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! >>
driving out of Red Rock Canyon, just 30 minutes outside of Vegas when the topic of my business name came up. I’m pretty sure I cowered down in the seat a little bit because I just knew what was coming. Jasmine Star had just photographed our engagement session and I was trying to take it all in. I’ll admit it, I was star struck (pun intended). I tried to act cool and collected but inside I still couldn’t believe that we had just had our pictures done by THE Jstar! So as we drove out of the state park, Jasmine asked me a very simple but daunting question… “So what made you choose “Inspired Designs By: Katelyn James” for a business name??
my first bridal shower. I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I remember thinking “So people are getting together to give me gifts and then watch me open them?! …. And that’s it?!”. I didn’t really grasp the concept of a shower until AFTER I was a bride! I was one of the first of my friends to get married and so all of this was so new to me! Did you know that there are shower GAMES and TRADITIONS and even SUPERSTITIONS?! These were some of the things that I learned as a bride! It’s fun to watch my sister learn all of these things now that she is a bride!
it “snows” and then other times it REALLY snows! Like, flakes the size of quarters! Thats the type of snowfall that requires a mini photo shoot! Yesterday I was sitting at the kitchen table, working on my WPPI presentation when Michael told me to look outside! The flakes were absolutely beautiful!!! And they were coming down hard! It’s the type of snow that you see in the Christmas movies and you think “It never looks like that”. Well yesterday it TOTALLY looked like a movie outside of our house! After a few minutes of watching the snow fall from the kitchen, I realized “Hey! We need family pictures of this!!”.
you’re a photographer, you tend to see things differently than other people. Old, dead trees, random sets of stairs and a patches of tall grass can be so exciting! What I love about my job, especially the last several years, is the fact that we work with a TON of other photographers! It’s quite an honor!! In my opinion, it’s one of the greatest compliments we receive in our business. When photographers trust us to capture their day, it blows me away!! We have a blast with these couples because they are just like us! I squeal when the light is glowy and they totally understand that!!
was a time when Facebook was the ONLY social media tool that was worth a small business owner’s time. Well, like everything in the internet world, things have changed. I can’t say that I know exactly what Facebook will be like in 5 years but there are a few things I’m realizing right now about this aspect of the social media world. Facebook is making it harder and harder for small businesses to reach an audience. Why? Well, it’s genius on their part. They allowed businesses to start up and use Facebook marketing for FREE and now that millions of businesses depend on Facebook