Would you mind introducing yourself? I’m Julia, a twenty-seven year old nature photographer. I take photos as a hobby, I don’t really throw myself into the competition out there, I just enjoy what I do in the hopes of bringing inspiration and peace.
Where are you from, and where do you currently live? I dwell in Northern Utah, USA. Just north of the big cities, in a basin with vast landscapes and gorgeous mountains.
Julia's Instagram - @juliamstarr
Your photos are quite dreamy, always full of light and surrounded by nature. Is there any specific way you would describe your style of photography? I guess I’m just capturing moments in a way that soothes the soul. I’m all about the soft blurs and light because it’s dreamy and peaceful, it’s my way of seeking and expressing comfort.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? My interest in photography started in summer ’05, and ever since I’ve just gone out and discovered my own style over the years. After I got my first DSLR in ’08, I started seeing significant improvement within a few years.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Probably when I first visited the Sierras, and how everything unfolded so beautifully without much planning of where to be. Everywhere was the perfect moment as the stormy skies departed.
What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? When I am in an attitude of gratitude even when life is tough sometimes, it really helps me feel inspired by the things I am grateful for, such as blue skies and sunny days, or just the way the sunlight hits the mountains.
What kind of camera do you use? Canon 5DMKII.
What is your editing process like? What apps/programs do you use most often? Photoshop! I open my photos into the RAW editor and then I proceed to make basic adjustments and then use some of my presets and then sometimes additional colours with my ps actions.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? I think having the right lens helps. Ever since I started using a 50mm f1.2 or 1.4 lens, it really made me capture and see greater potential with nature. If you want to get those beautiful shots of plants with creamy, blurred backgrounds, I’ve pretty much used a 50mm portrait and it does wonders when you get the feel of it and find your bliss. Also get to know your natural surroundings a little more and capture those moments during morning and evening light. And your use of colour and contrast in post-process will help set the mood.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? I like to journal my thoughts and feelings, eat lots of food, and play the piano.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Dan Tom, Hannah Kemp, Jeroen Verhulst, Jason Reynolds.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? There are many I enjoy! I just wish I could list them all. @wowhannah, @snarkblurb, @hannaheberz, @roguephto, @tatermelon, @jeroenv_otherside, @siansed, @juliette.captures, @shoot_the_planet, @girlwithagraycat, @danielledupey, @dominikgeisler.
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What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? For some reason I am yearning to experience Iceland!
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Spring to early Summer! I just love when nature blooms. Usually there’s storms and rainbows and blossoms during that time and it’s motivating and inspiring to go out and capture every little moment, and the weather is more tolerable.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions planned that you would like to share? Not really. Life has changed a lot recently and I’m just looking forward to getting out to explore my local territory a little more.
Anything extra you would like to share? Go out in nature and follow your heart, and then express gratitude for all the moments you acknowledge and you will begin to be drawn to more and more beautiful moments to capture.