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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...

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A Rustic West Virginia Wedding

  • Seth + Stacey

I’m not sure how it happened this way but this month we have had TWO weddings in West Virginia! Crazy right? I don’t think I’ve ever shot a wedding in West Virginia until this month and I have to say, Michael and I are becoming pros at that northwest drive! We’ve learned that apparently drivers in PA need a ton of road signs in order to know how to be safe on the road. We’ve also learned that any road north of us is going to have a toll at one point or another! Last but not least, we’ve learned that north western VA, western Maryland and PA and North East West Virginia are all beautiful parts of the east coast! Just gorgeous! As we pulled up to Seth and Stacey’s wedding location, the views were spectacular and I was so excited for their portraits!

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Getting Published | Part 1

  • Ask Anything

This is a question that I am asked often. “How do I get published?!” It’s a tricky question to answer because getting “Published” means all sorts of things to photographers these days! To me, getting “Published” and getting “Featured” are two different things. I think of Publishing as PRINT and Features as BLOGS and online posts. When it comes to getting published/featured, I think deep down, EVERY photographer wants some type of recognition for their work. It feels good to see your work in a magazine or on a national wedding blog but let me say this…..

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A Clover Forest Plantation Wedding

  • Steven + Julie

There are a few venues around the Richmond area that I consider hidden “gems”. These properties are tucked away in little nooks and crannies of the surrounding Richmond area and they are just gorgeous. The Mill at Fine Creek is one of those venues and we’ll be shooting there this coming weekend and Clover Forest Plantation is another one of those “gems” that we love! I shot a wedding at this venue last spring and fell in love with the whole area! This gorgeous location is hidden in the rolling hills of Goochland and I was so excited to shoot Steven and Julie’s wedding there this past Saturday! Not only is the venue perfect but the weather was perfect as well! A beautiful 70 degrees and clear skies! I have found that the more weddings I shoot and the more I blog, the more brides I book that are very similar to me.

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