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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! >>

His Turn

Michael's Dream Job
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It was in…

…college when my turn came.  I was confused as to what I wanted to do.  I thought I was leaning towards graphic design. However,  I KNEW I couldn’t do an office job and the thought of having a boss that would tell me which designs were good and which were not acceptable scared me! …. to death!  Then my little hobby that I loved turned into my career. I fell in love with my job and I became more and more passionate about my business and making it happen! … It was my dream job! I had found my dream job!  Michael has ALWAYS… and I mean ALWAYS loved kids.  When I was in 8th grade and Michael was a freshman…

Jason + Brooke | Anytime

Bowling Green, Virginia Portrait Photographer
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It was their

2nd wedding anniversary! Brooke and Jason were married two years ago and they celebrated with a portrait session! Of course I think that’s the perfect thing to do! Every couple needs good pictures of themselves every now and then to remember the different stages of their life together. I hope that once Michael and I are married, we’ll continue to make time to get our pictures done! Everyone should consider an anniversary  session and here are a couple reasons why: 1. It’s a fun date! Really! It’s a time to be together and guys, it’s painless, promise! and  2. You will have images that truly capture the both of you during this time of your life!  This may sound like

Wedding Wednesday

Thank you's | Making it Easy
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The easy way.

I’m all about the easy way. The closer our wedding comes, the more I want one of those buttons… ya know, the “Easy” buttons. I want to hit it and all of a sudden ALL the decisions are made and all of the thank you notes are DONE! ughhh…. Thank you notes! You gotta do them! And I want to… I really do! I want to thank EVERYONE who has been a part of this celebration so far! I couldn’t do any of this without the help of my family and friends. However, I would much rather thank them by giving them a HUGGGGGE hug and exclaiming how much I appreciate them! There are two problems with this…

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 ….