Promotional Film

  • Katelyn James Photography

I can barely STAND it!!!!!! This has been a goal of mine for two years….yes, TWO YEARS. I remember talking to Jasmine and JD during our engagement session and the topic came up about having a promotional video. I knew I needed one…. but when Jasmine Star told me I needed one I was like “Ok….note to self…this is IMPORTANT! GET PROMO VIDEO ASAP”.  However, it wasn’t as simple as writing it on my to-do list. It took planning and I was still waiting to find the perfect person to help me with this huge project…… and I’m happy to say that I found him!  Ladies and gentleman, let me introduce you to my extremely

talented friend and cinematographer, Josh Gooden!!! Jodi & Kurt shared his work with me and I was hooked. His work is amazing and his style is EXACTLY what I was looking for!!! My only regret is that I didn’t have him at 10.10.10!!!!! ugh. Where was my head?! To all of my brides out there… I will PAY you to hire him for your wedding…. that’s how awesome he is!!! ps. That was an exaggeration, I can’t really pay for all of my clients to have Josh Gooden capture their wedding day. However, I want all of my brides to know that I HIGHLY recommend him…. he will turn your wedding day into a movie and lets be real, what bride doesn’t want her love story made into a movie?!
Josh agreed to help me with this project a few months ago and I was so excited!!! But after several rainy days, the shoots had to be rescheduled and I was losing hope that this was supposed to happen. It’s a lot to organize but luckily I have the most incredible friends/clients that literally dropped everything and made this dream come to life. Buddy, Jill, Ali, Manny and Michael, I can’t thank you enough!! Josh, you’re the and I’m so thrilled to share your awesome work!!!!!!
So without further ado ….. I present the first EVER Katelyn James Photography Promo Film!


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  1. Emy reply

    AH! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Katelyn, I am so inspired and amazed by you. You are one of the most remarkable people I know. I love you so much and Im so proud of how you have developed a love and passion for your business and your clients. It’s so cool that you have your dream job and you absolutely love it! Your video is phenomenal!!

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  3. Kaitlyn reply

    Katelyn, this is amazing. I think it really captures the energy and personality that your blog already has!

  4. britney reply

    YAY!!! love this… it’s been in the making for years! i remember planning some sort of video on your bed in the middle house. and now look! :)

  5. Camille reply

    Congratulations Katelyn! You look fabulous. What a great way to connect to people. Thanks for always inspiring.

  6. Stephanie reply

    LOVE IT!

  7. Adan J. reply

    wow. totally amazing video! mr. goodden did such a fantastic, amazing job. i love watching promo videos! this is one of my favorites along with jasmines!

  8. Michelle reply

    Girl- LOVE IT!!! :) SOOOOOOO exciting to have a video that is just beautiful :) keep up the amazing work! :)

  9. lori reply

    you are so stinkin’ cute and i LOVE your video!! awesome job. it’s a very intimidating thing to put together, and you pulled it off in a way that is incredibly encouraging to me. :) now if i could just stumble onto a video genius of my own…

  10. Tammynize reply

    That was a gorgeous video. So happy for you!

  11. Kristyn reply

    Many congrats, Katelyn! Love the video so much!

  12. Brittany reply

    That was awesome! Such an exciting thing for your business!!!

  13. Abby Grace Photography reply

    Oh my gosh this is amazing! Everything you said in the video rings so true, about getting to know your brides so that when you show up to photograph their wedding, you’re not just the photographer, you’re a friend. amazing video! you’re adorable!

  14. Holly reply

    Katelyn! So beautiful! You did a wonderful job of capturing YOU! Your passion and creativity SHINES.

  15. Beth T. reply

    Katelyn this is awesome! I love it! You make me want to get a promo video done! Thanks for the inspiration :) and for sharing as much as you do with us on your blog.

  16. Tina reply

    Looks awesome, congrats!

  17. Misty reply

    Love it Katelyn!! It turned out absolutely PERFECT!!

  18. Barb reply

    Very nicely done, Katelyn. Jasmine was right. You needed a promotional video. Excellent choice in videographers. I have a friend who tells me I need one for my newborns. We’ll see. = )

  19. sharon elizabeth photography reply

    can you not be so cute!!!! i smiled through the entire thing.. and i made chase pause the TV so i could watch it! =)

  20. Chris Walters reply

    Oh my gosh Katelyn! I LOVE the video! It helps make an instant connection to you, before the couple ever meets you. I really need to have one of these made for my business too. Thanks so much for sharing openly!

  21. Shuva Rahim reply

    Good for you, Katelyn! Two things I love about this video. 1) you’re wearing your color in the shooting shots, and I love how you incorporated that teal necklace in the interview segment.
    2) Your words about the difference between shooting a friend vs shooting a client — so so so true!! Congrats and continued success to you.

  22. Jill Powers reply

    I’m freaking out!!! THis is awesome and you are SO beautiful and so YOU in this video! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Josh and Katelyn, you’re amazing!

  23. jenn reply

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU! what a neat way to showcase you’re incredible talents and amazing personality! i love it!

  24. Colleen reply

    This is wonderful!!! It’s so fun to really ‘meet’ you through this video and see you at work. I just attended a workshop on this through Sandy Puc and how important this is to have as part of your business…and you did a fantastic job on your promotional piece! Congrats!!!

  25. Michael reply

    ***Note to everyone*** She was writing this at 2 in the morning and does not normally use the phrase But other than that this is one of my favorite posts!! Thanks josh for being amazingly talented. Thanks for Buddy and Jill and Manny and Alison for being willing to help Katelyn out!! Hope you enjoy the video as much as we do!!!

  26. Sindy reply

    Congrats! This is amazing!

  27. Brittany Schlamp reply

    I love this! It captures you perfectly! (And I’ve never met you!!) This encourages me even more to have one done of me! Thanks for sharing your video!

  28. Amy reply

    The video is beautiful! Awesome job!

  29. Nancy Mitchell reply

    How exciting Katelyn! Great video! I love YOU for YOU! I love following your blog daily. Thanks for all the inspiration you give to the photography community. I truly appreciate it! So with that said….a PROMO video is in my future and on my TO DO LIST! (first up new logo/branding/website(showit))

  30. Jill Samter Photography reply

    OK, it’s official we MUST meet in person soon! Lexi and I just watched the video – you can’t be a smidge more adorable. Nope! You are so sweet and real. LOVE IT! I too love all things turqoise just don’t own as much as you. :-D Hugs from us both!

  31. Lauren B reply

    this video is GREAT! totally captures everything about you and your photography :) kinda makes me want to get married JUST so you can take my pictures :)

  32. Lauren Wakefield reply

    I LOVE it! It was definitely worth the wait! :)

  33. amanda reply

    this is FABULOUS!!! I might just have to watch it again :)

  34. megan reply

    awesome video! thanks! :)

  35. Laurie Bracewell reply

    Congrats, girlie! Great promo vid, I love it!!

  36. Jessica Beale reply

    Freakin’ love it! You’re amazing, KK! So so stinkin’ proud of you and your business and to be able to call you my friend! I can only imagine where the Lord will take you from here! I love you!! Even when you say things like!!

  37. Annia reply

    Ok, it’s official – you are SO stinkin’ cuuuuute OMGaaaaah :)

  38. Kelli reply

    Love it!! Such great footage and great communication! You looked fantastic!

  39. Hanah reply

    Oh oh oh oh!!!! I adore that video! I would soooo love to have a promo video for my business like that!

  40. brooke bowland reply

    fabulous! i love it. you did an amazing job!!

  41. Lacey Rabalais reply

    Awesome! Wonderful! So beautiful and personal! Love it!

  42. kristin partin reply

    way to go girl. You’re fantastic and i’m so proud of you!

  43. SvetlanaHillKovich reply

    Great Job with the Video!!!!

  44. Karen Stott reply

    ADORABLE! Katelyn! I love it…. The set was killer and I was so excited to see Jill in there… SO pumped for you that you finally get to cross it off of your goal list!!! xoxo

  45. Mike Moore reply

    That is awesome. Very nice production.

  46. Jen Sexton reply

    Hi Katelyn! I just recently stumbled upon your blog and I’ve been hooked ever since! You are a true inspiration to many photographers out there. Your work, attitude, and faith completely stand out. Love, Love, Love your new promo video. :) I look forward to reading more about you and your photography.

  47. gladys jem reply

    Oh my gosh katelyn! stop it right now, you are SO freakin ADORABLE! haha. You are an inspiration and so awesome. Congrats on your beautiful promo video!

  48. Justine reply

    I LOVE IT!! It’s amazing! :) I wish I had hired you AND Josh for my wedding!!
    Makes me want to get out there and make my own promotional video today! (it’s on my neverending to-do list!)

  49. Kristin Campbell reply

    Katelyn, you are my photography idol! Ever since I have taken that class with you at CNU, I see myself always looking at your blog for inspiration for portraits. You are not only an amazing photographer, but also an amazing person!

  50. Erin Oveis Brant reply

    You are too cute!! Congratulations on a fantastic video debut! :)

  51. Shelley Castle reply

    It’s perfect! You’ve always come across so real & natural but this just takes it to a whole new level. Love it!

  52. Lesley reply

    This is wonderful! Can I please just BE you? Your job seems like the MOST fun and you are ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS at it!!!

  53. Sydni Jackson reply

    AWESOME! you are so cute, the video is great, and i love the couples & locations!

  54. eryn reply

    eeek! I LOOOOOOOVE it!

  55. Kelsey reply

    YEAAAA!! You got it done!! So exciting! Love it and you look gorgeous girl!!And to all the future brides to be…It is awesome being photographed by a good friend. Feel so comfortable around Katelyn.

  56. elise reply

    very cool. i’m so proud of you for getting it done! and i love what you say on it :)

  57. Emily G. reply

    Awesome video!!

  58. Rima reply

    Awesome …really love it

  59. Alex reply

    WOW! I’ve watched several promo films and this is by FAR the best. Stand alone the film is very creative, my favorite part is when you’re taking pictures of Buddy and Jill and the camera zooms over to you just as a white car is driving in your direction! It just makes me smile, EVERYTHING about this film makes me smile. It is so awesome to see you interacting with your clients. Seriously…you are the triple threat. Btw, great music choice. I look forward to seeing how you will surprise us next!

  60. caroline reply

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! aaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!! love love love love LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hence the excessive use of exclamation marks hehe) love you!!

  61. Meredith reply

    LOVE! LOVE ! LOVE! Every time I look at your blog I get more and more excited for April 14, 2011!!!!!

  62. Kristina N. reply

    It’s fantastic Katelyn! Congratulations because it’s amazing and you’re Fantastic!

  63. Jenna reply

    Love it!!

  64. Danesha Langley reply

    Incredible Katelyn!!!! I’m so excited for you!!!!

  65. Julianna reply

    YYYYYAAAAAAAYYYYYY KATELYN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re hot.

  66. Ashley reply

    EEEEHH I love this!!!! I can’t wait to hear back from you about our wedding :)

  67. Amy Clifton reply

    Yay!! Looks great!! Congrats–I know this is a labor of love to put together!

  68. JasmineStar reply

    DANG IT!!! KK…you done BROUGHT IT!!! I love it! Be proud…revel…dance a lil bit…and enjoy your amazingness. xoxo

  69. Laura Fiore reply

    BEAUTIFUL! No wonder you are so excited…LOVE how you shared your heart on this video!

  70. ashley barnett reply

    Congrats Katelyn! Josh did a great job and you look beautiful! :)

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  72. Elizabeth reply

    ahhhhh!!!!!!! Katelyn, I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. Allison reply

    KATELYN I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!!! You are so cute in the video and I’m so happy that you were finally able to obtain one of your goals!!!!!

  74. Brenda (Momma) reply

    KK!!!!!!! I’ve watched the video over and over again. It is amazing how your business has grown so much and it’s fun to see you doing what you love.It is quite evident in the video! I thank God for opening doors for you and I know He is using you to touch the lives of many people. I could go on and on (you know I could), but I’ll just end with . . . great job and I’m proud of you! Luv you bunches!

  75. Katie Schoepflin reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Not sure why I’m just now seeing this, but it is soooo amazing! I love your personality, style & joy and how that emanates from every photo. Such a huge accomplishment! YAY!

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  77. Melissa reply

    Wow, I just stumbled across your blog. Beautiful photography! What lenses do you use for shooting weddings?

  78. chrissy reply

    Wow!!!! I just LOVE this! Katelyn, it is so perfect, seriously! So inspiring, and over-all just incredibly well done video. Love it, and love you!

  79. As most of you « Katelyn James Photography reply

    […] Josh Gooden and I have been working on a project since early spring and I just announced that my PROMO VIDEO was done! Yessss!! (You can view it here too!)I still get so excited when I think about how LONG I […]

  80. Beth reply

    I am nowhere near getting engaged, or actually planning my wedding, but I cannot WAIT to have you as my wedding photographer. I love following your blog, and seeing all your amazing work!! You really seem to add a personal touch to your client’s special day!

  81. Lydia reply

    Congratulations Katelyn!! I’ve been wanting to do this for years as well. Awesome job!

  82. In case you « Katelyn James Photography reply

    […] this post a few months back… here is a link to my new PROMO FILM done by the amazing Josh Gooden!!! We met in downtown Richmond with Ali and Manny and Buddy and Jill […]

  83. Lee Thomas reply

    I saw some of the work you did for Alison and Manny’s wedding and was blown away by the photos. All of your work is amazing and that promo video was excellent! I just hope I can afford you whenever the time comes for me to get married!!

  84. Stephanie reply

    I came across your site as I was searching for inspiration for my own promo video. This video is absolutley beautiful. It shows your passion and is so real. Thank you for sharing this and inspiring me while I write my own video. All the best with your business!
    xo SHE

  85. Joanna reply

    Found this as I’m researching promo videos, as I’m trying to revamp mine. Love this! Thanks for sharing.

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