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!
Studio Located in Lilydale, Victoria.
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.
Julie - Actor
Julia is very professional, friendly and warm. My son felt so comfortable having his photos taken for his first photo shoot and really enjoyed it too 🙂 The photos are amazing! Thanks Julia!
Jane, Zed's mother.
I was in need of a professional head shot. I googled search for someone who gave the right vibe and had diverse work. Turned out Julia was 1.5 hours away. 100% worth the trip. Julia listened to me - I asked for shots that make me look relaxed, soft and approachable. She delivered. She also has great expertise and knew that the slightest changes to hair, outfit and jewellery can make all the difference. She took her time, did not pressure me and turned to initial PDF's around in a matter of hours. The landscape around her studio is magnificent for outdoor shots. I am thrilled and will use her again when I update.
Alesha, Physiotherapist & Researcher
Julia is always so lovely to work with! She is friendly, relaxed, and makes the process so easy. Her studio is so lovely and relaxing, with views of rolling hills and beautiful music playing. Her headshots are so beautiful and natural, they're the best I've had. I've been to her twice and will definitely be going again!
Lucie, Actor & Musician.
I would give 10 stars if I could. Julia is a thorough professional with a remarkable ability to pay attention to details. She made me feel comfortable and allowed me more than enough time to try and perfect various angles. Her studio location is quite picturesque, ideal for outdoor photoshoot and my dog enjoyed playing in the outdoors too. Indoor studio is suited for professional shots. She took numerous shots and showed me the results to select. She advised me on how to improve my posture and get the right expression for the camera. If you are camera shy, don't worry she will make you relax. We also tried different outfits during the shoot. She tries to understand the client by knowing more about them and their needs through a questionnaire. I found that she was able to produce the exact results that I was looking for with a quick turnaround time. I got the final product within two days of the shoot. All in all, an outstanding experience. 10 stars.
H - Senior Accountant
Not only does Julia provide top notch photos, but a unique and individualised approach to the shoot. Julia makes the process of getting headshots fun, relaxed, and easy, which only adds to the quality of the photos she takes. She has a keen eye and her touch ups on the final products are perfect!
Loved the experience, the location and the relaxed atmosphere. And most of all, love the photos that were taken. So hard to choose.
Owner of VA Directory
Thanks to Julia Nance Portraits. Finally someone took a great headshot and I can say that Julia has done a fantastic job !!
John Perthuis, Photographer & Videographer of Krysalyd Films
It was really nice to get professional headshots taken by Julia, her studio set up is amazing and i am delighted with the final result! totally recommend her if anyone is looking to get amazing headshots taken.
Julia is very professional and has the ability to capture great photos.
I highly recommend Julia Nance Photography. Julia really takes the time to find out what you want from your session.
Sharee, Owner at Wellness & Co
Julia is such a cool person to work with, while simultaneously producing beautifully executed photographic work. I felt calm and really taken care of in her workspace. Her shots will be used by my business for a long time to come!
Founder & Teacher at Looking Inwards Meditation
Thank you so much for the photos and the shooting. It was super nice and easy to work with you and the photos are amazing! I don’t think I have ever had that good pictures of myself!
Julia Nance Portraits was the single best experience I have had infront of a camera. I have avoided getting my headshots taken for years, often taking my own or using stock photos on my website. However Julia set me up with some amazing shots which have already generated more work!
Vince Massara, Owner of The Content Friends
From the moment we met Julia, she made my daughter feel at ease during her photoshoot. Images were amazing and excellent quality! I would highly recommend Julia for portraits.
Gemma's Mother - Gemma is an aspiring model.
Great service, very happy with the results and would highly recommend to others.
Julia is wonderful! She was engaged by my business to take corporate head shots and branding photos. She put everyone at ease and the photo quality is amazing!! Thanks Julia!!
Joy - Director at True Blue Migration
I thoroughly enjoyed this photoshoot. Very relaxed environment. Julia was quick & easy to take directions from. Im thrilled my final prints which have pulled in more work.
Super friendly and professional! Had a really great experience having headshots done by Julia
Julia is an expert at her craft - it has been an absolute pleasure to work together with Julia Nance on a jewellery photoshoot. She is professional, has great knowledge and skill with photography and post production, and is very warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend her both for her art photography and her portraiture. Wishing you all the best Julia!
Aurelia - Business owner at Aurelia Yeomans Jewellery
Julia takes amazing photos! She’s patient and creative, taking beautiful head shots! Would 100% recommend her! She won't rush you and her little studio is adorable!
Had the privilege of having my portrait taken by Julia. She has a fantastic studio that's recently been done up in Lilydale which was a great space to get creative in - I love bright colours, and enjoyed playing around with her various backdrops. Julia was a pleasure to work with and I'm looking forward to my next session!
I visited Julia's studio a few weeks ago for some headshots. Straight away she made me feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. She understood the style I was going for, and I am wrapped with the photos! Julia is a very creative and talented photographer, and just a lovely person all together, I 100% recommend her!
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