Danny + Megan A Biltmore Estate Wedding
Virginia Wedding Photography Blog | Katelyn James Photography
by Katelyn James
1w ago
What does it mean to be a “Legacy” wedding? I would love to explain! I first met the beautiful Webster family a decade ago when I photographed Melissa and Aaron’s wedding day at The Clifton Inn. Then, we had the honor of capturing Dan and Melanie’s gorgeous winter wedding at the Boston Library! This past weekend, I photographed Danny and Megan’s amazing wedding at the stunning Biltmore Estate! All three sisters were KJ Brides and I just can’t express how special that is to me. It felt like the sweetest reunion as soon as I walked into the bridal suite. Mrs. Webster hugged me as if I was a fami ..read more
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10 Red Flags in Posing And how to fix them!
Virginia Wedding Photography Blog | Katelyn James Photography
by Katelyn James
2w ago
If you’re a pet, product or real estate photographer, your posing skills matter too but this is truly aimed towards those of us who are constantly meeting NEW PEOPLE and are needing to get them super comfortable on the other side of our lens!    Let’s be honest for a second…. Posing requires a lot of us.    We’re simultaneously managing:   Our client’s confidence Our lighting, manual settings, and composition The next idea or pose Our own confidence The overall flow of the shoot….   In the midst of this chaos, we have to also seem professional and totall ..read more
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Ep. 33 | How to Serve a Client Who Isn’t a Perfect Fit And make it a great experience
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by Katelyn James
3w ago
You would think that this wouldn’t still happen to me after being in the industry for over 14 years and having such an established brand and ideal clients….   But it did.  And I have it captured on video!! You can watch it HERE!    Even though it wasn’t my NORMAL scenario for a wedding, I found myself really digging deep into what it takes to photograph a wedding day WELL, even when it’s not the typical KJ Style.    I actually don’t think I’m the only photographer who has found themselves shooting something they didn’t resonate with.    If you have ever ..read more
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Ep. 32 | The Proven Business Strategy That Hasn't Changed in 15 years
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by Katelyn James
1M ago
Marketing is different Social media is different Branding is different   But as my business has changed and evolved over the years, today I am sharing with you the ONE thing that I have NEVER had to change in my business.   In fact, not only have I never had to CHANGE IT, the value of this part of my brand has INCREASED!   This means that this one aspect of my business has not only stood the test of time but it has proven to be a growing INVESTMENT into my business that continues to benefit me more and more even as the seasons change and evolve!    I’ve recently ..read more
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How to Perfect AI Editing and save more time!
Virginia Wedding Photography Blog | Katelyn James Photography
by Katelyn James
1M ago
  BUT, it’s not perfect. No matter how consistent of a shooter you are, you are most likely going to need to make slight adjustments to your edits you get back from AI. But being able to recognize WHAT needs to be changed is a skill in itself. So into today’s video I’m going to walk you through my thought process as I fine tune a gallery from Imagen AI and show you how I can quickly take their edits and make them perfect.We’ve talked a lot lately about how great AI editing is and how it can be revolutionary for so many wedding and portrait photographers. BUT, it’s not perfect.   No m ..read more
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Ep. 31 | 2023 Year in Review Finding the Silver Lining of a Difficult Year
Virginia Wedding Photography Blog | Katelyn James Photography
by Katelyn James
1M ago
Today I’m sharing some personal and business recaps in today’s Podcast episode! Per usual, I’m a little heavy on the personal side because this year has been a whirlwind of both challenges and joys. Becoming a family of six, starting year two at the school we started, running our business, a soft launch of a new one… it’s all a bit of a blur.    We’re excited for 2024 and have so many ideas for how we can more effectively help, serve, guide and challenge our community of amazing photographers!!    Thank you for being here and thank you for believing in KJ Education!!! We ar ..read more
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Wedding Behind the Scenes Part Two!
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by Katelyn James
1M ago
And it is.    Before we know it, our slow shooting season will be behind us and it will be time to dive into sessions and weddings all over again!    Most of you know that I allow thousands of photographers to watch my every move during the wedding days that I photograph (and portrait sessions!).    I’ve been letting people learn from Behind the Scenes for 5 YEARS NOW. WHAT?!    Today, even if you’re not a member of KJ All Access, you’re going to be able to watch and learn from observing me capture a recent high-end wedding day at a CASTLE! (Well, it loo ..read more
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Ep. 30 | How I’m Building Entrepreneurial Minded Children And You Can Too!
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by Katelyn James
2M ago
My goal is to build entrepreneurial minded children… which may seem crazy when my oldest is only 6 years old BUT my hope is that this episode will show you that it IS possible and give you a few practical tips on how you can instill these mindsets in your own children.   I have zero expectations that my children have to be entrepreneurs but the AMAZING character traits of an entrepreneur, I think, will benefit a child even if they don’t grow up to own their own business!    Acton Academy West End The school that we started called Acton Academy West End gives learners a space to ..read more
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The KJ Edit A powerful tool to edit quicker
Virginia Wedding Photography Blog | Katelyn James Photography
by Katelyn James
2M ago
YOUR WISH IS LITERALLY COMING TRUE TODAY.   I’m one of only ten other photographers who are releasing their Imagen AI editing profiles out into the world!! Ahh!!   So, what does this mean?  Well, for 14 years, I have perfected the patterns and rhythms of my style within Lightroom. In August, I wanted more time with my kids and so I decided to try AI editing. I created an Imagen AI account on a whim and my life changed. Artificial intelligence studied my patterns, tendencies and preferences and created a profile that it uses to edit just as if I was the one editing!&nbs ..read more
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Eddy + Tiffany A Bel Air Bay Club Wedding
Virginia Wedding Photography Blog | Katelyn James Photography
by Katelyn James
3M ago
You may remember Tiffany and Eddy from their SCOTLAND engagement session back in the spring. I knew as soon as Tiffany emailed and said that they would fly to Scotland for their session that they were the epitome of an amazing KJ Couple! I was right. They are simply the best. Tiffany is a planner and so detail oriented. She wins the award for the bride with the most well-thought-out plans but you know what was amazing? Despite all of her planning, she trusted me 100% on her day. There is literally no greater gift to give a photographer than to say “I know whatever you create is what I want ..read more
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