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  • Craig + Jessica | Everyday

dreamed of living on a hill. Like, a BIG hill….. a hill that is borderline a small mountain! I grew up living in the country and my parent’s house is on a small hill and I loved it! Whenever I travel over Afton Mountain, I just think of how awesome it would be to walk out on my front porch and be able to see for MILES and MILES! Hey, a girl can dream. Last week I shot a quick session for our friend’s Craig and Jessica in Crozet, VA. This little town outside of Charlottesville stole my heart. The rolling hills and old victorian style homes are breathtaking.  As we traveled down the country roads, we found a random

opening in a fence line and so we pulled over. The backdrop was unbelievable!!  The light, the rolling hills, Craig and Jessica’s incredible model-like characteristics…. they all worked in my favor and I’m happy to say that we shot some great portraits!! Craig and Jess went to our church and they were some of the first people we met when we first moved to Richmond.  Recently, they both got jobs in Crozet and moved out that way. We’re so sad to see them go but so excited as they start this new phase of life together. They just recently purchased their first home and let me say… it’s ADORABLE! I’ve never seen it in real life but the pics on facebook make it look picture perfect! Now they have some new portraits to fill their walls and it was an honor to spend the afternoon with them! Enjoy my favorites!!! … Love this first one:)

Nice Jess!!!!

Now I realize these next two are almost identical. This is for the photographers out there. This first shot was shot with the 35 1.4 and the second was with the 50 1.2. You can really notice a difference when you look at the sky and amount of hills captured in the 35 vs. the 50. Just a little comparison for ya!


Do you guys have a fireplace?? Because I’m pretty sure this should be hanging overtop of it! You two look gooooood!

I just want to live on the hill!!!!! Love this location!

Ha! The shot on the right was what I was going for… perfect.

Intense!!! But I love it!!

You know I’m not a silhouette type of girl… but I had to show at least one:)

20 Comments Anniversary
  1. christina reply

    Love the light in these!!! Great pictures!

  2. sharon elizabeth reply

    great shots katelyn!!! this couple is definitely a katelyn james couple! =)

  3. stephanie g reply

    love these!!!! beautiful shots and pictures!

  4. Jessica reply


  5. AprilK reply

    Love Love Love!!!! What time of day was this? So crisp, clean and magical!

  6. Hadley reply

    Jessica and Craig, will you pretend to get married again so Katelyn can take even more beautiful pictures of you?? Please!

  7. j gar reply

    the russian hackers were thwarted once again!

  8. Annia reply

    Dang, these two look like they walked straight out of a catalog! (The kind that I would read and not immediately toss into the recycling bin.) Loving her wrap dress!

  9. ellie reply

    these are so gorgeous. every one of them seems to capture their personalities + the light! gahhhh. love. :D excellent work as always.

  10. Danielle reply

    oh my gosh!!! These are amazing! I’m in love with them!! miss you guys<3

  11. Jessica reply

    gorgeous couple & absolutely classic images!! :)

  12. Julia reply

    AHHH Jessica, I miss you!!! and you’re soooooo gorgeous:) love all of these!

  13. Caroline reply

    LOVE these!! Such a happy couple!

  14. ashley barnett reply

    LOVE THESE. Isn’t Crozet the best?! It’s so pretty and quaint out there :)

  15. Jen Jar reply

    Katelyn these are AMAZING! The hills are perfect and the light is perfect!!! :)

  16. jamie reply

    love your shoots- what a beautiful location and couple. thanks for sharing the two different shots with the 35 and 50 and giving the photo recipe :)

  17. Leanne reply

    Love me some Craig & Jessica! These pictures are beautiful! Miss you guys! Great job Katelyn!

  18. Cait reply

    Just adore this couple Katelyn!! So gorgeous! Love the ones in the field with the mountain range behind them! Gorgeous as usual!

  19. Meredith Sledge reply

    I absolutely adore these! I think they are my favorites from the past few months! The colors are so lovely! They had the perfect outfits. And the light/poses/everything in their second outfits just makes me smile. I LOVE THOSE.

  20. Annetta reply

    Very nice Katelyn!

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