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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! >>

Matt + Samantha

An Ashburn, VA Wedding
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met them for the first time in Laguna Beach, CA for their engagement session. We quickly fell in love with these two. Their story, their smiles, their joy…. we loved it all. After seven years together, Matt and Samantha became husband and wife on Saturday!! As we started shooting their day, I walked into the hotel suite, hugged Sam and then asked her how she was feeling. Her immediate response was “I’m just ready to see him”. This is understandable… especially for these two. Every moment counts. They don’t have much time together in this season of life because of Matt’s training and Sam finishing law school. Talk about a BUSY schedule!! They have a lot going on right now and so the moments that they do get to share together are so precious. Their first look was enough to draw tears. The way Matt embraced Sam after seeing her for the first time was so powerful.

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Ask Anything

Save Time & Money in Tax Season!
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anyone ready for tax season to be OVER?! This girl is!!! Whew. Everyone dreads this time of the year and all of the small business owners are PRAYING that their estimated taxes and write-off’s will be enough to cover their return. Well, while I can’t promise to save you a TON of money on your taxes, I CAN share with you how we have saved ourselves some tax-prep time by making simple changes in our business. Taxes don’t have to be so scary and overwhelming! For years I just barely understood what the tax process was even though I’m DEFINITELY not a pro now,

Small Business Socials

A Social Media / Marketing Workshop
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is one of those days that seems surreal. There was a time in my business 3 years ago that I was barely keeping my head above water and I didn’t have time to dream or grow or explore anything new. Those were the days before outsourcing and GREAT systems. :) Now, I’m still busy but because I have handed over some things that I don’t HAVE to be doing, I can dream again!! One of my most recent goals has been to be able to teach ALL TYPES of small business owners! I did a coaching session with my friend Amanda a few weeks ago and she’s a floral designer… not a photographer!!

Dan + Katelyn | Engaged

A Charlottesville Engagement Session | Belle Haven
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are some couples that I meet and instantly click with. Dan and Katelyn would definitely fall into that category. We met at beautiful Belle Haven plantation outside of Charlottesville and we were greeted by the property owner’s labradoodle! I’ve shot at this location before and so I was ready for the furry greeting. We chatted for a few minutes and then we started shooting. Dan and Katelyn just get it. They wanted pictures that showed THEM and their love and that’s my specialty!!

Philip + Cheryl | Engaged

A Cherry Blossom Engagement Shoot
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only took me about 5 minutes with Cheryl and Philip to realize that these two are FUN!! Cheryl has an energy that is contagious and Philip is up for anything. We met these two in DC for their engagement session last week in hopes of finding cherry blossoms….. we found two trees! And you know what? That was enough! We were able to shoot some beautiful portraits in this quaint little part of the Capital. This little strip of land lays right beside the Potomac River and it served us well! As we shot their portraits in, out, beside and behind the blossoms, we got to know these two.

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