Another Friday and another photog friend of mine. You guys are in for a real treat! This weeks Featured Photog is Julie Pease of Julie Pease Photography. You guys!!!!!! Wait until you see her work. It’s stunning!!! Like the kind of stunning you want to blow up and decorate your walls with.
So I met Julie much like I met last week’s photog, over coffee. A few years back I saw a post of hers on one of our military community pages. She was new to the group. She and her family had just moved to Ellsworth and I thought it would be awesome to get together and chat. So, I messaged her and we set up a coffee date! Once again, the rest is history!
Seriously, Julie is so much fun to hang out with. From coffee dates, dinner and drinks, and the Clickin’ Walk she organized, we had some pretty good times. Sadly for me, the military life moved them to their next assignment in Washington D.C. But as with most of my friends, it’s not goodbye; it’s see you later. 🙂 Yep that’s us down there LOL!!!
So, on with some insight into what drives Julie to create those magnificent images she captures. Oh, and that’s her in the pick below! 😉
Tell me a little bit about yourself: Where are you from? What are a few favorite things you can’t live without?
I am a wife, mother, military spouse, and Air Force veteran. I was born in Spain many moons ago, and didn’t move to the US until I was 21. I obviously cannot live without my camera, but also have quite the connection with chips and salsa 😉
Where is your business based?
I live in Arlington, VA, currently serving the Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland areas.
How long have you been a photographer? What’s in your camera bag?
Although I have taken pictures for as long as I can remember, like many, I bought my first DSLR after the birth of my first child in 2009. I shoot Nikon (D610 and D850) and although I have a quite the collection of lenses, 90% of the time I am shooting with my Nikkor 14-24mm.
Who are some of your favorite photographers? What draws you to their work?
There is not one photographer that I favor over others. I follow many because of the creative circles I am part of, but am drawn to unique perspectives and environmental lifestyle photographs.
What influences other than photographers are some of your favorites? Artists, writers, music?
I am pretty boring and don’t have one specific favorite artist or author. I love autobiographies and will read most fiction, but prefer to avoid historical fiction. The same applies for television. I don’t care for period dramas. I love all kinds of music, and although I grew up as Madonna’s number one fan, I can’t say that she has influenced my life or work. Maybe because we are both old now 😉
What kind of photo sessions do you offer clients? Which are your favorite and why?
Although I used to specialize in children, families, and teens, my favorite sessions have nothing to do with any of those genres. I love environmental portraiture, but have never found myself living in an area where there was a demand for that. I am now taking a break from my typical work and will only take a couple of sessions a year.
What made you want to be a photographer? What inspires you to create the beautiful images you give your clients?
Honestly, it may sound cliche, but the answer truly is so that I can document our life. I have been shooting a 365 Project since 2013, with only a one year break (I still shot almost daily though), and always journal along to remember everything. When I was shooting clients, I chose locations that would remind them of where they were at that exact moment in time. Since I shot mostly other military families, I wanted to provide a backdrop for that specific location they happened to be serving in at the time.
What is the most important thing to you when working with clients?
Communication is key. Before the session, I always discuss expectations. What I may want to get out of their session, may not be what they want, so it is imperative we are on the same page.
How would you describe your photography style?
I consider myself a pretty versatile photographer. I not only love portraiture, but find myself equally immersed in macro, landscapes, weather, and wildlife. My pride and joy, and where my true photography heart resides, is my personal environmental portraiture portfolio which highlights my children’s travels and every day adventures as they navigate moving over and over. As a military family that moves every two years, I have this huge need to capture all of our surroundings. Wide angle is my favorite and I just love seeing what every place we visit or live in looks like in its entirety. I will rarely print a closeup of my children, but them smack dab in the middle of a beautiful (or sometimes chaotic) landscape will get a spot on my wall any day.
What’s your advice for someone who wants to do be a photographer?
Don’t sell yourself short, it’s hard work! Study, study, study, and then study again. You never stop learning. Continue to hone your skills and don’t feel like you have to be in business to call yourself a photographer. Join a photography forum and put yourself out there for critique.
Where do you see yourself, your work, and your business 5 years from now?
I really want to just shoot for me. The business side can lead to burnout quick, although I would love to shoot commercially if given the opportunity. The reality is that 5 years from now I will probably have returned to my Federal Government job as a Contract Negotiator.
On which social media sites can people check out your work?