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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...

Being a photographer of originality

  • Making it yours

know what you’re going to get with a location. One thing I have learned from trial and error and from some other fabulous photographer’s with way more experience than I have… is that you have to work with what you’ve got! (not proper English, I know) I remember showing up to a wedding when I was first starting and thinking to myself…. oh my…. this location is miserable…there aren’t going to be ANY good portraits… I’m totally sunk.  I was looking for the perfect spot, the perfect light and the perfect portrait. But what makes a portrait perfect? I was so concerned with looking for perfection that I missed my opportunity for originality.

Richmond Wedding Photographer

  • Emily + John | Engaged

…done a Bridal Show before.  I had heard of them and had considered looking into doing one but had never actually signed up.  I was invited to be a part of the Greater VA Bridal show back in May and a agreed to set up a booth. It was fun displaying canvases and albums but to be honest, bridal shows and advertising are not the way my business works. My blog is my advertisment and my relationships with my clients are how I get future business.  I hated meeting a bride at the show, handing her a postcard and after 10 seconds of talking to her, she would walk away to the next booth. That is just how it goes at a bridal show…

Williamsburg Wedding Photographer

  • Craig + Laura | Engaged

If Laura had to move the wedding up to this weekend, I’m confident she could pull it off. She has basically planned her whole wedding and it’s going to be here until May! I envy her organization. I always said I was going to have one of those huge Martha Stewart wedding planning books to keep all of my planning straight… but uh, that didn’t happen. Instead, I have a box that is full of random receipts, ribbons, invoices…. it’s a mess. But hey! I only have a few weeks left and then the planning is done. Why organize now, right?! It’s slowly coming together and we are not as unorganized as I make us out to be. Things are falling into place…

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