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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...

5 Ways to Actually Stay Motivated ALL YEAR!

I think the BEST way to start 2018 STRONG is to have a game plan for how you’re going to maintain the motivation that you feel RIGHT NOW for the next twelve months! I mean, think about it…. are you really going to feel THIS motivated in September when your editing is piling up and you’re in the middle of your busiest season? Take a look back at your 2017 year. During what months were you thriving, and what months left you feeling swamped and overwhelmed? We all go through seasons where business life is hard, but there ARE ways that you can remedy the roller coaster of motivation that peaks and falls throughout the year.

Bri + Branden | Engaged

  • Downtown Lynchburg Engagement Session

Normally shoots in the dead of winter raise a few red flags for us. 1. It could be FREEZING!!! 2. There is a lack of color and 3. It can sometimes be really windy and miserable outside!!! So when Bri and Branden told me that they were going to be flying back home from Texas during the Christmas holiday, these thoughts did cross my mind. However, I knew that this was the best chance at making this shoot happen, and so we just needed to hope for the best!

Best of Weddings 2017

  • A Year in Review

I hope I’m not the only one who thinks like this…. but as a photographer, who has had several EPIC years in business with so many shots that are still in my “Top 100” folder… sometimes I worry that I won’t be able to top them!! Sometimes I think “When will it truly be my BEST season? Will I always get better?! Will I be able to create images that I LOVE every single season?!”. I think those thoughts at the beginning of EVERY single new wedding season, and I’m happy to say, not one year has past when I haven’t ended my wedding season with images in my portfolio gallery that make me fall more in love with my job!

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