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! >>
a LONG time since I have been able to blog something other than engagement shoots and weddings. That has been our life the last few months. This is our craziest time of the year and while we’re so thankful for our work and our clients, I’m looking forward to lazy winter mornings when I can blog about Bokeh Boy or a new home decorating project…. or a new Ask Anything post! The end is near and it’s bittersweet. We love this job and I leave every wedding with a huge “Mission Accomplished” feeling!! It’s incredible to look back at the past year and see all that we accomplished.
we’re headed to shoot an engagement session and meet a new couple for the first time, I always know it’s going to go well when they are CNU alumni! :) I’m a bit biased but I think only awesome people go to CNU! We love that school and we love working with couples that went to our Alma Mater too!! Tony and Gabby are getting married next year and we can’t wait to celebrate alongside of them with our cameras in hand! These two both come from Italian families and from our past experiences from Italian weddings, I think it’s safe to say this is going to be one amazing party!
while hair and makeup was finishing up with the bridesmaids. Everyone looked so beautiful and the room was so relaxed and stress free. The door leading out to the porch was cracked and the windows were open to let the crisp October air in. It was the perfect day for a wedding. When couples plan for an October wedding, this is what they hope for! Sunny and 70 degrees!! Matt and Libby have been together for a long time and so this day has been anticipated for a while now! I just loved seeing everyone’s excitement for these newlyweds!! Matt and Libby are such a dream couple. We needed to get all of their portraits accomplished before the ceremony since the sun set at 6:30 and they were such pros at moving fast! Not only did we shoot some beautiful portraits of the two of them, we took some IN a bean field!! These two were up for anything and we just love that about them!
as they got engaged, Katie stopped by the house and I had a chance to see the ring and I asked her what month they were interested in getting married. I had my fingers crossed because I knew that they didn’t want to wait very long but our fall was already booked! Katie said “I think we want to get married in October!” and my heart sank. October is our BUSIEST month and I knew that we didn’t have a Saturday available. Then Katie mentioned “And we’re thinking of getting married in MAINE…. on a WEDNESDAY!!!!”. What?! This was the BEST news ever!!!!!! We were available!! We quickly started planning to be a part of this special weekday wedding and the closer we got to the date, the more excited we became! Katie and Tyler found a GORGEOUS rustic estate in the mountains of Newry, Maine called, The Glen House!
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,