Author archives: Julie Ulstrup

  • Gratitude and Freedom

  • Independence and Gratitude As we approach a long weekend celebrating Independence Day, this year I am especially grateful. For many years I have had a gratitude practice. In fact many of my darkest days have been completely transformed because of gratitude. This Independence Day weekend I am especially grateful. Alt [...]
  • Happy Father's Day, a Day for Joy!

  • Last week I visited my dad in Chicago and I realized all over again how much I appreciate him and all he has done for me throughout my life. I could talk about his many fine qualities and character, however that would be a book, maybe even an encyclopedia. This Father's Day I celebrate his joy for life, family and [...]
  • Hoeven Games Giving Back

  • There are so many reasons to find joy in my life, my art and in my work as a portrait and wedding photographer. Today was a great example of when all three came together as I photographed the family and friends of the Hoeven family in their annual fundraiser to support students [...]
  • Mother of the Bride Being Present

  • As a wedding and portrait photographer you might think that I would have hundreds of pictures from my daughter's wedding last weekend. I do not. Yes, my camera was with me and I did take a few pictures. But I made a decision to be fully present throughout the day and throughout the weekend, which, for me meant letting [...]
  • Location, Location, Location

  • Photography has always been a huge part of my life, so it is EXTREMELY important to have the right photographer and the right location for our engagement portraits. The right photographer was easy for me. My dear friend and mentor Gwen Mayfield joyfully agreed to photograph Mark and I for our engagement. Choosing a [...]
  • He Asked, I Said 'Yes'

  • He asked, I said YES! Now it feels right to blog about our engagement journey. As a wedding and portrait photographer I have the privilege of sharing one of the most important days of our lives with people who are practically strangers (not strangers to one another, but nearly strangers to me). Now, on the other [...]