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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 Keswick Vineyard Wedding | Charlottesville, VA

  • Blake + Rita

There are a few Virginia venues that I still have on my photography bucket list! I’m excited that I was able to cross the beautiful Keswick Vineyard off of that list this past Saturday! Michael and I had the honor of capturing Blake and Rita’s wedding day in the rolling hills outside of Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. I’ve wanted to shoot at this stunning location for quite some time and let me tell you, it more than lived up to its’ reputation! Keswick is just stunning…. and it’s also very quaint and relaxing. It’s off the beaten path and the property is full of incredible locations for photos. I could have shot Blake and Rita’s portraits for HOURS at this venue but I refrained because it was definitely a toasty July day. Thankfully we had overcast skies and only a little snippet of rainfall towards the end of the ceremony! The BEST part about the rain was that it left behind some amazing clouds for us to use!!

Photography Degree?

  • Ask Anything

I am asked this question a lot…. more than you may think. After chatting about what I do for a living, it’s very common for this question to come next “So, did you go to school for photography?”. For YEARS this question used to be so daunting. I used to dread answering it. I dreaded the answer because I believed that because I didn’t have a degree in photography, I was less of a photographer. I thought that if I had a degree in photography, that would make me more legit and more talented. To be honest, I don’t know what my skill level and my business would like WITH a photography degree.

Downtown Charleston Engagement Shoot

  • Harrison + Rachel | Engaged

emailed me about the possibility of shooting their engagement session in Charleston and I think I probably responded with an immediate “YES!”. Charleston?! I love that place!! It’s one of my all time favorite cities to shoot in and I was ready to make another trip down south! I have shot in Charleston a couple other times and I have always driven down. It was about 8 hours from Richmond and so Michael and I decided to make a road trip out of it. I worked super hard on emails and office related things while we drove down so that once we arrived, I didn’t have to look at my laptop until the drive home!

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