Hello and welcome to The Blog! I’m Katelyn James and I’m a Virginia + Destination Wedding Photographer based in Richmond, VA. Sit back, grab some coffee ( or my personal favorite, Diet Mountain Dew!) and enjoy viewing my latest work, meeting my fabulous clients and getting a little peek into my own life! I’m so excited that you stopped by! You can also view recent features right here! >>

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Themes | Pretty in Peach
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I think of Inspiration boards as “Dream Boards”.  When I create an inspiration board like this, what I’m REALLY saying is…. I want someone to design a wedding like this and then let me shoot it!!!! haha  Oh if I had to do my wedding over again, I wouldn’t have changed anything. However, when I get color palettes stuck in my head and wedding themes start popping up everywhere, I get ideas  for new wedding designs but I have no wedding to plan! …. I start thinking that maybe I should have been a wedding planner. How fun would that be? The problem with being an event designer is that you get to come up with

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and early here is VA…. and I’m about to hit the road to head to Newport News to speak to CNU’s photography class! I’m so excited and yet somewhat nervous because….well…. I NEVER took CNU’s photo class. oops. If I had more time and wasn’t a communications major, I would have loved to have taken some extra art courses! However, my time was spent looking up theories and editing wedding images in my free time. I LOVED my time at CNU…. it flew by WAY too fast so if you’re a CNU student and you’re reading this…. ENJOY COLLEGE. Seriously. It will be over before you know it and all of a sudden you’ll have bills

J&M "Walk through a Wedding"

An American Honey Themed Wedding
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I love details! …. LOVE THEM. Between the Sugar Shoot last weekend and J&M’s Walk through a Wedding last week, It’s been like detail OVERLOAD! …. and I’ve been loving every minute of it. I just LOVE themes and colors and styled shoots! There are just SO many awesome ideas out there for ALL types of brides. J&M’s American Honey theme would be perfect for a lower budget wedding and everything was DIY! With a little creativity and hot glue… you can make ANYTHING absolutely adorable. Julia and her style team did an incredible job with the details and of course, Justin and Mary were awesome teachers. I was SO excited when I saw that they would be in Charlotte, NC for one of their

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The 3 P's of Posing
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could really be about 17 pages long.  We talked about “posing and creating an environment of confidence for your client” for close to an hour and a 1/2 at the SUGAR SHOOT! It’s impossible to cover what we talked about in one blog post. So, I’m just going to share the basics. Making your clients feel COMFORTABLE is SO VITAL to your business. They WILL talk about their session to friends, family, bridal party, etc and you want them to be praising your business. Your clients can very easily become FREE evangelists for your business….if they are head over heels in love with you, the way you make them feel and your images!