Jewel Images with Julia Kelleher

If you know my work, you know I have a passion for newborn babies.
They are my little hit of newborn smell that my kids don’t have anymore. These tiny beings are just beautiful to capture and get to snuggle with before capturing their tiny details. They are also my hubby’s exit strategy for not having anymore together- I’m with him on that one now we have twins.
I digress as usual.

Since beginning my newborn journey I have been keeping an eye on the world of newborns. Who shoots what, how it’s done but always searching to better myself and up my skills. I am tiring of the same old question, ‘why should I book with you when I have a camera?’ In some respects it’s a fair question, but when you have approached me in the first place, why are you asking? Seeing Julia’s work and her finishes on her images just gave me more fuel to my reply of ‘educate them with your work.’ I would love to say because your camera isn’t as good as mine (haha) or because you can’t edit your image to be like my finished product. Instead I explain the safety aspect, the way I will capture their child and most of all steal that baby for plenty of snuggles during the process.
Anyway, I watched Julia on Creative Live a year or so ago when she was talking about how to stand out in the crowded newborn photography market by honing your unique voice and artistic point of view.

Photography by Julia Kelleher http://www.jewel-images.com/

Photography by Julia Kelleher http://www.jewel-images.com/

Sounds a little wishy washy to some people but to me, that was the pincale of how I was feeling at the time. How was I going to stand out in a crazy market where backyard shooters were trying to photograph babies unsafely, for next to nothing and giving people a disk for $25 with all their ‘images’. It’s so frustrating when someone cheapens your profession like that- it is no wonder that SO many people devalue a professional photographic session to something so cheap until they either lose all their photos to a natural disaster or a family member dies and they wish they had ‘a great picture’ of them.
The decision to me is simple. I want to learn how Julia works, post processes her images but most of her all she makes images like the one above. I LOVE it so much and it really cancels out the question from clients above.

Anyway- Julia is my newborn IDOL. I follow her work and love looking at her images. They are so clean, simple but stunning all at once. Then there are her fine art finishes she can add to clients images which just about convince me to have one more baby so long as she does the newborn photos. (don’t panic hubby)
Her website, http://www.jewel-images.com will have you staring at the home screen for AGES I promise you!

So, Yesterday I plucked up some over tired courage and posted on Julia Kelleher’s instagram feed shamelessly telling her I was a big time groupie and wanted to join her for anything from making coffee to watching her work. The reply back blew my mind- she answered to start with and then told me to call her studio!
So once I had left the house for crossfit I practiced 1000 times hello and dialed her number… ‘hello you have reached Jewel Images, we are unable to come to the phone right now…’ Poo. So I left a message and found out after Crossfit she had called back.

We touched base finally today and I’m hoping to save enough money to go across the country to meet her early next year as she’s undoubtedly flat out this year. So I’m now Saving saving saving!!!! So if anyone wants to contribute to my education fund or my fun-ucation that’d be awesome 😉 Just kidding!

So many exciting things ahead for me education wise and this is right up at the top of the iceberg!

 

XJC

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