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! >>
closer and closer to the end of our wedding season and the more we shoot, the more we realize just how blessed we are with amazing clients! Mike and Kelly have been on our calendar for over a year now and their wedding day was all that I anticipated it to be. From the very beginning, it was full of excitement and a few tears. I think one of my favorite parts of the day was after the first look when we were shooting Mike and Kelly’s portraits and all of a sudden it hit Kelly that this was happening! It was her wedding day!! Tears of joy are the best! Michael and I absolutely loved spending the day with these two and their amazing friends and families. I don’t think downtown Baltimore has ever looked SO beautiful!! But of course I’m biased :) Mike and Kelly had an amazing wedding day. As Mike stood in front of 200 of his closest family and friends at the reception,
longer I live in Richmond, VA…. also known as “RVA”… the more I love it! I’ve been shooting a lot of Richmond engagement sessions recently and I have come to find that Richmond has it all. We have hills, water, old architecture, cobblestone streets, murals, etc. The list goes on and on! I’m a lucky photographer to live in a city that I love to photograph! It’s so much fun to shoot close to home and I absolutely loved shooting Mark and Emily’s sessions in Richmond last week because not only do they love Richmond as well, they fell in love here!!
have spent the last two days in the mountains working on a special project with our friends Buddy and Jill. Bud is an organic Chicken farmer and Jill is a wedding photographer. Our conversations over dinner in downtown Lexington turned towards the industry and how it’s changed so much since I first started shooting in 2008. I started in college and went full time when I graduated and so I never experienced the corporate world or ANY other world for that matter. I never worked in a cubicle or had a boss. I also never experienced what it’s like to work with colleagues that were striving for the same promotion as you.
to admit that I was a little nervous about this one. The government is shut down and Lindy has always dreamed of having portraits with the national monuments! However, despite the barricades and massive amount of tourists, we made it happen!! The only way to shoot portraits around DC on a weekend with a gov’t shut down is to have an amazing group of friends in your bridal party AND you have to have a stretch hummer! :) Michael and I loved riding around DC with Nik and Lindy and their best friends. As we sat in the limo and headed to their ceremony, I was reminded of just how awesome this job is. We get to spend so much time with our couples on their wedding day and that’s such a privilege!! Nik and Lindy are just amazing. They have a story that not many have. Dating for 9 years is quite an accomplishment and so their wedding day was SUCH a celebration!!
when couples put their personalities into their wedding planning! It makes our job more interesting and I feel like people FEEL more in their images because they are showing more of who they are! For example, when Haley and I were emailing about their engagement shoot, she mentioned that she and her fiance, Brady were Chef’s and they wanted to wear their Chef Whites for a few shots. PERFECT! These pictures are at the bottom of the post because I saved the best for last! :) Of course I learned something… many things…