For the Love of Photography
I think the most important and rewarding part of being a photographer is connecting with people. I am a pretty laid back country girl (you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl). I love to laugh and I am a very hard worker (thanks mom & dad)! I fall in love with couples, families and children. I cry during toasts and start dancing with my camera on the side of the dance floor. By the end of photographing a wedding I am getting so many hugs that they may as well be my family. I am deeply invested in my clients, and like my friends, I will do anything for them!
Growing up, when I should have been raising and showing livestock, I instead took photography through 4H. I made my friends and pets (dogs, cats, horses, cows, sheep) pose for me with my little 110 film camera. When I got to college, I moved to the big city of Sacramento and I bought my first SLR film camera and took film photography classes (along side my microbiology courses!) I started doing weddings (using film!) for friends in 2001, when I quickly realized it was just as rewarding as it was challenging. While working as a microbiologist, I went back to school to get my Photography Certificate at Sacramento City College where I met some great colleagues and learned even more. I continue to constantly learn about my trade and watch workshops and online courses.
My passion is weddings, engagements and family. I pride myself in documenting candid, natural images of YOU being YOU. I work closely with my clients to assure a worry free and fun day. I also enjoy lifestyle photography, as well as maternity and newborns (I LOVE babies!). I am always trying new things and finding new fun locations. I get all of my inspiration from my clients, and I strive to give them back a little slice of time that was made pretty by me.
I have been doing weddings in Northern California for over 8 years. I love to travel and I drive to the coast and the mountains for many of the weddings I photograph. Whether your wedding is a destination wedding or right here in downtown Sacramento...just being part of your day is what makes photographing your wedding so special to me.
If you have any questions, big or small, (or just want to say HI!) please feel free to reach out to me!
"Oh my gosh Julie I absolutely love our photos!!! They totally capture us perfectly! I don't know how we could ever thank you enough! But thank you again and again :)" ~Sarah and Sam
"Julie is truly A M A Z I N G!! She went above & beyond with my vision an needs with our engagement shoot. I have had a bad experience with a different photographer before an I'm so glad I did my research & found her. She was so fun to work with also." =] ~Kristina R.
"Julie was so much fun to work with! We took her to one of our favorite scenic spots and although we were a little nervous the hike might be too much for a photographer, she was all about it! She captured our love for the outdoors and made our engagement photos everything we hoped they would be! Hopefully we can steal her away for our destination wedding, I just can't see us working with another photographer now!" ~Kayla L.
"Julie was a joy to work with. She made us feel very comfortable and took many beautiful photos in just one hour. She was also very accommodating to my requests. Highly highly recommended!" ~Elisa & Truman
"You two are the best!!! Best choice I made for the wedding by far!!! I can't thank you two enough for making our day amazing! You guys were loved by all at the wedding!" ~marley_vonlo
"Julie is beyond amazing!! I wouldn't have gotten through the day without her!" ~Elaina
"Julie did a wonderful job on our engagement photos! She was so easy going and made the whole shoot feel so natural. We really appreciated her going the extra distance to find just the right spots. We could not have been happier with the photos!"
Sincerely, Bianca & Jared
"Julie photographed my wedding. It was an outside event and she did a beautiful job capturing the best moments. I even had one of her photos of us made into a pastel painting that hangs over my fireplace. Julie is very professional, patient and friendly. I would highly recommend her for your special day."
"We have worked with Julie for years and will continue to exclusively hire Jewel Photography for all of our events/family photos. In 2013, we hired Jewel Photography in May and again in November for family photos. Our children are currently 1 and 3, and can be challenging subjects but Julie's patience and humor worked wonders. We treasure the resulting photos