Welcome

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! >>

Trevor + Becky | Engaged

A Downtown Richmond Engagement Session
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Since

starting my “rebranding” process, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I consistently love shooting. I love the soft, romantic shots that we capture for our couples… but I really feel like I’ve done well with a shoot when I’ve captured the JOY of my couple to some degree. It’s not always easy to capture “Joy” but there are some couples who are naturally joyful and that makes my job easy! Joyful couples are the ideal KJ couple!! So it was such a pleasant surprise to find that Trevor and Becky are not only full of joy, they’re full of laughter!

Jake + Lindsay

A Carnegie Institute Wedding | Washington DC
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Ever

since their engagement session, I have looked forward to photographing Lindsay’s beautiful smile on her wedding day. Lindsay is the type of bride that you look forward to working with all year and so it was so perfect that their wedding was the final wedding of 2014! Her smile is just one reason why I loved this wedding. Jake and Lindsay have such a genuine, strong love for one another. During the reception, Lindsay’s dad toasted to the newlyweds and explained that the number one thing that he loved about their relationship was their respect for one another. I loved this because so often you don’t hear about how important respect is in a relationship. The more that Lindsay’s dad talked about how much they respect one another, the more I realized how true this was.

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Let it go.....

A Big Exciting Project for KJP!
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This

weekend marks the FIRST day of our “off” season!! Sure, we have a few more engagement shoots, but we photographed our final wedding of 2014 on Saturday and I feel like I’m constantly hearing the “Mission Impossible” theme song swirling around in my head!! We have been so blessed this season. Amazing couples, great timelines, only a few rainy days and no sickness! I’m knocking on wood right now because I don’t want this to change next year. We haven’t even had so much as a cold this year. How in the world does that happen?!

Rustic Caramel Fall Shoot

Styled Shoot | September 2014 Workshop Experience
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Friday

is here!!! It’s so funny, the rest of the world talks about Friday as if “they’ve MADE IT!!!”…. and I think of Friday as, “This is my last day to get stuff done!”. :) Our job makes our week look so different from what normal people experience. But I’ll take it! … Because I just rolled out of bed at 9:00 and I’m blogging in yoga pants. So life is good. I’ll take working on Saturdays over having a strict, concrete schedule during the week ANYDAY! One thing that our schedule allows us to do is plan workshops during the week.

Branding & Marketing

Live Audience Educational Experience
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This

week has been a whirlwind for us!! How is it only Thursday?! It feels like it should at least by Saturday by now! After our two-day workshops, we always feel a little disheveled. It takes us a while to get life and our HOUSE back in order! Right now there are still dishes stacked in the sink, my lenses are all over the house, the dust bunnies are congregating in every corner and there’s a massive pile of clothes on the floor of my closet. Today is rainy and stormy and so we’re excited to be home all day to get our life back to normal!