Hey! My name is Julie and I am a lifestyle portrait & wedding photographer based in Fort Bragg, NC & NYC but will travel worldwide for magical moments, love, and a great cup of coffee!
Speaking of coffee, I am proud to be basic and love my Starbucks, especially pumpkin spice. The second I get a whiff of the colder months in the air, I am all out about that pumpkin spice life. If that makes me basic, I don't want to be anything other than the most basic girl you know.
I'm newly addicted to sushi and have always been addicted to sweets. I would eat breakfast pancakes and waffles all day long and finish off with cake for dessert if that was sustainable! But I am also a fitness fanatic and know that that's just not the way to live. When not prancing around in a field with my camera, you can find me at the gym...also most likely with a camera! I run my own YouTube channel where I share fitness related advice, perfume reviews, and military significant other advice, and love taking my followers along the journey of my life!
Before I found my way into photography, I grew up painting. Serendipity art classes taught me my love of color and the impressionistic style of my favorite painters to this day. I gained an appreciation for classical music & learned to "hold my horses" as Ms Joanne would always say.
I always had a love for taking pictures, ever since I was a little girl with my Barbie Polaroid camera, I was always taking photos of the flowers in my mom's garden or of our family dog. I can only assume my artistic eye came from both of my parents. My mother has always had a knack for being crafty and creative, while my father has always been obsessed with taking pictures. Even before "selfies" were a thing, my father turned his film camera around and took a snap of him cheesing wide!
I eventually upgraded from that pink Polaroid and all throughout my middle and high school years, I was the girl carrying her camera with her everywhere she went. Constantly capturing all of the moments of my youth in pictures.
In high school, my best friend started Project 365 on Flickr, which as the name entails, involved taking a photo every single day for an entire year. I decided to give it a shot as well. I ended up loving the challenge so much, I continued the project for two consecutive years.
Without photographs, my memory is not the greatest. But, any time I look at a photo I have taken, I am instantly transported back right into that moment. I can remember the entire day as vividly in my mind as it was happening in that moment and I cherish these mementos.
After four years of taking railroads and trains into Brooklyn, honing my skills in creating plaster sculptures, life drawing models, and obsessing over astronomy, I received my Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Photography from Pratt Institute in 2015. I gained so much knowledge from these years in the photographic world, from learning how to develop my own film and the experience of printing color photos in a darkroom is a practically unheard of experience in this day and age. Being exposed to the artistic environment every day and being surrounded by so many other passionate creatives really helped me explore my style as an artist. And for the record, all the while becoming a better photographer, I pretty much qualified for a minor in Painting if that was something that was an option at Pratt! I was the only non-major spending 6 hours a week in the painting studios alongside preparing for my senior thesis exhibition in Photography.
I have a fascination with self portraiture and romanticizing the quiet spaces and places most would categorize as the mundanity of life, the way light leaks in through the windows and illuminates your skin. Everything from the suburbs to the sea captures my interest, with every heartbeat in between.