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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...


It’s getting close to THAT time if the year again…. the time of the year that I start getting nervous… the time of the year when I think to myself “Why did I signup for this?!”. It’s almost WPPI season. We’re speaking again this year and I’m SO honored to be asked back…. but this conference has a level of intensity that is unlike any other conference. It’s one of the largest photography conferences in the WORLD. Photographers fly in from all over the globe to attend! New, old, young, part-time, full-time, portrait based, wedding based….

Mac + Katelyn | Engaged

Oh this shoot! What a dream! It’s always a little risky shooting in the dead of winter. Mac and Katelyn were up for the challenge! It was a gorgeous day… and a shocking 38 degrees! We chose to focus on the fact that it could have been freezing AND rainy and it wasn’t! It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Michael and I drove out to Mac’s parent’s country home just outside of Charlottesville. As soon as we pulled up, we were in awe of this location. Michael and I LOVE real estate. We love seeing beautiful properties and so this was such a treat! Mac’s family’s property holds a special place in their lives. It’s where they go to relax.

Defining "Winning" and Taking Your Own Steps

  • A Lesson From George

As we sat in the living room watching the Golden Globes, my attention drifted off into my laptop. Award shows are the best thing to watch while doing emails! You look up, see the pretty dresses and then continue cranking out the messages! Well, Michael told me that I needed to stop and pay attention to George Clooney’s speech because it was supposed to be one of the best of the whole night. So I did. I stopped what I was doing and listened… I mean, it’s not hard to stop working to look at George Clooney.

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