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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...

Thomas Birkby House Wedding | Leesburg, VA

  • Heath + Courtney

Everyone always asks the bride “So how are you feeling?!” Some brides are a little jittery and nervous and then some brides are like Courtney…. totally relaxed and ready to do this!! Courtney told her mom “People say that your wedding day is going to be awesome but this is literally the best day of my life”. She was surrounded by her closest friends and she was about to MARRY her best friend of all!! Heath couldn’t adore her more. During their first look, Heath handed Courtney a letter to read. As she read his words, she looked up at Michael and I and said “He’s so sweet!”. This was something we already knew. You can just tell by the way he looks at her that he wants nothing more than to make her happy. Their relationship started by a chance encounter at JMU… I believe Courtney’s dad mentioned during his toast that Heath and Courtney’s first interaction was over a spilled drink in class.

September 2013 | Erin, Casey, Ashley, Amanda & Chad

  • Coaching

hard to believe that I’m already posting September’s coaching sessions. I mean, how did that happen?! How are we almost done with the first week of October!? I LOVE FALL…. it’s my favorite time of the year! …. But it’s also our busiest season of the year here in Virginia. Brides just love to have fall weddings and I completely understand because we had a fall wedding!! :) However, I do wake up some mornings and wish that things would slow down a bit so that we could enjoy the season a little bit more.

A Bell Haven Engagement Shoot

  • Hutch + Kerri | Engaged

to this quaint, historic property that was tucked away in the hills of Scottsville, VA. The light was just low enough to be peaking through the trees and it was a beautiful 75 degrees. The perfect day for an engagement session! It’s crazy to think about but I think this was the 33rd engagement shoot of 2013! WOW. We have shot engagements for all of our 2013 couples and now we’re getting to know our 2014 couples through their engagement shoots and I love it! After every engagement, I leave thinking to myself “Welp, another awesome couple for 2014!”.

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