Welcome

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! >>

Making it Happen | Part 2

Featuring Clare Meneely and Molly Stillman
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It’s

no secret that my blog is the heartbeat of my business. It has been active for close to six years now and I can honestly say that we have seen the fruit of our labor. After years of weekday blogging, we have friends who tune in everyday to read what we’re sharing! It’s awesome and it’s powerful! Having an audience that loves hearing directly from YOU is a must-have for any successful small business. Today I’m highlighting two incredible women who have taken their passion and have done something about them!! Blogging isn’t easy and yet these two women blog like

Making it Happen | Part 1

Featuring Shannon Joy Paperie & Dear Sweetheart Events
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For the

next two days I’m highlighting four past KJBRIDES and you’re not going to want to miss it! Why? Well, because these women are amazing and they have something to share that everyone can learn from. Today I’m highlighting two wedding professionals and tomorrow I’m highlighting two bloggers! This isn’t just a “Meet my friends” post… it’s a “Be inspired by these friends of mine because they are making their dreams HAPPEN and are thriving in their new small businesses!!”.

Aaron + Meredith

A Classic Country Club Wedding | Wytheville, VA
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We

pulled into the quaint little town of Wytheville, Va and it was just as charming as everyone said it would be. The mom and pop shops lined the streets of downtown and the mountains were in the distance. It’s a gorgeous place to live! Michael and I have family friends that are really close to our hearts and they live in the area so we stayed with them the night before the wedding. We loved seeing how everyone interacted with one another because it reminded us of our hometown. Everyone knows everybody… everyone wanted to be a part of the day… and everyone was overjoyed to see these two tie the knot! Someone even said in passing “This is a BIG day for Wytheville!” How cute is that?! It was a big day… and it was a BEAUTIFUL day! The temperature outside felt like Fall and I loved it!!

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A Self-Reminder

About Busyness, Joy and Love
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Right now…

we’re crazy. Life is a bit crazy. Our schedule is a bit crazy. We chose this when we said yes to a lot of things and didn’t say no to many. We don’t pride ourselves on “busy-ness” and I’m actually trying to get away from saying “Oh we’re just busy” when people ask how we are because that’s not really the correct answer. When people ask “How are you guys doing?! , the answer should be “We’re doing well, we’re blessed and we’re thankful for all that we have been able to accomplish recently…. we’re also a wee bit tired”. :) Life is crazy… good crazy.

Ask Anything

For Beginners | The 35mm vs. The 100mm Macro
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So many

photographers have questions about what lens they should get next! For many, a new professional lens is a big commitment and this isn’t a decision that is taken lightly. While I wish I had all of the answers and the perfect opinion about gear and lens priorities, I can only offer what I have learned from my own personal experience. When I started my business, I was young and in college. Every payment that came into my account was spent on gear and equipment. Someone once told me that I shouldn’t expect to make any money my first year in business and they were right.