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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...

The Invitation Process

  • Wedding Wednesday

When I first thought to put peacock feathers on EVERY invitation, it sounded like a great idea! Well, after Michael’s mom and I finally figured out how we wanted to make them, we quickly realized we were going to need some help! A LOT of help! Making 350+ invitations by hand is no easy task!… especially when they include hot glue and feathers! We had multiple nights of gluing and cutting and folding. One night we had an invitation party! I can’t thank everyone enough for their help! Mimi, Jan, Bobbi, Sarah, Anna, Caroline, Laura, Gayle, Megan, Daddy, Momma, and Michael… you’re so awesome!

Smithfield Virginia Wedding Photographer

  • Chase + Sharon | Engaged

stop talking about how good he looked.  Every time I would pose Chase first, Sharon would be standing behind me making subtle comments to herself about how handsome her future husband was. She’s a trip! I love Sharon to pieces! She’s one of those people that just makes you happy when you’re around them.  The joy and laughter that comes out of that girl is amazing and it’s no secret why Chase adores her.  Sharon isn’t the shyest person in the world and so whenever she would let out a squeal or start bursting with laughter while she was supposed to be doing her “model” face… Chase would just smile and laugh. He gets her.

Richmond Portrait Photographer | Seniors

  • Meet Grace, Emily, Amy & Suzanna

like 4 peas in a pod. They are best friends and they’re seniors! Woohoo for graduation! It will be here before you know it! I’ve always loved senior sessions. I seem to only attract the senior girl crowd, no boys…. but I’m ok with that. I LOVE my time with these girls.  Senior sessions are supposed to be relaxed and FUN. It’s not only about the portraits, it’s about the experience, same with a wedding day.  I don’t want my bride and groom to JUST have great portraits, I want them to enjoy their time alone on their wedding day! So for these four girls, I wanted their session to be fun and relaxed and an afternoon that they’ll look back on 5 years from now and think…

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