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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...

Hermitage Hill Farm Wedding

  • Manny + Alison | Part II

about shooting a friend’s wedding is that you get to REALLY be a part of the experience. When you go to a friend’s wedding, you normally only get to say hello at the reception and give them a big hug… but when you’re photographing a friend’s wedding… you get to be a part of the whole wedding day and that is such an honor. I got to help Ali and her wonderful bridemaids set up reception details (heaven for me!), I was there when she was getting her hair done, I watched her see her husband for the first time on her wedding day and I got to capture their first moments as “Husband and Wife!” after the walked out of the church. You see what I mean? Such a privilege.

Downtown Staunton Wedding

  • Manny + Alison | Part I

finished up Alison and Manny’s portraits (and I say “we” because Michael second shot with me and I love him for it!)… Michael looked at me and said…”Welp.. this is going to be a “Part 1/Part 2 for sure!”.  You see, this is “blog” language. The blog is the heartbeat of my business and so we talk about it all the time. What Michael meant by that comment was “Whoa! There are going to be a TON of money shots!! You’re going to have to post twice!”. Again… blog language. “Money Shots” refer to the shots that give me goosebumps and make me squeal after I take them….. Alison and Manny had a whole day full of “Money Shots” and I tried my best to narrow it down but about an hour ago I realized

Winter Tablescape | Using what you have!

  • Wedding Wednesday

break (I say that like I still have “Christmas Break”…. will I ever grow up?!) we were invited over to the Vath’s house for dinner. We love this family and always enjoy our time with them. We walked in and I immediately noticed the AMAZING winter tablescape Melissa had displayed in her dining room! Ohhhh sweet goodness. It was amazing…..so amazing that I made Michael run home to get my camera! (He’s the best:).  The reason I want to share this on Wedding Wednesday is because it’s inspiring! Melissa had collected cute and classy Christmas decor every year when the After Christmas sales hit and everything is always 80% off.

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