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Who am I? First and foremost, I’m the mom of two incredible little girls. I’m a person who loves the feeling of sand between my toes, the Chicago Cubs, roller coasters and gummy bears. My lucky number is 13, and I’m not afraid of a challenge.
Ironically enough, I never dreamed I would ever be a professional photographer. I’ve always enjoyed photography and loved to look at and take pictures, but until the birth of my daughters, I never actually studied it. I bought my first ‘fancy’ camera shortly after the birth of my oldest daughter 4 years ago, after getting frustrated at how slow my point and shoot camera was at the time. I spent the first few months happily clicking away with my Canon Rebel t2i, and was always so excited to get those accidentally great pictures! At 25 weeks pregnant with our second daughter, I was put on strict bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. After spending 5 long weeks of strict bed rest with my oldest daughter, I knew I had to find myself a hobby for the next (God willing) 15 weeks. My journey to becoming a better momtographer began in November 2011. In May 2012, as a means to help support my family after my husband had lost his job, I registered my business and took the necessary steps to proper entrepreneurship. Since then, life has been full of puppies + rainbows……just kidding! My journey as a photographer has been nothing short of blood, sweat, tears, hard work, investment (time + money) + sacrifice……and it’s so worth it! The feeling I get in giving my clients photos that they’ve dreamed about is nothing short of euphoria. I take my work very personally, because every image is a piece of me. Every image is carefully composed, exposed and directed in a manner in which I can only call pure art. Unless I’m photographing a couple of 2 year olds; those we go back to calling happy accidents 😉
Why choose me? Not only will you enjoy your experience with me, but I will give you amazing photographs that you will cherish for years to come. My work has been awarded and showcased internationally. Photography is my passion, and I work hard to deliver quality products to my clients. I’ve photographed everyone from TV personalities to autistic children to rambunctious toddlers.
If you are looking for a personalized, high quality session, please contact me, and let’s discuss how I can give you and your loved ones memories that will last a lifetime. I look forward to hearing from you!
Julie Pottorff is an on-location, natural light photographer based in Flora, IL and specializes in families, newborns, children, seniors, engagements + weddings. Offering more than just your standard, stiff posing, Julie relies on a more relaxed approach to photographing her clients. If you are interested in a highly personalized, custom photography session, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Julie is available for travel nationwide, as well as some international destinations.