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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...

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  • The Gift of Friends

into this crazy world of photography, I remember thinking that this career would be fun and exciting if I could actually get the hang if it!  I loved the idea of a home office, traveling, meeting new couples and having the ability to be CREATIVE with my work!! However, there is one aspect of this job that I didn’t consider and that was the fact that I was starting my business at the same time that a TON of my best friends were about to be engaged. For some reason, this never CLICKED with me.  I never thought “Oh if I could shoot a ton of FRIENDS weddings that would be a huge help for my business!

A Colorful Engagement Shoot in Radford, VA

  • Austin + Kristy | Engaged

is BY far the greatest asset of my business…. and this couple is the perfect example why.  Because I’ve been blogging since 3 months after I STARTED this business… I have gained a few followers who have been with me for the long haul. There are some days when I get emails that read something like “I’ve been following your blog for 3 years and now it’s MY TURN! I’M ENGAGED!”…. these are my FAVORITE emails….EVER. Why? Because these are brides that GET me… they know my business, they know my style and they love it.  Kristy is one of those girls.  She’s been following the blog for a while and it just so happens that

The Shoe Dilemma

  • Wedding Wednesday

truth…. no one wants to admit it but everyone knows it…. sometimes beautiful heels just HURT. It’s unfortunate. You could be sporting a $600 pair of Jimmy Choo’s or some pumps from Payless and if you stand in them too long, you’re going to be in pain. Now, I have come to realize that the higher the price tag, the better the fit.  I have ONE pair of real heels and they are definitely more comfortable than my cheapo pairs!! So what does this mean for a bride? Are you supposed to just suck it up and be miserable? …. Or are there OTHER options out there? Great news! … Brides are doing WHATEVER they want these days!!

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