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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...

Invitation Inspiration

  • Wedding Wednesday

the hard part…. picking out invitations. I remember DREADING this part of the planning process. I knew I wanted to be unique and do something different but I had NO clue how to do it! I also had no ideas for the design.  Figuring out invitations can be frustrating to someone who has never even thought about stationary before! How are brides supposed to know about “Letterpress” and how many envelopes are proper, etc. etc. (I don’t even know the envelope rule!) My invitations were very non-traditional.  After I figured out what I wanted, making it happen wasn’t too complicated.  One of my awesome brides just

Richmond Wedding Photographer | Classic Bridal Portraits

  • Emily's Bridals

bridal sessions! Normally, if a bride opts for a bridal session, they have also done an engagement session and so by the time the wedding comes around, I have worked with the bride on two different occasions.  This makes a HUGE difference on the wedding day. I get to know the bride so much more and show up to the wedding knowing what poses she likes most and how to make her feel most comfortable…. and every bride wants that on her wedding day. Trust me.  Emily and John were married on Saturday and I absolutely loved being there.  After engagements and then Em’s bridal session with her and her mom, I felt like I was a part of the family!

Nautical Engagement Session | Newport News Photographer

  • Daniel + Kimberly | Engaged

story is so different but yet so perfect for them.  Kimberly emailed me a few weeks ago about an engagement session and as she typed her first email to me, she couldn’t help but share how Daniel proposed and how amazing he was and EXCITED SHE WAS! There were a lot of exclamation marks!  Daniel is in the Air Force and because of his deployment schedule and her work schedule, they hadn’t seen each other very much lately…. and I know how hard that is. When Michael lived in North Carolina and I saw him once a month…..torture. However! I think Kimberly would agree that Daniel made up for their

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