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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: December 2010

2010 Wedding Joy

  • End of the Year Recap

That is the best way to describe my job. I experience it, I capture it and I freeze moments of joy for my couples to remember forever….and ever. I’ll be the first to admit that I hardly remember any of my little moments of Joy from my wedding day. It was the most amazing day but it was a blur. So much excitement and so much going on…. it’s hard to remember what it felt like to experience those little joyous moments. However, I when I see images from my first dance with Michael…and pictures of his expression when I was coming down the aisle….I remember it all. Pictures have such power and their ability to evoke emotional is unexplainable!

Wedding Wednesday

  • A Photographer's Timeline

hard to “Think like a Photographer” when it came to planning my wedding.  Most of the time that just came naturally (and it got me in trouble with the budget committee… aka: Daddy) I wanted details and lighting and the layout to be perfect for pictures! I tried to think of the easiest place with good light for family portraits, bridal party portraits, our first look… etc, etc. It was tough. We got married at 3:30pm in October.  So I Googled the sunset time and planned our portraits around that. I had to realize that if we did a First Look at 1pm….the light was going to be harsh. So I needed a location with shade and diffused light.

Will + Michelle | Engaged

  • Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

are in for a treat this evening! You remember me talking about how I LOVE IT when couples really take ownership over their engagement session and make it their own?! Well Will and Michelle are a prime example of what I’m talking about! This e-session was unlike any I had ever shot before. It was awesome. Michelle and Will have a shared love for cooking and when they thought about what they wanted to incorporate into their engagement session, cooking was perfect. Michelle emailed me with the idea and I was thrilled! We hung out in the kitchen together and I photographed them as they fixed a meal together.

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