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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...

Wedding Chicks, Southern Weddings, What's Up Wedding Magazine

  • Featured

been a common theme rolling around in my head this week. It’s the idea of “balance” and what a “normal life” is supposed to look like.  I see people walking their dogs at the same time every morning and older couples that take a nightly jog together.  We live close to a little league park and I see families pull in every Tuesday night for games and then probably head home to get homework done before bedtime. Some couples we know get to relax every Saturday.  Saturday’s are “normal” people’s day to do LIFE stuff. Like running to the grocery store, yard work, visiting family, shopping with friends, etc etc.  But that isn’t my life…my job AND

The Modern Chic Wedding | Downtown Richmond VA

  • Matt + Clare

You may remember this sweet couple from their engagement session last year. It was shot in NYC and I was just SO THRILLED that I was the photographer lucky enough to work with these two!! Matt and Clare are just phenomenal people.  You meet them and you love them… instantly. I’ve been looking forward to their wedding day for OVER a YEAR now and I’m happy to say that the images that we were able to create far exceeded my expectations for this wonderful wedding! You see, as soon as I shoot an engagement session, I start thinking about the wedding and what I envision it will look like. I knew Clare’s dress was going to be amazing and that her sense of style was fabulous so I have been

And an Anniversary!

  • The "I Can Do This" Moment

started, there were moments of GREAT FEAR.  Actually, my first 10 weddings were actually filled with a lot of  FEAR. I was so nervous. I had no training, I didn’t have hardly ANY experience and I had no clue what I was doing. I shot through weddings just HOPING for a “Money Shot” or two. I cringed at the thought of using just a simple on-camera flash and family formals were the death of me.  It’s amazing that I decided to keep going because in my mind, I had only ever shot 2-3 images that gave me HOPE for a future in photography. How DREARY is this post so far?!! Don’t worry, it gets better.  After I made it through the fall of 2008,

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