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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...

FREE TRAINING VIDEO : Three Tips for a Wedding Day

  • A Sneak Peek into Our Wedding Days from KJ All Access

Any wedding photographer would agree that our situations and obstacles change at every single wedding day. No wedding day is alike and in all of the 300+ weddings that I have photographed, I have always been challenged in a new way! Whether it’s working with personalities that are different from mine or dealing with rain or a stressful timeline, I always find myself GROWING with each wedding that I photograph!!! That’s how it should be. The more work we do, the more we improve!! …. However….

Helping Others Understand

  • Helping a Friend Through a Fatal Fetal Diagnosis & Stillbirth

I have so many blog posts started in my head. I have so much from our recent season of life that I want to share. However, life hasn’t really slowed down since we lost James back on May 1st, 2018. On August 1st 2018, I became pregnant with our third baby. I found out that this little boy existed on August 13th and it has honestly been a blur the last seven months. Getting pregnant just three months after a stillbirth isn’t something that every woman in my situation would find healing… but in my life, this has been the greatest gift and a huge part of our redemption story. It hasn’t come without fear or nervousness. There has been plenty of that…. but there has also been a whole lot of beautiful healing and restoration in my heart. I can see that as I look back over the last 10 months of my life. I’m in a new season and I survived an unimaginable season. 

The Best Images of 2018

  • Highlighting my favorite images from this past year!

You may be wondering “Um Katelyn, it’s almost March and you’re doing a “Best of 2018” post? Yes…. yes I am. Why? Because I was scrolling through my portfolio gallery and was just so thankful for all of these amazing couples, and I wanted to show them off again. These couples aren’t just normal couples for us. They walked through an incredibly hard year with us and were more gracious and kind and understanding than we could have ever hoped for. Some of them had to reschedule engagement sessions last spring because I was pregnant with James longer than the doctors anticipated.

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