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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 Verulam Farm Wedding

  • Matt + Tara

There some venues that just take your breath away… Tara and Matt’s venue was one of those venues. From the moment we arrived, I was (like usual) getting nervous about all that we could accomplish here! The house, the driveways lined with trees changing colors and spectacular views were just amazing and I knew it was going to be the start of a beautiful day!! Matt and Tara went to CNU and so we have mutual friends that attended their wedding. We love these weddings! It’s such a win-win for us! We get to photograph a couple that we know AND we get to hangout with friends from school!! We love our job!! Throughout the day, there was a constant theme that seemed to float around conversations and toasts about the new Mr. and Mrs. Hayes.

A Fall Georgetown Engagement

  • Aaron + Melissa | Engaged

drove down to Richmond and met me at a country club for their engagement pictures. I pulled up and the rain continued to pour so I jumped into their car to get to know them and chat while I prayed for clear skies!! We talked about everything from their love for the culinary arts to their careers to their wedding timeline….. we talked about it all!! As we chatted, the rain just continued and so we decided to reschedule. At first, I was disappointed and I felt bad that so much of their time was wasted due to this random rain storm that lasted all evening. However, I then

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Thomas Birkby House Wedding | Leesburg, VA

  • Heath + Courtney

Everyone always asks the bride “So how are you feeling?!” Some brides are a little jittery and nervous and then some brides are like Courtney…. totally relaxed and ready to do this!! Courtney told her mom “People say that your wedding day is going to be awesome but this is literally the best day of my life”. She was surrounded by her closest friends and she was about to MARRY her best friend of all!! Heath couldn’t adore her more. During their first look, Heath handed Courtney a letter to read. As she read his words, she looked up at Michael and I and said “He’s so sweet!”. This was something we already knew. You can just tell by the way he looks at her that he wants nothing more than to make her happy. Their relationship started by a chance encounter at JMU… I believe Courtney’s dad mentioned during his toast that Heath and Courtney’s first interaction was over a spilled drink in class.

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