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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...

Behind the Scenes | 2019

  • The Real Life of a Wedding Photographer

I feel like this Behind the Scenes post could mostly just be a “BTS of Michael” post because he’s in the majority of the images. I had a lot of things stacked against me showing up in the majority of the BTS post this year. 1. I had a baby just weeks before our season began and the LAST thing I want is to see pictures of myself from bad angles when I’m still working on the baby-weight situation! 2. When we’re working on a wedding day AND filming a wedding day for our KJ ALL ACCESS students, it’s easy for BTS shots to get overlooked! There is so much going on! and 3. We are only shooting ten weddings a year and so there aren’t a bazillion opportunities to capture BTS like there used to be when we were shooting 35+ weddings a year!

Best of 2019

  • Wedding & Engagement Pictures

I remember being so worried that when I had kids and didn’t shoot 30+ weddings a year that I would lose my touch as a photographer and I would never create work that I was really proud of! It’s an interesting experience to have done a craft for over 10 years and to have the skills to capture what I hope to capture…. and yet force myself to think beyond what I know works and be creative!

Graham’s Seventh Month

This is the month that Graham decided that he wasn’t happy to just be sitting. It was frustrating to him watch Harper move and crawl and get wherever she wanted to go. He would sit and flap his arms up and down as hard as he could almost as if he was trying to fly. Poo guy! It’s tough being the youngest out of the whole crew! Graham’s 7th month included a big trip out to Arizona. His Aunt Emy went with us because this conference is where we get to see so many of our students and I need to be as present as possible while we’re there. It was such a gift to have Emy there! I didn’t document that trip on my DSLR but I did make sure that there are plenty of iPhone memories in the family Chatbooks!

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