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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...

The Wedding Flim

  • Joe + Emily | Part 4

you think you’ve seen the last of my sister’s wedding posts…. I surprise you with one more!!! :) Seriously, I should pay my sister and new brother in law for giving me so much fun blog content this wedding season! It has been so much fun being a part of this exciting season of their life! Now if I had to list ONE thing from my own wedding day that I wish I had done differently, it would have been to hire a videographer. I should have invested in that… what was I thinking?! Thankfully a sweet friend of ours took clips on my old Mark II and we do have a handmade film that means the world to me!!!!

Mini guide Ideas

  • The Collection

been blown away with all of the support and response to The Collection that was launched a few weeks ago! I still can’t believe it’s LIVE! It’s definitely a learning experience for us! We’re so excited to fill this online shop with a ton of resources for photographers and small business owners! The most surprising aspect of the launch was seeing the explosion of mini-guides!! These are 5 page PDF’s full of educational content on one “mini” subject! I LOVED the idea of these mini-guides and I was hoping that others would love it too! I was right!!

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

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