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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...

The "Model Face"

  • Wedding Wednesday

It’s the night before your engagement session… you’re washing your face, applying extra moisturizer and as you take once last glance into the mirror before bed…. you practice it one more time.  Eyes wide, light smile, perfect head tilt….. you think you’ve got it but you’re unsure. What if you’re so nervous you can’t get it right? Tyra’s voice is echoing in your head “Smile with your eyes girl, smile with your eyes!”.   It’s the MODEL FACE…. the dreaded “Model Face”.  I can’t tell you how many brides email me in a PANIC because they just know that they won’t be able to do it. They’re petrified. I know this feeling all too well. It was March 2010 and I was getting ready in

 

Washington DC

  • The Fix | Jasmine Star

best friends, Steph, texted me early one morning and asked “So are you going to The Fix in DC?”. Maybe I was just half asleep or maybe I was just REALLY out of it that day but I seriously thought she was referring to some kind of Rally that included marching the National Mall and “Fixing” something! THAT’S what went through my head initially. I texted back and asked what in the world was she talking about and she responded with “Jstar’s thing!”.  What?! Jstar’s thing?! I immediately checked her blog and saw her big announcement about The Fix. Ohhhhh…. it all made sense now.

Business Startup Basics

  • Ask Anything

and I feel like I go blank. They say “So how did you start? How did you get where you are today?” ….. And I don’t have a 5 step program. I wish I did. 5 step programs make everything so much easier. Just do this, this and this and you’ll have a successful business. Welp, unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. It would be so nice if we could all buy a “Photographer’s Startup Kit” but they don’t exist.  They don’t exist because everyone’s story into photography is different… and thank goodness for that!  If we all followed a 5 step program, we would have matching blogs, the same editing style and the same business all together. How boring!!!

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