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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...

Time to Grow

  • A Little Reflection

in June…. like a ton of bricks. I love what I’m doing and I am SO thankful for where my business is.  However, I realized something very eye-opening and somewhat scary in June. This “something” made me stop in my tracks and literally pray for a change.  I was so busy that I had stopped growing. I was so busy that I couldn’t even finish ONE project of my own. It was only May and I had already started the late nighters, the 10 hour workdays at my desk and the feeling of stress was creeping into my life slowly but surely.  I only had 4 weddings in May and even though I turned them around within a week

Dustin + Brittani | Engaged

  • Mount Victoria Plantation Engagement Session

for shoots isn’t always the easiest task….especially when you’re long distance. Brittani and Dustin are living in South Carolina but Britt grew up in Maryland and so they decided to make a trip home for their engagement shoot. Since Britt is a fabulous photographer (check out her cute blog!), we both knew that their location needed to be beautiful and very “them”. That’s why it’s so great to work with other photographers! They just GET stuff like that automatically! So when Brittani told me that she found a location that was owned by a friend at home, I was all for it! I was excited… just like any shoot…

Wedding Wednesday

  • Professional Lighting Before & Afters

some people mention “professional lighting” before my wedding but I never paid any attention to what it was. It didn’t seem like a necessity at the time.  And then as I continued looking at magazines and reception images, the shots that caught my eye were so COLORFUL and evenly lit and VIBRANT.  I slowly began to realize that the “look” I loved involved something more than just overhead lighting. I think so often this is a part of the wedding planning process that is overlooked because it doesn’t seem necessary. However, there aren’t many things that can make THIS much of an impact on the overall “look” of an event.  If you’re planning a

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