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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...

Best of Weddings 2017

  • A Year in Review

I hope I’m not the only one who thinks like this…. but as a photographer, who has had several EPIC years in business with so many shots that are still in my “Top 100” folder… sometimes I worry that I won’t be able to top them!! Sometimes I think “When will it truly be my BEST season? Will I always get better?! Will I be able to create images that I LOVE every single season?!”. I think those thoughts at the beginning of EVERY single new wedding season, and I’m happy to say, not one year has past when I haven’t ended my wedding season with images in my portfolio gallery that make me fall more in love with my job!

Behind the Scenes 2017

  • Our Real Life

Guys. I just have to be honest…. the BTS this year kinda fell off the rails. This is why I think we have fewer photos of me working behind the scenes than years past. 1. We shot fewer weddings, so naturally there are less BTS images. 2. There was a new component to this year of shooting weddings, and it’s called PUMPING. Yikes. That means more fell on Michael in the in-between moments, and we had to be on our A-game to get everything accomplished!! 3. Pumping + the Same Day Slideshow + eating dinner + drinking a ton of water so that I didn’t lose my milk supply. It was a lot! But we did it!!! We just don’t have as many behind the scenes images as past years, and that’s ok!

A Letter to the “Go-Getters”….

This blog post has been a long time coming. It’s hard to know where to start. I’ve changed, and experienced so much this past year. It’s almost too difficult to wrap my mind around who I used to be, and who I am now. I’m going to attempt it. I started my first business in high school. I loved it. The thrill of making something with a talent I had and then making money from it, and making my customers happy was just so amazing! I was involved in everything in high school. From cheerleading to NHS to Yearbook to youth group… I was busy. That was my way of life and it kept me focused on the good things of life and out of trouble.

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