Monday Mother: Julia West, photographer at ‘Julia and Mia’ & ‘Julia and You’

This Monday, we are thrilled to feature Julia West – photographer at Julia and Mia – fine art baby photography AND Julia and You – editorial wedding photography
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What kind of work did you do before having children?

I was actually a photographer but only for weddings, alongside that I was art director at big bridal glossy WEDDING magazine. Doing both was intense but I loved it but I quickly realised if I wanted to have a family I couldn’t do both.

How did you get into your current work?

I was a photographer but only did weddings, when I fell pregnant with my daughter friends were also expecting and said “hey you’re a photographer can you take photographs of my new baby” I must admit I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do babies and families at first, but I loved them. So I did full safety and newborn training whilst I was pregnant and set up Julia and Mia – named after my daughter (and me).

What drives you?

My photographs will hopefully be on walls for generation after generation to admire and albums to treasure. I think that’s pretty cool and a little bit of me will hopefully live long after me.

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What is your biggest challenge in making it all work?

Obviously balancing family life can be hard, and I can be a bit of a workaholic, but its so much easier working for myself.

What are you most proud of?

My children, but within the business my baby photography has been featured in national newspapers and magazines, like my wedding photography. Which is pretty cool!

Where will your work take you in the future? What are your plans?

I strive to always offer the best, most creative with exceptional customer service. But as my children grow Id love to expand the business to include other photographers. But its always my aim to have balance with family life.

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What would you say to yourself as a brand new mum?

It is going to be ok.

My daughter was fairly easy, but my son was born and shortly after we discovered he had a chronic illness, the first year was a rollercoaster – but you know what we made it through.
Self care- what do you do to fill your cup? 

Cuddles with my children and occasional quiet time. I’m just happy to read a book

You can find Julia and her gorgeous work here

www.juliaandmia.com

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