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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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  • The "Love Shots" Contest

Last year I started something I like to call the “Love Shots” contest. Basically, I love my couples and I love spoiling them with fun things like CANVASES!! As you all know, Valentines Day falls on a Monday this year….this coming Monday….like two days from now! Ah! This contest will end at midnight on Valentine’s day. By using the poll at the bottom of the post, blog readers can vote for their top 3 FAVORITE LOVE SHOTS! All weddings that I have shot since LAST Valentine’s Day are included in the contest!  The top 3 couples with the most votes will each win a FREE CANVAS of their favorite wedding portrait! Wooohoo!!!!

Hermitage Hill Farm Wedding

  • Manny + Alison | Part II

about shooting a friend’s wedding is that you get to REALLY be a part of the experience. When you go to a friend’s wedding, you normally only get to say hello at the reception and give them a big hug… but when you’re photographing a friend’s wedding… you get to be a part of the whole wedding day and that is such an honor. I got to help Ali and her wonderful bridemaids set up reception details (heaven for me!), I was there when she was getting her hair done, I watched her see her husband for the first time on her wedding day and I got to capture their first moments as “Husband and Wife!” after the walked out of the church. You see what I mean? Such a privilege.

Downtown Staunton Wedding

  • Manny + Alison | Part I

finished up Alison and Manny’s portraits (and I say “we” because Michael second shot with me and I love him for it!)… Michael looked at me and said…”Welp.. this is going to be a “Part 1/Part 2 for sure!”.  You see, this is “blog” language. The blog is the heartbeat of my business and so we talk about it all the time. What Michael meant by that comment was “Whoa! There are going to be a TON of money shots!! You’re going to have to post twice!”. Again… blog language. “Money Shots” refer to the shots that give me goosebumps and make me squeal after I take them….. Alison and Manny had a whole day full of “Money Shots” and I tried my best to narrow it down but about an hour ago I realized

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