing Captain along to join us for some shots as well.  Little did I know that Captain would be the CUTEST little puff ball I had ever seen in my life! He’s a teacup poodle and he’s full grown. You’re not going to believe how adorable he is!! So John and Colleen are the epitome of “dog people”.

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