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! >>
a list in gmail (a LONG list) where I’m constantly adding blogging ideas as I receive emails with questions from photographers and others in the industry. The cool thing is that we have actually started getting more and more emails from SMALL BUSINESS owners and not just photographers. We have done some coaching for small business owners outside of the photography industry and I have to say, I LOVE IT! SO much of what Michael and I do in our business is transferrable to other industries. The whole idea of creating community? That’s not something that only wedding photographers are capable of!! (I’ll share more on that topic next week! Exciting things are in store!).
my sister’s wedding in Lexington, VA, Michael and I packed up our second round of suitcases and headed to the airport to fly to Florida. Call us crazy… but this was the BEST weekend for my sister to get married! They were married on a Friday which meant that we had a full day to travel and recover before shooting another wedding on Sunday. It worked out perfectly! Michael and were able to get 8 hours of sleep Saturday night and by Sunday, we were ready to roll again! We drank plenty of water and headed into Sarasota to start photographing Drew and Becca’s big day!! The humidity in Florida was still a little bit of a shocker… my poor hair. However, it wasn’t too terribly hot and the rain held off for us almost ALL day…. we had the perfect conditions for a gorgeous wedding day!
forecast was calling for 30% chance of rain… but instead of rain, God gave us a large soft box for Joe and Emy’s big day. It was perfect. I remember waking up and feeling a little like I did on my own wedding day… I was excited but I also had a mental list of all that needed to be accomplished before hair and makeup arrived. Thank goodness we have amazing family friends that step in and help us James girls out on our wedding days! We couldn’t do it on our own!! If there is anything that I learned from my own wedding, it was that you have to let stuff go and trust other people to take care of things for you. So after working in the barn in the morning, I headed up to the house to shower and switch into my “Matron of Honor” roll. One by one, our vendors/friends started showing up and the wedding day was full steam ahead. Before I knew it, I was watching daddy walk Emy down the aisle…
even know how to begin this post…. because it’s the most important wedding that I have ever blogged. Today I’m sharing the first half of my sister’s wedding day. It seems surreal just to type that out. I mentioned in my toast that even though weddings are our LIFE, this day was so different from any other. It changes everything when you’re watching your dad walk down the aisle with your baby sister on his arm. It changes everything when you’re the one helping the bride into her dress and holding her train as she walks to her first look. My eyes are still puffy from all of the happy tears that were shed on Friday! I went through so many different emotions on Joe and Emy’s wedding day…. happy, sentimental, photographer-mode, overwhelmed, anxious, thankful, etc. It was a whirlwind!! I had many different roles and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
wedding, my baby brother was Michael’s best man. I remember when Michael told me he was going to ask Corey to fill that role and I got all teary. Corey and Michael have been buds since Corey was a little guy. Corey looked great standing beside Michael at the front of the church and I’ll never forget how special it was to have my sister as my maid of honor and my little brother as the best man… the only member of our family that wasn’t standing at the altar was my poor momma because my dad officiated our ceremony!! :) We had an AWESOME wedding day and Corey had fun but he was stressed the whole time