The Workshop Experience

  • June 2017 | Behind the Scenes

It’s hard to believe that we just wrapped up our second Two-Day in-person workshop in our new home. It just seems so surreal every time we welcome a new group of photographers, because this was our ultimate goal! We wanted to have land and live in the country, so that we could host workshops and friends and family, and never have to worry about parking, picky neighbors or where to do the styled shoot! This past Monday and Tuesday we hosted photographers from all across the country, and it was so wonderful!

We felt like one big family, with our new friends all cuddled up with blankets in our living room while I taught through over 250 SLIDES of information!!! And during the styled-shoot we were able to out-run the rain and shoot in the fields surrounding our home. The heat was a little intense but the memories that were made are priceless! These new friends may or may not have seen me get way too excited about hopping into the chest-high weeds to “create foreground”!!!

I think the greatest joy of hosting our workshops is the intimacy of the experience. It’s just so different from attending a conference at a hotel or professional venue. My family was there fixing home cooked meals. The babies (Evy, plus my sister’s baby, Micah . . . we do only have one! ha!) were there. And my dad and some family friends stopped by to help and say hi! It just makes me so happy to share our life and family with these new friends.

Kat, with “Dear Sweetheart Events”, came with her team and created the most gorgeous styled shoot!  Lauren, of “Ginger and Blooms”, did incredible florals. Our former KJ couple, Grant and Emily, modeled for us!!! And “Hello Darling Beauty” did a great job with hair and makeup!!

Here are all of our amazing vendors who contributed!! So thankful for:

Hair & Makeup @hellodarlingbeauty

Hair Clip @bridesandhairpins

Flowers @lauren_gingerandblooms

Styling: @dearsweetheartevents

Paper Details: @whimsybpaperie

Calligraphy: @offthebeatenpress

Cake: @sorbysweet

Attendee Notebook and Name Tag Calligraphy : @stephnealcalligraphy

Thank you Emy, Michael, Bobbi and Momma for making the food! And thank you Jan, Jessica, Bobbi, Momma, Daddy and Emy for the team effort in keeping Evy alive, fed, snuggled, and happy!

Bokeh boy loves welcoming everyone! Sometimes a little too enthusiastically!

Lots of notes, Bokeh snuggles and couch lounging going on!

It literally rained for about 3 mins as SOON as we stepped outside and THEN cleared up!


Creating foregrounds! ……

Ta-da! I’m sure my neighbors think I’ve lost my mind!

We try to be healthy…..

But not TOO healthy! :)

Uncle Michael being bad a giving Micah screen time!


This girl! Life of the party! :)


Thank you Tyler Herrinton for this pic!!!! I love it!!!

xoxo, Katelyn
5 Comments Education, Workshops
  1. Hannan Wazwaz reply

    God willing, I plan to attend a KJ Workshop in 2018 :) these are wonderful!

  2. Jeana Rutledge reply

    This experience was truly amazing! I am forever grateful for this opportunity to learn from THE.BEST. and to have made so many new friends! Love and hugs to you and your beautiful family!

  3. Laura Hernandez reply

    I still can’t get over these were taken at your home and in your yard! Absolutely stunning!

  4. Marquette Mower reply

    This is so fun! And those field shots are amazing!! Oh this makes me want to be back so bad!

  5. Caiti Garter – Central Virginia Photographer | The Workshop Experience with Katelyn James | Richmond, Virginia reply

    […] because it was about to pour!) Baby Evy – this baby girl will MELT.YOUR.HEART! Click HERE to see Katelyn’s post about the workshop.  Here a few shots of our group from her […]

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