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Meet Downtown LA Photographer: Michael Julius

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Julius.

Michael, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I had always shown interest in photography, but never truly invested any time into it until about three years ago. I always like the idea of having this timeless work that could potentially live on forever. I am self-taught, started out on film cameras and for the past two years, I have been working with digital. I like the fact that I have really taught myself everything from using photoshop to photoshoots my vision is truly my own. I am originally from Michigan and have only recently moved out to Los Angeles. I like to think I have a different view on things being from the midwest and like to express that in my photos.

Has it been a smooth road?
NO!! haha, But to be honest if it was smooth I wouldn’t want it. I like the struggle, I like the competition it makes what you’re doing more valuable. I also moved out here for acting so I am used to the rejection, I feel like I thrive off of it. I feel like one of the biggest struggles with photography is getting people to appreciate your work. People do not realize the amount of time that goes into planning a photoshoot that includes styling,hair and makeup then putting all these talents together and executing it to plan. (Most times the plan falls apart and you just figure it out as you go.) Then after that is all said and done you have hours of retouching ahead of you. It’s not as easy as everyone likes to think.

What’s your outlook for the industry over the next 5-10 years?
I think the industry is going to continue to grow, mainly because of technology. Everyone nowadays is a photographer and I think that is a good and bad thing. Bad because the quality of work has gone down and good because more people are attempting to use their creative side. The world needs more creatives its a plus for everyone, especially for the younger generations.

What would you say has been the biggest challenge for you over the course of your career?
My biggest challenge has been believing in myself. Gaining confidence is very important not only in photography but in life and in everyday activities. But once you’re able to feel that confidence, your momentum shifts, and everything start working the way you originally intended it to.

What advice do you wish to give to those thinking about pursuing a path similar to yours?
WORK HARD HUSTLE HARD. You need to go out an shoot everything you can. Even if you want to eventually shoot models you need to also learn how to shoot street photography. You need to know how everything works I think it helps develop your eye. For me I shoot models a lot so I try to have a women’s perspective when shooting I think having that perspective helps develop my story properly. Also, you need to be able to make your subject comfortable in any situation, so being able to communicate with someone is very important. But again you will not learn a damn thing if you’re not out there shooting. So go take some photos!

Pricing:

  • Agency models contact for testing
  • Individual packages I offer a $300 1-2 hour session with 2-3 looks and you will receive 6 images fully retouched of your choice. Additional retouched photos can be purchased at $18 per image.
  • Individual packages I offer a $550 2-3 hour session with 3-4 looks and you will receive 15 images fully retouched of your choice. Additional retouched photos can be purchased at $18 per image.
  • Please contact with questions on additional pricing and packages.

Contact Info:

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Image Credit:
All images are mine if model credits are needed please let me know.

1 Comment

  1. Jullie

    November 7, 2016 at 23:00

    Michael is extremely talented and has a great eye for capturing the perfect shot, I love his work and how he is able to draw the attitudes or motions from the models in his work.

    Truly hope that others will soon recognize his abilities and talents!

    Great work Michael Julius

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