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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! >>

5 Takeaways from P31 2014

Pursuit 31 Conference | Rome, GA
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day two… and I already feel like I’ve learned enough about myself that I could come home right now and work on those issues for the next year until the next p31 conference! Whew! What a few days…. full of lots of hugs, seeing really old friends, great food, hard talks, a few tears and a few realizations! While I wish I could just pour my heart out completely… there’s no time for that on here. Tomorrow is day 3 and I’m speaking!! AH! So I have to go continue prepping!! But before I do that, here are my top 5 things that I’m come to realize over the last 48 hours.

Ben + Carlyn

A Rustic Barn Wedding | Ohio Wedding Photographer
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wedding season we have a spell where we don’t realize it, but we’re in need of a pick-me-up. We always become aware of how much we needed this pick-me-up after it happens and that makes it that much sweeter. So Michael and I have been on the go a lot recently and if i’m being honest, it can be hard. Living at Hampton Inn after Hampton Inn is not a glamorous as it may sound. (We do however get free internet and breakfast which is pretty fabulous in my book!) Sometimes when we’re in a season like this, we don’t realize it but we get to a place where we are being challenged and inspired. Ben and Caryln’s wedding was just that. It was totally fresh and something NEW to shoot! I’ve never had a chance to shoot a gown from Anthropologie’s bridal line until their wedding day and just in case the gown wasn’t fun enough, the apartment that they rented for the girls to get ready is was INCREDIBLE!

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Ask Anything

5 Simple Must- Haves to Increase Blog Traffic
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If there

is one thing I have learned about blogging, it’s that I’ll never be perfect at it. I’m constantly telling you all about my many spelling errors.. it drives my momma CRAZY! And the truth is, there is actually a lot that I could be doing to help grow and maintain my blog but life just gets in the way sometimes! I was recently asked if I used TAGS on my blog posts for SEO purposes and my response was “Well, I used to!!!”. And that’s the truth! I used to tag every wedding with descriptive key words and I did this religiously!

It's Time to Get in Shape!

The Case of the Burgundy Pants
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You

may be thinking “This seems like an odd post”! … And it is. It’s very odd… I’ve actually never blogged about anything quite like this before! But here it goes! I’m hoping that after I tell you the case of the Burgundy pants, you’ll leave me a comment and reassure me that I’m not crazy and that I can definitely reach my goal! So, this week was a little on the busy side and like any busy week, I had my moment of being overwhelmed and so Michael decided that we should use our day off to go to the outlet mall! Retail therapy is actually a very real thing. We literally only do this like twice

Michael + Brittany

A Wedding at The Maples | Upperville Wedding Photographer
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walked out of our hotel to head to Michael and Brittany’s venue, The Maples, and my heart sank a little bit…. it was raining. It was sprinkling just enough to be annoying and by the time we arrived at the venue, everything was soaked. So I immediately started planning out all of our “covered” portrait options around the property. I have explained before that rain doesn’t hinder our work… if anything, it makes us MORE creative!! But we all know that no bride PREFERS rain on her big day! So for the sake of Brittany (and her pictures), I was praying for the skies to clear up! …. And guess what?! They did!!! The sun peaked through the clouds right as Brittany was stepping into her dress!! Even though I was a little disappointed when I thought that it was going to be a rainy day, deep down I knew that no matter what, rain or shine,

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