By far and away, one of the most wonderful things that has come from starting this online space is getting to know the wonderful wedding professionals in our area. The wedding community can feel really big, but when you meet vendors like Julia Elizabeth Photo, you instantly feel like you've known each other forever. Even from our email exchanges the last two months, I could tell Julia has a big heart and absolutely adores her clients. And her photography? Well, it speaks for itself. I could spend hours on her site and never tire of her style. Get to know her in our meet-the-maker series, below!
I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Brooklyn. Inspired by beautiful natural light I primarily shoot outdoor weddings and am always on the lookout for the best light. I enjoy getting to know the couples I work with before their wedding day, and I take a very relaxed approach to the day. We plan ahead so you can enjoy your wedding day together and I can blend in while capturing the most important day in your life!
Tell us a little bit about you, and how you got started in photography?
I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer living in Brooklyn with my husband, Logan, and our puppy, Chili. Photography was a huge hobby of mine growing up and I went to college to study photography. My path took a 180-degree turn and I somehow ended up in accounting. I came back to photography after looking for a creative outlet from my then current job. I started to build my business up on the side while still working in accounting and two years ago I took the jump and became a full time photographer (best move of my life!)
What services do you offer and/or what do you specialize in?
During wedding season I primarily shoot weddings but I always make time to take on other projects such as shooting lifestyle content for blogs, young family sessions and lifestyle newborn sessions. I also love to travel and always have my camera handy with me on every trip I take.
What makes your business unique?
Me! Every photographer shoots a wedding differently and I bring a relaxed approach to the wedding day. I believe there is already enough stress on your wedding day. We plan in advance, make a photo timeline and when it comes to the day of the wedding everything is set and the priority is to have fun!
What is your favorite part about working with couples?
I love meeting new people and being a part of the exciting journey up to their wedding day. I meet most of the couples I work with months before their wedding date so by the time we get to the wedding day I feel like I’ve known them forever.
One piece of advice for couples?
Don’t lose sight of the purpose of the wedding day – marrying your best friend. Enjoy the process. Logan and I would reserve specific times to chat wedding things so it wouldn’t take over our lives. We’d usually go out for brunch on Sunday, figure out our wedding to do list for the day and then head home and tackle the list. Weddings take a lot of time to plan and you should both be involved! Logan did a phenomenal job always helping out and willing to talk things over when it came to planning our wedding. It really felt like our day since we were both involved with the planning, and it was honestly the best day of my life!
Aside from wedding planning, my biggest piece of advice to couples would be to make time for one another. For me, especially having my own business, finding a balance between work and my life can be really challenging at times. Even when I’m not working I’m thinking about it. It’s important to put your phone away and spend unplugged time together. And I’m still working on this!
Childhood career aspiration? I always wanted to be a Rockette - but I’m only 5’2.
Coffee or tea? It depends on the week and the weather! Coffee makes me jittery (lame I know) so I usually go for tea when I’m at home but I’ll drink anything with almond milk paired with a croissant.
Hidden talent: Tap dancer (hence the Rockette aspirations as a child!)