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Hi there! i’m katelyn.

Hello, and welcome to the KJ Blog! I'm Katelyn James, and my husband Michael and I are a wedding photography team based in Richmond, Virginia. We hope you grab some coffee (or a diet coke, in my case) and enjoy viewing our latest work, browsing resources for photographers, and getting a little peek into our life!  Read more...

Monthly Archives: November 2010

Will | Senior

  • West Virginia Portrait Photographer

Thanksgiving trip to Michael’s Aunt Susan and Uncle Ed’s home in Charleston, WV we took some portrait’s for Michael’s cousin… and when I say “we”… I mean that I took the pictures and Michael followed me around distracting all of the dogs so that they wouldn’t join in the picture! ha! It was by far the fastest senior session I have EVER done in my life. I should have timed myself because I’m pretty sure I beat the Senior Session world record. Will’s pictures were done in about 15 minutes! It helped that Susan has a beautiful yard! Doing senior portraits for a boy is so different than shooting portraits for a girl. Girls get into it….like REALLY into it.

Ask Anything

  • First Looks

….they might possibly be the best new wedding trend out there. When I first heard about doing a “First Look” I thought to myself…”that’s cool… but I’ll NEVER do it for my own wedding”.  Ohh I can be SO wrong sometimes! Not only did Michael and I share a First Look on our wedding day, I also encourage ALL of my couples to do one as well! First Looks are amazing and SO incredibly helpful to photographers! I have had several photographers ask about First Looks recently and so I thought that maybe I should do an Ask Anything post about them! I’m definitely not a pro at shooting them but I have had more couples

Andrew + Stephanie | Engaged

  • Ashland Virginia Wedding Photographer

after the girl’s sleepover at our house, I wasn’t thinking and scheduled two sessions that were back to back! I was a little worried about my lack of sleep and how that would affect my energy level. Well, I am happy to report that I made it through just fine and shot two of my most favorite sessions from this fall! Maybe I should shoot with less sleep more often! (Michael, I’m kidding).  Stephanie has been on my “can’t wait to hangout with” list since we started emailing this past summer! She was so excited to be engaged, LOVES pictures and LOVES details! I love her!! The best part about engagements sessions is that I get to meet the bride’s other half! I had never met

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