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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...

How To Shoot Bridal Party Portraits

  • Ask Anything

recent coaching session, I was asked about how I shoot bridal party group portraits. This is a GREAT question and I haven’t blogged about it recently so I hope this post will be helpful for some photographers who struggle with getting those “big” shots done in a timely matter! Timing is the key. If you don’t have a plan and you don’t really know what you’re doing, the bridal party can sense that. You have to take charge and make it happen…. and you need to make it happen FAST because when one shot takes 10 minutes to setup, you’re going to lose their attention AND their excitement!

And Not Feeling Guilty About It

  • Taking a Break

I’ve heard it said before that taking a break from work will actually make you desire to work MORE. When I’m in really dry, burnout mode, I tend to think that saying is just a bunch of fluff…. but I have actually found it to be true. Michael and I had 3 Saturdays off in a row this summer and it was life changing! …. I’m serious. It was SO needed! I still shot engagements and worked during the week but just having some weekends free changed everything. We have decided that breaks are necessary for us and we’ll be saving a few 2014 weekends for US. I have a bad habit of over committing. I say yes to so many people because I find so much joy in making people happy. Well, the result of this character trait is that I grow resentful.

An Office Update | Canvas & Curtains

  • The New House

like the way Young House Love blogs about their home projects! They don’t just share a 100% completed room all at once, they show the progress! Well that’s the approach we’re taking with our new house! It’s not done but it’s definitely getting closer and closer each month! This past month, I worked on my office a little bit. Several weeks ago I asked all of your blog readers to give your opinion about which image I should blow up for my office wall and the response was GREAT!! I loved hearing everyone’s opinion! Well, I’m excited to show you which one I picked!!

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