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Hi there! iโ€™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!ย  Read more...

Our Industry vs. The World

  • Recognizing the Difference

have spent the last two days in the mountains working on a special project with our friends Buddy and Jill. Bud is an organic Chicken farmer and Jill is a wedding photographer. Our conversations over dinner in downtown Lexington turned towards the industry and how it’s changed so much since I first started shooting in 2008. I started in college and went full time when I graduated and so I never experienced the corporate world or ANY other world for that matter. I never worked in a cubicle or had a boss. I also never experienced what it’s like to work with colleagues that were striving for the same promotion as you.

A Washington DC Wedding | Sequoia

  • Nik + Lindy

I have to admit that I was a little nervous about this one. The government is shut down and Lindy has always dreamed of having portraits with the national monuments! However, despite the barricades and massive amount of tourists, we made it happen!! The only way to shoot portraits around DC on a weekend with a gov’t shut down is to have an amazing group of friends in your bridal party AND you have to have a stretch hummer! :) Michael and I loved riding around DC with Nik and Lindy and their best friends. As we sat in the limo and headed to their ceremony, I was reminded of just how awesome this job is. We get to spend so much time with our couples on their wedding day and that’s such a privilege!! Nik and Lindy are just amazing. They have a story that not many have. Dating for 9 years is quite an accomplishment and so their wedding day was SUCH a celebration!!

A Rome, Georgia Engagement Shoot

  • Brady + Haley | Engaged

when couples put their personalities into their wedding planning! It makes our job more interesting and I feel like people FEEL more in their images because they are showing more of who they are! For example, when Haley and I were emailing about their engagement shoot, she mentioned that she and her fiance, Brady were Chef’s and they wanted to wear their Chef Whites for a few shots. PERFECT! These pictures are at the bottom of the post because I saved the best for last! :) Of course I learned something… many things…

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