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! >>
are a funny things. Sometimes traditions are started and no one knows why but we stick to them like glue because that’s just what you’re supposed to do!! Right?! Well, Michael and I did several untraditional things when we got married, one being that we had our wedding on a SUNDAY! Gasp! 4 yeas ago, there were a lot of people who had never heard of that before. Weddings are supposed to be on a Saturday, right? Not anymore! As a culture, we get so stuck in our ways but things are starting to change!!
workshop was just a small thought several months ago. We started offering coaching for small business owners and then I started realizing that a lot of what we discussed in coaching could be taught in a workshop format! So we launched the Small Business Social and last week we had 16 awesome small business owners in our living room!!! There were realtors, bridal shop owners, photographers, PR companies, etc. I love meeting entrepreneurs that are passionate about their business!
emailed back and forth before the shoot because the weather was ominous. The scattered thunderstorms in the forecast were daunting but between our schedules and their schedules, we really didn’t want to cancel. So we decided to give it a shot! Rain or shine… we were going to make this happen! Michael and I drove up to Lake Monticello last week to meet Matt and Sarah and they couldn’t have been any sweeter!! I just love meeting our couples for the first time and immediately knowing that we are a GREAT fit! They had the BEST attitude about the clouds that started rolling in right as we began their session.
and I have come to realize that we love Charlottesville!! Why?! Because one day we want to retire on top of a rolling hill that overlooks the blue ridge mountains! We love the rolling hills and the beautiful historic estates and vineyards. It’s the perfect place to start a brand new season of your life. Hutch and Kerri said their vows on the gorgeous grounds of King Family Vineyard with horses and mountains as their backdrop. It was a beautiful 80 degrees and their day couldn’t have gone any smoother! I’m biased because the girls were in light teal dresses but everything was stunning and Kerri picked the perfect palette for a mid June wedding! As I entered the bridal suite, I was greeted by not one but TWO KJ Brides!
as I shared that my sister was engaged, the “Are you shooting her wedding?!” questions started pouring in. It’s a tricky situation to have a family member or best friend getting married when you’re heavily involved in the wedding industry. I was a bridesmaid AND a photographer twice for two of my college roommates’ weddings and it was such an honor to have two important roles on their wedding days… however, it’s also one of the most challenging balancing acts!! After I shot those two weddings, I remember telling my sister that one day when it was time for her to get married, I didn’t want to shoot her wedding