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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! 

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KJ Preset Process

Presets are not one size fits all… and they never can be! Say goodbye to one-click presets that leave you feeling more frustrated than when you started editing! With the KJ Preset Process learn how to make presets work for YOU and your images!

  • Katelyn’s Signature 4-Step Preset Process (Totaling 40 Presets/Profiles)
  1. STEP 1 – Foundation
  2. STEP 2 – Refine
  3. STEP 3 – Tone Profile
  4. STEP 4 – Color Refine
  • 30 Minute KJ Preset Process Training Video
  • BONUS – KJ’s 5 Local Adjustment Brushes

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Digital Downloadable Products are Non-refundable

KJ All Access Membership

KJ All Access allows photographers to learn from gaining MONTHLY access to behind the scenes videos of our weddings and portrait sessions! Come be our virtual third shooter and learn alongside of us! It’s like a mini-real-life course EVERY month!! Only $29/month… but you can TRY IT FREE FOR 30 DAYS!  *Free Trial ONLY available to new members.*

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  • NEED NEW INSPIRATION to get out of the rut you’re stuck in!
  • Are anxious to LEARN NOT FROM SLIDES or a perfected course, but from REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES!
  • Want to get into wedding photography but HAVEN’T HAD SECOND SHOOTING EXPERIENCES!
  • Struggle to view yourself as a professional and need a BOOST IN YOUR CONFIDENCE!
  • Are a KJ COURSE STUDENT and want to see what you’ve been taught executed in real-life scenarios!
  • Want to learn to how to create genuinely JOYFUL​ AND AUTHENTIC CLIENT EXPERIENCES!
  • Tired of learning from educators but not having it “click” because you need to SEE IT IN ACTION!
  • You want to see IMPERFECT SCENARIOS AND SITUATIONS and be shown how to overcome them!
  • Desire to grow but have yet to find something that will TAKE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

The Bridal Guide (indesign format only)

90+ fully customizable pages, over 25 topics covered, 4 cover options, design tips and tricks!  **TEMPLATE IS INDESIGN FORMAT ONLY**

We not only allow other photographers to have access to the DESIGN, but also to ALL OF OUR TEXT CONTENT!! All you have to do is insert your own images, send it to your brides and then FINALLY have wedding days that are designed to allow you to capture the best images possible!!!

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Topics covered in the KJ Bridal Guide Template:

WELCOME PAGES TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF
ENGAGEMENT SESSION PREP
PREPARING FOR THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION
ENGAGEMENT OUTFIT INSPIRATION
PRE-CEREMONY TIMING TIPS
SAMPLE WEDDING DAY TIMELINE
BRIDAL DETAILS CHECKLIST
FAMILY FORMAL SAMPLE PORTRAIT LIST
WEDDING ADVICE FOR DIFFERENT SEASONS
​RECEPTION PLANNING TIPS
​THE FIRST LOOK EXPLAINED
​THE BENEFITS OF THE FIRST LOOK
​TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE FIRST LOOK
TRUSTING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER’S LOCATIONS
​THE DADDY/DAUGHTER FIRST LOOK
​RAINY WEDDING DAY PREP
​THE “CONTROLLED” EXIT EXPLAINED
​ALBUMS PROMOTIONAL PAGE
​HOW TO USE YOUR ONLINE GALLERY
​CLIENT CONNECTION PAGE
ENGAGEMENT SESSION OUTFIT MYTHS
SELECTING ENGAGEMENT SESSION STYLE
ROMANTIC OUTFIT STYLE RECIPE
BRIGHT + BOLD OUTFIT STYLE RECIPE
WHAT MAKES A VEIL FLY
THE UNPLUGGED CEREMONY
HIGH IMPACT PLANNING
AVOIDING NON-PROFESSIONAL PRINTS

**TEMPLATE IS INDESIGN FORMAT ONLY**

All Digital Downloadable Products are Non-Refundable

KJ Lighting & Location Course

Are you ready to CONFIDENTLY find amazing natural light and great locations at every single shoot?! Learn how to take ANY location and find light that brings life to your images and confidence to your shooting!

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  • 10+HOURS OF EXCLUSIVE EDUCATIONAL TRAINING 
  • 6 DIFFERENT REAL DEMOS THAT TAKE YOU BEHIND THE SCENES
  • 1 REAL WEDDING DAY COVERAGE
  • ACCESS TO MY 3 STEP SYSTEM 
  • LEARN MY #1 NATURAL LIGHT SECRET
  • HEAR HOW I CONSISTENTLY BALANCE FOREGROUND AND BACKGROUND EXPOSURE 

  • TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR SHOOTING IN DIRECT, BACKLIT AND INDIRECT LIGHTING SCENARIOS
  • ACCESS TO THE KJ “LIGHT WRAPPING” TECHNIQUE
  • ADD “BODY BLOCKING” TO YOUR TOOLKIT
  • FOREVER ACCESS TO THE “LIGHTING AND LOCATION” DIGITAL WORKBOOK 
  • ACCESS TO THE “BACKLIT CHECKLIST” AND THE “FRAMING CHECKLIST”
  • LESSONS FOR NOVICE + ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHERS
  • BONUS: OFF CAMERA FLASH MINI-COURSE

KJ Grooms Guide

The 25+ page, fully customizable KJ Grooms Guide exists in order to make our grooms feel equally educated and celebrated throughout their wedding photography experience! We realized that a lot of grooms did not know what to expect during their experience with us and this can cause uneasiness and even tension on the wedding day! We decided to create this resource so that they can feel as prepared and excited as the bride!

Topics Covered in the Template:

WELCOME PAGE
GROOM’S DETAILS + CHECKLIST
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
INTRODUCING SECOND SHOOTER
THE FORGOTTEN DETAIL
INCLUDING MOM
GETTING YOU TO THE PARTY
5 TIPS FOR PLANNING THE HONEYMOON
BEING THERE FOR YOUR BRIDE

**Template is InDesign Format Only**

Digital Downloadable products are non-refundable

KJ Pricing Kit

Could it be that the reason you’re struggling isn’t because you’re a bad photographer…. and it isn’t because you’re not worth it…. Could it be that the way you are showcasing what you charge is doing you a HUGE disservice? When you are showing a client what they would have to pay in order to experience your services, are you adding value or are you discrediting your price point because your pricing presentation isn’t professional?

30+ Page Ebook, 13 Customizable template pages, ALL KJ text is included

*TEMPLATE IS INDESIGN FORMAT ONLY*

Digital Downloadable Products are Non-Refundable

KJ Posing Course

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to NEVER have AWKWARD POSES again? Stop doubting your professional ability and start creating an incredible client experience at every single shoot by learning my Posing Evolution System and the secret to creating raving clients!

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  • IMMEDIATE LIFETIME ACCESS TO ALL WORKBOOKS, VIDEO LESSONS AND RECORDED Q&A WEBINARS

  • 19 VIDEO LESSONS PACKED FULL OF KATELYN’S POSING TECHNIQUE AND SECRETS!

  • REAL WEDDING FOOTAGE TO SEE HOW KATELYN APPLIED EVERYTHING THAT SHE’S TEACHING IN A REAL-LIFE SITUATION!

  • LIVE ANNIVERSARY SESSION WITH A BRAND NEW COUPLE!

  • PDF WORKBOOKS THAT SERVE AS OUTLINES FOR EACH LESSON AND INCLUDE ADDITIONAL EDUCATION!

  • PRIVATE ONLINE COMMUNITY WITH YOUR FELLOW CLASSMATES!

  • OVER 8 HOURS OF VIDEO BASED EDUCATION!

  • 6 MODULES PACKED FULL OF CONTENT TO WORK THROUGH ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN PACE!

  • BONUS: KJ MARKETING JUMPSTART

  • BONUS: BRIDAL PARTY POSING LESSON

KJ Email Templates & Sticky Situations Solutions Guide

Ever get emails that make you cringe and then you spend hours fretting over crafting the perfect response? I’m giving you my exact words to use when you find yourself struggling to respond!

There are TONS of photographers who WASTE WAY TOO MUCH TIME responding to potential clients and trying to perfectly word every line of EVERY email!!! And then heaven forbid they receive what I like to call a “sticky situation” email in the inbox and it takes DAYS to figure out how to craft a well-thought out response!

No WONDER you’re a slave to your inbox!!! Well… I have good news! You need HELP! And I’m going to give it to you! The reality is, 80% of your emails could be templates!!

I’m so excited to share 15 Email Templates with you AND as a BONUS, the brand new Sticky Situations Solutions Guide!!  Because you have a life to live outside of your inbox!!

Digital Downloadable products are non-refundable

KJ Consistency Course

Is INCONSISTENCY in your BUSINESS stealing your LIFE? The KJ Consistency Course will not only bring consistency to your editing but it will also teach you how to curate your work so that you have consistency in your style overall!

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  • 12+ HOURS OF VIDEO TRAINING – BOTH FACE AND SCREEN RECORDINGS
  • 20+ ENTIRELY SELF-PACED LESSONS TO FIT YOUR SCHEDULE
  • WATCH ME EDIT DOZENS OF CHALLENGING IMAGES
  • LEARN HOW I PREP & CURATE MY BLOG POSTS TO APPEAR HIGH-END
  • Q&A LESSON WHERE I ANSWER OUR STUDENTS MOST-ASKED QUESTIONS

  • ACCESS TO MY “CREDIBILITY THROUGH CONSISTENCY” PRESENTATION
  • COMPLETE GUIDE THROUGH ALL LIGHTROOM HAS TO OFFER
  • 45 PAGE WORKBOOK THAT SUPPORTS EACH LESSON
  • MY LIFE-CHANGING 48 HOUR WEDDING WORKFLOW
  • ACCESS TO MY “KJ IMPORT PRESET” THAT JUMPSTARTS ALL OF MY EDITS
  • MAKE NEW FRIENDS IN OUR RESPECTFUL & EMPOWERING FB GROUPS!

KJ Business Collection

As photographers, we tend to love our job behind the camera but cringe at the work we have to do behind the computer screen. If you’re tired of drowning in the behind the scenes of you business, you can experience true change. You can thrive instead of just survive…. let me help you make the change!

  • CONSTANTLY DISAPPOINTED with your year-end profit (or lack thereof)?
  • WANT A PROVEN MARKETING SYSTEM that will increase PROFIT and PURPOSE?
  • HORRIBLE AT BUSINESS and just want to be a CREATIVE?
  • SPENDING PRECIOUS TIME AWAY from your family with nothing to show for it FINANCIALLY?
  • FEELING BEHINDOVERWHELMEDSTRESSED AND ANXIOUS… and you’re sick of it?

  • NOT BOOKING, but your work is gorgeous and you just don’t get it?
  • WANT TO BUILD A BRAND that isn’t a cloned copy of the girl next door?
  • PASSIONATE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY but feel like giving up on making it a business?
  • PLAYING THE SOCIAL MEDIA GAME but not seeing any results?

This business collection contains 12 modules: The Art of a Personal Brand, Community Marketing, Blogging & Your Personal Brand, Realistic Social Media Management, The Complete KJ Bride Experience, Foundations of Business & Finance, Technical Branding & Specialization, Office Organization & Systems, Healthy & Effective Networking, Simplified Pricing, Portfolio Selection & Blog Styling, and Protecting Your Passion & Your Purpose. 

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Mini-Guide Bundle

From photographing gorgeous, crisp ring shots to dealing with tall & tiny clients, these 12 mini-guides cover our most-asked about topics! Each mini-guide is an 6-10 page downloadable PDF. These are great entry level resources for photographers who may not be quite ready for a large-scale course!

In this bundle you will get a mini-guide on each of the following topics: The Posing Evolution, Creating Foregrounds, Mastering Ring Shots, Shooting in Harsh Light, Photographing The Tall and The Tiny, Shooting in Shade, Shooting the Dress, Shooting Details, How to Photograph the Ceremony, Off-Camera Flash Basics, How to Execute a First Look, and 15 Minute Bridal Party Portraits!

Digital Downloadable products are non-refundable

KJ 3 Course Bundle

 

Bundle all 3 of our technical courses and save! Regularly $1,791 for all three bought individually. Take your shooting, posing and editing to the next level and save $300!

  • KJ LIGHTING & LOCATION COURSE: Are you ready to CONFIDENTLY find amazing natural light and great locations at every single shoot?! Learn how to take ANY location and find light that brings life to your images and confident to your shooting!
  • KJ POSING COURSE: Wouldn’t it be nice to NEVER have AWKWARD POSES again? Stop doubting your professional ability and start creating an incredible client experience at every single shoot by learning my Posing Evolution System and the secret to creating raving clients!
  • KJ CONSISTENCY COURSE: Is INCONSISTENCY in your BUSINESS stealing your LIFE? The KJ Consistency Course will not only bring consistency to your editing but it will also teach you how to curate your work so that you have consistency in your style overall!

KJ Business Collection Individual Modules

As photographers, we tend to love our job behind the camera but cringe at the work we have to do behind the computer screen. If you’re tired of drowning in the behind the scenes of you business, you can experience true change. You can thrive instead of just survive…. let me help you make the change!

  • CONSTANTLY DISAPPOINTED with your year-end profit (or lack thereof)?
  • WANT A PROVEN MARKETING SYSTEM that will increase PROFIT and PURPOSE?
  • HORRIBLE AT BUSINESS and just want to be a CREATIVE?
  • SPENDING PRECIOUS TIME AWAY from your family with nothing to show for it FINANCIALLY?
  • FEELING BEHINDOVERWHELMEDSTRESSED AND ANXIOUS… and you’re sick of it?
  • NOT BOOKING, but your work is gorgeous and you just don’t get it?
  • WANT TO BUILD A BRAND that isn’t a cloned copy of the girl next door?
  • PASSIONATE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY but feel like giving up on making it a business?
  • PLAYING THE SOCIAL MEDIA GAME but not seeing any results?

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KJ Mini-Guides (Create Your Bundle)

From photographing gorgeous, crisp ring shots to dealing with tall and tiny clients, these 12 mini-guides cover our most-asked about topics!!!  Each mini-guide is an 6-10 page downloadable PDF and is $12.99 each.

All Digital Downloadable Products are non-refundable.

  • Photographing the Ceremony : Great for beginners who are in their first wedding season or hope to be soon! Learn what lenses to use for the ceremony, must have shot list, and breakdown of how we shoot each part of the ceremony from processional to recessional.
  • Executing a First Look: You have to know what you’re doing in order to make their First Look experience a success. Learn how to find locations, how to prep the Bride + Groom, how to shoot as the a main or second shooter, and two ways to setup!
  • Off Camera Flash Basics : In this mini-Guide you’ll learn: how to develop your own OCF technique, why placement matters, why + how to use ratios, what equipment you’ll need to get started with OCF.
  • 15 Minute Bridal Party Portraits: All you need, to take 15 minute Bridal Party Portraits, is a system and some confidence! Learn how to gently command authority, our posing systems for full group shots, bridesmaids + groomsmen, our roles as a main or second shooter.
  • The Posing Evolution :  Our approach to posing in a nutshell! You’ll learn our 4 CORE poses, the 3 P’s of Posing, how to add variety to every shoot!
  • Shooting Details : I explain how I shoot Bridal Details with “Connection Elements” to ensure beautiful and cohesive album designs after the wedding! I also teach how to create non-distracting backgrounds!

  • Photographing the Tall & Tiny : There are so many little tips and tricks to make your couple feel comfortable and natural despite their differing heights! You’ll learn how to use Certain Poses to Distract from the Height difference, how to make your client’s feel comfortable and natural!
  • Mastering Ring Shots : Learn how to focus + create sharp ring shots with any ring, how to arrange and setup ring shots in unique ways, and how to expose properly while avoiding glare!
  • Creating Foregrounds : There are certain tricks you can try while shooting that will make your work look more advanced, artistic and well composed! One of those tricks has to do with creating foregrounds!  Learn steps to creating foregrounds, equipment to use and how to frame!
  • 10 Ways to Shoot in Harsh Light : One of our most commonly asked questions is “How do you still maintain your style while shooting in harsh lighting?!”. I’m sharing how to find natural reflectors, best angles for minimizing over-exposure, how to shoot portraits mid-day, how to create even light!
  • Solutions for Shooting the Dress :  It has taken me nearly a decade to confidently master the dress shot no matter the circumstances! Learn three rules of thumb for all Dress Shots, how to pick locations, and 10 tips & tricks for amazing dress shots!
  • Selecting & Shooting in Shade : This guide focuses on shooting in SHADE and how I maintain my consistent coloring despite the change of lighting. Learn the difference between good and bad shade, how to avoid color casts, how t to determine in you need shade or not.

15 Poses in 5 Minutes

You can do SO MUCH MORE in the locations that you’re shooting in! The issue isn’t that you need more locations, it’s that you don’t know which pose to do next! This freebie will inspire you to push yourself and really MAXIMIZE every single shooting location!

Complete Wedding Day Checklist

Having a mental OR physical checklist is incredibly helpful on busy wedding days! This helps to ensure you are capturing all of the “must have” shots!!

5 Ways to Transform Lousy Portrait Locations

Have you ever arrived at a portrait location and felt like you wanted to cry? I’ve experienced that many times in my career. This free download will help you see the potential in even the worst locations!

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