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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: October 2012

Our 2 Year Anniversary Cruise

  • A Tropical Getaway

vacation without my CAMERA. Like, my REAL camera.  I left the Mark III at home for our 2 year anniversary cruise and I left it on purpose.  There was a split second during packing that I thought “But I’m going to ATLANTIS and that’s just a shame not to take my REALY camera!”.  Well, despite that thought, I didn’t pack it…. and I’m SO glad I didn’t!! What a relief! I know it’s sad but when your hobby is also your career, sometimes you need a vacation from it! I felt so FREE on this trip. Maybe it was the lack of professional camera equipment or maybe it was the non-existence of internet access!! I couldn’t blog, I couldn’t check email, I couldn’t

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Derek + Amy

  • A Thomas Birkby House Wedding | Leesburg Wedding Photographer

Just when I thought the fall colors couldn’t get ANY prettier… I drove into Leesburg. Historic downtown Leesburg is adorable on its’ own but add in tons of orange, red and yellow trees and BAAM! It becomes the most ideal wedding portrait location! Michael shot this wedding with me and I just kept repeating over and over to him “This is PERFECT!”… and it was. Not only were the trees perfect, Derek and Amy’s day was perfect as well. Holly Chapple blew us AWAY with gorgeous florals that coordinated so wonderfully with the portrait locations we ended up shooting in and I was THRILLED! I had already lost my voice from shooting a wedding the day before but I was still squealing when we were shooting

Matt + Danielle | Engaged

  • A Wintergreen Engagement

at Panera several months ago. We talked about all things wedding and they shared their amazing proposal story. They were on top of one of the most gorgeous overlooks at Wintergreen when Matt got down on one knee and asked Danielle to be his….. forever. Perfect right? Well if you have a perfect proposal, you need some perfect engagement pictures to go with it! So naturally, we traveled up the mountain to shoot their portraits where it all began! It was gorgeous… 75 degrees and not a cloud in the sky! Matt and Danielle were hanging out outside of Matt’s parent’s mountain home when I arrived.

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