JULIANNA MARIE

I actually didn't start working with people as my "models" until I was about sixteen or seventeen. At that point I just wanted to get my work out there for people to see, which was mainly just the people I went to school with. It was nerve wracking because I didn't know how people would react to what I was doing but I ended up getting positive responses on my photography. What's so cool is that people responded to the fact that I was actually doing it; not many people follow through with what they say they're going to do. It's a whole other playing field when you put yourself out there and show people this is who you are, and that goes with any type of art. With that being said, it has definitely not been easy the past four years. My confidence has gotten caught up in self-comparison or rejection from time to time, but at the end of the day, I know who I am because of God and He's given me this thing that I love and that's what really counts.

 

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I have always been drawn to female models and women's fashion since the beginning. I do have an appreciation for men's fashion and their look as a whole, but for women there's something more for me to connect to. I find that when I work with men, my inspiration is limited and there are only so many faces I can get from guys before I get what I need and feel done, if I'm being honest. It's different with women because there are so many factors to play with; hair, makeup, accessories, facial expressions, etc. The world of women's fashion is limitless and each photographer has his or her own flavour to add to the styling. I never feel bored capturing images of the girls I work with - they're all so beautiful and different in their own ways. 

Now that's not to disregard men, I enjoy working with them and doing a styled shoot from time to time but my focus is on women's fashion and allure. 

 

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If it wasn't obvious, I adore simplicity. It's something I've always gravitated towards and if I had it my way, I'd shoot every one of my models in a white tee and jeans. There is so much to offer in the model's face and the movement he or she gives to the camera. I have to work with stylists in order to step out of my comfort zone. I recently did a spread for a black and white magazine issue. Prior to the shoot, of course my stylist and I had previously gone over the concept, and on the day of the shoot she walks in with these conceptual pieces that made my heart race because they felt so out of my comfort zone. However, once I saw my model in them and finished the photos, I saw how beautiful the structures and prints played with the camera. I'm definitely working on getting myself to try new things and trends because they really do make a difference in the overall image.

There is room outside of my zone but I do gravitate towards simpler pieces and neutral colours. Even my wardrobe is like that! (laughing)

 

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I feel as though it's generally a case to case basis. Each girl has a strong suit in what look or feature she can display and work really well; I always want it to be more than her body. I also look for girls that have different looks aside from models I've worked with before so I can have variety and not stick to just one look. I view modeling as an art, not just the basis of a pretty face or good body. I want the models I work with to know movement and what her strong suit is - it makes my job easier but also more fun to play with. Anyone can have a pretty face but not everyone can model. 

To prepare myself, I like to review my mood board to remind myself of the looks I'm going for and to get re-inspired. I'll also listen to some good music. That always inspires me, too. On top of that, a little pep talk usually does the trick.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: The competition. It's difficult and can be quite trying on my confidence and also the way I view the progress I've made. There will always be competition and someone will always be "better" but something I've learned is there is no other Julianna Marie, you know what I mean? No matter how hard anyone tries, there will never be another me with my exact style or the way I do my art. With that being said, I can't ever be, say, Mario Testino or Steven Meisel however hard I try, which leads to me to just embrace who I am and what I bring to the table. When people ask to work with me, it's encouraging because they want what I have to offer. I'm often told that my style of photography is fresh and clean, not many people's work is like that today. Competition is hard but I'm also extremely grateful for it because of the way it drives me to better myself. 

 

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I'm definitely optimistic. I'm very open to having anything happen with my career and passions. I don't have any strict plans coming up but am ready to move when the opportunity arises which is what I love about where I'm at in my life right now. There are so many opportunities and connections, it's just about finding the right ones. I don't measure my success in followers I have or money I make, not that those don't hurt to have, but it's all about loving yourself and where you're at in your life. 

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: The lack of humanity and knowledge. Without knowledge we have a bunch of people running around screaming at each other over things they don't know about and without humanity we have nothing. 

 
















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