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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! >>

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.

Emily + John | Engaged

Richmond Wedding Photographer
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I had never…

…done a Bridal Show before.  I had heard of them and had considered looking into doing one but had never actually signed up.  I was invited to be a part of the Greater VA Bridal show back in May and a agreed to set up a booth. It was fun displaying canvases and albums but to be honest, bridal shows and advertising are not the way my business works. My blog is my advertisment and my relationships with my clients are how I get future business.  I hated meeting a bride at the show, handing her a postcard and after 10 seconds of talking to her, she would walk away to the next booth. That is just how it goes at a bridal show…

Craig + Laura | Engaged

Williamsburg Wedding Photographer
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She’s a planner…

If Laura had to move the wedding up to this weekend, I’m confident she could pull it off. She has basically planned her whole wedding and it’s going to be here until May! I envy her organization. I always said I was going to have one of those huge Martha Stewart wedding planning books to keep all of my planning straight… but uh, that didn’t happen. Instead, I have a box that is full of random receipts, ribbons, invoices…. it’s a mess. But hey! I only have a few weeks left and then the planning is done. Why organize now, right?! It’s slowly coming together and we are not as unorganized as I make us out to be. Things are falling into place…

Brian + Cathy

Fredericksburg Square | Jepson Alumni Center Wedding Photographer
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He had a list…

…a long list. This list consisted of 100 things he was looking for in a girl. From listening to friends and family during the wedding day, it was easy to figure out that Brian is extremely type A. He’s organized and precise and so when Cathy came among and heard about his list…. she made him tell her about it…. on their 2nd date! Brian told this story at the reception and he ended it by explaining that Cathy met 99 of the 100 on his list and that he was just going to have to get used to the cats. He also thanked her for making him a better man, for loving him and for being everything he could have ever dreamed for in a wife. I LOVE this couple and I loved getting to know them on their wedding day. We didn’t get to do engagements and so…

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