Fall is my absolute most favorite time of the year.  The leaves, the chill in the air, hints of the holidays coming soon, to say it makes me happy is an understatement!  Since transitioning into shooting mostly weddings 3 years ago, I’m so thrilled when I get the chance to offer portrait sessions.  This year, […]

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I’ve been traveling for a few weeks.  It hits me every time when we pull out of the driveway and I look back at my home sitting up on that hill.  My heart hurts.  I have mixed emotions, I’m always excited about what lies ahead, the people I will meet, the sights I will see, […]

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  • Pamela - March 6, 2015 - 8:45 pm

    You hit it spot on, and Bless you for telling what others don’t have the courage to. I see #1 over….and over….and over again. It’s always, ALWAYS about them. So many folks pretend to be something they’re not, such as, very successful, also because they know most people will more than likely choose the more popular, or more “seemingly” requested person (photographer) and they will get more business…or so they think. Very….very sad.ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - March 6, 2015 - 8:52 pm

    Julie, you are so amazing and REAL! It is so sad that in this business there are so many people who care more about themselves than others. You work so hard and that is so apparent to me. God has you doing this for a great reason! Keep being the awesome person you are Julie <3ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - March 6, 2015 - 9:06 pm

    Yes – all of it. So true. Thanks for being real and honest. The world could use a lot more truth and honesty.ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - March 6, 2015 - 9:12 pm

    Julie,

    This is the reason why I’ll be attending one of your Click & Chats this year and am thrilled to have you as a mentor. It’s because I feel you are teaching because it makes your heart sing and that you truly want others grow & be happier :) Here are some words I heard from Leonie Dawson, “Business is really just one person offering their gifts to the world to the people who need it.” <3ReplyCancel

  • KristeenMarie - March 6, 2015 - 9:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - March 6, 2015 - 9:51 pm

    Julie,

    This was a fabulous article for many reasons but mainly…. Truth. I find the longer I am in this business the less tolerance I have for the people that just aren’t “real”. I do this because I love capturing those special moments for others. I think one reason that you have been successful is you are realistic about the fact it can all change in a split second therefore you truly appreciate what you have now. You don’t take it for granted.

    Love your stuff and I hope to make it to one of your workshops someday.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Edelman - March 6, 2015 - 10:34 pm

    It’s nice to know that you are “Real”…although I think the majority of your fan base already knows that about you!! And for the record…I think that you are pretty awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - March 6, 2015 - 10:44 pm

    Amen! Thank you for being brave enough to say that.ReplyCancel

  • Tasha - March 7, 2015 - 12:29 am

    Julie,

    Your honesty in this post brought me to tears. I am a photography student at the art institute of Phoenix and in the process of obtaining my degree, I have been constantly struggling with the overwhelming anxiety of not knowing if I will ever truly become successful. Being a single mother, I hear of how much is sacrificed witching this business and that scares me too. The fact of the matter is, I love photography and having the opportunity to capture timeless moments for others truly warms my heart—so how do u manage to balance work and home? I appreciate ur honesty…I wish u all the bestReplyCancel

  • Sarah Chase - March 7, 2015 - 1:38 am

    Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart! I’m the type of person who values and celebrates honesty. Owning a business takes a lot of work, and a lot of sacrifice.. for many reasons, but especially for our clients! xoReplyCancel

  • Brianna Venzke - March 7, 2015 - 4:47 am

    Julie you have such a sweet heart and I am always thankful for your honesty!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - March 7, 2015 - 8:00 am

    Just – thank you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Butler - March 7, 2015 - 10:50 am

    I’ve followed your blog for a long time, because your posts are beautiful and inspiring to me. WHOLE NEW LEVEL this post…so beautiful and so inspiring! Thank you for sharing this. I have been struggling while building my business over the past 2 years, it’s been slow its been disappointing its been scary! Juggling my full time job as a mother, my paying full time job as a nurse, and then building the business ~ I often feel like I am failing at all 3. I see those other people you mention, and their easy roads to success and it takes my down. I definitely get deceived by what I see other project. Thanks again for the post!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - March 7, 2015 - 1:42 pm

    It’s always comforting to hear these words from someone successful who I look up to. To know that I’m not the only one with worries and doubts. ALOT of work goes into this business! No matter how hard I work to continually try to learn and get better, I don’t know that I’ll ever be as successful as the people that know how to use social media to their advantage, and that can be a hard pill to swallow :(ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Dox - March 7, 2015 - 4:50 pm

    You have such an amazing heart. You are so right! I’m taking a step back to spend time with my family and take a break from the vanity in our industry that’s sucking me in. I am so sad I didn’t get to spend that week with you in Italy, but I do hope we get a chance to spend some time together sometime.ReplyCancel

  • Esther - March 7, 2015 - 5:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing Julie. This is very encouraging just by being real. May our Lord bless you for it <3ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Sledge - March 8, 2015 - 12:47 am

    Amen Julie!!! AMEN!! Thanks for sharing your heart! It’s good to know there are people who actually see past all the selfishness and care! Love this so much! And BTW, LOVE you work! :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather Barr - March 12, 2015 - 6:05 pm

    Your realness is inspiring, encouraging, comforting…. a breath of fresh air. I see exactly what you see as well and I feel the same way about it. Encouraging to read your thoughts!ReplyCancel

  • Larisa Black - March 14, 2015 - 1:40 am

    Julie, you have such an open heart and I thank you for sharing it with all of us! I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who worries, has frustrations, and wonders what the future will bring. You are successful because of all your hard-work, sacrifices, and honesty. Thank you for keeping it real!ReplyCancel

  • kaywana hopper - March 14, 2015 - 7:20 pm

    Love the honesty!!ReplyCancel

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I am so blessed and excited to introduce to you the first family in my Life after Losses series.  This is a personal project for me.  A way to give back and bring awareness to infertility, miscarriage and infant loss.  This stems from my own struggle with infertility and loses, you can read my story […]

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  • Teagon - February 19, 2015 - 11:11 pm

    Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - February 19, 2015 - 11:15 pm

    Totally brought tears to my eyes. <3 What a beautiful family. Praying for all of them!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - February 19, 2015 - 11:34 pm

    Stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • miranda - February 19, 2015 - 11:36 pm

    Oh Julie – you weren’t kidding about the kleenex and tears. I’m so heart broken for their loss, but in awe of the strength and beauty in their family. What an amazing project and gift you’re giving. <3ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - February 19, 2015 - 11:49 pm

    These pictures are absolutely amazing. Such a gorgeous family. So much love and respect for these beautiful parents. Their sweet angel James will forever be with them and those that loved him. <3ReplyCancel

  • Moose Studio - February 20, 2015 - 12:11 am

    I really did need kleenex :( May they find peace with their loss and gain strength each and every day to carry on through this beautiful life and remember their sweet baby boy James. With the support of their friends and family, I believe they will live a long and blessed life with their new little ones and each other. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us, it makes you appreciate how precious life really is. <3ReplyCancel

  • Erica - February 20, 2015 - 12:29 am

    Simply beautiful. Words can’t describe now beautiful this is.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - February 20, 2015 - 12:49 am

    Beautiful pictures that capture such a wonderful family. They have been through more than anything I could imagine. Their commitment to their babies and to each other, and Anna continue to sustain them as they watch these beautiful little “humans” grow, prosper and develop!ReplyCancel

  • Selina - February 20, 2015 - 1:14 am

    What a beautiful job on the photos. Treasures for sure. Amazing family and a beautiful big sister.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - February 20, 2015 - 2:45 am

    I’m without words. These are beautiful. God bless this family! <3ReplyCancel

  • Sara B - February 20, 2015 - 7:54 pm

    What beautiful photos and a wonderful tribute to James. Simply breathtaking.ReplyCancel

  • Megan D - February 20, 2015 - 8:42 pm

    Oh my! What a beautiful and strong family. I love this so much.ReplyCancel

  • Angie - February 20, 2015 - 8:50 pm

    This story breaks my heart. What a strong and beautiful family and your images are just perfection. Wishing this family all the best and for that sharp pain to dull.ReplyCancel

  • Christine D - February 21, 2015 - 2:33 am

    I LOVE the giving back theme! These images are so beautiful, and so many people never have that. And this story is incredible. Just one more example here of something beautiful coming out of darkness.ReplyCancel

  • Ben - February 23, 2015 - 7:49 pm

    Wow what a beautiful family and story.ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi - February 23, 2015 - 9:18 pm

    I have no words for this Julie. I’m blown away. Seriously blown away. Beautiful images of an incredible family. Love and miss you. Big time. Proud to call you my friend. :)ReplyCancel

  • maike rinaye - February 23, 2015 - 9:32 pm

    *tears*…. sheesh. What an incredible story. And such beautiful portraits. I’m glad you’re sharing these stories. I think it will help some people feel less alone.ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Provinsal - February 23, 2015 - 9:50 pm

    Oh Tears and Beauty! What a sad but beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Love and Hugs to you all and gorgeous work!ReplyCancel

  • jacqie - February 24, 2015 - 2:05 pm

    what an incredible session. you have an amazing heart. i absolutely adore dad with the babies, and big sis is so very sweet. love this!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - March 6, 2015 - 10:39 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful story. I just love the grain and everything about your photos. Very inspiring project! Thank you.ReplyCancel

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It’s so amazing how things just fall together.  I had this shoot in my head.  Grey flowing dress, rocky coast, beautiful light, STUNNING couple and BAM.  It happens.   This shoot was amazing.  Perfect weather, perfect couple, awesome group of girls for the Click and Chat, just one of those days that makes you so […]

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  • Ashley Miller - February 18, 2015 - 6:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are PERFECTION. Every. Single. One. <3ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - February 18, 2015 - 6:51 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking Julie!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan D - February 18, 2015 - 7:01 pm

    Wow!!! These are fabulous! The ones of her sitting on the rocks are my fave! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sara B - February 18, 2015 - 8:56 pm

    Wow, what a breathtakingly beautiful session!ReplyCancel

  • Ben - February 18, 2015 - 11:22 pm

    Stunning photos Julie. I can’t wait to film with you in a week!ReplyCancel

  • Dena - February 19, 2015 - 3:03 am

    Wow! Gorgeous couple, light, posing…. All of it!ReplyCancel

  • maike rinaye - February 19, 2015 - 1:25 pm

    What a beautiful shoot! Love her hair. It’s the perfect middle between messy and contained!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - February 20, 2015 - 5:11 am

    So, so, so stunning! I wish I could come to the workshop, beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - February 20, 2015 - 8:29 pm

    WHOA!!! You’re work is breathtaking. This is such a gorgeous session. The colors, the wardrobe, the scenery, the beautiful couple, everything is perfection! You are so talented Julie.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - February 21, 2015 - 4:25 am

    Perfect, Julie! Film, this couple, the colors and tones of the scene. Just perfect. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Provinsal - February 23, 2015 - 8:13 pm

    STUNNERS!! and stunning work!!! love this so much!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi - February 23, 2015 - 9:13 pm

    Seriously awesome Julie! One of your best sessions ever! Incredible light, beautiful couple, awesome posing, perfect processing… you’re just the best!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - February 24, 2015 - 3:03 am

    OMG… the real life Elsa!!! She is GORGEOUS! they both are!!! Simply Stunning! <3ReplyCancel

  • jacqie - February 24, 2015 - 2:02 pm

    JULIE! Oh.Em.Gee! This is such perfection. I absolutely adore this session. It is so flipping gorgeous! Major high fives! YES!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • yvonne - February 24, 2015 - 2:27 pm

    These are stunning! The colors and light….yum!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Gulick - February 25, 2015 - 2:38 am

    wow so stunning! love the tones and light! you make magicReplyCancel

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YAY!!!  This is so exciting!  I love giving things away!!!  CONGRATS to the following awesome people!!! 1/2 Price JPP Wedding – Emily Rappoid 1/2 Price Family Session – Tracy Anderson House of Flynn Camera Bag – Stephanie Foster 12×12 Millers Album – Ashley Miller $100 Anthro Gift Card – Wisteria Wells $50 Lust gift card […]

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  • Denell - February 14, 2015 - 4:58 pm

    Congrats to all! Thank you Julie for this great giveaway. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Noelle Merzlock - February 14, 2015 - 5:03 pm

    Congrats to ask the lucky winners. So amazing! !ReplyCancel

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