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! >>
is a BIG DAY!! It’s one of those days that reminds me that Michael and I are capable of so much more than I was ever able to do on my own. It’s a day that reminds me that projects that seem too complicated and too overwhelming really aren’t that far out of reach if you are dedicated to it….. And last but not least, today is a day when I mark a giant bucket list item off and CELEBRATE! Today we are announcing the opening of THE COLLECTION By: Katelyn James… and online resource for the growing photographer!! We have a SHOP everybody!!!!
day has been 10 years in the making!! I loved seeing Throwback Thursday pictures of these two pop up here and there before their big day! Justin and Brooke have been together for so long and their wedding day was anticipated by so many!! As I emailed back and worth with Brooke before the wedding, I could just tell how excited she was. Details, planning, crafting… she did it all! So much time and energy went into making this past Saturday the most perfect event. And it was just that. From the weather to the details to the puppies… everything was beyond gorgeous. Brooke, with the help of her mom and sister, incorporated so many meaningful details into the day. I don’t think there were many details that didn’t represent something special to the couple and their families. As I walked up to Brooke’s parent’s home at the beginning of the day, I passed Brooke’s dad loading the final touches to the trailer full of vintage furniture.
today is an exciting day!!! Over TWO YEARS ago I started a little project I like to call “The Bridal Guide”! The idea was that I wanted to create an bridal magazine for my brides to receive once they book with us! Sure, I could just send them a copy of The Knot or Southern Weddings but I wanted this gift to be personal! The Bridal Guide is not only full of my favorite images, it contains TONS of helpful information about planning a photography-friendly wedding day!! We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to the project and I’m SO relieved because this has been something that I have wanted to do for so long!!
is new trend happening in our industry. All around us, photographers and business owners are deciding that there should be more than just a few MASSIVE conferences for inspiration and education. So what are they doing? They are creating their own! In true entrepreneurial fashion, these individuals are making it happen and everyone who can’t get all the way to Vegas for WPPI or any other long distance conference are thankful for them! I personally love this movement! We’re speaking at 5 smaller conferences in the next year and we’re SO excited!!
day has been in the works for YEARS. I can’t count how many times I heard “It’s finally here!!!” said on Ryan and Megan’s wedding day! All of their friends and family knew just how important this milestone was for the two of them. After years and years of dating, they were finally going to be husband and wife!! Michael and I traveled down to Winston Salem, NC late Friday night to be ready for Ryan and Megan’s big day on Saturday. Old Town Winston Salem is now one of my new favorite NC shooting locations! It’s seriously like a clone of Williamsburg!! Historic homes, old fences and barns… what more could a photographer want?! Oh! And this awesome historic area was only a two minute walk from the reception venue!! I could have photographed them for hours!!