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  • Hi there!

    Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you're here. I'm Julie, the Jules behind Photo Jewels, and a Rockwall, Texas, based photographer. I specialize in creating a high school senior portrait experience for my client that will be remembered for a lifetime!

    Since 2008, I've been in love with what I do, and I think it shows!

    Grab a cup of coffee, take a look around and see what I've been up to!

I don’t get to photograph that many senior guys, so when I do, it’s always fun to kinda go out on a limb and change it up some.  Kyle’s mom had this awesome idea of incorporating his duck hunting gear.  I knew I had the perfect spot for this, and we saved this rustic, outdoorsy look for the last half of the shoot.

The first half was dedicated towards capturing the more preppy, artistic side of Kyle in an urban setting.  Needless to say, this is one photogenic guy and that made things extra easy from behind the camera.  And he is funny.  Senior guy shoots always seem to turn out better if the teenager can get just comfy with the whole idea of a big photo shoot just for him, and just roll with the punches.

Ok, back to the duck hunting stuff.  Since we had so much rain last fall, I was a little nervous about getitng out on this property.  But since it had been dry for about a week, I thought why not give it a try.  I knew a specific look I was wanting.  Little did I know this was going to involve mudding and 4 wheel drive. No, it wasn’t planned.  And me behind the wheel… ummm, yeah it was interesting cause guess what… my knowledge of using 4 wheel drive and mudding is like tee-nine-cy. My nerves were through the roof, but Kyle’s mom was cheering me on and laughing like crazy, so that helped.

If you happened to catch my snapchat story of this shoot (@photojewels), you might have seen and heard the cows and horses also cheering us on during the photo shoot, so I’m sure that helped Kyle feel even more at home.

Alright well enough of my rambling and more of KYLE:

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Ahhh, meet Hannah! This beauty came to me from Plano because she was looking for something different than what all of her friends were doing for their senior pictures.  Different is good, I agree!  It’s usually the safe thing to do…. to go with a photographer whose name you’ve heard before… but I think it’s awesome to step outside the box and little and find a photographer whose shooting style blends the best with your own.  Just as no two seniors are the same, no two photographers are just alike either.

I loved all of the outfits she brought along, but I was so excited for her to break out the flannel and tulle skirt at the end!  I love it when a client wants to do a little something extra and special for their shoot, so I knew this was going to be great.  It is so important to me that your senior photos reflect the true personality of the subject, and thinking of a unique clothing item is a great way to do that.

It was awesome to be a part of this girl’s senior year!  Thank you for choosing me!
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Jayden…. where to start with this girl? She is one of my senior models this year and I just love her.  Whenever she applied for my model program last March, I just knew I was going to click with this girl from the first 5 minutes of meeting her.  She is so talented… and is headed off to college next year on a soccer scholarship.  But she is also pretty, considerate, friendly, and genuine.  I feel so lucky to have her on my team!

It was such a treat to be a part of her senior year and do her senior session.  Probably one of the most requested things I hear from my seniors is that they want to incorporate water into their session.  I, too, love this setting and wish we had more of it around here… like I could really go for shooting seniors at the beach, but pretty sure that’s not gonna happen in the Dallas area anytime soon (or ever!)  Anyway, so Jayden also wanted to shoot with some water, so we did.  And wow…. we got some amazing stuff.

Jayden…. keep on being awesome, girl! 🙂
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It’s time for me to play catch up around here, and blog each of my sessions from last fall! I’m a tad behind, but am determined to do this before the spring rush officially sets in. I really do love sharing more than just 2-3 sneak peeks online from each session, because there are truly so many I love from every session. So here we go!

Meet beautiful Bryn!  This Grapevine HS senior was so fun to photograph. The whole time we were shooting, I kept thinking two things:  Jessica Simpson during her younger days, and Pantene model.  LOL.  Bryn has some seriously gorgeous, long, healthy hair!  She wanted a really natural, everyday look for her shoot, so she wore her hair straight.  Her brown eyes just twinkle and pop with her grin.  Her Texas tshirt she wore…. adorable!  What a perfect statement piece for your senior session!

Thank you for choosing me!  🙂

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No matter where you are in your photography career, it is always flattering to be featured.  And even more so when it is by a group that brings so much to the senior photography community.

Just last week, my “Let’s Go Camping” Senior Model shoot from this past fall was featured on their blog.  They included a variety of images from our session, as well as a little Q&A with me.

While dreaming up, coordinating, prepping and planning for senior model shoots is all very time consuming, I am sorta addicted to these fun, styled concept shoots!  They allow me complete creative license, and I love having that freedom.  Plus they are SO MUCH FUN.  We seriously laugh like most of the time and just have such a great time.  We even capped our night off with a healthy pizza dinner at my home studio afterwards.  Anyway, click the link below to see the feature!

SENIOROLOGIE SENIOR INSPIRATION FEATURE

 

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I love the beginning of a new year!!!  While I don’t make resolutions, I do a lot of goal setting and thinking about things I want to improve in different areas of my life.  It never hurts to start your year off with a little business boost and pat on the back, either!  So I’m going to take a short minute today to share something pretty cool.

A couple months ago I decided to stick myself out there and enter a contest for senior photographers – a “Top 25 Up and Coming Senior Photographer” contest put on by The Twelfth Year.  Entering stuff like that is scary to me.  I am just sensitive in general, and super sensitive about my work, too!  Well, I just went ahead and went for it.

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While I am definitely not new to photography (this January kicks off my 9th year!), I have not exclusively focused on seniors for most of that time.  I really began honing in on this genre 2 years ago, and just fell head over heels for it.  So I was still eligible as “up and coming”.

The answer is always “no” if you never ask, or never try, and I’m so glad I did!  Being included in this group of Top 25 is such an honor and one that I feel so flattered, encouraged, and thrilled to be a part of.  There is amazing talent in this group from all over the country!!!

So yay for throwing caution to the wind and putting yourself out there!  You might be pleasantly surprised, like I was!

 

 

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FINALLY!  I’m caught up on posting all my shoots from spring and summer.  On to the fall!

Here’s a huge photo-heavy post for the awesomeness that was our Fall PJP Senior Model Shoot!  My goal of every senior shoot – whether with my team or individual seniors – is to have FUN.  To capture GENUINE expression and convey AUTHENTICITY.  I wanted to put an editorial touch on this shoot as well.  And I am pretty sure we met all of those goals!

AND… did I mention I have a team of totally awesome, beautiful and confident girls this year???  I am so lucky!

Get ready to do some scrolling to see and read more about our fun day….

 

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Something like this does not come together overnight. I came up with this concept back in May and revealed the theme to the girls. So what made me choose camping as our theme? Well, I originally saw some vintage camping signs and that got me thinking. Then after doing a little research, it looked like no one else had done this theme, and that totally sold me! I am all about doing things that are original and unique. There are just millions of ideas out there and it was fun to do something new. For any photographers reading this, I really encourage you to think outside of the box and not to copy someone else’s idea! How can your true voice and vision shine if you are just doing what someone else has already done? (More on that subject later!)

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The girls were super excited and started working on their clothing over the summer. Since we were going for a laid back and casual look, the girls were able to create their looks without having to spend a lot of moo-lah. Some of the girls brought their own props – like the guitars – and I borrowed the tent from a friend (thanks, Cara!). Y’all should’ve seen the girls getting this tent up! They are tent-putting-up pros now!

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When I look at these photos, I smile. It’s fun to be a part of something that builds relationships between girls who didn’t really know each other before. Honestly, when else in life will you have the opportunity to do something like this??? It’s fun to see their excitement over the different ideas and then seeing their excitement over the finished photos. It’s fun to see my vision come to life.

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A couple weeks after the shoot, all of the girls came over to my home studio for the big image reveal. This is something I hadn’t done before, but it is definitely something I’ll do again! Their reactions to the images were priceless.

Our next styled shoot is coming up in the winter, and let’s just say I’m a little excited…. 😉
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  • Amber Fox - Oh my goodness! This set of photos are SO fun!!! Such a good job. You have to submit these to places for publication! So well shot, edited and stylized. Great job!January 7, 2016 – 7:27 pmReplyCancel

    • Julie - Hey Amber! Thank you so much! This styled shoot was actually just featured on the Seniorologie blog last week! 🙂January 11, 2016 – 12:10 amReplyCancel

One of my goals for 2015 was to build more Creative Concept shoots into my schedule.  I found that this can be hard to do, but they are so revitalizing to me from a creative standpoint.  This summer, I came up with the idea of a vintage swimsuit concept, and one of my 2016 Senior Models – Carly, was the perfect model for me!  Amy Maxwell of Amy M Bridal Beauty did an amazing job on her hair and makeup, and helped to complete the “vintage” feel we were going for.  I am a big believer that a bunch of props are not needed in order to result in a great shoot.  Some sunglasses, a paper umbrella, a floppy hat and a cute cover-up are pretty much all we needed!  Oh, and a big thanks to my friend Jana for letting me borrow her pool!

Towards the end we moved from the pool, and ventured over to the lake.  As the sun faded into the horizon, a beautiful pinky-purple sunset resulted.  I’m a big sucker for sunsets and silhouettes, and I couldn’t resist creating a few with Carly.

I’ve already got another Creative Concept shoot in the works, and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds!
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