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    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!

Katie, a senior from Prestonwood Christian, was such a natural in front of the camera. That would likely be due to the fact that she’s been modeling for a cheer uniform company for the last 4 years! Recently she even got to go on a trip to Paris to shoot the company’s new line.  What an awesome experience for a high school student!  Katie has such a pretty smile and was so fun to photograph! She’s off to the University of Alabama to watch that Tide Roll (or Roll Tide, hehe).

And here is that cranberry color again, which is probably my favorite color for senior girls to wear in an outdoor location.  It just always works!  🙂

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I photograph a lot more senior girls than boys, so it’s a nice little break for me when a senior guy’s session is coming up!  It was an honor to photograph Christian’s senior portraits after doing both his older sister’s and older brother’s sessions in years past.  He’s actually the youngest of 5 siblings and will be leaving his parents as empty nesters when he goes off to the University of Arkansas this fall.

We had a day full of clouds (overcast), but I still like to shoot on those days because I think portraits can still be amazing, even without direct sunlight.  In many cases, it allows me to shoot in some areas that I might otherwise not be able to, had there been a sun in the sky.

Christian is very photogenic, and also tall – which means I spent a good portion of the shoot on my trusty step stool!  Would be nice to grow a few more inches, but don’t see that happening, so I’ll deal with my short-ness.  😉

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Every winter – which is slow season for most photographers – I grab my senior model girls and we go out for a “creative concept” shoot.  This basically means I brainstorm an idea that I might not normally do with a regular client, and then I make that come to life with my girls!

My original plan was to shoot this entire session in black and white, and give it a very high contrast, grungy, moody, expressive feel.  Well, I think we accomplished the grungy, moody, expressive part, but I just couldn’t stand shooting in black and white only…. so I ended up with a mix of that and color.

As always, I prepped my girls on clothing, hair and makeup, and that came up with some pretty great outfits to carry out our theme.  On these bigger shoots, it seems like even the best laid plans can be thrown out the door.  In this case, we actually used a location I had not even scoped out, so I knew I’d be in for some surprises.  Our first obstacle came with this parking garage.  My original plan was to shoot on the rooftop deck, but that didn’t work out, so we ended up shooting INSIDE the parking garage for the 1st half of the session.  Then we ventured outside, ran into a lady walking her 3 greyhounds and used them as props!

The shoot was cut a bit short when a freak rainstorm rolled into downtown Dallas and sent us all running and screaming for the nearest bar.  Oh wait – they are only 17 and 18?  Well, it was POURING and that was the only place open nearby!  Don’t worry…. we just sat down for a few mins, tried to dry off, and wait for the storm to pass before getting back to our cars.  All in all, it probably was one of the most memorable group shoots I’ve ever done, and will go down in the books as just plain FUN!

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It’s time to get Baylee up on the blog!  This girl is soooo photogenic!  She chose 3 outfits for her shoot, and we stuck with a simple nature setting (my fave).  I loved them all… her cream lace dress, her floor length red dress (makes such a statement!), an then her comfy, cozy sweater and jeans look.  And I loved how my hair and makeup artist styled her hair for the red dress…. it had a bit of a medieval/romantic feel about it that was just captivating!

I had the hardest time narrowing the photo down for her Image Reveal.  Here are some of her favorites from her shoot:

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I loved getting to do Arielle’s shoot!  This girl is simply stunning and has so much confidence in front of the camera.  She’s also one of my senior models for the Class of 2017, and I love having her in my group! She has a such a striking look, with her dark hair and lighter eyes.  My hair and makeup artist tagged along with us during the session to give Arielle some extra TLC and also change up her hair and makeup look a bit for the 2nd half of the shoot.  I love having this option for my clients!

For some reason, spiders and butterflies made themselves known throughout her shoot… not sure what that’s supposed to mean!?!  Luckily, she wasn’t scared of either.





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Lovely Caitlyn came all the way from the Colleyville area for her senior shoot.  It’s always so flattering when clients choose me for their senior portraits, even when I’m completely across the metroplex from them. Caitlyn’s cousin Madison had her senior pics done with me last year, so that is how Caitlyn heard about me.  I absolutely love these first few images of her, in the cranberry top.  It has to be my #1 favorite color to photograph outdoors.  It just works in every setting and with every skin tone.  We lucked out and found this little patch of wildflowers growing (which we made look bigger than it was!) to add a little extra pop of color.  My hair and makeup artist came on-location to the shoot to make sure Caitlyn was picture perfect in every outfit.  We wrapped her shoot with a super cool fishtail braid.

Caitlyn is planning to study marine biology in college…. she told me that has always been something she’s interested in since she was a kid.  I am excited for her, and so glad she chose me for her senior shoot!  🙂



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It’s not too often that I have the chance to photograph a COLLEGE senior, so shooting Bailey’s session was extra fun.  She requested a nature setting, but then also wanted to incorporate some dance into the shoot as well.  This girl is amazingly talented!  She has been dancing her whole life, and then also was on the dance team at Sam Houston State University.  So it seemed only fitting to include this in her shoot.  Oh! Bailey is also very skilled when it comes to hair and makeup… she did her own for this shoot and it was spot on!

Be sure you scroll to the bottom to see my favorite dance-themed images from our session.  Prepare yourself…. she’s crazy talented!  🙂




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