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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!Β  Read more...

Are You Creative or Business Minded?

  • Ask Anything

I have a list in gmail (a LONG list) where I’m constantly adding blogging ideas as I receive emails with questions from photographers and others in the industry. The cool thing is that we have actually started getting more and more emails from SMALL BUSINESS owners and not just photographers. We have done some coaching for small business owners outside of the photography industry and I have to say, I LOVE IT! SO much of what Michael and I do in our business is transferrable to other industries. The whole idea of creating community? That’s not something that only wedding photographers are capable of!! (I’ll share more on that topic next week! Exciting things are in store!).

A Powel Crosley Estate Wedding | Sarasota Florida

  • Drew + Becca

After my sister’s wedding in Lexington, VA, Michael and I packed up our second round of suitcases and headed to the airport to fly to Florida. Call us crazy… but this was the BEST weekend for my sister to get married! They were married on a Friday which meant that we had a full day to travel and recover before shooting another wedding on Sunday. It worked out perfectly! Michael and were able to get 8 hours of sleep Saturday night and by Sunday, we were ready to roll again! We drank plenty of water and headed into Sarasota to start photographing Drew and Becca’s big day!! The humidity in Florida was still a little bit of a shocker… my poor hair. However, it wasn’t too terribly hot and the rain held off for us almost ALL day…. we had the perfect conditions for a gorgeous wedding day!

A Lexington Virginia Barn Wedding

  • Joe + Emily | Part 2

The forecast was calling for 30% chance of rain… but instead of rain, God gave us a large soft box for Joe and Emy’s big day. It was perfect. I remember waking up and feeling a little like I did on my own wedding day… I was excited but I also had a mental list of all that needed to be accomplished before hair and makeup arrived. Thank goodness we have amazing family friends that step in and help us James girls out on our wedding days! We couldn’t do it on our own!! If there is anything that I learned from my own wedding, it was that you have to let stuff go and trust other people to take care of things for you. So after working in the barn in the morning, I headed up to the house to shower and switch into my “Matron of Honor” roll. One by one, our vendors/friends started showing up and the wedding day was full steam ahead. Before I knew it, I was watching daddy walk Emy down the aisle…

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