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Hi there! iโ€™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!ย  Read more...

How to Photograph Laughter

  • Ask Anything

once asked, “How do you get your clients to LAUGH?!”. This is a great question because I often forget that this doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Some newer photographers are nervous when they shoot and so being “funny” and “engaging” with their clients doesn’t come naturally at first. I think there are several variants that come into play when it comes to photographers photographing GENUINE laughs. There isn’t a magic formula or an “easy button” for this and every couple is different. However, I do think that EVERY photographer HAS to be personable. This is non-negotiable. If you’re a wedding and/or portrait photographer and

By: Christopher Fornataro Studios

  • Custom Pet Portrait Giveaway

came home from some trip… I don’t even remember which trip it was…. but we were welcomed by an unexpected package at the front door. Like usual, Michael went through the mail… that’s like “his thing” to do every time we come home. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten the mail out of the mailbox!! Anyway, he brought the package in and opened it. He yelled from the kitchen “Whoa! Katelyn come look at this!!”. Michael’s super talented cousin took a picture of us and Bokeh from the blog and PAINTED IT!!!! How awesome is that?!

Smith Mountain Lake

  • Family Vacation 2014

we were little, we had some extravagant vacations with my family. Not extravanagant in the sense of “fancy”… they were extravagant because of all that we accomplished. When I was about 11 or 12, my parents loaded us up in our family motorhome and drove us out west… like, to the GRAND CANYON! ha! It was a three week adventure and we explored Yellowstone, the Rockies, the Badlands, etc. I remember it all. Well, now that we’re older and our schedules are all different, it’s hard to find an extended period of time to all be together.

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