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2015: A Personal Recap

So, I’ve not been the best at keeping up with blogging (obviously). Motherhood has taken over my life at this point and lots of things have fallen by the wayside. This does not mean I haven’t been taking any pictures, however! I take loads of those, and still have had clients this year that I plan on sharing with you here, but first, a personal recap of 2015 is in order. It was a good year. Brace yourselves for a very long post, and lots of pictures of my (cute) children…

When I left you last, I had Augie, age 21 months. I now have Augie, almost THREE years old AND baby brother Jasper, eight months. How did we get here?

Well, first, 2015 began …


Then, darling Augie turned TWO, and we had an incredible owl-themed birthday party, per his request. Thank goodness for Pinterest and my interest in being crafty, plus my endlessly creative sister visiting for the occasion. It was such fun! Highlights included the owl pineapple, owl pretzels, (non-owl) cakes, owl hanging lanterns, owl balloons and other decorations (we saved toilet paper rolls for months to make some cute little guys), and owl treat bags. And one adorable two-year-old in an owl shirt, of course!


(To my mother’s horror, I got up on the railing while pregnant. It’s only a few feet down!)


This next photo encapsulates how we all feel after a big party, right?


At this point in the year, I was heavily pregnant (as you can see above!). Chronicling pregnancy is one of my favorite photo jobs, and photographing my own pregnancies has been fun and meaningful for me. The lighting models I used each week are seriously cute, too! Here are a few of my favorites from my pregnancy with Jasper (how I wish I’d chosen a long-sleeved shirt for my photo outfit; I was often freezing during these quick shoots!):


My good friend Marcy did a professional photoshoot with me and my little family at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park when I was 37 weeks along. I love having these shots of the three of us, just weeks before our world changed forever.


And then I was 39 weeks and ready to be done with it!


A few days after those last two shots, Jasper was born! My labor was relatively quick and easy (two hours and forty minutes of active labor and eleven minutes of pushing) and I actually thought to myself afterwards, ‘I could do that again!’ What a relief to have it over with, though!

And just like that, we welcomed Jasper into our family. He was born on April 23rd, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at 18 inches long. What a sweet, sweet baby he was and is.


In keeping with my reputation as an incessant record-keeper, I have been doing monthly photos of Jasper. Here he is at one through eight months. His 2015 has been a wonderful progression from lovable little blob of baby to crawling, cruising, smiling, laughing baby! He is an amazing little guy, full of personality and opinions already. Augie has taken to being a big brother well, though of course he occasionally struggles with it. My favorite moments as a mother of two have been when the boys are making each other laugh, just cracking each other up. I see a lifetime of friendship ahead for them and it makes me so happy.


Somewhere in there (well, in his month of August!), August turned two and a half! We were on vacation with my in-laws in Michigan and used the corn and apple fields to our advantage for his pictures:


Whew. Still with me?

This brings us to current day. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016, full of photographs, from me and mine to you and yours! I promise to do better with blogging this year!




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Julie Sterling Photography: 2011, Year in Review

The end of 2011 is nigh, and it was a fabulous year for Julie Sterling Photography. Here’s the breakdown:

Out of 70 total photo shoots, babies and weddings came in tied for first, with 30% of shoots going to babies and families, and another 30% going to weddings and engagements. It was a year full of adorable kids and beautiful brides and I loved them all!

The remaining 40% for the year was split between events, boudoir, head shots and formal portraits, and maternity.

I am so excited for 2012 and more photo adventure fun. There are already 26 weddings on the docket (I’m second shooting a lot of them, and have lots of my own, too!), plus the boudoir marathon in January (there’s still room to sign up!), so it is already looking like a stellar year ahead.

In closing, here’s a snapshot of my 2011/2012 New Year’s Card (if you were a client, you should have received this!):

I’m currently living it up at home in California, and my mother talked us into doing a New Year’s card for her family, Tyler included! Here’s the back and front of our effort (Mom didn’t want to be in it, but we convinced her to be on the back):

Aren’t my sisters cute? I’m having the best time creating cards these days – I’ll have some to share with you soon that I’ll be selling in my Etsy shop, and I have some great ones I made for the holidays, too.

Anyway, goodbye 2011, and best wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2012!




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