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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! >>

Mike + Kaitlin

A Cape May Vow Renewal
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People

always say that they are going to hire us to shoot their vow renewal! A lot of people are joking… because really, how many people actually have the opportunity to have a REAL vow renewal?! Not many. For many, life is too busy and their desire to renew and recommit their marriage vows with the love of their life gets pushed to the sidelines. Work, kids and crazy schedules are legitimate excuses… but they weren’t big enough excuses for Mike and Kaitlin. They wanted this and so they made it happen! It wasn’t that they wanted a fun party, they wanted a WEDDING… a wedding and a celebration that they didn’t have before. Kaitlin is a successful photographer in Cape May and after 3 years of photographing beautiful weddings, it was finally her turn! It was her turn to be photographed getting into her dress, her turn to share a first look with her husband of 5 years and her turn to have romantic portraits taken with her husband.

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Taylor + Amanda | Engaged

An Assateague Island Engagement Shoot
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She

emailed me hoping that by chance we would be available one of the several evenings that they would be vacationing on Assateague Island. Our summer is just crazy this year and so I winced when I saw that it was in July. I knew that our July was a little insane with our trip to Australia and several double headers. However, after looking at the calendar, we realized this just may be possible! We were heading up north on Friday to a wedding in New Jersey and so we decided to leave one day earlier and “swing” by the eastern shore! It was perfect timing!! Now if you’re familiar with the layout of Virginia and Maryland,

Kevin + Erika

A Downtown Philadelphia Wedding
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I seriously

feel like I have known these two for YEARS. Why? Because this journey started long before their wedding day! It begin when Kevin sent me a very well articulated email about how he was planning to propose to his girlfriend Erika but he needed my help! Yikes!! These types of things make me so excited and SO nervous! Kevin surprised Erika with a coaching session in April of last year. He drove her down and during her headshots, he proposed!! So this wedding was really special for us because we have literally been there for EVERY part of the process!! From the proposal during the coaching session to their early morning engagement session in State College, PA, we’ve shot it all! We even got to meet their little fur baby, Lilee! Saturday we had the honor of meeting the rest of their family, friends and everyone who loves them the most!

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Legacy Albums

Why We Love Leather Craftsmen
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After

6 YEARS of shooting, I’ve ordered quite a few albums. I’ve been to a few tradeshows and I’ve seen a lot of different album companies. Now I’m not blogging and saying that any company is worse than the other because honestly, I’ve only ever ordered ONE other sample album from one other company besides Leather Craftsmen. I’ll be the first to admit that there are some VERY desirable aspects to other album companies…. streamlined ordering systems, crazy fast turn around times, community within their users, etc.

Joe + Emily | Part 4

The Wedding Flim
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Just when

you think you’ve seen the last of my sister’s wedding posts…. I surprise you with one more!!! :) Seriously, I should pay my sister and new brother in law for giving me so much fun blog content this wedding season! It has been so much fun being a part of this exciting season of their life! Now if I had to list ONE thing from my own wedding day that I wish I had done differently, it would have been to hire a videographer. I should have invested in that… what was I thinking?! Thankfully a sweet friend of ours took clips on my old Mark II and we do have a handmade film that means the world to me!!!!