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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...

A Waterside Engagement Shoot | Newport News, VA

  • Steve + Sam | Engaged

I was sentimental… until I met Sam! Sam is the sweetest! And she’s so creative! I loved her ideas for her engagement shoot and it turned out perfectly. Our first stop was at the restaurant where Steve and Sam first met. We didn’t shoot them sitting in the “exact” seats… but it was close!! Next, we shot some portraits under the tree where they shared their first kiss! Then we ended their shoot with a splash of color! Literally!! It was a blast. We left wishing that these two were getting married next month because we just loved them!

A Running Hare Vineyard Wedding

  • Ryan + Laura

As soon as we met Ryan during their engagement session, I knew that this was going to be an entertaining wedding day! Ryan is hilarious!! He had people laughing throughout the whole event and even though Laura sometimes has to reign him in a little bit, I think that’s one of the things she loves most about him. Ryan is the type of guy that could make ANYTHING fun! These two are a perfect match because Laura is so laid back!! Their personalities compliment each others so perfectly!! The more time I spent around this sweet couple, the more I loved them! There’s just something about how Ryan looks at her that makes your heart melt. They are such an amazing couple and you’ll definitely be able to see how just much they adore each other through their images!! As a photographer, that’s a dream couple!! I love photographing couples whose love is so outwardly evident!!

A Big Day in Sparta!

  • Celebrating 25 Years

God has multiple careers and jobs for people to do. I think at one time I heard that the average person changes careers or jobs 3-4 times during a lifetime. I’ve always wondered…. “How long will my career last??”. What happens when Michael and I aren’t young and 100% relatable to our young brides and grooms? What happens then?! Well, thankfully we’re trusting that God has a plan for that season of our life and we’re not stressing about it. I hope we can do photography for a lifetime but I know that not many people are blessed by a lifelong career.

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