"I fell in love with photography as a child looking through copies of my parents LIFE magazines, the polaroids daddy used to take of our family adventures, and the old black and whites mom kept in a plastic box on the shelf in her closet. Those old black and whites are so precious to me because they offer a glimpse into my family history that would otherwise have been lost forever.
I have a lot of interests but photography is one of the greatest joys of my life. A Nikon 35mm film camera appeared in my life as a Christmas present in the early 80's and I've had a camera in my hands ever since. An immense amount of gratitude goes out for that gift because it changed my life! I've been taking pictures for over 30 years, have a BS degree in Fashion Merchandising - Clothing and Textiles, over 30 years experience as a professional musician, performer and songwriter, and am a graduate of The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, the largest nutrition school in the world. All of my interests work together in the most wonderful way. In photography, I use my skills & experience as a story teller and lover of beauty to prepare each client for their shoot, and then customize and stylize their session with them. I love people, I love their stories, I give a lot of attention to detail, and I love to help my clients look and feel amazing about themselves.
Photography allows us to capture moments and the emotion in those moments. It's a very powerful art form."
"Sandra is truly a talented photographer, and a joy to work with. The energy that she brings into her studio makes you feel relaxed and confident. Before the shoot she asked questions that helped me to create a vision of how I wanted my headshots to turn out. During the shoot she gave me guidance and direction ultimately resulting in amazing photos. Sandra's attention to detail is impeccable as she made sure that everything was in its proper place. And her technical skill with lighting brought my best features to life! I have never thought of myself as being a photogenic person, however, when I first saw the images from our shoot I was overcome with emotion. I thought: "Wow, that's me and I am beautiful!""
Hair & Makeup by Rene Rattler
Video: Photo Shoot Wrap Up NorthEast Arts District
"Photography is one of the greatest joys of my life. I love helping people look & feel amazing about themselves." Sandra
"Sandra's ability to work with the light for these images and to direct and encourage me, helped me feel comfortable and beautiful…which allowed me to show my best self! She captured my essence." Michele
"So it was time to have the headshot for my business and Sandra Julian was my first choice. The experience far exceeded my expectations...really because of her presence - her skill, her artistic eye, her capacity to create - the setting, the background, the clothing. Sandra's ability to work with the light for these images and to direct and encourage me helped me feel comfortable and beautiful which allowed me to show my best self. There's this glow shining from my eyes and smile - she captured my essence. I'm not comfortable in front of the camera but my expression felt & looks natural which is so wonderful because that's not what's generally caught on camera.
The music we had playing, the laughter, the jokes, the direction, Sandra's attention to detail - and there was a lot of it - all worked together to help this happen. I so appreciate Sandra's expertise and her ability to capture the overall mood of what we were looking for. Thank you Sandra!"
Michele Rae, The Center Within, LLC
"Sandra, I wanted to say thank you so much for coming and doing the photo shoot with our family. You were just amazing! We had a great time and you were absolutely amazing at making the kids feel comfortable! Thank you for everything!"
Sarah and Dan
"I just had my second shoot with Sandra and it was really fun just like the first one was! She gives excellent direction, talks to you the whole time and makes you feel very comfortable. Sandra's a perfectionist and the way she works with you from helping style the wardrobe, hair & makeup to the way she poses you, makes the pictures of you so beautiful! It was a really good experience just like the last time and once again I'm super happy with my pictures! I know you will be too!"
"Sandra's a perfectionist and the way she works with you from helping style the wardrobe, hair & makeup to the way she poses you, makes the pictures of you so beautiful!" Emily
"My shoot with Sandra was really fun! It made me feel like I could maybe take a good picture - and made me feel pretty, even in this body that I'm not very comfortable with. And the pictures that Sandra took are fabulous!"
"My shoot with Sandra was really fun! It made me feel like I could maybe take a good picture - and made me feel pretty even in this body that I'm not very comfortable with. And the pictures that Sandra took are fabulous! This is my third shoot with her and I'm amazed that she says I'm pretty because I never really think that about myself in that way. But it was so cool in some little part of me to think that maybe that was true. Sandra helped me feel that way. I'm 52 years old and I'm still learning to be accepting of myself and who I am. I always feel a little reluctant before the shoots, but the longer we work and with her direction, the more I feel like I'm doing ok. Thank you for making me look & feel so wonderful Sandra!!"
"We all have different gifts and express ourselves in different ways. Just like we all have our own inner beauty that can shine through no matter what's happening in the day to day!" Sandra
Photography, music cd's, education, new book - in the store.
"I absolutely love the arts. No matter what form they are expressed in, they allow us to capture moments of time that we can revisit later…..when the time is right…...to simply revel in the beauty, to help us process an emotion, or to give us a second chance to see the deeper meaning in something we may have missed. Photography allows us to capture moments and the emotion in those moments. It's a very powerful art form."