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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...

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How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Outsource?

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Today, I’m speaking at the Creative at Heart conference in Memphis, TN! This conference is one of my favorites because it’s intimate, intentional and we’re always surrounded by the most amazing people!! I love our panel group this round because the questions that were asked yesterday were so on point. We talked about a lot, but one of the biggest questions was “When do I know if I’m ready to outsource?!”. It’s such a huge turning point in a business! So how do you know when you need to take this leap of faith?

5 Reasons Why I Prefer Prime Lenses

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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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