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Hi there! i’m katelyn.

Hello, and welcome to the KJ Blog! I'm Katelyn James, and my husband Michael and I are a wedding photography team based in Richmond, Virginia. We hope you grab some coffee (or a diet coke, in my case) and enjoy viewing our latest work, browsing resources for photographers, and getting a little peek into our life!  Read more...

Christian + Rachel | Engaged

She has been following my work and my business on social media since she was in high school! That fact alone makes me feel so honored and so old at the same time! It’s finally hitting me that I’ve been in business for almost a DECADE! It’s crazy!! One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to work with couples like Christian and Rachel. They care so much about their photography, and having Michael and I there to capture their day was one of their top priorities! 

Sam + Katie | Engaged

This session is VERY special to me. It’s actually hard to even believe that I’m typing these words, but I knew that this day would come. I actually prayed for this day many many times. You see, I’ve known Katie P since we first moved to Richmond 7 years ago and Michael took a job as a youth pastor. Katie was only a rising Sophomore, and she was one of the most reliable girls in the group. If I needed help with worship team stuff, she was there. If we needed a leader for something, she was the first person we thought to call.

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  • How to Overcome the Biggest Lie about Light

I’ve heard it so many times over the course of my 9 years in business. However, there was one remark that will forever be etched into my memory. I was shooting a wedding at a beautiful country club, and while I was frantically trying to capture as many portraits as possible during golden hour, I was struggling to place the light in the right place. It was about that exact time that a wedding guest walking into the reception (carrying his own DSLR) stopped and shouted “Those portraits would be way better if you used a flash?!” Yea. Yikes. Not only did I question what I was doing, but I also cringed at the thought that one of my couple’s friend’s publicly humiliated me in front of them!!!

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