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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...

Tag: KJ Education

Photographers : What you don’t realize about your Skin Tones!

  • The Secret to Consistency!

I would say that easily 75% of the editing concerns that come up in our workshops and coaching sessions stem from one of two common issues. Either the photographer doesn’t know how to create “pop” in their images or they struggle with a lack of liveliness and warmth! It’s SO HARD to look at your own work and realize what is missing and causing an issue!! After I show them how they can WARM an image without over-doing it, and how I ALWAYS make sure that we avoid grey/blue skin tones in our images, it’s like I showed them a WHOLE NEW WORLD!!!! It’s simple and yet this secret is overlooked, because it requires using a less-popular slider in Lightroom!!

5 Reasons Why I Prefer Prime Lenses

  • Ask Anything

We receive this question often after we post a new shoot or wedding images that are full of bright images and vibrant colors! Photographers want to know how we’re accomplishing that look and there isn’t one easy answer! Our style is defined by so many different aspects! Lighting, editing, posing, backgrounds and lenses! I would write a novel if I explained how each aspect contributes to our defined style, so today I’m just going to focus on lenses and why we choose to shoot with PRIME (or fixed) lenses instead of zoom lenses!

When Friends Want to Book You

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This is a tough post for me to write, because we do a lot of friends and family weddings!! However, one of the most common questions that we get asked is how to handle these situations. I never thought that I would write about this on my blog, because it can be tricky to publicly share our thought process. I’m writing this not to make our friends and family feel bad for discounts, (we are the ones who gave the discounts anyway… which is part of one of my points I’ll share later on!) but to encourage photographers to maintain professionalism while also finding a way to serve those whom they are closest to!

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