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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...

To Teach or Not To Teach

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This has been a popular topic of discussion recently in some of the photography Facebook groups that I’m a part of. It’s somewhat of a touchy subject because it directly affects us. We are teachers. We have an educational side to our business that we absolutely love just as much as we love shooting weddings! So when people discuss on Facebook about how too many photographers are teaching, mentoring, coaching… it’s easy for me to get defensive. However, Michael always reminds me that those comments are probably not directed solely to people like us.

Our Tropical Getaway on the Norwegian Breakaway!

  • Bermuda Bound

And while I miss that crystal clear teal water, we’re happy to be home with our Bokeh Boy! About one year ago, we were in the heart of wedding season with no break in sight until July. It’s taken us several years to realize that saving one weekend off every now and then throughout wedding season is what we need to stay sane and not become burned out. We planned to save May 10th over a year ago and blocked it off on the calendar. Soon after we blocked it off on the calendar, we booked a Norwegian Cruise to BERMUDA! When you book a cruise, you keep your dates free!

Styled Shoot | February 2014 Workshop Experience

  • Fairytale Wedding Inspiration

wasn’t our most recent workshop styled shoot, this was the Fairytale shoot from our February workshop! I get chilly just thinking about it!!! It was a whopping 32 degrees and we had freezing rain during the whole shoot. Talk about a tricky situation! I had to get great shots, teach photographers and keep a freezing bride a live at the same time! Alicia was AH-MAZING. I mean, she’s always amazing but she and Rob truly rocked it out at this shoot!!! I couldn’t thank them enough. We couldn’t feel our hands or feet or noses. It was THAT cold. How she wasn’t blue? I have no idea!!

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