Hello Spring!

We made it to 600 Facebook Likes. I meant to do a giveaway to celebrate 500 Likes last year…but didn’t. So now it’s a double giveaway! Woohoo!

Enter below and you’ll be entered to win a full family photo session and two digital images. This is a $325 value, and again, there will be TWO WINNERS!!

Contest is open from Wednesday, March 28, 2018 through Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11.59pm PDT.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms: Family session must take place in the Portland metro area. Good for one nuclear family up to six people. Does NOT include any other prints/digitals other than the two digital images. Additional prints/digital images will be available for purchase. 


Beauty Revived is a movement that celebrates women with real beauty. Photographers donate sessions to these women and their stories are featured in their magazine and website: www.beautyrevived.com.  Beauty Revived was started four ago as a way for photographers to use their lens for good and shine light on the real beauty that was happening in our communities. In the last year and a half, more than 800 women, girls and children have been featured on their website and magazine.

I am thrilled to be among 55 photographers around the country (and a few abroad!) who were chosen to photograph a deserving mother in 2018!

I believe that every person deserves beautiful images of themselves. I believe mothers especially deserve gorgeous photos of themselves–too often moms are so busy juggling everything for everyone else that their own self-care ends up at the bottom of the priority list. Moms are a vital part of families and communities, and they deserve to be recognized for all that they do! And so many, too many, mothers work so hard every single day for so many others, and their hard work goes unnoticed or unappreciated. They are unsung heroes who make the world a better place.

This month I’m looking for a special mom in the Portland metro area who inspires others and who makes her community a better place! She’ll be pampered with a special photo shoot with me later in March, and her photos and story will be published in a national magazine later this spring.

Know a mother who deserves to be recognized? Nominate her in the form below!

Nominations will be open from March 7 through March 16, 2018. 

(If you have any issues with the form, you can email me directly at julie@travelingjulie.com.)


I had the pleasure of spending a summer morning at the Heart in Hand preschool in the Alberta neighborhood of NE Portland. It was charming and delightful, and I left thinking how lucky these children are to spend time here! Yvonne is an amazing educator and presence: so incredibly warm and friendly and patient. She guides her students gently and with love, and the little ones just seem like they blossom. The physical space is wonderful too; there’s a garden that the children help out with, a nice open indoor space with Waldorf-style wooden toys, and an outdoor play area with lots of fun spaces. The day I was there was bread making day: everyone helps make bread and then it gets baked, and the group gets to eat it! They also did painting and folding, and sang little songs while eating snack. Like I said, completely charming and delightful.


This session was a surprise gift! Holly reached out because they were surprising her mom with a trip to Portland to visit her family. Isn’t that the sweetest? It was Grandma’s birthday too, and what a fun way to celebrate. I love that they thought of getting photos done while they were all together to commemorate and remember the occasion. We were unsure of the weather so we chose Cathedral Park with its bridge overpasses. It was drizzling and the overpass definitely did not quite protect us, but everyone powered through just fine. And, even though it was a gloomy day, the family’s bright clothing really makes the photos so much lighter and happier!

extended family photography