When I started my business 5 years ago I NEVER intended to be where I am now.  I just knew that I loved taking pictures and if I was able to make a little extra money doing something that I found fun and inspiring, then that would be awesome.  And that was it.  That was […]

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  • Kelli G. - April 6, 2015 - 4:10 pm

    Julie, this is amazing! You work so hard and you’re very inspiring! I will be praying for you as you make this change! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Crystal Satriano - April 6, 2015 - 4:16 pm

    I’m so happy to hear you are refocusing and doing what’s best for YOU and not everyone else. Cheers! I wish you well.ReplyCancel

  • Amie - April 6, 2015 - 4:22 pm

    Very wise and encouraging! Thank you for sharing your heart.ReplyCancel

  • penny johnson - April 6, 2015 - 5:35 pm

    I love your photography.
    I love the lessons you learn.
    I love that you share all that with others.
    Keep up the wonderful work and just being you !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Denise - April 7, 2015 - 2:50 am

    Well, this was fantastic. I needed this today. Thank you! And you know what? I know that you’ll never regret this decision.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - April 7, 2015 - 9:00 pm

    Bless your heart Julie! Thank you for sharing…. I so needed to read this too. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Angel - April 9, 2015 - 12:20 am

    How did you get business when you were starting out? I am having a horrible time trying to get clients booked. ReplyCancel

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Oh Colorado!  I’m mildly obsessed with mountains so when a bride inquires with a wedding in Colorado, I have no trouble saying yes! I loved Randi and Aaron’s wedding!  First of all, they one of the sweetest couples you will ever meet, second, Randi has amazing taste and third, the location is just so darn […]

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  • Kara - March 31, 2015 - 9:42 pm

    Your work is amazing Julie! I can’t wait for my workshop session with you!ReplyCancel

  • Sheri White - April 1, 2015 - 12:42 am

    You captured every moment beautifully, Julie. Our family will treasure these pictures forever. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - April 1, 2015 - 12:45 am

    Wonderful photography! I never tire of looking at my granddaughter’s wedding pictures. The wedding was amazing and so is the beautiful couple.ReplyCancel

  • katie beauchamp - April 1, 2015 - 1:09 am

    the most amazing wedding pictures..feels like you have a front row seat for this special couples day…thank you so much for your talented work..ReplyCancel

  • Randi - April 1, 2015 - 4:15 pm

    Julie, thank you for how beautifully you captured our wedding day. I will cherish these pictures forever. Every time I look at them, I’m flooded with all of the emotions I felt that day. We’re so blessed to have you as our photographer and also our friend. Your love of photography and of people shines through in everything you do.

    xoxo

    PS – One week until CHERRY BLOSSOMS! Can’t wait to be a JPP “bride” again ;)ReplyCancel

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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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  • Gallery by Laura Photography - April 13, 2015 - 1:44 pm

    Hi Julie,
    I love following your work. I’d love to invite you to join our Charleston Photographer’s lunch group for a meal when you are here in October. Just shoot me an email and I can arrange it for a day you are here. We are an awesome group of photographers who love talking photography and eating out in Charleston!
    Thanks,
    Laura StriblingReplyCancel

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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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