Julie Boyd Photography: Blog https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Julie Boyd Photography julie@julieboydphotography.com (Julie Boyd Photography) Fri, 07 Jan 2022 04:45:00 GMT Fri, 07 Jan 2022 04:45:00 GMT https://www.julieboydphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u365838326-o752307909-50.jpg Julie Boyd Photography: Blog https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog 106 120 Happy New Year! 2016 Recap https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2017/1/happy-new-year-2016-recap Happy New Year Everyone! Many people are glad to be putting 2016 behind them, and similarly the year was full of both bad and good moments for me. However,  in the end the amazing experiences I had shine brightly when I look back. I got engaged exactly one year ago today in Yosemite. Brian and I started a travel blog together, Bound to Explore (check it out!). We traveled to Canada and had the opportunity to visit the insanely gorgeous Banff and Jasper National Parks. We did a few short trips in California including San Francisco, and June Lake. Finally, we ended the year with a two-week trip to Europe, where we visited England, France, and Switzerland.

I also continued to teach full time, and work part time photographing weddings for Lin and Jirsa Photography. Life is busy, but pretty great and I look forward to getting hitched, honing my photography craft, and going on more adventures in 2017! Here are some of my favorite images from the past year.


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Canadian Rockies Road Trip | Banff and Jasper National Parks https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2016/11/canadian-rockies-road-trip-banff-and-jasper-national-parks Exploring the beauty of this world is something I never take for granted. The way I feel when I breathe in mountain air, and stand at the zenith of a hike is sacred to me. Now more than ever it seems critical to stop denying climate change, and to cease destroying the natural beauty of our Earth in pursuit of financial gain. I worry about what the shift in power in the Unites States what it will mean for our planet. 

This summer Brian and I took a week-long road trip to the Canadian Rockies. The mountain peaks were breathtaking, the river canyons were stunning, the forests were full of life, and the glaciers were.... well, melting. I am glad that we got to see some of them first-hand on this trip because I fear that they may be gone the next time we visit.

This should be a post about our trip; about our adventures and how each image was created. However, after the election results, I just don't have it in me to write that kind of post. Instead, I ask you to look at each image. If you think it is beautiful, if you think the landscape is worth protecting, stand up for change. I am still figuring out how I can best to that, but I challenge you to do the same. 




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Chasing the Last Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierras https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2016/10/chasing-the-last-fall-colors-in-the-eastern-sierras "The mountains are calling, and I must go." - John Muir

I was exhausted. I had just finished teaching a workshop on essay writing, shot my last wedding of the year, and I made it through mourning the loss of my grandfather. I finally had a chance to breathe, but I still felt suffocated. More than ever, I needed to get away. I needed to recharge. More than ever John Muir’s famous quote, “The mountains are calling, and I must go,” rang true for me.

I knew the Fall colors were past peak, but something inside me was aching to go to the Eastern Sierra anyway. I just had to be there. Luckily, I have a adventure buddy in Brian and he is always willing to support my crazy ideas. So, at 8:00 p.m. on a Friday night, we packed up our car, and made the five-and-a-half hour journey up to Mammoth Lakes.

Our drive was filled with a hazy mix of regret (What are we thinking? We could be in bed right now?), diet coke, and 90’s pop music (Boy bands really were the best back then). When we arrived in town, we were greeted by a giant sign with Muir’s quote on it, and I knew instantly that we made the right decision.

The next morning, we headed out to the June Lake Loop in search of Fall colors. While most of the aspens had dropped their leaves, there were still a few golden groves left. After stopping to take a  few pictures, we decided to stretch our legs on a hike up to Parker Lake.

The hike was about 4 miles round trip, and although the climb at the beginning is a bit steep, it flattens out and passes through groves of aspen trees near the lake. Unfortunately, all the leaves had dropped along the trail, but the trek was still worth it, as Parker Lake is gorgeous any time of the year. This is definitely a must-visit spot for when we return during the peak turning! After having my fill of picture taking, we sat on the shore of the lake, ate a few sandwiches, and took it all in.

Since Golden Hour was soon approaching, we decided to drive through the June Lake Loop one more time to see the leaves in different lighting conditions. This was definitely a good decision because the afternoon light revealed more shadows and texture in the groves.

Once the sun went behind the mountains, we headed back to Mammoth via the scenic drive route. While neither of us found it to be especially scenic, it was nice to take a road less traveled and explore something new. After weighing ideas for sunset locations, we decided to head down to Twin Lakes and Lake Mary to see how the light looked. Lake Mary was astonishingly cold as icy wind whipped across the water, so we decided on Twin Lakes instead. We explored a few spots along the shore, and managed to capture a little bit of sunset colors before dark.

The next morning we arose early for sunrise photos, hoping to catch some alpenglow over Laurel Mountain. One thing I love about the shorter days this time of year is earlier sunsets and later sunrises. We packed up the car, grabbed some coffee and bagels, and arrived at Convict Lake around 5:30 a.m. As dawn approached, a line of photographers gathered on a bridge, all taking the classic shot with the jetty rocks in the foreground of the lake. I took one shot, and decided immediately that I wanted a different perspective and some solitude, so Brian and I headed just to the left of the bridge.

Again, it was very cold and windy here, so I was a little sad that I couldn’t get any reflection shots. However, I made the best of it and used a Neutral Density filter to do some longer exposures and get the glassy effect on the water.

I could have easily spent all day roaming the shores of Convict Lake, however, Brian and I wanted to see Bishop Canyon while there was still morning light illuminating the mountains. I have driven through Bishop many times on my way to explore other parts of the Sierras, but had never made the trip up Highway 168. Man, have I been missing out! I am really glad that we made this detour, as it was fun to spend a few hours exploring and plotting out a longer, return trip. :)

We decided to start our tour at the top of the canyon at Lake Sabrina, and work our way back down. Lake Sabrina looked gorgeous, but it was so windy we could hardly tolerate standing outside for photos. I love the cold, but after I took one shot, my fingers started going numb, and my eyes were watering from the wind. We ran back to the car seeking the heater and seat warmers, and decided to try our luck at a different location.

North Lake was our next stop, and after a windy, narrow, dirt road we arrived at our destination. We were happy that it was a bit less windy and much warmer than Lake Sabrina. North Lake is a popular spot for sunrise photos, and we were amazed that people take the road before dawn because of the road conditions. Since we arrived later in the morning, we realized it might be better for sunrise photos: there were tons of fishermen along the banks, and it was hard to avoid them and still capture some of the angles I wanted. Lesson learned for next time! :)


Our final stop of the day was South Lake. It was a bit more of a drive, but when we arrived at our destination, and were welcomed by beautiful snowy peaks, we knew it was a worthwhile side trip. Again, it was cold and windy (the theme of the trip!), so after taking a quick shot (ugh, lens flare!) we sat in the car and enjoyed the sights while we ate sandwiches. Photo Tip: The Lake faces south, so it is probably best photographed at sunrise. We were here in the late morning, but the sun was already directly in my shots.


After stocking up on a few treats from Erik Schatts in town, we headed home, and back to reality. Even though it was a short trip, and most of the golden leaves were gone, it was a great adventure. We had fun exploring new places, hiking, seeing a bear, and recharging our spirits with the spectacular mountain views. The Sierras hold a very special place in my heart, and I cannot wait until they call to me again!

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CA Road Trip | Big Sur, Muir Woods & Yosemite https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2016/1/ca-roadtrip-big-sur-muir-woods-yosemite Brian and I took what seems to be becoming our annual winter road trip up the coast just after Christmas. This year, stops included Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, Muir Woods National Monument, and Yosemite National Park. Enjoy!

Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur 

In Janurary, if the conditions are right, the sun sets right behind the hole in Keyhole Arch, a famously photographed spot on Pfeiffer Beach. Unfortunately, just after the effect began to take place, the sun went behind a fog bank on the horizon. However, I was still able to play with the sunset lighting and create some images for my portfolio. :)


Muir Woods National Monument

Wow! This place was overwhelmingly crowded! After we descended into the main parking lot and saw hoards of people walking in, we were reminded of The Walking Dead, and decided to drive back up to one of the hiking trail entrances above the grove. Best decision ever. There was ample parking, and much less people. Of course, as we approached the forest floor, foot traffic got heavier, but that was inevitable. Overall, the hike was a welcome bit of exercise after being in the car for so long, and the fog and light rain made for good photography conditions.


Yosemite National Park

Winter is my favorite time to visit Yosemite. It's much less crowded, and if you are lucky enough to visit just after a snowstorm like we were, the snow enhances its magical feeling. One of the highlights on this trip was snowshoeing from Badger Pass out to Dewy Point. It gave us a a very unique view of the valley, especially the straight-on vantage of El Capitan. For the entirety of the trip, the skies didn't cooperate, and were either bright blue, or overcast, but I still enjoyed having the opportunity to visit and photograph this incredible place.

Until next time Yosemite. :)

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Happy New Year! 2015 Recap https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/12/happy-new-year-2015-recap Happy New Year! I hope you all had an amazing 2015! For me, the year brought many wonderful things and adventures, but ended with some heartache. In March, I finally left the nest and got an apartment with Brian. Over the summer, we went on a great adventure in Europe - visiting the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, York, London, Levisham StudiosWindsor, Oxford, Brussels, Bruges, Dublin, and Western Ireland. I continued to work full time teaching, and began my second year of it in August. I also continued to work part time with Lin and Jirsa Photography, for whom I shot 14 weddings this year. Working with their team has been an absolutely incredible experience. I have learned so much more about lighting, composition, and posing from their great team of photographers. I have grown a lot, and was honored when they moved me up to start second shooting in October. The fall also brought some sad news: My very dear friend's mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed away just before Christmas. It was an emotional few weeks filled with an unimaginable tragedy for my friend. I am incredibly proud of her strength though, and look forward to seeing all of the wonderful things that lie ahead for her in the future. 

Despite working full time teaching, and part time shooting weddings, I still had some time to expand my own photography portfolio (Here's to having summers off!). Here are some of my favorite images that were created this year, along with some of my favorites from Europe. Enjoy!

I am very much looking forward to all that 2016 brings. As I write this, I am on a weeklong trip with Brian exploring the Central Coast of California, the Napa Valley, and Yosemite. Stay tuned for pictures. Happy New Year!

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Travel Adventures | Ireland https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/12/travel-adventures-ireland The last stop on our trip this past summer, was Ireland. After hopping around three other countries, Brian and I decided to keep Dublin as our home base for the duration of our stay. Our hotel was located in Temple Bar, which made exploring the city easy due to its central location. I really loved the laid-back vibe that Dublin had, and what struck me about Ireland as a whole was how friendly the people were, despite how poorly they were treated through history. I have heard the common saying that history books were written by the victors, so it was fascinating to hear bits of Irish history from a different perspective.

Our first big adventure on the Emerald Isle, was taking a tour of the West Coast, so that we could see the Cliffs of Moher, or the cliffs of Insanity for my fellow Princess Bride fans out there. After our adventures renting a car in Scotland, we decided to give the tour bus thing a try. While it was nice to relax on the bus, after the tour Brian and I agreed that we preferred the flexibility and freedom that renting a car offers. As a photographer, I would have loved to shoot the cliffs at sunset, but of course our bus stopped there mid-day. Here are a few of my favorite shots:

I didn't take my camera out much while exploring Dublin, due to rain, but here are some captures from Dublin Castle and Trinity College that I was able to catch one afternoon during a break in the storm.

On our last morning in the city, we went back to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells (no pictures allowed), and the Long Room of the Old Library (pictures allowed, yay!)

I feel like we really just touched the tip of the iceberg with Ireland, and would love to go back again one day to explore more of the countryside.

As I write the closing words on my last blog post for our travel adventures in Europe, I am filled with yearning to go back. Brian and I got to see many incredible places on our trip, but I could easily have spent more time exploring the rugged Scottish Highlands, the rolling green hills of England, and the lush countryside of Ireland. Until then, I have a week-long road trip up the California Coast and into to Sierra Nevada to look forward to after Christmas. Stay tuned for pictures next year! 


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Travel Adventures | Brussels & Burges, Belgium https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/10/travel-adventures-brussels-burges-belgium Brussels was a breath of fresh air after spending so much time in the UK. Early on in our trip planning stages, Brian suggested spending a weekend in Belgium, and I am very glad that we did. It was fun to mix things up, and explore a new part of Europe. Plus, how could I say no to a country known for some of my favorite culinary delights: chocolate, beer, waffles, and fries.

On our first day in Brussels, I decided to give my back a break and forgo lugging around my heavy DSLR. I took the below images with a simple point-and-shoot. It was nice to have a bit more freedom as we navigated the bustling city streets, sampling waffles and fries, and ducking into chocolate shops to try different treats.

The above (right) little boy taking a leak, Manneken Pis, is a very famous landmark in the city.

Not only is Brussels the capital of the European Union, but it's also the capital of Tintin! This is one of many murals located in the city.

Waffle heaven. Seriously, these will ruin waffles in the U.S. for you because nothing compares. As Brian said, "I can't believe I used to think Eggo Waffles were good."


The next day, we decided to take a short train ride out to the medieval city of Bruges. Unfortunately, it rained the whole day which made exploring the town very hard, and taking pictures even more challenging. We ducked into the beer museum for a few pints for a while, and made a deal to come back one day (fingers crossed that the weather is better!). Here are a few images I was able to capture between downpours.

Yes. This painting.

The Basilica of the Holy Blood 

Bon Voyage Bruges! Next stop, Ireland.

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Travel Adventures | Windsor Castle & Oxford https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/10/travel-adventures-windsor-castle-oxford While staying in London, Brian and I knew that we wanted to take a few day trips to explore some of the historic places just outside of the city. But which to choose? The mysterious Stonehenge? One of the estates made famous by some of my favorite shows and movies like Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Should we go take in the waters at Bath, or venture out to the beautiful White Cliffs at Dover? With so many choices, we debated for quite a while, but ultimately we knew that we would be back again, so the comfort of knowing that eventually we would see it all, made choosing much easier. Oxford was a easy choice because Brian had studied abroad a few years back, so he wanted to visit his home-stay family, and show me his old stomping grounds. We decided on Windsor as a second trip, because it is home to a grand castle, steeped in history.

Windsor Castle really exceeded my expectations. We took the train out from Waterloo Station in London, and enjoyed a pleasant ride through the countryside. The castle was a very short walk from the station, which is right in the center of town. After buying our tickets, we picked up an audio tour headset, and then joined a short tour group that takes you through the castle grounds. I highly recommend both, especially the grounds tour, as it was wonderful to hear about the castle firsthand from someone who was passionate about the it's modern purposes and rich history (Warning, I am about to go on a bit of a history lesson tangent, so you aren't interested, sorry!). 

William the Conqueror began building Windsor Castle after the Norman Invasion in 1070. It's the best preserved castle from that period because it has always been a royal residence. The Queen lives at Buckingham Palace during the week and then takes her "long" weekends at Windsor. We were told she usually leaves London Thursday mornings and returns Monday evenings - I wish my weekends were "long" too. Brian and I got to tour about half of the outside grounds and most of the state rooms. I was impressed by how many rooms they let us go in. The decor in most of the public rooms feature the decorative touches of Kings Charles II and George IV. Charles II had an almost blank canvas to work with because the castle was raided and everything was sold during the English Civil War. Later, George IV wanted to make the castle more grand, so he expanded it and made the interior more lavish with lots of gold leafing. He also added to the castle's tower, to make it stand taller.

Rooms in both styles remain fully intact, so it was interesting to see both. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside the castle, so I have no images to share. Note that this is where the audio guide comes in handy, as it provides commentary for each room that you journey through. Some of the interesting tidbits that we were able to glance include: a suit of Henry VIII's armor from his more plump days, portraits of past kings and other important people by famous artists like Rubens, a room with all the shields from past and present knights, the room where the Queen knights people, and walls decorated with hundreds of guns and swords in ornate patterns. It's crazy that we were there for three hours, and I feel like we kind of went through quickly. Here are a few more images from the castle grounds:

View of the forest just below the castle. A favorite hunting spot for Henry VIII.

St. George's Chapel lies on the castle grounds, and is the final resting place of many famous royals. I was so excited to see Henry VIII's grave, and wander through the building admiring the grand architecture. I learned from our tour guide that Henry VIII is buried with his favorite wife, Jane Seymour (the only one who gave him a son). In addition, Charles I lies with the pair. After his execution, the Roundheads didn't want to give him a proper burial, so they sewed his head back on and just threw him in the tomb. Again, no photographs were allowed inside, but here is an image of the cathedral's exterior:

Windsor was a wonderful choice for a day trip from London, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves castles, or the Tudors. I would allow for ample time to visit, and arrive early, as we could have easily spent more time there, but could not because it closes in the late afternoon. Also, be sure to allow time for exploring the town of Windsor. We had to catch a train back into London because of the Tube Strike, and wish that we had more time to spend seeing what else Windsor has to offer.

Now on to Oxford... 

The following day, we made our way out to Oxford. It took much longer than we would have liked, due to the Tube Strike and an accident on the road that delayed our bus, but we still enjoyed a lovely afternoon exploring the city. If you are planning a trip to Oxford from London, buses leave every 30 minutes from Victoria Station via the Oxford Tube, which makes transportation very simple. 

Christchurch College

Magdalen Tower

The Rotunda at Green Templeton College. It was once an observatory, but now serves as a reading room for students. So cool!

After wandering through the university and adjoining city streets, Brian and I headed over to his home-stay family's house. We were greeted by smiling faces and two adorable chocolate labs. It was wonderful to spend time with them, hearing old stories about Brian's experiences over delicious homemade lasagna (a treat after eating out for so many nights), and a few pints of English ale. I can see why this place made him fall in love with England.

Next stop... Brussels, Belgium.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/9/warner-bros-studio-tour-london-the-making-of-harry-potter I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

I can't say enough good things about going to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. I was expecting a few sets, some Butterbeer, and that was it. However, the experience completely blew away my expectations. Everything was there. Everything. From the large exterior of Privet Drive, to the smallest details like the vial of Felix Felicius in the Potions Classroom. Brian and I spent three hours there, and the only reason we left was because it was closing. If you are a Harry Potter fan in any capacity, make sure you allow yourself ample time to soak in all of the costumes, props, and sets on this incredible tour.

Visitors first enter the world of Harry through the Great Hall. After a short video about the production of the films, the curtains are raised to reveal the exterior of the set doors. Inside the infamous house tables are pushed aside and ready to magically receive their next meal from the house elves in the kitchens below. Behind the tables, various costumes are on display, and organized by each house. This is the one room on the tour that you are rushed through, so that each new cycle of visitors has the opportunity to be surprised by the grandeur of an empty Great Hall. These are a few of the images I was able to take before I was kindly asked to move on.


After you exit the Great Hall, you pass through doors on the left into what seems like a giant warehouse. The tour twists and tuns through various sets, each decorated with the costumes and props that the actors actually wore. The first stop was this magnificent ice sculpture from the Yule Ball scene in The Goblet of Fire.

Along the way, there are sections dedicated to the incredible crew of the films. In some cases there were demonstrations (the gentleman above was showing off a pair of werewolf teeth), while in others there were monitors that played very well done videos of the cast and crew talking about their experiences.

Seeing the Gryffindor Common Room was one of my favorite parts! I have often daydreamed about curling up next to the fire to read a good book (HP of course!).

"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."  - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 

Wands galore! I want this entire display in my house!!!

Defense Against the Dark Arts props.

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Dumblore's office is another highlight. There were so many details!


"It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I was very tempted to jump inside the Potions classroom to play around with all of the bottles and specimens. I loved that they paid homage to both Snape and Slughorn.

Hagrid's Hut!



The Chamber of Secrets has been opened.
Enemies of the heir... beware!
These Muggles sure do love using their cell phone devices.

Inside The Burrow. Doesn't it just make you want to pull up a chair and have some pumpkin pasties for breakfast?

The Horocruxes! OoooOOOOoooo

"I will not tell lies."



Tip: Skip the long line at the actual King's Cross station Platform 9 3/4 if you plan on visiting the studio. It isn't between platforms 9 and 10 anyway, but is just in a random spot in the station sandwiched between stores in the terminal. They recreated it for the studio tour and there's a good chance that it's not as chaotic (we didn't have to wait in line).


There is a cafeteria about 3/4 the way through the studio. They have snacks, sandwiches, and other refreshments. Of course we made the obligatory stop for Butterbeer. It was delicious! 

Outside the cafeteria lie some of the larger, exterior sets and props. They made for some photo taking fun.

The tour continues back inside where visitors can take a look at the creature shop. It was very cool to see how many of the fantastic beasts of the films were brought to life.


If only I could go back to school shopping here instead of Target.

The last room featured a "miniature" of Hogwarts Castle. The details were impressive and fun to explore!

Of course the tour ends in a giant gift shop. Brian and I wanted to buy everything, but it didn't make sense to pay the extra cost in pounds (especially when many items are available online in the U.S.). We did splurge on a special edition of the Philosopher's Stone, some chocolate flies, and a Gryffindor Quidditch t-shirt. I wish I was able to take a quick picture of the store interior, but in the mad rush to make it to the last bus before it left, I forgot. 
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter was definitely a trip highlight for me. I am looking forward to the theme park opening here in Southern California next year, and taking Brian out to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando. Until then...
Mischief managed.
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Travel Adventures | London https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/8/travel-adventures-london It's been a dream of mine to visit London since I was in high school. So, finally getting to walk along the Thames, and see all of the iconic landmarks of England's capital city, was a bit surreal. In a way, the hustle and bustle of all of the locals going about their business, reminded me of New York, while all of the famous historic spots swarming with excited tourists, adds a different layer to the city. Due to a Tube strike on one of the days, we spent a majority of our time walking above ground - man London is spread out! However, despite sore feet, it was great getting to explore such a historic city. Since we stayed in East London, our first stop was Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. 

View of Big Ben from Trafalgar Square

The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

The London Eye

I've pretty much wanted to see the Peter Pan statue in Hyde Park since I first saw Hook as a kid. Bangarang! 

Kensington Palace

During our visit, our dining experiences were generally not that great, however, we had a nice change of pace at The Churchill Arms - a pub that exclusively serves Thai food. Plus, how cool does it look?

Buckingham Palace


The Shard looking awesome at sunset.

The Millennium Bridge was a must because, you know, the Death Eaters blew it up. :)

The New Globe Theater

Coming full-circle and ending our stay in London with a nighttime stroll back across the Tower Bridge. We were lucky enough to see it raise for a boat to pass through just as we were crossing!

That's all from around the City of London. Be sure to check back for posts from our day trips outside of the city; The Harry Potter Studio Tour, Windsor Castle, and Oxford. Cheers!

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Travel Adventures | York, England https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/8/travel-adventures-york-england After saying goodbye to Scotland, our travel adventures continued in the city of York. We took a train from Edinburgh, and spent the day exploring the streets of the historic, walled city. Much of the medieval architecture is still in tact, which made wandering the streets a surreal experience. 

York is full of narrow streets and pedestrian routes that once lead to various marketplaces. This was one of my favorite spots, Shambles, which used to be the region where all of the butchers shops were located. Today, it is lined with various cafes and shops, but it's not hard to imagine a bustling medieval marketplace lined with hanging carcasses and burly men slumping around meat for sale.

The York Minster is probably the crown jewel of the city, as it lies in the hub and towers above everything else. It's one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe, and its Gothic architecture is breathtaking.


We opted to pay five pounds extra so that we could take a tour of the Minster tower. It was a long climb up a narrow staircase, and it was raining when we got to the top, but definitely worth it for the views.


Across the street, we took a stroll through the gardens of the Governor's House.

One of the coolest things about York is that you can actually walk along the medieval city walls. Our original plan was to do the entire 2.5 mile circuit, but a rainstorm that would roll in later in the day kept us from completing our goal. Still, it was pretty awesome to roam through this section near the Minster.

Clifford's Tower - part of York Castle. Unfortunately, this was the last thing in the city we got to see before a torrential downpour began. Upon seeing these black clouds, we decided to call it a day and head back to our hotel for the evening. Although our day was cut short, we still got to experience a lot of York's stunning architecture and vibrant culture (and the most amazing donuts I've ever eaten!). The following day we hopped back on a train and headed to London - post coming soon!

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Travel Adventures | Edinburgh, Scotland https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/8/travel-adventures-edinburgh-scotland After our adventures in the highlands, Brian and I spent two (split) days in Edinburgh. Despite being the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, doesn't have the chaotic big city feel that you would would expect. We really enjoyed exploring the city, walking among historic buildings, and of course touring Edinburgh Castle.

Bagpipe player along the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

View of Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street

Looking out toward the city from inside the castle. That strange tower on the right is a monument to Sir Walter Scott.

Princes Street Gardens 

Victoria Street in Old Town, Edinburgh

The Palace of Hollyroodhouse (Where the Queen resides while in Edinburgh).

Calton Hill

Looking back towards Edinburgh Castle and the Sir Walter Scott Monument from the top of Calton Hill

Dalmahoy - Where we stayed on our second night and I pretended we were in a Jane Austen novel.

The Back lawn at Dalmahoy


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Travel Adventures | The Scottish Highlands https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/7/travel-adventures-the-scottish-highlands It's been a lifelong dream of mine to travel to the United Kingdom, and this summer that dream finally became a reality. Thanks to Brian's discovery of travel hacking, we were able to take a 17-day trip to Scotland, England, and Ireland. We also threw in Belgium, to spice things up and partake in its culinary delights: waffles, french fries, chocolate, and beer.

The first stop on our European adventure was Scotland. We knew we wanted to get out and explore the Highlands, and after deciding against being stuck on a tour bus with no freedom to explore on our own, we decided to buck-up and rent a car. Brian was awesome, and took on the task of driving on the opposite side of the road. An added challenge was the car rental place had given away their last GPS to the person before us, and we did not have the luxury of being able to use our phones while abroad (Oh, how we missed you Google Maps!). So, we picked up a map from a gas station, and did things old school. Thankfully, I'm good with maps, and once we got our bearings it was smooth sailing.

Our first stop was Urquhart Castle, which sits on the banks of Loch Ness. Sadly, no Nessie sightings to report.

After exploring the castle ruins, we headed east toward our abode for the evening. We stayed at The Barley House, which we booked through Air B&B. I cannot recommend this place enough. Its a very cute little house located right on Loch Carron. Our only regret is that we only stayed for one night. Below is the view from the lounge and another shot from just outside the house.

While in Kyle of Lochalsh, we had a run-in with a few of the famous Highland Cattle, or Hairy Coos. 

The next morning, we headed out to the Isle of Skye. I could have easily spent a week exploring Skye - it was much bigger than I thought and there are tons of thing to do and see (Note to self: Next time stay on Skye for a week!). 

The Storr (Definitely want to come back and hike to the top of it next time!)

Oh, hi there Brian.


Waterfalls were everywhere!

Lealt Falls

Kilt Rock & Falls 

The Quiraing (Mind the sheep poop!)

Back on the mainland, we stopped by Eilean Donan Castle. Can I live here please?

We decided to take the scenic route to Edinburgh and drove through Glen Coe -  a beautiful valley known for it's spectacular scenery. The one drawback to visiting the Highlands in the summer is the sun doesn't set until 10:30 p.m., so getting golden hour or sunset shots was challenging because I'm an old lady and am usually in bed by then. As fate had it though, our Skye excursion kept us out late, so the sun was setting just as we drive through Glencoe. We just don't get sunsets like this back home.

Sadly, that's the end of our two-day road trip to the Scottish Highlands. What a wild, beautiful place. I know I said it a few times above, but I really hope to go back soon and explore more of the region. Bidh mi 'gad fhaicinn (I'll be seeing you) 


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Long Beach Fashion Photography | Marcus https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/7/long-beach-fashion-photography-marcus Yesterday, I took a break from editing photos from my Europe trip to meet up with my good friend, Marcus. Here are some pics from a fun little mini session we did in Long Beach. Enjoy!



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Orange County Fashion Photographer | Leah https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/7/orange-county-fashion-photographer-leah I had so much fun doing this fashion shoot with Leah during her visit to Orange County. Laguna Canyon is one of the best photo locations in the area, and it served as a perfect backdrop for us to play around with different looks. Enjoy!



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Orange County Headshot Photographer | Danny https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/6/orange-county-headshot-photographer-danny I had a great time shooting headshots, and a few "for fun" pictures, with Danny! My favorites are below. Enjoy!

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Orange County Fashion Photographer | Jackie https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/6/orange-county-fashion-photographer-jackie Last week I had the opportunity to collaborate with Jackie from Aston Models on a fun little session. Enjoy! :)


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Long Beach Engagement | Kevin & Kelly https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/6/long-beach-engagement-kevin-kelly I cannot wait for these two to get married next year! They are good friends, and such a fun, down-to-earth couple. Enjoy! 

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Rancho San Clemente Tennis Club Wedding | Jasmine & Brett https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/6/rancho-san-clemente-tennis-club-wedding-jasmine-brett I was thrilled to be a part of Jasmine and Brett's romantic wedding at the Rancho San Clemente Tennis Club in Southern California. These two are such a wonderful, fun couple. Enjoy!




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Adventures in Big Sur https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/1/adventures-in-big-sur A few weeks ago, Brian and I took advantage of a good travel deal, and our time off for the holidays, and decided to spend a few days in Monterey and Big Sur. Here are some photos I took in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You can read about our adventures in more depth, on Brian's blog, The View From Cube 74. Enjoy!

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Happy New Year! 2014 Recap https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/1/2014recap Happy 2015 everyone! The past few months have been absolutely insane! So many amazing things have happened, that have kept me extremely busy (hence the lack of posts). Over the summer, I had an incredible opportunity to work as an intern with Lin and Jirsa Photography, and I was offered a position on the team at the end of August. They are the best of the best when it comes to wedding photography, and to have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from such a talented group of people has been a dream come true. Even though I have been doing photography for years, I know that I still have much to learn, and having great mentors is imperative to growing and being successful in the industry. Working with their studio over the past few months has really helped me start taking my photography to the next level, and I am thrilled to keep learning and growing with the company.      

In addition to to having this amazing opportunity come along, I also was offered a full-time teaching position in August. At times, it is almost hard to imagine the two years I spent tirelessly working to break into my two career passions. I have a hard time expressing how genuinely excited I am now that I have the chance to pursue both. It truly feels like all of my hard work, perseverance, and countless interviews has paid off. Photography and teaching have come together in some sort of crazy perfect storm. And while it has certainly been a struggle juggling the two, I welcome this new challenge and look forward to tackling the next chapter in my life. 

I am really looking forward to all that 2015 holds. Stay tuned for pictures from Monterey and Big Sur, a beautiful wedding in San Clemente, a creative shoot in April, and trip reports from Europe. Until then, here are a few of my favorite images from 2014:

Sunset in Laguna Beach, Ca

Styled Wedding Shoot | Wilcox Manor

Retro Pool Party Styled Fashion Shoot

San Gabriel Mountains from the top of Mt. Hawkins


Four Seasons: Winter

Moonrise above Half Dome from Glacier Point

Happily Every After

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Carpe Diem | Sunset in Laguna Beach, CA https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2015/1/carpe-diem Photography is often about taking chances in order to capture a moment at the right time. On this particular day, I got a tip from a friend that there would be an unusually low tide in Southern California, so I decided to head down to Laguna beach for sunset. I am extremely glad that I seized the day, and took a risk on this photography adventure, because the lighting turned out to be some of the best of the year. I was able to capture the below images at Victoria Beach and some nearby tide pools. Enjoy! :)

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OC Fashion Photographer | Katie Wheeler Library https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/8/oc-fashion-photographer-katie-wheeler-library Another fun little shoot at the Katie Wheeler Library in Irvine with with fashion blogger, Notes by Cheeia

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Orange County Headshot Photographer | Tyler Cole https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/7/orange-county-headshot-photographer-tyler-cole New headshots for the multi-talented Tyler Cole. Check out his work with Lost in Time Pictures HERE.


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Orange County Fashion Photographer | OC Great Park https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/6/orange-county-fashion-photographer-oc-great-park This week I did a fun little fashion shoot for OC style blogger, Notes By Cheeia. We had a great time playing in the afternoon light at the OC Great Park, and talking about things to do in So Cal. Definitely looking forward to doing more spontaneous shoots like this.

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Happy almost weekend everyone!


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Marie Antoinette Styled Wedding | Wilcox Manor https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/6/marie-antoinette-styled-wedding-wilcox-manor

Earlier this month I had the privilege of shooting this Marie Antoinette styled wedding created by Faith Cherisse. Wilcox Manor in Tustin, CA, served as a perfect venue with it's Rococo inspired interior and beautiful gardens. Danielle of Woodside Florist designed the bouquet and all of the gorgeous floral arrangements. Bridal Stylist, Hope Stanley, provided the beautiful dress, and Patty Montiel from Posh-Tots Bowtique styled the shoot. Julie Ryan did a great job on her hair and makeup, and was also a stellar model along with her husband, Rick. Thank you to everyone who did an amazing job bringing this theme together! It was a really fun shoot!



Models: Julie & Rick

Stylists: Patricia Montiel & Hope Stanley

Hair & Makeup: Julie Ryan

Flowers: Woodside Florist

Venue: Wilcox Manor

Producer: Faith Cherisse

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Styled Fashion Shoot | Retro Pool Party https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/6/retro-pool-party I have always been inspired by midcentury fashion photography. Google search Irving Penn, and you'll see some great examples of what I'm talking about. There's a sophistication and simplicity to his photos that give them a graphic quality, and the models always seem to be in these insane, angular poses that draw you in. A few years ago I did a retro futurism inspired shoot and when I caught myself daydreaming about it a couple of months ago, I decided to something based on that time period again. So, without further ado, I give you my retro pool party inspired shoot.

Many, many thanks to all of the people on my team! I couldn't have done it without you!

Wardrobe Stylist: Elisa Cortez

MUA: Sophia Poch


Allie Marie 

Jackie Reyes (OTTO Models)

Garrett Flaming


Sydney Elaine 

Garrett Flaming

Danny Canary

Taylor Liljedahl


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Orange County Wedding & Engagement Photography | Reception Books https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/5/reception-books One of the awesome things I now offer my engagement couples is a Reception Book. The 12x12 book is a quirky alternative to a traditional guest book that people typically just sign their name in. Instead, it’s filled with photos from the engagement session, and guests are prompted to write little messages, share words of wisdom and favorite memories, and answer fun questions such as, Where do you see the couple in five years? and What are some ideas for a date night?

I loved watching guests flip through Jessica & Devon’s book at their wedding last weekend, and I know they will enjoy reading all of the messages even more when they return from their honeymoon. So many couples only use their engagement photos for their Save the Date, or maybe one or two end up framed on a wall or in a holiday card. A Reception Book is a great way to show off all of those beautiful images in a format that will be easy to go back and flip through in the years to come.

Contact me today if you are interested in booking me for a wedding and/or engagement session.

Check out more images from Jessica & Devon’s session here.

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Spring https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/4/spring I'm thrilled to share the last part of my Fours Seasons project, Spring. A huge thank you to Jackie for being my rose garden muse. I'll be posting the final images of all four seasons soon, so be sure to check back!

Model: Jackie Reyes, Otto Models

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Throwback Thursday: The Greatest Show on Earth https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/3/throwback-thursday-the-greatest-show-on-earth Here's a look back at one of my favorite conceptual shoots that was inspired by circus sideshow acts in the 1930's.

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Hiking Adventures: The Devil's Chair https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/3/hiking-adventures-the-devils-chair Last weekend Brian and I hiked out to the Devil's chair on the north face of the San Gabriel Mountains. Usually, I don't like to lug my camera around on our weekend adventures because we hike mid-day (which makes for bad lighting), and the LA smog ruins most shots.  However, I decided to take it on this one since we got a later start to our day, and I thought the rock formations might be fun to photograph in the afternoon light. I was also crossing my fingers that there might be some snow left from a recent storm, but it had already melted in the lower elevations. Anyway, none of my shots are really portfolio worthy, but I thought I would share regardless. Enjoy!

It always makes me happy to come across the Pacific Crest Trail while hiking. It's so crazy to hit patches of it close to home, and hundreds of miles away up in the Sierras.

A view of our destination from afar

Thankful for the rails. It was quite steep and slippery heading out on the rocks!

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Fall https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/3/fall Here's another peak at my Four Seasons project. Many thanks to the lovely Christina for being my fall muse!

Model: Christina Desper. Check out her out! ---> http://www.modelmayhem.com/3276403

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February Rewind - Have a Cozy Weekend! https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/2/february-rewind


I can't believe how fast this month flew by! What are your weekend plans? Here in Southern CA we are getting some long overdue rain. I am one of the rare birds here who actually loves the rain (maybe I need to migrate north to Seattle), so I don't plan on hiding out much. Tomorrow Brian and I are going with some friends up to LA to grab lunch and watch the Kings play. Sunday, I have a brunch date with a friend, and then I'll be snuggling up with Georgia, Brian, and a cup of hot coco to watch the Oscars and The Walking Dead.

I hope you have a cozy weekend! Here are a few fun things from the web...

The Force is strong with this Instagram account

An awesome video montage of the "Best Visual Effects" Oscar winners

I think I'm going to make Brian stop for these on the way up to LA this weekend. YUM!

"Psycho" meets fashion short with a twist

An artist's cure for "The Mondays"

A look at Winter

31 Grilled Cheeses that are (almost) better than a boyfriend

I want to cuddle them all!

I started a referral program! Check it out and share the love. <3

(Photo of Georgia taking a Valentine's Day nap)


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Moonrise in the Alabama Hills https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/2/moonrise-in-the-alabama-hills Just wanted to share this shot of the moonrise in the Alabama Hills. Brian and I stopped to stretch our legs on the way home from Lake Tahoe earlier this month. The afternoon lighting wasn't great for capturing the mountains, but I decided to bring my camera along anyway to get some shots of the rock facing east. As luck would have it, I noticed the moon was starting to rise as we were walking by this formation, and I was able to frame it perfectly in that bowl part. I definitely want to go back and explore more and get some sunrise shots of Mt. Whitney. Apparently there is an natural arch that you can use to frame it! So cool!

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Winter https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/2/winter Here's another look at a session from my Four Seasons project. A big thank you to the beautiful & talented Allie Marie for being my winter muse! I'm definitely going to have a tough time deciding which shot to use for the final piece.

Which is your favorite? Feel free to leave a comment below :)

Model: Allie Marie. Check out her site! ---> http://www.thealliemarie.com/

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Adventures in Yosemite https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/1/adventures-in-yosemite I finally got to take Brian to Yosemite this month, so that he could see first-hand why it is a place that is very dear to my heart. I was hoping to present him with the winter wonderland that I had experienced many times in the past, but unfortunately the drought this year left the stone cliffs and valley floor with hardly any snow. On the plus side, little snow meant more hiking, so we were able to visit the Mariposa grove of Giant Sequoias and complete the Panorama Trail Loop via the winter route. We had quite an adventure on the Panorama Trail... there was a lot of ice at the higher elevations, which slowed us down and caused us to have to hike down the last 4.6 miles from Glacier Point in total darkness! Luckily I had an emergency flashlight in my pack and Apple makes the flashlight feature on the iphone. It was quite scary coming down, but the memory of watching the sunset at Glacier Point with not another soul around made it well worth it. We're both looking forward to going back soon (hopefully this summer).

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Throwback Thursday: Untitled Interstellar Space Venture https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2014/1/throwback-thursday-untitled-interstellar-space-venture Since not all of my old blog posts transferred to the new site, I thought I'd start sharing a few of my favorite shoots that got left behind. The first is this retro futuristic inspired one circa 2010.

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2013: A Year in Review https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2013-a-year-in-review 2014 is just a few hours away, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and do a year in review post.  Honestly, 2013 has had some ups and downs for me - mostly due to the craziness of writing my master's thesis and a work injury (detailed below) - so I am very grateful that I have an incredible group of friends, a very supportive family, and a special guy in my life who is just... awesome. I would be lost without you all! <3  

Project 52

This year began with my personal photo challenge Project 52. My goal was to create one conceptual/artistic image a week in order to practice and grow technically and creatively as a photographer. I was inspired by those who did 365 challenges... but I knew that a photo a day was just too insane. It turned out that a photo a week would be too demanding as well, and I had to put the project on hold in order to focus on work and finishing my master's program. I don't consider the challenge a complete failure though, I did push myself to work on more conceptual ideas, and I walked away with some images that I am really proud of. My favorites are below.


For years I wanted to create an official website instead of just using my Blogspot account to share work, and this year I finally made it happen. I wanted the site to look amazing, but I could never afford to hire a professional. I decided that if I wanted to be able to make changes and update it regularly, I would have to do the research and teach myself, so I did.  In July www.julieboydphotography.com went live. Of course, it is still a work in progress (and as a perfectionist I suppose it will never really be done), but I am thrilled to have it and I look forward to making it even more awesome.


Online Store

In the past, I have self-fufilled order requests for landscape prints. However, with the creation of my website, I decided to make it easier on everyone this year and create an online store. I'm currently featuring mountain scenes from my travels to Yosemite, Glacier, and Grand Teton National Parks. All of the prints are done on Fuji Pearl Paper and are processed in a professional lab. They are a great way to bring a bit of nature into your home, or to add a pop of color to a lonely wall.  

Check it out here: 



The Big Scare

I have only shared this with a few clients and friends, but I suppose it's time to come clean with why I have not been posting very much work lately. This year I went through (and still am going through a pretty big scare). In July I tore cartilage in my wrist due to using a computer too much, and it has caused me to have severe tendonitis in my hand, arm, and elbow. As you can imagine, it has made doing photography very difficult, and impossible at times. I am so lucky that I have an amazing support team in my sister and boyfriend, and they have helped me keep my passion going (albiet at a slower rate). It was very hard to turn client inquiries down though, and to ask for help when it comes to doing anything on the computer.  In November, since I was still not improving, I decided to take a risk and get Cortisone shots.  Luckily, they helped and I am now on the mend. There is always a chance that I could relapse (which scares the heck out of me), but I am hoping to ease back into everything slowly and keep the flare-ups at bay.

Love and finding my Niche

Late summer and fall brought on a few lovebirds. This year has taught me that I absolutely love shooting engagement photos, which is a great discovery because for some time I have struggled to figure out what my niche is. Am I a portrait photographer? A conceptual photographer? A landscape photographer? I have always just done them all, despite that fact that every "how to be a successful photographer" article says otherwise. I love all different kinds of photography, so I never wanted to limit myself. However, I am starting to realize what I am best at and what I enjoy shooting more. With that being said, for 2014, I am planning to focus more on headshots/senior portraits and engagements. Of course, I am still going to shoot landscapes and personal projects, but when it comes to people I am ready to narrow things down.

Here are some of my favorite couples in love from 2013:

2014 Resolutions
With the above being said, it's time to write the oh so dreaded resolutions. Looking ahead in 2014 these are my top three:
1. Get better!
2. Narrow down my niche
3. Shoot more personal projects and conceptual ideas
Happy New Year everyone!
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Orange County Engagement Photographer | Jessica & Devon https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2013/12/orange-county-engagement-photographer---jessica-devon These two... They started as friends, became roommates, and eventually realized that they felt something more.  I was lucky enough to watch their love story unfold over the past few years, and now feel even luckier to be a part of the celebration.  Congratulations Jessica & Devon! 

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Orange County Engagement Photographer | Garrett & Makisha https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2013/11/orange-county-engagement-photographer---garrett-makisha Garrett and Makisha are my first close pair of friends to get engaged, and sharing in their excitement has been a joy. We had a great time exploring the open space area of San Juan Capistrano and collaborating on creative shot ideas.  They have a very sweet and fun relationship with each other, which makes being around them a treat.  I can't wait to celebrate more with them next summer!

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Orange County Wedding Photographer | Lyndsi & Andrew https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2013/11/lyndsi-andrews-las-vegas-wedding Being a part of Lyndsi and Andrew's wedding in Las Vegas was an honor.  The celebration started off at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Church and then moved to the nearby Angel Park Golf Course.

Thank you Lyndsi & Andrew for having me as your wedding photographer! It's been such a pleasure!

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Online Store: National Park Landscape Prints https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2013/10/online-store I'm pleased to announce that my online store is now open! I'm currently featuring mountain scenes from my travels to Yosemite, Glacier, and Grand Teton National Parks.  All of the prints are done on Fuji Pearl Paper and are processed in a professional lab.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or requests at julie@julieboydphotography.com.  Thank you!


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Orange County Portrait Photographer | The Gardunos https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2013/6/the-gardunos Favorites from a recent Mini-Session with the Garduno family.  I've known Penny since I was a little girl... our brothers played soccer together growing up, and she used to babysit me.  It has been such a delight to watch her family grow as an adult, and I feel so lucky to have their friendship and support.  Thank you Penny, Mike, Zoe, and Mikey!

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Summer https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2013/6/summer A sneak peak of my Four Seasons project.  

Huge thank you to Jessica for being a stellar model and Rachelle for assisting!  Couldn't have done it without you ladies.

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Big Sur https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2013/1/big-sur Last month Brian and I went on a road trip up the coast through Big Sur.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the journey.



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Old LA Zoo https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2012/12/old-la-zoo A few weeks ago I did a shoot with two of my good friends Adam and Marcus. We decided to go exploring around the Old LA Zoo in Griffith Park on a rainy day, hoping that most of the So Cal natives would be scared away by the wet weather.  Unfortunately, there were still quite a few groups shooting in the area, but we managed to secure a couple of spots and get in some shots.  I had a fantastic time with them, and am so grateful that they endured the rain.  Thanks fellas!


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Orange County Business Headshot Photographer | Jeff https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2012/10/suit-up An executive portrait / business headshot session I shot this week.
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The High Sierra https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2012/8/the-high-sierras This summer my family and I embarked on an epic backpacking trip through three of the High Sierra Camps in Yosemite.  We hiked 35 miles total, up and down between 7,150 and 10,750 feet, in three days. Though the distance, elevation, terrain, and pack weight proved to make it an extremely grueling task; being able to see parts of the park that the majority of visitors never do made it completely worth it. Below are a few of my favorite shots from the trip.

“Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” - John Muir

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Joshua Tree https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2012/5/joshua-tree  
I took a day trip out to Joshua Tree National Park last weekend to take a break from life and do some shooting.  The afternoon light made for some interesting shots of the tress and various rock formations, but next time I definitely want to do a overnight trip to experiment with star circles and capture the sunrise. Enjoy!   


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Orange County Headshot Photographer | Drew Olvey https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2012/3/drew-olvey
Another fun headshot session with another rad person.


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Orange County Headshot Photographer | Monica Sabahi https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2012/3/monica-sabahi
Headshots of the lovely Monica for her new business venture. I had a blast catching up up on life and playing around the CSUF campus with her. Best of luck to you Monica!

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A Vast Ediface of Stone and Space https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2011/12/a-vast-ediface-of-stone-and-space My family and I took a short, weekend trip to Yosemite this month to celebrate my dad's birthday and recharge our batteries. With all the craziness going on with school and work, it was much needed. There was no snow in the valley, and just a sprinkling in the higher elevations; which was bad for taking pictures, but good for hiking. So, I relaxed and decided to focus on the latter. It was nice to be able to drive up to Glacier Point and do some of the hikes we normally wouldn't be able to in the winter. The weather also kept the Tioga Pass open, so after a long day of hiking on Saturday, we decided to relax on Sunday and take the scenic route through the pass home. I've been yearning to go back ever since.

Inspiration Point at sunset

Hinking down from Inspiration Point, we noticed a full moon was rising behind El Capitan. I definitely wasn't in the right place at the right time, but I made it work the best I could (ala balancing my camera on a rock with my sweatshirt to steady it).

Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point

Near Olmstead Point in the Tioga Pass

"Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space." --- Ansel Adams


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Summer Road Trip Stop Three: Glacier National Park https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2011/7/summer-road-trip-stpo-three-glacier Glacier was our final stop on this amazing road trip. Although most of the park was closed due to a heavy snow pack, we still managed to see some breathtaking scenery in the lower elevations. The east side of the park resembles the Alps with its glacial carved mountains, alpine lakes, and meadows scattered with wildflowers. The western side is equally beautiful with towering cedar forests, covered in mosses and lichens. Both sides of course had grizzly bears (we crossed paths with two!). You'll just have to take my work for it though, I was way too nervous to think about my camera.

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Summer Road Trip Stop Two: Yellowstone National Park https://www.julieboydphotography.com/blog/2011/7/summer-road-trip-stop-two-yellowstone
Words cannot describe just how cool Yellowstone is, you have to see it with your own eyes. One minute you're driving through a grassy valley teeming with buffalo and elk, and the next you turn the corner to see a spectacular geyser basin bubbling and steaming with pools of the purest blues and brightest oranges. Unfortunately, we only had a few hours to spare while driving from the Grand Tetons to Glacier, so we only got to see a small chunk of the park, but I'm sure I'll be back again one day.

Don't mind him, he's just wandering on down the road, holding up traffic, without a care in the world.

This fellow, however, gave us quite a scare and came charging toward our car.
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