Meet the Photographer

I began my photography career in 2012 as a way to serve children in the foster care system. As a foster parent, it broke my heart when I realized that so many young people did not have photographs to help them remember different parts of their childhoods.  I also discovered how photography could be used to help some of the pain and brokenness caused by abuse, abandonment and the nature of the system. In order to be allowed to work with the children in the foster care system I had to become a legal business and hence Julie Atlas Photography was born.

As my business has grown, I found a love for capturing everyone's memories in a way that stops time and helps you remember the miracles in the moments before you.  I have been honored to capture some of the last happy moments before a loved one is taken into eternity and also those fleeting moments of childhood that are gone in the blink of an eye.  

I love creating magical portraits that hang on my photography families' walls. There are few things that give me greater joy than watching the faces of people as they ooh and ahh over which images they love more, or listen to them as they recall something that happened during our photo session.  Whether the images that I have created for them hang on their wall as a framed print, canvas or mixed media painting, I cherish the moments that I have with each of them.  As a mother, I am often reminded that moments are borrowed time, and I am grateful that I was able to be there to help preserve them for generations to come.

As I reflect over the years, and my incredibly blessed marriage to Tony, I often smile at the memories that our walls hold.  We have three amazing children, four adorable grandchildren, and five foster and exchange daughters.  Our lives are richer by knowing and loving all of them.  My favorite response to the question that I am often asked is about how many children do we have is, "How would you like me to count them?"  My husband and I chose to grow our family in a very non-traditional way and looking back I would not have it any other way!  We love the diversity and the world perspectives that each of our children have shown us because it brightens my outlook on life and allows me to appreciate the wonder in theirs.