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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...

Comparison Kills

  • The Overachiever

if I’ve ever admitted this or not… but I’m a HORRIBLE comparer-er. I compare my work, my business and my life to others CONSTANTLY and it’s probably the most UNHEALTHY, destructive and discouraging habit EVER!! Why do I let myself think like that?! It’s like I’m using other’s accomplishments as a scale to find out if I’m really doing ENOUGH. The thoughts creep into my head that say “Well she has KIDS… and she’s doing more than I am!”…. and “They’re doing WHAT?! I should have thought of that!” and “How many fans do they have on facebook?!”….. EW. GROSS. Comparison is just down right NASTY. It’s disgusting

March 2012

  • The Snapshot

REALLY can’t believe I’m writing this! It’s MARCH?!! Like three months into 2012?!! Oh my GOSH!!  I really feel like time is slipping away from me and I don’t know where it’s going!  Is because I’m too busy? Or I’m slowing down to enjoy each day? Or is time ACTUALLY speeding up?! I’m pretty sure it’s the last one option.  This is my DOWNTIME… the time when I’m actually home everyday working on albums and big projects that I can’t get done during wedding season! So if time is speeding past me NOW… what is it going to feel like in MAY when the craziness happens?! I’m so thankful that I still have a break! Engagement sessions will begin soon

Tips for creating a theme through details

  • Wedding Wednesday

about themes on a wedding day. We had a theme for our wedding… “Vintage Peacock”!  I STILL find random feathers around our house!!  Some brides have their theme nailed down and planned out perfectly…. and some brides are like “Hey, I’m getting married and I could care less about a theme!”. No matter what type of bride I’m working with, I have to be the one that makes the wedding day cohesive! It’s really crazy to think about but the photographer determines the way the wedding day will be remembered. AH! No pressure right?!!  The way we shoot determines the look and feel of the album and the blog post… and those are two main ways

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