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Hello and welcome to The Blog! I’m Katelyn James and I’m a Virginia + Destination Wedding Photographer based in Richmond, VA. Sit back, grab some coffee ( or my personal favorite, Diet Mountain Dew!) and enjoy viewing my latest work, meeting my fabulous clients and getting a little peek into my own life! I’m so excited that you stopped by! You can also view recent features right here! >>

Brad + Katie | Engaged

A Country Engagement Shoot | Riverside on the Potomac
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Sometimes

couples pick venues that are convenient and within budget but aren’t completely “their style”. That’s just how it happens sometimes. However, every now and then we have a couple that is a PERFECT match for their venue! Brad and Katie are one of those couples. They met us BRIGHT and early for a sunrise shoot at their wedding venue a few days ago. Riverside on the Potomac is a gorgeous venue outside of Leesburg, Virginia and we love it! The barn, the view, the historic house and cabins… it’s amazing! After getting to know these two and learning about what they love and who they are,

Adam + Sarah

A Gold and Red Ballroom Wedding | Winchester, Virginia Photographer
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She

emailed me months and months ago with a question about her dress! Sarah’s email said something along the lines of “So, I think I may have a GOLD wedding dress! Will that photograph well?!” Um, YES!!!! I love bold wedding decisions like this! Sarah wanted something that wasn’t super traditional and so she did her own thing and it turned out beautifully!!! I was in love with the look of this this gold wedding gown! The back of it was to die for and the color tied in perfectly to the theme of this evening ballroom wedding. One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing Adam’s reaction to the dress! She knew that there was a slight chance that he may not love this bold move but that wasn’t the case. He flipped out! As soon as he saw her, he was obsessed and in awe.

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ONA Bag Review | The Capri

I Finally Have a New Camera Bag!!!
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I have

needed a new camera bag for engagement sessions for a LONG time. My old one worked but the edges were peeling up and the way it carried on my shoulder wasn’t ideal. I would sit it down and it would flop over, making it really easy for lenses to roll out. I was just really ready for something NEW. However, I have spent HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS on camera bags in the last 6 years and I wasn’t about to pour more money into something that was only going to last a little over a year. If I was going to spend upwards of $300 on a bag, it needed to be THE ONE!

Dan + Katelyn

Pippin Hill Farm Wedding | Charlottesville, Virginia Wedding Photographer
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I walked

into Pippin Hill’s gorgeous bridal suite and was greeted with a high pitched “Aw, Hi!!!!!!!!” from Katelyn! Katelyn is one of those brides that just makes you feel like a million bucks first thing on a wedding day! I just love her! And after a few minutes hanging out with her sweet family and friends, I fell in love with them too! As the wedding day went on, I learned so much about Dan and Katelyn. I knew that they were high school sweethearts but I never would have guessed that Dan had long hair at one point! Or that they had a long distance relationship for quite some time.Toast after toast, story after story, I started to see just how amazing their relationship is. People flew in from all over the world to celebrate with Dan and Katelyn and it was beautiful from beginning to end!

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Matt + Meredith | Engaged

A Rustic Mountain Engagement Shoot
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Michael

and I love our job. We love that we get to create ART… we love that we get to serve our amazing couples… and we also love that we meet so many amazing new friends in the industry. Last July we drove to Fredericksburg, Virginia and photographed Matt and Kat’s beautiful summer wedding! We worked alongside some incredible vendors… one of them being Matt from Pine River Films! He was sweet, so easy to work with and his films are awesome! We love meeting new vendors…. but we love it even more when those vendors get engaged and contact us!! How lucky are we?!