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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! >>

WPPI Roadshow

Washington DC
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she started by

proclaiming that she doesn’t have all the answers, that her way isn’t the necessarily the “right” way and that she doesn’t have it all together.  “Oh Jasmine” I thought to myself….” You’re Wonder Woman and you don’t even know it”…. and that’s the truth.  That girl has got more energy, knowledge and heart that any other photographer I know. Today Michael and I, along with Jessie, Michelle and a TON of NEW FRIENDS (that I love!) attended the WPPI Roadshow in DC.   It was good… the speakers in the morning had great information…. but I’m a spoiled brat when it comes to hearing photographers speak.

The Photographer's Crutch

Editing
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Editing can be

a crutch. There it is…. the cold hard truth.  The only reason I can say this is because it used to be MY crutch.  In my opinion, the most detrimental thing that could happen a new photographer is the discovery of PS actions. I remember when I discovered Yang and Ying…. all of you TRA action users know the lingo….I was amazed! You mean I could lighten and darken ANY part of my image? Just with one click?! All of a sudden my dark, underexposed faces were ok! All of my weaknesses in shooting manually were gone! Life was good! ….. or so I thought.  What was really happening was that I stopped LEARNING and started ….

Scott + Megan | Engaged

Downtown Fredericksburg Wedding Photographer
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They both love

sweatpants and if it was up to Scottie, they would have worn them for some of their engagement session! Megan and Scottie are best friends and the more I learned about them, the more I loved them.  Between their loved for sweatpants, Taco Bell, and Megan’s love for the blog, I knew they were quickly going to become one of “those” couples. Don’t worry, being one of “those” couples is a good thing! I called Michael after I left the session and I told him “Aww, Michael it was one of “those” couples…. ya know, those couples that LOVE their pictures, LOVE each other and are willing to go the extra mile for a good shot! AND they love the blog!! “.

Wedding Wednesday

The Invitations!
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Here they are!

Whew! What a RELIEF!!! I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to have invitations in the mail and DONE! This may seem like an easy task but let. me. tell. you!…… This was a process! I LONG process! I was so stressed when I had to figure out what these invitations were going to look like. I have seen SO many fun invitations and every cute idea I saw, I wanted to incorporate it! That just isn’t possible and when you try to design anything with multiple “looks” in mind, you’re in trouble! I just needed to figure out what our style was going to be and roll with it!… but this was overwhelming.

Making it yours

Being a photographer of originality
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You can never

know what you’re going to get with a location. One thing I have learned from trial and error and from some other fabulous photographer’s with way more experience than I have… is that you have to work with what you’ve got! (not proper English, I know) I remember showing up to a wedding when I was first starting and thinking to myself…. oh my…. this location is miserable…there aren’t going to be ANY good portraits… I’m totally sunk.  I was looking for the perfect spot, the perfect light and the perfect portrait. But what makes a portrait perfect? I was so concerned with looking for perfection that I missed my opportunity for originality.

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