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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! >>

Mike + Emily | Engaged

Dinwiddie Virginia Wedding Photographer
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When I

keep saying that all of these recent sessions were FREEZING… I’m not exaggerating! Not one bit! It’s been COLD in Virginia so far this winter and we have already had a good amount of snow (but I’m still hoping for MORE! I love snow!!!).  So once the temperatures were dropping and the snow fell, Emily emailed me and asked if we should cancel because really, who takes their engagement pictures in 28 degree weather?! No one…… except Mike and Em. I talked her into bundling up and just having a wintery session last week and I’m SO glad we did! The snow does amazing things with light! It’s like having a huge natural

Christmas in the City

CNU Christmas Party
christmas party 2010

Sweet.

The whole house smelled “Sweet” for days after this party! My lovely sister came a stayed with us for several days and she helped me out BIG TIME on Friday! I couldn’t have gotten all of this done if I had tried! I’m NOT a baker….hence why I made the “No Bake” Mini Cheesecakes! So in the past, my family and I have hosted “Christmas in the Country” every year since I started college. ALL of our college friends would come back together in the middle of Christmas Break and have a party in the country!
This usually included riding four wheelers, eating a lot of food and playing multiple rounds of CatchPhrase.

Wants, Needs, & the "C" Word

The Basics of Branding
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I wonder

how much time I WASTE looking at my ginormous list of blogs that I check daily!  It’s one of my favorite parts of the day…. checking my “List” of blogs.  It’s great to get inspiration and ideas… but sometimes I admire all these other blogs and I get tired of my blog! I start looking at other amazing brands and I find myself getting bored with mine. (I’m the girl that would re-decorate a room EVERY season if Michael would let me!). I get bored VERY quickly and I LOVE LOVE LOVE branding and marketing so I can easily grow sick of my “look” and jealous of another’s style. I was just talking to my friend Korie Lynn Herold about this the other day!

Christopher + Rebecca

Shelby, North Carolina Wedding Photographer
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A few days

before the wedding, it was 30 degrees in Virginia. I was hoping and praying that that wouldn’t be the case in North Carolina for the wedding Saturday! Luckily, it was in the 50′s and was perfectly sunny.  To make this wedding even better, these were friend’s of Michael’s and they are the most GORGEOUS couple. Haymes (Christopher) and Becca have beautiful smiles and huge hearts and I was so honored to be a part of their celebration! However, even though I knew the couple and knew some of the guests and had my husband with me the whole time… I was still nervous. I always get butterflies before weddings. It’s like the reality of how much pressure this jobs entails hits me all at once and I become nervous.

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Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Programs
peacock wedding program

You would

think that after shooting so many weddings, I would have remembered EVERYTHING that wedding planning should entail. Well, that is so not true. I remember it being last august and my mother mentioning “Umm, KK… are you going to have PROGRAMS for your wedding? We probably need to get on that”.  I remember DREADING and I mean reallllllllly dreading designing these things because I knew that as I started to design them, we would think of more and more things we needed to add and this 1 page program would quickly become a booklet.  So jokingly, I present to you the 101010 Wedding Booklet. It was 3 pages front and back and