Feature Friday//Julie Audoux Photographie//September 1, 2017

Julie won the {weekly favorites} theme with an amazing image! This week she is sharing more of her BEAUTIFUL art and a little about herself. 


Please tell us about yourself…

Hi there! I’m Julie of Julie Audoux Photographie. I live on the Canadian East coast, just outside of Moncton, New Brunswick with my amazingly supportive husband and our two wonderful kiddos. My first language is French, but since Moncton is an officially bilingual city, I also grew up speaking English. I love warm days, eating sweets (this is not a good thing), watching movies, hanging out with the fam, and obviously, photography. I do take on some client work and shoot mostly weddings/engagements and maternity/newborn sessions, however, my favourite thing to capture is my family; our daily lives and our travels together. I am passionate about traveling, and am happy to say that my husband and I have already instilled this passion in our young kids, who actually cry to go on airplane rides on a regular basis. We love to petsit (have you heard of this? It is a thing!); this is an amazing way to travel with children and we get the opportunity to visit places we would never even think of! We recently travelled to Rhode Island to look after two adorable cats, and stayed on a ranch in Utah last year while we cared for a menagerie of various farm animals.


 Can you describe your style in 3 words? Why those words?

Authentic: I’ve tried to do the baby in a basket. I would lug around actual planks of click flooring to clients’ homes and quickly found out this was not what made my heart pitter patter. I started offering lifestyle newborn sessions and that was an a-ha moment for me! 

Emotive: I adore when I am able to let the viewer feel something, as if they were witnessing that moment for themselves. Those images from a session where the clients are playing, laughing, cuddling and interacting with each other are my fave! 

Light & shadows: I like black and white images just as much as I like bold colored imaged. A common theme in a lot of my images however, is the contrast between light and shadows. In photography, light is everything, and mixing shadows with light adds so much depth to an image.


What sparked your passion for photography?

I feel like I’ve been captivated by photography for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I would rummage through my parents’ cardboard boxes full to the brink with old family pictures and could sit there for hours just sifting through them and forgetting about time altogether. I have always loved stories, and each one of those pictures told a story to me. In part, I think that is why storytelling and documenting connections and genuine emotions are so important for me as a photographer. My son was born in 2012, and my daughter followed in 2014. This is when I really started to get into photography more seriously. I work full-time in an office job, and with two kids, I felt like I was no longer doing anything just for me. I needed to find something that I could use as an outlet and would allow me to focus on myself and on my creativity.


What's in your camera bag right now?

I shoot with a Canon 6D and my Canon 24-70mm 2.8 is pretty much a permanent fixture on my camera. I do like to switch it up and will use my Sigma 35mm 1.4 and also my Canon 85mm 1.8 from time to time.


What is your dream shoot or project?

I have a dream of photographing my kids while we travel across the globe. How amazing would it be to have pictures of them in front of the Taj Mahal or exploring Machu Picchu? A girl can dream right?!


What are some of the misconceptions you had about photography and photographers at the beginning of your photography journey? Have they changed, and how?

I thought that photography was a solo hobby…and it certainly can be if that’s your cup of tea! However, getting involved is so rewarding and it was (and still is!) such an integral part of my photography journey. Forums like Clickin Moms, as well as Facebook groups like Snap Maven and even Instagram are such great tools at the tips of your fingers.  I signed up for a class on Clickin Moms when I decided I was going to learn how to shoot in manual mode. While taking the course, I had access to the online forum and quickly signed up for a lifetime membership once the class ended. Here, I found a community of amazingly talented and supportive photographers like myself, who are just so open with their knowledge! As a result, I have made so many friends from all over the world and I am so grateful for that!


What advice would you give to newbie photographers? What advice do you wish you'd been given at the very beginning?

Practice as much as you can. Embarking on a project 365 was the best thing I could have done when I started out. Sometimes, I did not get my shot of the day, but I would do something photography-related, such as editing or reading a tutorial. I was lucky enough to get a one-year maternity leave, and during this time, I took my DSLR camera with me everywhere. I took pictures in all kinds of light, I explored various techniques such as freelensing, signed up for workshops/breakouts and I tried my hand at every kind of photography you can think of. This allowed me to really pinpoint what it is that I am passionate about.  I completed my 365 and no longer make it a point to take a picture a day, but I still take pictures on a weekly basis. I progressed so much during that year, but also believe that my style will forever be evolving.

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