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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! >>

The Bridal Guide

A Big Announcement!
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today is an exciting day!!! Over TWO YEARS ago I started a little project I like to call “The Bridal Guide”! The idea was that I wanted to create an bridal magazine for my brides to receive once they book with us! Sure, I could just send them a copy of The Knot or Southern Weddings but I wanted this gift to be personal! The Bridal Guide is not only full of my favorite images, it contains TONS of helpful information about planning a photography-friendly wedding day!! We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to the project and I’m SO relieved because this has been something that I have wanted to do for so long!!

CLIC Alexandria

Giveaway!
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There

is new trend happening in our industry. All around us, photographers and business owners are deciding that there should be more than just a few MASSIVE conferences for inspiration and education. So what are they doing? They are creating their own! In true entrepreneurial fashion, these individuals are making it happen and everyone who can’t get all the way to Vegas for WPPI or any other long distance conference are thankful for them! I personally love this movement! We’re speaking at 5 smaller conferences in the next year and we’re SO excited!!

Ryan + Megan

A Historic Downtown Winston Salem Wedding
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This

day has been in the works for YEARS. I can’t count how many times I heard “It’s finally here!!!” said on Ryan and Megan’s wedding day! All of their friends and family knew just how important this milestone was for the two of them. After years and years of dating, they were finally going to be husband and wife!! Michael and I traveled down to Winston Salem, NC late Friday night to be ready for Ryan and Megan’s big day on Saturday. Old Town Winston Salem is now one of my new favorite NC shooting locations! It’s seriously like a clone of Williamsburg!! Historic homes, old fences and barns… what more could a photographer want?! Oh! And this awesome historic area was only a two minute walk from the reception venue!! I could have photographed them for hours!!

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Wedding Wednesday

Sourcing Wedding Details
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When

I was planning my wedding, I had no idea where to begin. I would see beautiful weddings in magazines and on blogs and I was just at a loss. Where do you FIND this stuff?! My wedding was a “Vintage Peacock Theme”! So a lot of my wedding decor came from thrift stores. However, my sister’s wedding wasn’t going to be vintage at all. It was a bit rustic but Emy didn’t want burlap and lace. She wanted a more classic farm wedding that wasn’t super DIY and I totally understood what she was envisioning.

Jeff + Julia

A Science Museum of Virginia Wedding
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This

wedding was such an amazing milestone for the Rice family. The 5th and final sibling was marrying the love of her life!! I have known the Rice family for years. Ever since I shared a house in college with Emily, I have loved getting to know the Rice family! Besides my parents, I don’t think I’ve ever seen daughters so in love with their dad and a family dynamic that is so close. I think that’s why I just adore them. Their love for one another reminds me so much of our own family… except their numbers are bigger! The Rice siblings consist of 4 sisters and 1 brother and now they are all married with 9 grandkids and two more on the way!!! Crazy right?! What a blessed family! I remember hearing about Emily’s older sister getting married while we were in college and how big of a deal that was! Emily and I would talk about our weddings and how amazing it would be to have husbands and enter that new season of life.

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