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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...

A Clifton Inn Winter Wedding

  • Aaron + Melissa

It was a bit chilly on Saturday but that didn’t stop the excitement of Aaron and Melissa’s big day. We arrived to a house of bridesmaids, makeup artists and family members running around and preparing for the big day! The joy was contagious. As Melissa sat in the beautiful dining room at Colina Farm and had her makeup done, her bridesmaids ooh’d and ahh’d over how amazing she looked and she wasn’t even in her dress yet! It’s true, Melissa looked stunning. Now I have to admit that when I was shooting her details, I picked up her dress and I was SHOCKED at how light it was! It’s probably the smallest wedding dress I have ever shot! Melissa is so petite and it made shooting her dress so easy! I could hang it anywhere! I loved shooting details in the pure white room that the girls were getting ready in. White walls, big windows, white floors, rustic old furniture.. it was a dream! I could have shot the whole wedding day in that room!

Editing Manually | Part 2

  • Ask Anything

workshop attendees can attest to the fact that I’m easily distracted. I could start a really great conversation about pricing and end up talking about the weather in a matter of seconds. It just happens. So it’s not a surprise that I started an “Ask Anything” series on “Manual Editing” and have yet to finish it! Well, today is PART TWO! Get excited!! For those that have been patiently waiting for this since February of LAST YEAR… no worries, here’s your part two. It only took me 12 months to get this done (I’m so embarrassed!). I received an email this week asking if I was going to finish this and I’m very thankful for the reminder!

Ten Tips for a New Home Builder

  • Home Building 101

most of you know, we built a house last year!! This time last year they were breaking ground and we were FREAKING OUT!! So exciting and so overwhelming at the same time. We were such newbies and we learned so much through this process! We’ve received some emails from other couples who are entering into the home building stage and while we aren’t pros, we did learn a few things about the whole process!! We built with Eagle Construction in Goochland, VA and there were a few reasons we decided that we HAD to work with this company. Eagle’s floor plans were unlike anything we had seen in the area.

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