What is branding exactly in business? There are so many information out there that it can get very overwhelming. I am so glad I found Julie through our wonderful showiteers group, AND I picked Julie Story to create my new logo, and learned so much about branding, and earned a lifetime of friendship (I hope). It’s my honor to be able to feature her on my blog. She’s a wonderful mother of 2 beautiful kids, a photographer, a graphic designer, a branding and marketing specialist, a website designer and overall a wonderful human being. If you can’t afford to hire Julie Story, then definitely check out her beautiful style groups that can be purchased.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
How long have you been doing photography? Graphic designing/logo? Website designs?
I have been a photographer for 8 years and a visual media specialist for 6. I originally worked in branding and marketing for small businesses prior to specializing in branding for photographers.
What inspired you to become a photographer and a designer?
I became a photographer because I loved the idea of taking an emotion, an invisible concept, and portraying it visually. I loved the idea of making an image and having someone have an emotional response to the image.
I became a designer because I wanted to be able to be home with my kids and work, but over time it became so much more. Now, working with other photographers I am able to help them reach their dreams an change their lives by giving them a media identify, and a unique was to connect to their clients
How would you describe your style?
My photographic style is cinematic. It is filled with story telling elements. From the emotion to the details, capturing the flow of the wedding day the way a movie would unfold, giving the viewer context to the environment and the emotion.
My design style in general is it more contemporary, modern and chic. I love bold statements and strong lines.
What is your goal in each field?
My goal as a wedding photographer is to capture the way a groom loves on his bride. This is the one thing that drives my creativity and at the same time warms my heart. Each couple is so unique, and watching the groom sweetly romance his bride, make her light up, feel stunning, and gives her permission to be empowered by his love for her.
My design goal is to visually communicate to specific cliental by portraying who the photographer is, and what makes that photographer unique! I love helping people reach their dreams. THis inspires me and design is an amazing outlet to do that in.
If you had to pick one which one would you pick, photography or website design?
What a hard question! In photography, I am honored to capture the way a man love a woman and what that love makes her feel like. And in design, I get to help photographers reach their dreams. Both of these things fuel my soul and creative energy
Is there any photographer and/or graphic designer whose work you follow?
I have been in love with Jasmine Star since I found her. Girl crush ::guilty::
She has influenced me so much, giving me permission to be myself, and use that to connect to my brides.
In design, I certainly follow Promise Tangeman & Melissa Love. What I love about those girls is between the 3 of us we each bring unique style, so it encourages me to try new things, and push myself.
What’s in your camera bag?
Canon 50mm 1.4
Tamron 28-75mm 2.8
I asked Santa for a 5D Mark ii and a 50mm 1.2. He said yes.
Finish the following sentences….
Growing up I wanted to be … A mommy! I am so blessed to be a mother
If I could change something in my life, I would… Love people endlessly, completely, and never allow fear to stop me from doing so.
I want to photograph … Raw real emotion, between a man and the woman he loves.
My favorite quote… Everything is possible for him who believes Mark 9:23
When I am not shooting, I like to… Read, write, dance, skip
3 things I can’t live without….
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
More in Love with God
Which country do you want to visit the most?
If you had the option to move anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Denver or California
What advice would you give to other new photographers?
Get connect in a safe photography community (I recommend Showit . Educate yourself. Learn how to connect to people, and make it a goal to help other’s succeed!
I am really happy to say that recently she wrote a blog post on branding for Gray Photography. Check it out. http://www.grayphotograph.com/blog/tuesday-tips-tricks-guest-blogger-julie-story/14476/