Hey, I’m Julia Nance…

Moving GIF image of Julia Nance, with a range of expressions from smiling, to having one eyebrow raised, to laughing.

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.

Black and white studio portrait of Julia Nance, smiling with eyes closed sitting on a white chair.

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.


Julia Nance outside at her Melbourne Photography Studio based in Lilydale, VIC.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:

Julia Nance with her printed fine art portrait 'Swan' on permanent exhibition at the 2 Girls Building in Abbotsford.

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.

Collections:

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.

Group Exhibitions:

2014, RMIT Graduate exhibition RAW.
2013, RMIT Second year photography exhibition.
2012, RMIT First Visions photography exhibition.
2011, Tintern Schools Year 12 Art Exhibition­.

Contact Information:

Mobile. 0402 001 533
Email. portraits@julianance.com.au
Other Work: julianance.com.au
Instagram. @juliananceportraits
Facebook: /juliananceportraits 
Studio: Located in Lilydale, VIC.


Testimonials:

Melbourne Portrait Photography
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.

Gerardo

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-02-28T08:50:40+11:00

Gerardo

Melbourne Portrait Photography
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.
Melbourne personal branding portrait in studio
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!

Tracy Hambly,
Founder & Teacher at Looking Inwards Meditation

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-07-29T19:32:15+11:00

Tracy Hambly,
Founder & Teacher at Looking Inwards Meditation

Melbourne personal branding portrait in studio
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!
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.

Luisa G,
Gemma's Mother - Gemma is an aspiring model. 

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-11-27T18:03:45+11:00

Luisa G,
Gemma's Mother - Gemma is an aspiring model. 

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.
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

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-07-07T11:41:34+11:00

H - Senior Accountant

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.
Melbourne Outdoor Acting Headshot of Ben
Julia is very relaxed and down to earth and fosters an environment that reflects this. The final portraits were just beautiful. Julia has a fine eye and a great capacity to capture her subjects essence.

Ben P,
Actor

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-07-29T19:31:24+11:00

Ben P,
Actor

Melbourne Outdoor Acting Headshot of Ben
Julia is very relaxed and down to earth and fosters an environment that reflects this. The final portraits were just beautiful. Julia has a fine eye and a great capacity to capture her subjects essence.
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

Julia Nance Portraits
2019-01-20T10:45:03+11:00

John Perthuis, Photographer & Videographer of Krysalyd Films

Thanks to Julia Nance Portraits. Finally someone took a great headshot and I can say that Julia has done a fantastic job !!
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

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-05-08T14:53:52+11:00

Joy - Director at True Blue Migration

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!!
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.

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-05-08T14:54:46+11:00

Jane, Zed's mother.

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!
Headshot of Veronika: Acting headshot and corporate Headshot
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.

Veronika Larson,
Actress

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-07-29T19:47:27+11:00

Veronika Larson,
Actress

Headshot of Veronika: Acting headshot and corporate Headshot
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.
Julia was terrific to work with. As someone who hates getting photographed, Julia made me feel relaxed and comfortable and I never felt rushed. Weeks later, after the shoot, when I was trying to choose my final photos I had a fair few questions and Julia was always quick to get back to me with her very helpful answers. My biggest problem was that I had too many good photos to choose from thanks to Julia's skill as a photographer.

Julie - Actor

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-08-20T10:01:34+11:00

Julie - Actor

Julia was terrific to work with. As someone who hates getting photographed, Julia made me feel relaxed and comfortable and I never felt rushed. Weeks later, after the shoot, when I was trying to choose my final photos I had a fair few questions and Julia was always quick to get back to me with her very helpful answers. My biggest problem was that I had too many good photos to choose from thanks to Julia's skill as a photographer.
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 Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-05-08T14:46:04+11:00

Aurelia - Business owner at Aurelia Yeomans Jewellery

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!
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!

Tiina

Julia Nance Portraits
2019-01-20T10:40:10+11:00

Tiina

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!
Great service, very happy with the results and would highly recommend to others.

Sarah

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-05-08T18:10:08+11:00

Sarah

Great service, very happy with the results and would highly recommend to others.
Loved the experience, the location and the relaxed atmosphere. And most of all, love the photos that were taken. So hard to choose.

Kathie Thomas
Owner of VA Directory

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-11-27T17:52:16+11:00

Kathie Thomas
Owner of VA Directory

Loved the experience, the location and the relaxed atmosphere. And most of all, love the photos that were taken. So hard to choose.
Melbourne Corporate Headshot of mature woman
Julia is very professional and has the ability to capture great photos.

Anne Vogt,
Arbonne Representative

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-07-29T19:46:01+11:00

Anne Vogt,
Arbonne Representative

Melbourne Corporate Headshot of mature woman
Julia is very professional and has the ability to capture great photos.
Melbourne Acting and corporate headshot of Maddison
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!

Mady C,
Actress

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-07-29T19:33:05+11:00

Mady C,
Actress

Melbourne Acting and corporate headshot of Maddison
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!
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 Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-05-08T14:59:49+11:00

Sharee, Owner at Wellness & Co

I highly recommend Julia Nance Photography. Julia really takes the time to find out what you want from your session.
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!

Richard, Actor

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-12-23T16:07:07+11:00

Richard, Actor

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!
Actor Headshot Melbourne
Super friendly and professional! Had a really great experience having headshots done by Julia

Daragh, actor.

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-02-28T08:49:05+11:00

Daragh, actor.

Actor Headshot Melbourne
Super friendly and professional! Had a really great experience having headshots done by Julia
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 Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-07-07T11:43:05+11:00

Alesha, Physiotherapist & Researcher

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.
Maddison Falls Photographer - corporate Headshot
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!

Maddison Falls,
Maddison Falls Photography

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-07-29T19:33:56+11:00

Maddison Falls,
Maddison Falls Photography

Maddison Falls Photographer - corporate Headshot
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!
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

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-01-20T10:41:50+11:00

Vince Massara, Owner of The Content Friends

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!
Lucie - Melbourne Actor Headshot
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.

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2019-02-28T08:51:57+11:00

Lucie, Actor & Musician.

Lucie - Melbourne Actor Headshot
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!
Melbourne Acting headshot of Michelle
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!

Michelle Box

Julia Nance Portraits
5.0
2018-07-29T19:48:10+11:00

Michelle Box

Melbourne Acting headshot of Michelle
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!
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Julia’s photographic works are eye catching and stunning.
A talented emerging artist and consummate technician, Julia is destined to make an indelible mark on the profession
– Peter J Cahill, Managing Director Domain Hill Property Group. Developer of the 2 Girls Building, Abbotsford.
Julia Nance was lucky enough to win the Sally Brownbill Award from RMIT BA Photography degree at the end of 2014. This award is given to students who show a lot of potential in the commercial photography world. In Julia’s work, I saw a strong commitment to her image making and an attitude to match
– Sally Brownbill, Owner and Director of Sally Brownbill and The Brownbill Effect.