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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...

Foyer Makeover | Stripes & Clocks

  • The New House

wild ideas sometimes. Luckily Michael trusts my crazy ideas and he’s sweet enough to help me make these ideas come life! I said a LONG time ago that I wanted to paint thick, horizontal stripes down the foyer of the new house. I have been envisioning this for such a long time but I knew that I would have to be patient! This was going to be a DIY project for us and it wasn’t going to be easy. Michael and I hosted two cookouts last weekend and that was the perfect motivation to get this project done! Michael bought the paint, the laser level and the tape and he went to town.

What Lens Next?!

  • Ask Anything

a reoccurring question that we receive really often and so I thought it would be helpful if I blogged about it! Every photographer goes through the process of buying new lenses and has to decided which lenses take priority over the other. For me, we hit a place in our business two years ago when I had all the lenses I needed/wanted for my “style” of photography. It took a while because they are pricey AND I didn’t know instantly what I needed. I LOVE shooting with prime lenses. I actually only shoot with one zoom lens for ceremonies and that’s my 70-200. I don’t even love it, I just know I need it for ceremonies in

And How it Grew My Business

  • Being Naive

I have been reminiscing back to my college days quite often recently. I don’t know what it is but I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about when this business was just a little dream. The truth is, I was never the girl that “always dreamed of being a photographer” when she grew up. I wanted to be creative and I wanted to love my job and I wanted to have freedom. Well, 6 years later, I’m living that dream and there are some days when I don’t believe it’s true. Sometimes I have people ask me, “Did you ever imagine your business would turn into what it is today?” and my answer is normally “No way!”. However, the more I think back to my first year of shooting,

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