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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...

Richmond Virginia Wedding Photographer

  • John + Emily

when I decided to do a bridal show. I was invited by a friend to be a part of a small show at the Science Museum and I figured I would give it a try. BAD IDEA.  My business doesn’t work that way.  I book brides through word of mouth and the blog! …. Not by handing out flyers.  I considered that whole experience a huge waste…. until I received an email from Emily. Emily had won my raffle at the bridal show and she ended up booking last spring.  I knew she was sweet and gorgeous and was planning a beautiful wedding, but I had no clue her family attended the church Michael and I just became a part of! Weird right?! It’s such a small world.  I shot Emily and John’s engagement

Invitation Inspiration

  • Wedding Wednesday

the hard part…. picking out invitations. I remember DREADING this part of the planning process. I knew I wanted to be unique and do something different but I had NO clue how to do it! I also had no ideas for the design.  Figuring out invitations can be frustrating to someone who has never even thought about stationary before! How are brides supposed to know about “Letterpress” and how many envelopes are proper, etc. etc. (I don’t even know the envelope rule!) My invitations were very non-traditional.  After I figured out what I wanted, making it happen wasn’t too complicated.  One of my awesome brides just

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  • Emily's Bridals

bridal sessions! Normally, if a bride opts for a bridal session, they have also done an engagement session and so by the time the wedding comes around, I have worked with the bride on two different occasions.  This makes a HUGE difference on the wedding day. I get to know the bride so much more and show up to the wedding knowing what poses she likes most and how to make her feel most comfortable…. and every bride wants that on her wedding day. Trust me.  Emily and John were married on Saturday and I absolutely loved being there.  After engagements and then Em’s bridal session with her and her mom, I felt like I was a part of the family!

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