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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! >>

Will + Michelle | Engaged

Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer
northern virginia wedding photographer kitchen engagement session

Well you

are in for a treat this evening! You remember me talking about how I LOVE IT when couples really take ownership over their engagement session and make it their own?! Well Will and Michelle are a prime example of what I’m talking about! This e-session was unlike any I had ever shot before. It was awesome. Michelle and Will have a shared love for cooking and when they thought about what they wanted to incorporate into their engagement session, cooking was perfect. Michelle emailed me with the idea and I was thrilled! We hung out in the kitchen together and I photographed them as they fixed a meal together.

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Elizabeth Anne Designs
elizabeth anne designs feature winter tablescape gold and red

Michael and I

just returned home from HOME.  It’s the weirdest thing! I say, “Hey, lets go home today!” even though our “Home” is our little cape cod in Shortpump.  Michael and I grew up together and so our families live 8 minutes apart. It made the holidays easier and more complicated all at the same time. We love that we get to see both of our families and that our families have been celebrating Christmas together since BEFORE we started dating (that’s over a DECADE)…however, now that we’re married….we don’t separate at the end of the night and go back to our own families like we used to.

Christmas is Here!

Christmas Cards
classy christmas card designs

It’s here!

Christmas Eve is here and guess who DOESN’T have all of her shopping done…. yup, ….that would be ME. I STILL have like 3 things to get and I’m afraid of Broad Street. Shopping in Short Pump this week has been a nightmare! So I’m heading to Target soon to try to conquer my list and then I’ll start the wrapping process.  Something else that ISN’T done is our Christmas Cards… I’ve mailed about 3 of them. That’s it. We had them printed and have had them sitting in our house for about two weeks and yet I still haven’t had time to sit down and address them! ah! They will definitely be late but hey! it’s the thought that counts…. right?

The Wagner Sisters

Richmond Virginia Portrait Photographer
sister portraits richmond virginia photographer

This session

made me want to do a “Sister” session with MY sister! That is the worst part about being a photographer! Everyone else gets nice pictures of their families except you! (believe me, I hear that a lot from my mother!) We desperately need to do a family portrait… and officially include Michael this time! Anyway, Michael and I know the Wagner family through our new church and they are just one of the many families who have welcomed us into this new phase of our lives! It’s crazy that we have only been here a few months…. I feel like I have known these families so much longer and it’s wonderful.

Wedding Wednesday

Teal and Red Holiday Decor | Featured
red blue teal christmas decor

I’ll never say

no to shooting teal things! Never! Especially after doing this fun little shoot with Janie and Holly.  These two wonderful ladies are incredible artists and just really amazing people to spend time with.  Their love for floral designs was so evident as they pieced together random arrangements made from some left over wedding centerpieces. I was completely amazed. It made me want to be a florist! They BEST part about their job is that they’re so passionate about it. Holly has had her flower shop for YEARS and yet she was still squealing when she would find something new to make a bouquet with!  Passion is contagious and I found