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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...

A Southern Hotel Roanoke Wedding

  • Robert + Ashley

The room was buzzing with chatter and excitement when I walked in. I always love it when bridesmaids come up and introduce themselves before I have a chance to because it’s just so welcoming! True southern charm! That could have been the overarching theme of this wedding day. From the coordinator to the parents of the bride and groom to the bridal party… everyone was so sweet and welcomed Michael and I with open arms. We absolutely loved this wedding day. The more time I spend around Ashley, the more I adore her. Not only is she radiant and beautiful on the outside but she has a heart of gold and Robert is one blessed man! These two met when Ashley’s family moved to Virginia over ten years ago and man has time flown by! Ashley’s dad toasted to the happy couple right before dinner and explained that it seems like yesterday that this little blonde boy showed up at their house.

A Trendy Maternity Shoot

  • Jim + Chyrie | Everyday

those that follow us regularly know that this post is a little out of the norm. I’m not a portrait photographer… I wish I could do ALL types of photography but I have come to realize that it was a super smart business decision to become a specialist in “Weddings” 4 years ago. However, I still love being able to use photography as a way to bless our friends!! I could go buy our expecting friends something off of their registry but a little maternity shoot would be way more fun!! Jim and Chyrie are expecting their first baby in July! We cannot WAIT to welcome little baby Sell into the world and I’m so thankful that despite their busy schedule and ours,

How Do You Have so Much Portrait Time?!

  • Ask Anything

Once Wedding season begins, we get flooded with the same question over and over again…. “How do you have time for SO many portraits on a wedding day?!”. It’s taken me a few years to really grasp how we run our business and our wedding days differently from other photographers that allows us to accomplish this. When photographers would ask us how we were able to accomplish so much in such a little amount of time, my first response was “I guess I just shoot really fast!”. Ha! That’s not a helpful answer… and it’s not the full truth. There are several other contributing factors!!

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