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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!Β  Read more...

A Downtown Ashland Wedding

  • Brendan + Jenna

After dinner was over at the rehearsal, one by one, different friends and family members stood up and shared just how much they love Brendan and Jenna. Groomsmen shared stories and talked about how much respect and love they have for Brendan and bridesmaids stood up and thanked Jenna for being such a trustworthy, intentional friend. However, they didn’t just talk about them separately. EVERYONE shared about how amazing they are as a couple and how they have learned so much from their relationship. It’s a beautiful thing to see two friends who everyone loves and admires, start a life together!! Michael and I just love these two. Brendan was in our bridal party and has been such a loyal friend to Michael over the last 5 years. Jenna has been a part of my life since I was a junior in college and she was a freshman!

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.

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