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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...

Why I’m Obsessed with my 85mm

  • 3 Benefits of the 85mm 1.4 & Tips for Using It

I have heard so much in my career from other photographers that the 85mm is just NOT a great lens to use on wedding days. Really, a lot of photographers don’t love this lens in general! Why? Well, I believe that they don’t full understand it…. because when you truly grasp what this lens can do, it’s life-changing!!! You may think I’m being dramatic but this is my go-to, sweet spot, top-favorite lens that I own!! I use it at EVERY shoot and EVERY wedding and I’m truly obsessed with it!

Graham’s 11th Month

I have one more of these posts. One. How is that even possible. My little guy is going to be ONE next month and I wish I could say that I’m planning a big first birthday for him but I’m not. I can’t! COVID-19 has struck and it has struck HARD. We’ve been quarantined at home for weeks now and we have no idea when it’s going to end. I’m thankful for our home, our family and that we have land where the kids can run around and really not feel the affects of this at all.

Thriving instead of just Surviving

  • Resources for Our Season of Uncertainty

This honesty feels like nothing else that I have ever experienced before in my life. The isolation, the worry and the unknown remind me of when we were in the process of losing Baby James but other than that, I can’t remember a time that felt so strange. I started writing a massive blog past last Thursday that mentioned fun toddler activities, how to get more stuff done and light heartedly telling the story of Michael searching for toilet paper…. but today, I deleted all of it.

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