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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: May 2011

Craig + Laura

  • Downtown Petersburg Wedding Photographer

has been insane this spring…. like, REALLY insane. Thunderstorms everyday and these aren’t just little storms, we’re talking GUSTS of wind and rain! It’s crazy! One minute the sun is out and then the next minute it’s pouring! Last Saturday I experienced some pretty serious storms while shooting Laura and Craig’s downtown petersburg wedding! However, I guarantee you would have NEVER known that we were rushing to get portraits done if I hadn’t told you! That’s how awesome Laura and Craig are!  Josh Gooden was filming and I was shooting and the clouds started rolling in…. BIG CLOUDS! As the sheets of rain started heading towards us from across the parking lot, we called it quits and ran inside! After checking the radar, we realized we had about a 15 minute window of time to head back out and capture ALL of their portraits before more rain came and because Laura is WONDERFUL and the sweetest bride EVER…. she agreed to leave the reception in order to make sure they had AWESOME portraits! I just love her. We made it happen and I’m so thankful for Laura and Craigs willingness to stomp through some puddles and stand out in the storm! That’s a true sign of dedication right there!! They should win an award for that!

Wedding Wednesday

  • A Little Goes a Long Way | Bridal Party Tables

much to make a pretty image. One vase with one peony would make me happy and keep me busy for a while! Those flowers are so photogenic! So often brides get so overwhelmed with having a MILLION DETAILS! I understand this. I was one of those brides! I wanted details everywhere and they WERE EVERYWHERE. I went a little overboard. However, not every wedding has to have over the top decor on every table. Simple is good! In this Wedding Wednesday post I’m going to show you just how many detail shots can be taken from just a simple bridal party table display. This was just ONE piece of Buddy and Jill’s beautiful farm wedding a few weekes ago.

Laura's Bridals

  • Charlottesville Virginia Wedding Photographer

day off and so we drove to Charlottesville to meet a friend for lunch and then drove through the rolling hills to Barboursville Vineyard .  We were meeting Laura there to shoot her bridal session and as soon as we pulled up, I knew this was going to be a fun one! Old ruins? Fields of daffodils?! Yes please! Laura looked amazing and so natural. I never did a bridal session before my wedding and every time I shoot one for somebody else, It makes me wish I had! Maybe I still will! Bridal sessions are awesome because they allow the bride to get comfortable in her dress AND in her shoes! It’s like a trial run!

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