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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! >>

Eddie + Lilian

Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer
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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

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Wedding Wednesday

Reception Lighting
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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
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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

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Virginia Bride Magazine
published VA bride magazine Katelyn James Photography

Ah, Mondays.

Michael and I try to take Mondays off. I normally work all day on Saturdays and he works all day Sunday… so once Monday roles around, it’s time for a break.  He is currently downstairs showing off with the Kitchen-aid mixer and making pretzels while I’m getting ready to hang curtains.  I realized our roles are somewhat reversed today but I love it. Decorating the house and trying to find a home for ALL of my clothes is challenging but it’s fun! I love living here and I can’t wait to show pictures of the newly decorated Alsop home! I especially can’t WAIT to show you the Studio! I love it! I actually have a DESK… a REAL DESK! It’s amazing!