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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! >>

Family Vacation 2014

Smith Mountain Lake
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When

we were little, we had some extravagant vacations with my family. Not extravanagant in the sense of “fancy”… they were extravagant because of all that we accomplished. When I was about 11 or 12, my parents loaded us up in our family motorhome and drove us out west… like, to the GRAND CANYON! ha! It was a three week adventure and we explored Yellowstone, the Rockies, the Badlands, etc. I remember it all. Well, now that we’re older and our schedules are all different, it’s hard to find an extended period of time to all be together.

Australia Bound

We Need Some Advice!
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It can’t

believe it’s almost here…. AUSTRALIA is almost here!! What?! I just visited my grandparents and told them that I was teaching a workshop in Australia and their response was “Are you FLYING there?!”. Haha. Well I’m definitely not driving! :) They’re cute. What they were trying to figure out was “Are you actually going all the way to AUSTRALIA?!”…. and the answer is yes. The more I say it, the more surreal it feels. I don’t know which is more exciting… the fact that I’m going to Australia or the fact that I’m meeting new photographer friends and spending TWO DAYS with them Australia!

Chris + Sarah

A Big Spring Farm Wedding | Lexington VA
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This

place will forever hold a special place in my heart. Not just because some of our best friends live on this gorgeous property, but because my sister got married here! Big Spring Farm has become a household name within the course of this past year and we were SO excited to shoot ANOTHER wedding there this past weekend! Chris and Sarah are friends of ours from back home. Sarah interned with our church’s youth group when Michael was on staff at our church and so we became very close during the summer of 2011! We met up for lunch and coffee every now and then and I heard about school and friends and eventually… this boy named Chris. Sarah met up with me one afternoon and shared that she was dating this guy and something was so different about him. Fast forward a few months and she told me that he may just be THE ONE!! Well, she was right!! The more I heard about Chris and his love for her, the more I loved their relationship.

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Ask Anything

What Your Composition & Your Camera Bag have in Common
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You may

think I’m completely crazy after reading this post…. but that’s ok. You won’t be alone. Michael was a little unsure about this one! :) A lot of people have commented and asked about how I set up composition in my images. I wish I had an easy button for this but I think seeing composition is something that just comes naturally to some people. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some tricks for improving your eye. When I first started, my images weren’t well composed. They weren’t awful, but they definitely had PLENTY of useless negative space and crooked horizon lines.

Travis + Shannon

A Lavender Inspired Backyard Wedding
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The

officiant knew them well. She and her husband are dear friends of Travis and Shannon’s and so their ceremony was more personal than most. After Shannon walked down the aisle, the pastors shared that these two had waited and dreamed of this day for SO so long. They were high school sweethearts and they were beating the odds. Most high school sweethearts don’t make it this far and they did!! Travis and Shannon started dating in high school and then did long distance throughout college. After YEARS of saying goodnight and leaving each other at the end of evening, the were finally getting married and those days of saying goodnight are over!!! Michael and I remember those days well. It was such a welcomed change to never say goodbye at the end of the evening and to officially live together!! Travis and Shannon have officially started their new life together and it’s exciting!

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