Capturing life's most precious moments in an artistic, playful way.

Julie Harrell is a Pacific Northwest fine art photographer. Sessions are by appointment only. To book your portrait session, or hire a wedding photographer please contact Julie Harrell at info@julieharrell.com

April 15, 2014
Q. How much do I have to pay? A.  $250 USD   Q. How do I pay? A. On my Pricing page there is a PayPal button to pay via PayPal. If there are problems, individual invoicing is available, just contact Julie at...
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Q. How much do I have to pay?

A.  $250 USD

 

Q. How do I pay?

A. On my Pricing page there is a PayPal button to pay via PayPal. If there are problems, individual invoicing is available, just contact Julie at info@julieharrell.com

 

Q. What if I don’t have PayPal?

A. It is super simple to sign up

 

Q.  Are there any fees involved on my end with PayPal?

A.  Not for making a payment, no.

 

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Q.  What about taxes?

A.  Its April 15, so Julie Harrell: Photographer is paying the taxes as part of the special!

 

Q.  Can I pay you with cash or check?

A.  If you can get it to me on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 

Q.  How many sessions can I purchase?

A.  As many as you would like.

 

Q.  What exactly am I buying?

A.  A voucher for a discount photo session.

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Q.  When does the voucher expire?

A.  November 30, 2014

 

Q.  What if I don’t use it before Nov. 30, 2014

A.  The amount paid never expires, and its value can be used towards a future session, prints, gift cards.

 

Q.  Is it refundable?

A.  No, but you can gift it to a friend if you choose not to have photos taken, or save it to help pay for a future session or wedding!

 

Q. When can I book my session?

A.  Anytime.  However I will be out of the country for a few weeks, so it might be a couple days until I can respond with availability.


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Q.  Is this a mini session?

A. No, it is a regular session.

 

Q. Can I use this with a newborn session?

A.  Newborn sessions do not qualify for the discount, but this can be applied toward a newborn session and the remainder plus taxes will be invoiced separately.

 

Q.  Can I use this for a wedding?

A.  Weddings do not qualify for the promotion, however the voucher value can be applied to wedding payments, and all taxes and additional costs will be invoiced separately.

 

Q.  Can I use it for a Senior Session?

A.  Yes!  Senior, Family, Child and children are all normal sessions.


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Q.  What comes with a regular session?

A.  A session comes with 1-2 hours of on-location shooting,  A set of proofs, High Resolution Digital images with shared printing rights, for up to 7 people.

 

Q.  What if I have more than 7 people in my group?

A.  It is an addition $25.00 per person due at the time of the session.

 

Q.  What are the additional travel fees?

A.  If the session location is more than 30 minutes from Bellingham, there will be additional travel fees invoiced as needed.

 

Q.  What if I want to have my family portraits in Hawaii or Paris?  Can I pay for your travel anywhere in the world?

A. OF COURSE ;)

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April 3, 2014
“Sweet” Clara turned five a couple weeks ago, but we are celebrating her birthday this coming weekend.  The three week delay for a party  is not a logistical thing as much as it is a procrastination thing...
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“Sweet” Clara turned five a couple weeks ago, but we are celebrating her birthday this coming weekend.  The three week delay for a party  is not a logistical thing as much as it is a procrastination thing on my end.  I couldn’t let this year go since  she was counting down the days to the non-existent-at-the-time party and now counts down days to the real party as much as I am counting to be on a plane to France (15 more days…) Clara is a doer, a risk taker, and a challenge welcomer.  She surprises me daily, like I think she has the whole FROZEN movie memorized.  No, really… she does, no exaggeration!  Once she says one line, she just keeps reciting line after line, word for word, with timing and emotion and everything.  I don’t know whether to be proud, or maybe do a double check on how much screen time I’m letting her take in…  She is sassy with a smile, loving with a laugh, and beautiful.  I never thought I would say that I wish she was still my little baby, but even with a baby as difficult as “screaming Clara” was, I would do anything to have those days back.  I can only look ahead and hope she doesn’t memorize anything I don’t want her to say in public and enjoy this spunky, sassy ClaraJoyce.  Happy 5th birthday.

Cheers,

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April 2, 2014
This beautiful family asked me to photograph a bittersweet time in their lives. The grandparents recently made a decision to move to a new house, but wanted to document the whole family one last time at the house they...
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This beautiful family asked me to photograph a bittersweet time in their lives. The grandparents recently made a decision to move to a new house, but wanted to document the whole family one last time at the house they called home for 40 years. A home they raised their children in, and a home they watched their grandchildren play. A true legacy, and a lovely family.  Thanks for letting me share this special time with your family Rachel.family020 family019 family016 family015 family014 family026 family013 family012 family011 Bellingham_Family_Photography003 Bellingham_Family_Photography004 Bellingham_Family_Photography007 Bellingham_Family_Photography006 Bellingham_Family_Photography009 Bellingham_Family_Photography012 Bellingham_Family_Photography014 family001 family004 family006 family007 family002

January 10, 2014
Jameson turned one, in the wet winter of Western Washington. I had this huge vision of photographing him in a sunny backlit field, with the sun glistening through the trees… and of course he would be posed...
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Jameson turned one, in the wet winter of Western Washington. I had this huge vision of photographing him in a sunny backlit field, with the sun glistening through the trees… and of course he would be posed perfectly, and his red curls were bouncing behind him, and the images were true award winning gems… But it gets dark at 2 (or 4ish) O’clock. And the sun hates us, and Jameson won’t sit still, and I’m not an award winning photographer (yet). So maybe my vision borderline a fantasy. Luckily, my dear friend Jenn offered to let me use her studio to play around in. Of course I said yes. But go figure, in all my rush of getting together my gear, packing the diaper bag, getting kids and myself dressed, I somehow managed to take Jameson’s jeans out of the drier, notice they could use a teensie bit more time to fully dry and decided to put them back in the dryer while I got the kids in the minivan, THEN go back inside to get the jeans. Because 2 minutes in the dryer is really going to make a huge difference in dryness? Well the reality is that it never takes only TWO minutes to load kids and things into any vehicle, so 20 minutes later one could assume my idea actually held water. But because it took 20 minutes to load everyone and everything into the minivan I forgot to bring pants for Jameson for his one year old photos. AND, I didn’t realize I forgot pants, until I took his pantless little body out of the carseat and saw his cute little bare legs… LUCKILY Jenn had a neighbor who was able to sneak into her napping son’s room to snag me a pair of toddler jeans while trying not to wake up her napping son. As a mom I’m indebted, because I know I would NEVER venture into my sleeping child’s room to get anything for anyone, especially someone I’ve never met. I think I owe her a latte.

Anyways, I’ve been borrowing a medium format film camera, a Pentax (Yes PENTAX) to entertain my creative conundrums. I shot two rolls of film for Jameson’s milestone pics and I’m getting ready to send them all off to be developed. I can explain what film is and why it has to be sent off and what developing is another day. Or just ask Madeline. She was confused at the whole ordeal. She really thought I was joking when she asked to look at the back of my camera and I told her nothing was there. Kids these days. Anyways, here are a couple of the digital images I snagged of this rugged red headed rascal. I just adore him. And that red hair… Seriously kills me every day! I will share some of my film images once I get them back in a couple weeks (if they turned out).

Cheers,
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January 8, 2014
Meet this sweet girl who knows a thing or two about being in front of the camera (her dad is a local film producer). She is vibrant, full of life, grace and beauty. Our session flew by almost as quickly as childhood...
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Meet this sweet girl who knows a thing or two about being in front of the camera (her dad is a local film producer). She is vibrant, full of life, grace and beauty. Our session flew by almost as quickly as childhood seems to go by. I’m looking forward to photographing their whole family in the South of France in April. Bonjour!!

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December 19, 2013
Over the past couple years, I’ve wrestled with the decision of whether to continue pursuing photography as a career, or to move onto something completely different, or to solely focus on raising a family. Chris...
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Over the past couple years, I’ve wrestled with the decision of whether to continue pursuing photography as a career, or to move onto something completely different, or to solely focus on raising a family. Chris and I talked, and prayed, and budgeted, and planned. And we did it again, and again… Nothing added up. So as of late September it came down to, “Well, what do you want to do Julie Harrell?” The decisions are rarely clear, but easily I could say I knew photography had to be part of my life. Once one becomes a photographer, the vision never leaves. When working with clients, I am changed with every shutter snap. I spend a few hours with a new baby, a bride to be, grandparents with their grandchildren and I’m touched by moments. I experience love and courage and peace from a completely different perspective. There is no way I could give it up. I know photography is here to stay.

That said, this poor old blog, with few erratic updates and old posts is going to stay too. With the caveat of making it better, different, a tool for photographers, clients and families. I considered starting completely fresh, forgetting that there would be a two year gap in posts forgetting all the things I wish I would have written, photographs I wish I shared, moments with my kids long forgotten. But I decided that its OK to have a gap. Its OK to have this blog show that life became crazy, and busy, and I threw in the towel for a time. Moving forward I don’t plan on throwing in the towel again… it would require me to go get it, wash it, etc. And I have enough laundry to take care of as it is. And that is OK too.

I hope you decided to stick around as I begin to blog again, as I share our kids lives and client lives. I hope you are inspired and learn. Here’s to a new season and new changes ahead.

October 31, 2013
I love unique photography opportunities, so when Rebecca asked me if I would photograph her and her daughter in their Halloween Costumes I couldn’t refuse.  Have a safe and Happy Halloween! Cheers,...
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I love unique photography opportunities, so when Rebecca asked me if I would photograph her and her daughter in their Halloween Costumes I couldn’t refuse.  Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Cheers,

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December 1, 2012
Even though I’m a month away from my due date and said I was not shooting anymore, I did, maybe, kinda, have to add in this sweet little girl. Meet Maelle Grace (cute name, huh?!), and the family who can’t...
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Even though I’m a month away from my due date and said I was not shooting anymore, I did, maybe, kinda, have to add in this sweet little girl. Meet Maelle Grace (cute name, huh?!), and the family who can’t wait to love her sweet cheeks day and night!

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July 4, 2012
Last night, despite the day o’rain, we took the girls up to Semiahmoo for a little shoot when the clouds broke, and the sun came out for a couple hours.  The adorable headbands are made by Kelsey Parker of Urban...
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Last night, despite the day o’rain, we took the girls up to Semiahmoo for a little shoot when the clouds broke, and the sun came out for a couple hours.  The adorable headbands are made by Kelsey Parker of Urban Fields.  She makes headbands and clips for women and kids, with amazing quality.  I think the little white chiffon one on Juliet would be super cute on a little flower girl :) Below are just a couple of her creations. There are so many fun combinations and colors she has in her shop. I’m just happy to have 3 girls to play dress up with… but we’ll see how long that lasts, Clara already has her own tastes in clothes, which really means “If mommy picks it out I want something different!”  Anyways, happy 4th of July!  Be kinda safe tonight.

Cheers,
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April 23, 2012
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson I love Tennyson’s eloquent writings, and his words seem so fitting for the...
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filed under: Birth, Family, Maternity, Newborns

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

I love Tennyson’s eloquent writings, and his words seem so fitting for the journey of baby Hope!  Hopes birth is the first birth I have photographed… interestingly enough, the first birth I ever saw was that of her littlest brother when I was 14 year old!  When Ashley found out she was pregnant, she asked if I would do all her photography.  While I couldn’t commit to the birth, I said I would try as hard as I could to be there, since I live over 2 hours away.  When I got the notice she was in labor, I grew sad since I thought there was no way for me to be down with her that day due to previous commitments.  Her sister, Mary, told me things were going slow, so she would keep me updated through out the day… on whatever miracle I might be able to re-arrange plans.

By evening that night, when I was finally able to drive down, Ashely was still in early labor.  It had been 12 hours with very little progression.  She was moved from the birth center to the hospital.  She was disappointed, but I was a little hopeful that I might have a chance of being there to photograph her birth.  When I finally showed up at 10pm, she was basically where she was when she was admitted.  Ashley had become accustomed to pregnancy not going according to plan.  Steven and Ashley tried for 6 years to conceive their first child, and finally after learning a little more as to why they could not conceive they opted to try IVF.

One of the eggs implanted, and Ashely was finally pregnant!  She definitely had her vision for the pregnancy and birth, but after so long of no progression her midwife (who also happened to be my mom’s midwife when my mom had my little brother) suggested moving to the hospital, another step that was not part of the plan.  After 36 hours, and almost no progression, the doctor finally said it was time for a Cesarian (definitely not part of her plan).  Her doctor was awesome, though, and let her keep trying to have the birth be as natural as possible for 36 hours.  I was super impressed at how quickly Ashley was able to be with baby Hope after the operation, and even though most of the labor was not the way they imagined it would be, seeing Hope on her mother’s chest, with her father overlooking fit perfectly into the plan of being together, being a family–finally!

Cheers,
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