Let's capture your true and authentic story...

SOMETIMES, IT JUST TAKES ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE TO REMEMBER WHAT IS ALWAYS THERE.

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The mission of Catherine Julia Art + Wellness is to remind families, and individuals, of the love that is forever present in our lives.

From day to day, the warmth and happiness that we feel for each other is often forgotten in the midst of chaos – although it’s always there..

My approach using lifestyle photography strives to serve as a reminder of how magical life truly is, by showcasing daily activities in a different light.

As a military wife and mother, my passion lies in capturing the magic of childhood and those first few minutes when a family or couple is reunited after a deployment. I absolutely love shooting in the moment, raw, real emotions!

 

Serving the Virginia Beach + Chesapeake area
CONTACT ME
katie@catherinejulia.org

Investment

Please Be Aware:

My sessions are not focused around perfect smiles or posed, traditional portraits.

My goal is to capture your reality – your real life, filled with real moments and real emotions.

I always strive to capture your true and authentic story.

Our time will be spent adventuring and I will offer emotional prompts (I promise you will forget the camera is even there!).

 

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Child Photography | $500

Price includes:

– 60 minute in-home or on location styled session
– 35+ fully edited high resolution images
– online gallery to download and share
– option to purchase professional prints
– print release

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Military Homecomings | $400

Price includes:

– unlimited wait time before arrival
– additional 15 minute session at homecoming location after arrival
– 35+ fully edited high resolution images
– online gallery to download and share
– option to purchase professional prints
– print release

 

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Branded Content | $500

Price includes:

– 15+ fully edited high resolution and web images
– 1-2 Instagram posts and stories
– blog post (upon request)
– print release

 

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Family Photography | $575

Price includes:

– 60 minute in-home or on location styled session
– up to four family members (furry friends welcome!)
– 35+ fully edited high resolution images
– online gallery to download and share
– option to purchase professional prints
– print release

[maternity, fresh 48, and newborn sessions are included in this package]

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Couples Photography | $500

Price includes:

– 60 minute in-home or on location styled session
– 35+ fully edited high resolution images
– online gallery to download and share
– option to purchase professional prints
– print release

Questions and Answers

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How do Military Homecomings work?

We keep in contact the week of the homecoming in order to set a meeting time, and exchange numbers to find each other. As a military wife, I have ID to get directly on base. After we meet, we can chat or you can act like I’m not even there while I walk around and take photos from all different angles (I normally do a little bit of both!). I will ask for a general image of what your loved one looks like, but if you see them before I do please give me a heads up!

When they come, ACT LIKE I’M NOT THERE. Kiss, love on each other, and take as looooong as you need. It has obviously been a while, and I will capture as much as possible of your initial reactions.

Then, if everyone is up for it, we will have a quick 15 minute session at the same location as the homecoming. If your loved one isn’t interested in this part, I completely understand! I know that sometimes they just want to get home as soon as possible.

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What is the booking process like?

After I receive your inquiry, I will respond with a few general questions to decide on a date, location, and time. Once that’s determined, I’ll send you a questionnaire and agreement form to fill out and sign. I then require a $50 retainer to book your date.

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What happens after the session?

I’ll send a sneak peek to your email within the following few days! Then, within 3-4 weeks I’ll send you a link to your online gallery where you can view and download your images in both web and high-resolution. You’re also able to send the images  to friends and family, or purchase prints through this link.

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What are childhood and family sessions like?

My focus is NOT on having your child sit, pose, and smile for the camera. I want to capture your AUTHENTIC interactions, movements, emotions, connections, and smiles. Please let me run the session and do NOT worry about “controlling” your child throughout our time together. I want your child(ren) to run around, be silly, and especially – PLAY! We will embrace the chaos, and let it add to the story.

If it is a child-only session, I will ask that you sit back and relax so that your child can relax as well. 

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Why should I book a childhood session?

We will all become old, our children will grow up, and our houses will be empty. We’ll look back on the days we sat on the floor playing with animals or cars, or the times our patience was tested when milk covered the table. We’ll laugh, at how small it all seems now, although at present moment it was all so big.

Not only will your story be so valued in the years to come, but it’s important to remember it right now, while in the moment. As a mother, I cherish having these images to look at. To remember how big my son’s smile is, even on our toughest days, and to see the love, laughter, and appreciation for life that is ever so present in my household.

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Now Offering Content Creation

FOR BRANDS & INFLUENCERS

Businesses:
Package includes social media and blog posting as well as unlimited advertisement on @cj.catherinejulia Instagram stories.

Influencers:
– two hour photography session
– multiple outfit changes
– up to two locations if requested
– 35+ fully edited high resolution images
– online gallery to download

Raves and Reviews

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Heidi L.

CHILDREN

“The pictures I received from her brought tears to my eyes. Her and her work are incredible!”

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Crystal M.

MILITARY HOMECOMING

“Katie did an amazing job capturing my husband’s first homecoming! She was super sweet and I had so much fun with her.”

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Erin A.

CHILDREN

“Her work is flawless yet seems so effortless. She has a true eye for the perfect picture!”

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Lexy D.

COUPLES

“Katie took our couples photos at sunset cliffs and I can genuinely say that they are some of THE BEST photos we have ever had done! Not only is her work absolutely stunning, she has the most amazing personality and made our photoshoot so much fun! We laughed, joked around, and smiled the entire time!! Katie is very talented at what she does and she is SUPER helpful in posing you and making you feel 100% comfortable in your own skin. I will definitely use her services again in the future and I highly recommend you do the same!”

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Sam D.

COUPLES

“She is simply the BEST!! Katie helps you feel super comfortable in your own skin, even when you may be feeling super awkward. She captures the perfect pictures when you least expect it! Loved every part of her process and of course, the beautiful pictures.”

Love Powered Co.

BRANDING

“Katie is simply amazing! I met her online, and she was professional, kind and wonderful since our first communication. Katie has taken lifestyle and product photos for my brand for a few years now, and she never ceases to amaze me. Her work is beautiful, classy, and timeless. She captures the moment in an awe-inspired way, and whenever I look at her work, my heart just swells! I am obsessed! 5+ stars, and I HIGHLY recommend Katie for your next photoshoot!”

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Nikki M.

FAMILY

“Katie is amazing to work with! She captured beautiful maternity pictures that I know I will cherish forever. She made my husband and I feel very comfortable in front of the camera. I highly recommend her!”

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Erin M.

CHILDHOOD

“Beautiful work! She did an amazing job capturing the very loved differences in our children’s personalities! She was wonderful to work with and my girls were very comfortable around her.”

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Audrey Kim N.

FAMILY

“Wow! Katie exceeded all expectations with her talent and creativity. She was so easy to work with; she let us share our ideas and wishes but also directed us when we needed some guidance. Katie gave me exactly what I was looking for in the couples session/maternity photos, so we followed up with her for a newborn session. She ran a perfect operation with our week-old baby. Her ability to capture fleeting moments and turn them into stunning photographs has managed to win over my husband, too – no more resistance to photo shoots! Thanks for the memories, Katie, and we’re looking forward to working with you again and again!”

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Michelle E.

FAMILY

“Coming from another photographer, Katie is professional, patient, friendly and will help direct you to bring your vision to life. Lovely experience shooting my mommy and me session.”