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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 Clover Forest Plantation Wedding

  • Steven + Julie

There are a few venues around the Richmond area that I consider hidden “gems”. These properties are tucked away in little nooks and crannies of the surrounding Richmond area and they are just gorgeous. The Mill at Fine Creek is one of those venues and we’ll be shooting there this coming weekend and Clover Forest Plantation is another one of those “gems” that we love! I shot a wedding at this venue last spring and fell in love with the whole area! This gorgeous location is hidden in the rolling hills of Goochland and I was so excited to shoot Steven and Julie’s wedding there this past Saturday! Not only is the venue perfect but the weather was perfect as well! A beautiful 70 degrees and clear skies! I have found that the more weddings I shoot and the more I blog, the more brides I book that are very similar to me.

The Honeymoon Album

  • Personal Projects

talked about this before on the blog… but you know, I’ve been blogging for so long now that I feel like I can mention things again and no one would really notice! haha I’ve mentioned before that I find it REALLY hard to get personal projects done when you are running a small business. Because the reality of a small business is that it’s your PERMANENT, lifelong personal project! It literately never ends. the job is never done. SO, what I have found is that if you want to have a LIFE and you want to get LIFE projects done, you have to make a realistic daily list for the business and then make a conscious

You Only Work on the Weekends, Right?

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If you’re a photographer, you’re cringing at the title of this post. You’re cringing because you have probably heard this said to you a few times. “You’re making bank and only have to work Saturdays! That’s awesome!”. Well, the first issue with that is, everyday on-lookers just see our starting price and nothing else. They don’t realize that 25% of what we bring in isn’t ours and then 25% is spent running the business and then when you factor in that we have to pay for private health insurance because Michael works with me full time. We are blessed in this season of life with our income but I remember the days when I barely profited anything from a

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