Hey, I’m Julia Nance…
It all started for me as a teenager. Living on 10 acres of beautiful, Australian bushland, I picked up my Dad’s DSLR and fell in love with the art form of photography. It wasn’t long before I began photographing people, and it was their unexpected reactions to seeing beautiful portraits of themselves that had me hooked.
I followed my passion to RMIT University, where I achieved a Bachelor of Photography from the oldest photographic course in the world. It was here I was tutored in theoretical and conceptual photographic practices, as well as studio lighting and retouching.
It wasn’t until I quit my ‘day job’ in 2017 to travel overseas that I sought a more meaningful life back home in Melbourne. So at the start of 2018, I opened my studio, Julia Nance Portraits, to follow one of my earliest photographic passions: portraiture.
Now, I work with people create professional images so they can make great impressions and excel in their chosen career. I also create fine art portraits and beautiful, printed artwork, to turn peoples houses into homes. With nearly 8 years of experience in studio portraiture (and more behind a camera in general), I am so lucky to be on an ever-evolving artistic journey.
If I’m not photographing people, you might find me underwater, capturing the joys of the ocean. Photographing humpback whales underwater has been a highlight of my life (so far!). Other than photography, I love to dapple in ceramics and painting and enjoy gardening and the outdoors.
That’s a little about me, now tell me a little about you! You can always get in touch to chat about your next project – I’m all ears.
Every portrait says something, so let’s create your professional image!
Qualifications & Expertise:
2014, BA Arts (Photography), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, graduated with Distinction. Over 8 years of experience in studio lighting and photography.
More than 10 years of experience in photographing people and portraits.
More than 10 years of experience with Adobe Photoshop and retouching.
Awards and Achievements:
2018, Highly Commended in the Landscape Category, in the Capture Magazine Top Emerging Photographers competition, for series ‘Stillness & Reflection’.
2018, Launched Julia Nance Portraits
2017, Highly Commended in the Art category in the 2017 Capture Magazine Top Emerging Photographers competition, for series Young Poise.
2015, Finalist Capture Magazine’s Top Emerging Photographer’s Competition – Advertising category.
2014, Winner Sally Brownbill Folio Consultancy Award.
2014, Winner for Two Girls Building, Abbotsford. RMIT Enchanted Competition.
2014, Graduated from RMIT University Bachelor of Arts (Photography) with Distinction.
2012, Runner Up in the Yarra Ranges Council Photographic competition.
2011, Awarded Dux of the Arts – Tintern Schools.
2011, Award for Studio Arts – Tintern Schools.
Publications and Features:
2018, Image featured on the Nikon Australia Instagram and Facebook Page.
2018, Written Article. Featured on ‘This Woman Can‘ website.
2018, Images and interview double page feature in Tintern Grammar School Magazine ‘Factis‘ (print and digital copies)
2017,Images and written article featured in Fiji Airways in flight magazine Fiji Time May/June issue. Printed and digital copies.
2017,Image featured in the National Geographic Your Shot Daily Dozen, January 13, 2017.
2017,Image featured on ‘Discover Ocean’ Instagram account.
2016, Image Jonathan from the series Lovers chosen for inclusion in The Annual magazine by Capture (Emerging Category, published in Hard copy and electronic editions).
2014, Image Swan chosen for inclusion in The Annual magazine edition by Capture (student category, published in hard copy and in iPad edition).
2012, Yarra Ranges Council magazine front cover.
2014, 2 pieces in the Tintern Schools permanent art collection. Swan, The Writer.
2014, 3 pieces in the Two Girls Building permanent collection, Abbotsford. Swan, Resignation, Lift.
2014, 1 piece in the private collection of Peter Cahill, art collector and Director of the Domain Hill Property Group: Swan.
2014, RMIT Graduate exhibition RAW.
2013, RMIT Second year photography exhibition.
2012, RMIT First Visions photography exhibition.
2011, Tintern Schools Year 12 Art Exhibition.
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