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Hello and welcome to The Blog! I’m Katelyn James and I’m a Virginia + Destination Wedding Photographer based in Richmond, VA. Sit back, grab some coffee ( or my personal favorite, Diet Mountain Dew!) and enjoy viewing my latest work, meeting my fabulous clients and getting a little peek into my own life! I’m so excited that you stopped by! You can also view recent features right here! >>

Michael + Kendall | Engaged

A Charlottesville Engagement Shoot | UVA
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I normally

give the weatherman the benefit of the doubt. If he says it’s a 15% chance of rain, we don’t cancel sessions… that’s just not smart. There was a small chance of scattered showers on Friday evening and so we decided to go ahead with our engagement shoot with Michael and Kendall in Charlottesville! We arrived at our first location and as soon as they pulled up, the sprinkles started. I hate having to make the judgement calls in situations like this but it’s my job… so I made the executive decision to travel 20 minutes down the road to UVA’s campus

Steve + Sam | Engaged

A Waterside Engagement Shoot | Newport News, VA
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I thought

I was sentimental… until I met Sam! Sam is the sweetest! And she’s so creative! I loved her ideas for her engagement shoot and it turned out perfectly. Our first stop was at the restaurant where Steve and Sam first met. We didn’t shoot them sitting in the “exact” seats… but it was close!! Next, we shot some portraits under the tree where they shared their first kiss! Then we ended their shoot with a splash of color! Literally!! It was a blast. We left wishing that these two were getting married next month because we just loved them!

Ryan + Laura

A Running Hare Vineyard Wedding
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As soon

as we met Ryan during their engagement session, I knew that this was going to be an entertaining wedding day! Ryan is hilarious!! He had people laughing throughout the whole event and even though Laura sometimes has to reign him in a little bit, I think that’s one of the things she loves most about him. Ryan is the type of guy that could make ANYTHING fun! These two are a perfect match because Laura is so laid back!! Their personalities compliment each others so perfectly!! The more time I spent around this sweet couple, the more I loved them! There’s just something about how Ryan looks at her that makes your heart melt. They are such an amazing couple and you’ll definitely be able to see how just much they adore each other through their images!! As a photographer, that’s a dream couple!! I love photographing couples whose love is so outwardly evident!!

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Celebrating 25 Years

A Big Day in Sparta!
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Sometimes

God has multiple careers and jobs for people to do. I think at one time I heard that the average person changes careers or jobs 3-4 times during a lifetime. I’ve always wondered…. “How long will my career last??”. What happens when Michael and I aren’t young and 100% relatable to our young brides and grooms? What happens then?! Well, thankfully we’re trusting that God has a plan for that season of our life and we’re not stressing about it. I hope we can do photography for a lifetime but I know that not many people are blessed by a lifelong career.

CAP Photography Meetup

A Downtown Alexandria Speaking Engagement
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This past

week has kind of been a blur to us! We had an out of state wedding, hosted sweet friends of ours from Arizona, spoke in DC, gave our friends a tour of the most beautiful parts of the valley, then a Showiteer event, Coaching, trip to visit my nanny, engagement shoot and now we’re hanging out with my sister and her husband before tonight’s eshoot and wedding tomorrow. Whew. This is what October always looks like for us. Just plain CRAZY. After sleeping in this morning and not worrying about getting my post up at the crack of dawn, I feel refreshed.