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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

Venice, Italy | Part II

  • Honeymoon

everything we thought it would be. Little men in striped shirts asking us to pay $100 Euros for a Gondola ride (no way!), quaint cafes and shops lining all of the rustic, waterlined streets, and beautiful buildings with colorful paint chipping off the windows and door frames. I loved Venice. It was one of my favorite places to take pictures. Everywhere I turned I saw door knobs and old shutters that I couldn’t help but snap a few shots off. I remember going to London and Paris in high school and being overwhelmed by all of the awesome architecture…. only I had a HORRIBLE point and shoot camera at the time. This trip was a little different.

Eddie + Lilian

  • Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

…getting the email from Lilian when she found THE dress! HER dress! She said she had her “ah…. this is IT! moment in Tiffany’s bridal shop and found the dress of her dreams. Of course I made her send me a picture. I get so excited about the dresses! A bride’s dress really tells me what the whole day is going to be like! It never fails! For example, Lilian’s dress was BEAUTIFUL, classic, elegant and princess-like. Those four adjectives could be used to describe her whole wedding day as well! From the feathers in the bouquet to the custom made pearl necklace, Lilian had a wedding day that every girl dreams of.  Lilian informed me a few weeks ago that she and Eddie were definitely doing a First Look and I squealed

Wedding Wednesday

  • Reception Lighting

before the big day and we didn’t have lighting. It wasn’t a “Must have”…. or so we thought. I knew professional lighting would be awesome but to be honest, when you’re trying to find a way to feed 400 guests, there isn’t any “extra” money laying around for “pretty” lights.  I understood that. Lighting was one of those things that I just accepted that we probably weren’t going to have.  The reception would still be beautiful and our friends and family would still have an amazing time.. lights or not. I put it on the back burner until two weeks before the wedding. I had been talking to a few companies but hadn’t officially booked anywhere because it wasn’t a priority at the time.

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