It’s no secret that I LOVE teaching workshops.  I love people, I love giving and I love sharing so teaching workshops was a natural progression for me and I’m so glad that it’s part of my business. But, why should you come to one of my workshops?  There are so MANY awesome ones out there […]

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I remember a time when I used to get so upset when I was not chosen to be the photographer for a wedding.  I would get so excited when I received the inquiry, would do my best to “win them over” and then sigh, they didn’t pick me.  Was I not good enough?  Why didn’t […]

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Did you know that I’m originally from Florida?  In fact, that is where I started my business before we moved to Nashville.  I love having the opportunity to still come “home” and shoot weddings in FL.  It reminds me that I miss the water and the spanish oak trees something fierce! I loved Bekah and […]

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  • Bud Johnson - Julie, these photos are incredible. Every detail was amazing and Bekah was beautiful! What a glorious wedding day!ReplyCancel

Ok, Monday Musings.  Here we go.  I’m getting personal and real… I’ve had a rough few weeks in my head.  You know that comparison demon, have you heard of him? Well, he’s been around and it’s been hard. I thought I had beat him, boo. Usually I mind my own business.  I avoid looking at […]

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  • Christina - You. Are. Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - Julie, I just wanted to say that you are amazing. You truly are an inspiration to me! I love how open and honest you are. You are seriously my favorite photographer ever! I can’t wait to meet you and learn from you in November!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Olivero - This made me cry. <3 You are one of the most incredible photographers I have ever known.ReplyCancel

  • Marty Ainsworth - Julie I am not a photograph…just someone who knows you from days past at PCC. Probably don’t remember us, Steve taught in the music department and directed the Rejoice Orchestra.

    Love looking at you work, but have enjoyed your honesty this morning even more. God has given you a great talent. He made you just as you are. Do not try to change His masterpiece! Yes, perfect it…but do not try to change the real you.

    I’ve been involved in Christian Education for almost 40 years. I come across very confident, but oh the insecurities I have struggled with over the years. The Deciever is just that…a deciever. God is in control. Let Him continue to lead and guide.

    Looking forward to more of the real you!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Awwww….of course I remember you! You guys were my favs, thank you for commenting, that means so much! Big hugs to you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - Thank you SO much for sharing this! I have totally felt the same way lately to the point of being crippled and it’s so encouraging to hear I’m not alone. You’re doing good work. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Vine - This is what I love so much about you, Julie! You are so real and open. We all do this comparison and doubt thing to ourselves….over and over and over. It is a vicious cycle! I loved your Cottage Workshop and learned so much from you; I can’t wait to come back again! Keep on being YOU, because that is what makes YOU unique, as well as your incredible talent!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kim - I know this..but I don’t seem to be able to internalize it well enough to fend off the next attack of inadequacy. Thanks for sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • Alisha Parker - Amazing!!! I have definitely been there plenty of times. Photographers can be some competitive and it drives me crazy. Why can’t we all play nice and just help each other instead of tear each other down. Everybody has different styles and me personally, you are hands-down one of my favorite photographers. Because you are you and your work is real and has emotion. You are such an inspiration!! Don’t let anybody bring you down.ReplyCancel

  • Glenda - It is so comforting to know I am not alone in the same struggle. You are a gift to me and others by being transparent so we too can know that we are all God’s handy work in process and He will help us all overcome the comparison demon.ReplyCancel

  • Amie - There is healing in vulnerability. When we can be honest about our struggles, God can meet us there and heal the insecurity and hurt. You also gain trust of others, peers and ones looking up to you.

    When I get discouraged, I pray too. A lot. I feel like I am always questioning myself and wondering if I am worth what I charge. (which really isn’t that much) I remind myself that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God’s love for me is great and good and oh, so grand! He has given me a talent, and that doesn’t mean that I have to give it away.

    Deciding our worth is not an easy job. Sometimes I would prefer to have another decide for me.

    Times like this are almost like a refining fire – continuing to burn away the impurities to make us even more like Him.

    You are a leader in our industry, and I for one, am very grateful for your demeanor and your openness. You are approachable. You represent yourself in a way that is mind-blowing really. I feel like I could call you my friend, and I have never met you. You are real.

    Thank you for sitting on my ‘couch’ so that I can speak life back into you!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy McLain - Oh, Julie. I’m reading this and feeling mixed emotions. I understand feeling the comparison monster grab a hold of you and I just want to give you a hug and say it’ll be ok… He’ll go away. And at the same time, I’m thinking about how many people out there, myself included, look at your work and say “damn, mine just isn’t as good”.. You are AMAZING and I would give anything to be half as good as you!!! And everyone who takes a class from you, they believe in you and they see your light! Take a step back and look at yourself from their eyes sometime! Also, keep in mind that everyone has a different style, so when you’re comparing yourself to people maybe like Katelyn James, it makes no sense at all because your style is completely different!!! We are all on different journeys with learning and crafting our style… Keep your chin up, live in the Sunshine and keep on keepin’ on!!! Your work is beautiful and I know I’m not the only person out there who thinks so!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Houston - Julie,
    You are so incredibly talented and I must say I respect you even more than I did before because you posted this REAL, raw post that I myself have been struggling with. You are definitely someone established in this industry and to hear this….well it helps all of us who aren’t so established feel connected. I think you are a wonderful teacher and though I have not had the honor of attending one of your workshops it’s now on my must do list next year-because you are honest & you are real<3 THATS what makes me adore you. Comparison stinks and can be pretty hurtful….but just know that you are amazing. Thank you for sharing this, it really really means more than you could know.

  • Tisha A - I am sooooo far out of your league that there isn’t even a minor league to try out! “Comparison is the thief of joy” and you deserve oodles of JOY. I so enjoyed your click-n-chat and cottage workshops this year. You are all about community and sharing all you’ve learned. There aren’t many photogs at your level of stardom that give so willingly. Thanks for *all* you do! XoReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - To push ourselves, we just go outside our comfort zones. Chin up, my talented friend … And give yourself more credit. ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Jessi Nichols Photo - This is my life all. the. time. I had the same struggle when pouring through the Rising Tide Society instagram photos. My instagram wasn’t as cohesive as others, my photos not as dreamy as others, I don’t shoot film, I’m not that creative.. the list goes on and on. There will always be something that we feel we are lacking, and Satan will use that to his benefit. Thank you for sharing your heart and making me see that I’m not the only one who struggles with comparison! Singing from the rooftops that you ARE enough and that your work IS beautiful!! So thankful I found you through this new little community!ReplyCancel

Ok friends, this blog post is special.  Get your tissues. When my friend Monica contacted me to photograph her parents, I immediately said YES.  I love photographing love, whether it be new love or love that had lasted though many decades.  It makes my photographer heart so happy and yes, I did cry at this […]

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  • Tina Russell - I love EVERY single bit of this!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jyn - Oh em gee!!! These are amazing! He’s so dapper. I love seeing couples still THIS in love after so many years. Cheers to Fred and Theresa.ReplyCancel

  • Rita Christine - Okay, I definitely cried. As if the journal did not push me over the edge, the photos were sheer romance captured! While I believe young love is precious, love that stands the test of time truly warms my soul. What a beautiful keepsake for future generations! Well done. Thank you so much for sharing. xoxReplyCancel