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! >>
stole the show for the beginning of Alex and Nikki’s downtown Richmond engagement session. (I’m getting kinda used to these sessions in the fan! They’re fun!) Charlie is Alex’s GORGEOUS Golden Retriever and little Roxie is Nikki’s Lopsa poo. Cutest little family ever! I loved my time with them, all four of them! After we left the furry ones at home and continued the session… I almost called Alex “Charlie” on several occasions. ha! Alex and Nikki are two of the sweetest, most down to earth people I have had the opportunity to work with. Walking around with those two and hearing their story and more about their wedding made me so thankful for my job!
TOTALLY covered the ENTIRE floor of our house this past Friday night. The study had sleeping bags, pillows and Vera Bradley duffles piled at high as the light switch and 32 high school girls came for the biggest sleepover I have EVER hosted. 32 girls… in our 1300 sq foot house! YIKES! Talked about cramped. Luckily these girls are amazing and all love each other so it worked out perfectly. I don’t know how 4 girls slept on one couch but they made it happen! Michael is the Upper school youth pastor at Gayton Baptist Church (pssst. if you are in the Richmond area and need a church home, check it out!). The thing about being married to someone in the ministry is that
everything we thought it would be. Little men in striped shirts asking us to pay $100 Euros for a Gondola ride (no way!), quaint cafes and shops lining all of the rustic, waterlined streets, and beautiful buildings with colorful paint chipping off the windows and door frames. I loved Venice. It was one of my favorite places to take pictures. Everywhere I turned I saw door knobs and old shutters that I couldn’t help but snap a few shots off. I remember going to London and Paris in high school and being overwhelmed by all of the awesome architecture…. only I had a HORRIBLE point and shoot camera at the time. This trip was a little different.
…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
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.