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! >>
want this to be a depressing post. I really don’t… that’s just not my style! But I think I need to be honest about this…. I get a lot of emails and questions that go a little something like this “I’ve been in business for a year officially and I’m just wondering how you grew so fast.” Some are a little more in depth but often, I receive emails that are just short and sweet and straight to the point. “I want to grow and I want it to happen FAST”. I don’t blame them… who really wants a SLOW growing business?! No one…. at least no one that I know! We all want to move quickly because that’s the world we live in.
season is in full force! We love April weddings because the heat hasn’t hit yet and everything is still in the process of coming back to life! Sure, the pollen and the sneezing aren’t ideal but I’ve missed the leaves on the trees! Trey and Lindsey had the perfect scenario for wedding day weather. It was raining south of us and so we just had light cloud cover all day long! God gave us a natural soft box so that I could have free reign over the property of the Tides Inn! We shot portraits on the dock, on the pier, on the beach, etc and never had to worry about harsh lighting. I love those type of days! I also loved this day because I know that Trey and Lindsey have been looking forward to it for so long. Not only were they coming together as husband and wife but they were officially becoming a family with Trey’s son Tanner.
decided that I’ll never be able to shoot in every beautiful location in Virginia… there are SO many adorable towns in this state! I have driven through Aldie and Middleburg several times in the last few years and it’s a gorgeous area!! The rolling hills and historic homes are stunning! It was the perfect location for Michael and Brittany’s engagement session!! I met Brittany almost a year ago but we have been exchanging emails for a while now!! She has been looking forward to her engagement and wedding pictures for some time and I’m so thankful that we had the most beautiful day to shoot them!
be the first to admit that we’re not pros at this. We don’t have it all figured out and we don’t claim that we do things the “right way”… but Michael and I are often asked during coaching sessions and workshops “How do you balance LIFE and WORK”?! Well, we’re still working on that. However, over the past year we have been finding more ways to make sure that we’re balancing LIFE, WORK and TRAVELING. Michael and I have found that when we had weeks where we worked at home in the morning but then traveled to an engagement shoot in the evening, we didn’t feel like we could really get a lot done.
emailed me years ago when I was still in college. My business was new and I was starting to find my rhythm. I was very blessed to have a very successful first two years in business and I quickly realized that I wanted to specialize in weddings. Being a full time college student and shooting 20 weddings on the side quickly limited my ability to shoot additional portrait sessions and I wasn’t available for a shoot with Chirag and Rima at that point in time. However, Rima didn’t give up! We have exchanged sporadic emails for YEARS!