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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! >>

My Wedding-less Weekend

Girl's Sleepover at our House!
sleepover

Sleeping bags

TOTALLY covered the ENTIRE floor of our house this past Friday night. The study had sleeping bags, pillows and Vera Bradley duffles piled at high as the light switch and 32 high school girls came for the biggest sleepover I have EVER hosted.  32 girls… in our 1300 sq foot house! YIKES! Talked about cramped.  Luckily these girls are amazing and all love each other so it worked out perfectly. I don’t know how 4 girls slept on one couch but they made it happen!  Michael is the Upper school youth pastor at Gayton Baptist Church (pssst. if you are in the Richmond area and need a church home, check it out!).  The thing about being married to someone in the ministry is that

Venice, Italy | Part II

Honeymoon
venice honeymoon

Venice was…

everything we thought it would be. Little men in striped shirts asking us to pay $100 Euros for a Gondola ride (no way!), quaint cafes and shops lining all of the rustic, waterlined streets, and beautiful buildings with colorful paint chipping off the windows and door frames. I loved Venice. It was one of my favorite places to take pictures. Everywhere I turned I saw door knobs and old shutters that I couldn’t help but snap a few shots off. I remember going to London and Paris in high school and being overwhelmed by all of the awesome architecture…. only I had a HORRIBLE point and shoot camera at the time. This trip was a little different.

Eddie + Lilian

Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer
fredericksburg virginia wedding photographer

I remember…

…getting the email from Lilian when she found THE dress! HER dress! She said she had her “ah…. this is IT! moment in Tiffany’s bridal shop and found the dress of her dreams. Of course I made her send me a picture. I get so excited about the dresses! A bride’s dress really tells me what the whole day is going to be like! It never fails! For example, Lilian’s dress was BEAUTIFUL, classic, elegant and princess-like. Those four adjectives could be used to describe her whole wedding day as well! From the feathers in the bouquet to the custom made pearl necklace, Lilian had a wedding day that every girl dreams of.  Lilian informed me a few weeks ago that she and Eddie were definitely doing a First Look and I squealed

downtown-fredericksburg-va-wedding-pictures

Wedding Wednesday

Reception Lighting
reception wedding lighting

Two weeks…

before the big day and we didn’t have lighting. It wasn’t a “Must have”…. or so we thought. I knew professional lighting would be awesome but to be honest, when you’re trying to find a way to feed 400 guests, there isn’t any “extra” money laying around for “pretty” lights.  I understood that. Lighting was one of those things that I just accepted that we probably weren’t going to have.  The reception would still be beautiful and our friends and family would still have an amazing time.. lights or not. I put it on the back burner until two weeks before the wedding. I had been talking to a few companies but hadn’t officially booked anywhere because it wasn’t a priority at the time.

The Solo

My Brother can fly Airplanes
corey's solo

I forgot…

my CAMERA!!!! Can you believe it? I forgot camera on one of the most exciting days in my brother’s life! I guess I just wasn’t thinking straight! I didn’t realize how big of a deal this was! My brother, who is only 16 and in high school, has been training and studying to get his pilot’s license.  When most kids are playing video games on Saturday morning, Corey is up at the crack of dawn heading to his flying lesson. Not only does he have lessons, he also has to keep up with his Ground School work. Getting your pilot’s license isn’t easy!! At all! In fact, it’s not for everyone. For instance, yours truly could NEVER fly an airplane. I would either get so nervous that I would scream and