Como Park neighborhood Music Teacher Cynthia Ali opens up her beautiful home studio to our camera for an afternoon!

One of my absolute favorite projects is when I get to work with other small business owners to help create images to promote their business.  Seriously, I get so excited when I see people following their hearts and dreams and building businesses that they believe in!  Today I'm sharing some photos from a recent promotional   photography session with Miss Cynthia Ali.  Cynthia teaches music out of her home in the Como Park neighborhood in Saint Paul, MN.   She has ten years of experience teaching children & adults piano, guitar, flute, and singing!!!   Learn more about Cynthia and her in-home music studio at:


I would LOVE to help you create images for your small business!! Let's chat!! CONTACT US for a FREE CONSULTATION and we can discuss your vision for your business photos and how we can make that dream a reality!! 

Summer Elopement at William Sauntry Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Stillwater, Minnesota

Our daughter Kassy Mae  photographed her very first wedding as the main photographer this summer!! The event was a very low key "elopement" style ceremony that took place in the garden area of The WIlliam Sauntry Mansion here in Stillwater, Minnesota!! It was the perfect opportunity for our little young lady to test the waters out on her own & we couldn't be more proud of her!!! Kassy Mae with Julia's House is available to photograph your intimate Stillwater, MN wedding!   Please CONTACT US TODAY and  ask about our special apprentice rates!!!


Stillwater Minnesota Senior Portrait +Family Portrait Session

Julia's House offers senior portraits taken in the beautiful Saint Croix Valley area! We are a unique family team of  professional Minnesota photographers who specialize in Fine Art, Wedding, & Portrait photography.  We serve a limited number of clients seasonally. We book 1-3 years in advance. If you LOVE what you see--BOOK TODAY! We are excited to meet you & create beautiful art together!

The beauty of the Saint Croix River Valley {Stillwater, MN Senior Portrait Photographer}

I am not a BLOGGER and I never really know what to say on here...  So let me just introduce you to Miss Kimmie! She is a senior this year and won our annual Julia's House "Senior Art" senior portrait photography GIVEAWAY! We had a fun time exploring and creating during our photo session in the Stillwater, Minnesota area!  We started things out just right here in our old village neighborhood and then ended the session just north of downtown Stillwater, MN at the historic Boom Site on the Saint Croix River. Happy viewing and please let us know your thoughts--we would LOVE to hear what you think! ****Ahem****Comment please :)

Julia's House offers senior portraits taken in the beautiful Saint Croix Valley area! We are a unique family team of  professional Minnesota photographers who specialize in Fine Art, Wedding, & Portrait photography.  We serve a limited number of clients seasonally. We book 1-3 years in advance. If you LOVE what you see--BOOK TODAY! We are excited to meet you & create beautiful art together!

Fall Fairytale Woodland Princesses | Minnesota Children's Fine Art Portrait Photography Session!!!

WOW!! just WOW!!! This session was absolutely enchanting!!! My dear friend and designer/artist Kristin Weeldreyer did the face paint, made custom masks, and the floral crowns!!!   I custom designed and created all three of these lovely fairy-tale costumes by hand--and cant wait to do it again this fall 2015!!   Julia's House is going to make this hauntingly beautiful cemetery photo session an AUTUMN tradition!!  We will be looking for three special girls to model for us---SO STAY TUNED!!   This session took place at Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater, Minnesota!   One of the most scenic locations in the Saint Croix River Valley!!!   Over forty acres of beautiful rolling hills, gracefully winding roads, many, over one hundred year old, Oaks----and on this one very special October evening it featured three of the most beautiful fairy-tale princesses ever!!!


Looking for a Minnesota Photographer!!??   Julia's House is an award winning photography company located just a few minutes from historic downtown Stillwater, MN!!!  COME VISIT US!!  SET UP A FREE CONSULTATION TODAY!! 

Rivertown Inn | Historic Stillwater MN | Exclusive Bridal Session featuring Miss Minnesota 2014 | Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Venue: Rivertown Inn  Bed & Breakfast | Stillwater, Minnesota

Models: Miss Minnesota International 2014 Gabrielle Taylor | Julian

Wedding Gown: Lillian gown by Sienna Cole Bridal in embroidered silk taffeta. Gown features a ruched sweetheart neckline, full ball gown skirt and puddle train. Shown with pearl and rhinestone sash from the Sienna Cole sash collection. Veil: silver embroidered scalloped edge with accents of pearls, sequins and bugle beads. Rhinestone “diamond dream” necklace.                        Sienna Cole Bridal | Forest Lake, Minnesota

Tux: Savvi Formal Wear

Jewelry: Carter's Jewelry & Gifts | Forest Lake, Minnesota

Floral arrangements: Forest Lake Floral

Hair: Hair Design by Misty | Misty Pritchard


Looking for a Minnesota wedding photographer?   CONTACT US to BOOK your date NOW--limited availability!!


Stillwater, Minnesota Engagement Session | Brad + Gina | Minnesota Wedding Photographer Joanna Gail w/Julia's House

Are you looking for a local Stillwater Minnesota wedding photographer? LET'S CHAT!! 

Mears Park Wedding + Forepaughs Reception | Saint Paul, Minnesota | Andy + Edra | Minnesota Wedding Photographer Joanna Gail w/ Julia's House

Saint Croix Valley Wedding | Tyler + Sarah | Minnesota Wedding Photographer Joanna Gail w/ Julia's House

Venue: The Outdoor Occasion at Black's Greenhouse

Florist -Jorge Castro (Bride's uncle)

Baker- Angela Zinter (Groom's aunt)

Signage- Bride

Hair- Viva Voce Salon 

Makeup - Kathryn Stiles (Bride's cousin) and Donna Nickerson (Bride's aunt)

Gardens- Blacks Greenhouse!

Dress- Galina Signature from David's Bridal

Are you looking for a Minnesota wedding photographer?  Julia's House is looking forward to hearing from you!!   Contact us today to set up a FREE CONSULTATION!

Voted Minnesota Best of Weddings 2014!! | The Knot


hi folks :) Imagine my delight when i got this in my email the other day:

It has been an amazing year at Julia's House and we are looking forward to another great wedding season in 2015!!!   Special thanks to all of our AMAZING CLIENTS who left reviews on The KNOT!! We LOVE you and couldn't be doing this without you!!!


Welcome home baby Elliot | Minneapolis Minnesota Newborn Photography Session | Minnesota Newborn Photographer Joanna Gail w/ Julia's House

Are you looking for a Minnesota newborn photographer?!   Contact us today for more information on how to BOOK with Julia's house!

Ford Family Portrait Session | Centennial Lakes Park | Edina, MN

The last time these folks were together was ten years ago!!    Members of this family traveled from both South Carolina and SE Asia to Minnesota for this very special reunion!   Puts a little pressure on the photographer huh!!?? ;)  Such an honor!!  Check out these BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!!

Are you looking for an Edina, Mn family photographer to capture special memories for you and your loved ones!?  CONTACT US today!!  

Camrose Hill Flower Farm Wedding | Stillwater, MN

 I am so EXCITED to be posting this!!!   In June i had an AMAZING opportunity to create a styled wedding day photography session FEATURING MISS MINNESOTA INTERNATIONAL 2014 GABRIELLE TAYLOR!!!    To learn a little more about Gabby check out her platform HERE!!  This August she went on to compete at the international pageant in Jacksonville, Florida--she came home with 4th Runner Up to Miss International and she received the Miss International Fun Fashion Award!!   Congratulations Gabby!!   Way to represent Minnesota & Stillwater :)  

Not only was I working with an amazing model but my team of artists was an ABSOLUTE DREAM COME TRUE as well!!  So thankful to everyone who donated their time and talents to this PROJECT!!  

Wedding Venue: Camrose Hill Farm  Stillwater, Minnesota

Floral Design: Camrose Hill Flowers  Stillwater, Minnesota

Hair & Make-up: Rachel Reyna {Japa Salon} Stillwater, Minnesota

Custom Engagement & Wedding Bands:  Down to the Wire Designs  Seattle, Washington

Fashion Design:  Lindsey Frances

Jewelry Design:  Aaron Wallace


This is what we CREATED!  Clicking on the images below will bring them up in a lightbox to view in full frame!! 

Are you looking for a local Stillwater, Mn wedding photographer to take pictures of your Camrose Hill wedding!? CONTACT US today!!  We are now booking for 2016!!  Availability is limited.

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Lake Minnetonka Yacht Wedding | Excelsior, Minnesota | Thong + Shana |Award Winning Minnesota Photographer Joanna Gail w/ Julia's House


Are you planning an Excelsior, MN wedding?? Looking for a Minnesota wedding photographer to capture your day??  Julia's House has been capturing intimate & special wedding day moments for nearly 10 years!!  CONTACT US today to talk about yours!!  We are now booking for 2015!!  Availability is limited..

Children's Mini Photo Sessions at Pioneer Park in Stillwater, Minnesota!!

hello parent folk (:
I will be offering CHILDREN'S MINI PORTRAIT SESSIONS at PIONEER PARK in STILLWATER, MN on JULY 26TH!! 1-8 pm. MESSAGE ME  to BOOK your session!! Availability is limited--so schedule now!


20 minute sessions| $100 | includes 5 high res color images of your choice| limit of two children per session

I will be bringing my "FUN" bag filled with creative toys for the kiddos to play with ((INCLUDING THE ORIGAMI FORTUNE TELLER!!!))  BUT--i do encourage you to bring your own unique "props" to make your childs photos their very own! A favorite toy, blankie, pet, book, you name it--feel free to get creative and bring a whole bag full of goodies to use!

Dress up or dress down! That's totally up to you! These photos are for you :) I do LOVE big prints, funky designs, mix & match, texture, and lots of color--so no need to feel shy with the wardrobe!

Additional images are available to purchase for $25 per file or 5 for $100. Amount of images available per session varies.

Looking forward to playing with your itty bitty one at the park on top the hill :)


Joanna Gail


Are you looking for a local Stillwater, Mn photographer!? CONTACT US today!!  We are now booking fall sessions!!  Availability is limited.

Senior Portraits in Stillwater, Minnesota!!

This was one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE senior portrait sessions!!   The model is Maddie Schaak, graduating class of 2013 from Stillwater Area High School.     We divided the session into three locations!!  Maddie's mom, Suzy Schaak, owns  Pure Yoga in Liberty Village here in Stillwater--so we started the session off at her studio,  then went to a local park, and finished the session off at an old farmhouse just on the outskirts of town!!  I grew up in the Saint Croix Valley, so I know about all the little hidden gem locations, the ones with that quaint historic charm this area is known and loved for  :)  Maddie's mom came along for the outdoor portion of the session, so i included some of those photos with the package!!  

A special note for all my FUTURE SENIOR CLASS MISS CLIENTS!!!!  DO NOT BE AFRAID OF YOUR MOTHER COMING ALONG FOR YOUR SESSION!!!!   I PROMISE we will make it FUN!! Your mother is an expert at being a woman, has years of experience in BEAUTY & GRACE, she will be there to help you get into your high heals, keep you from falling over on rough terrain, & will be at your side to laugh with you through the whole process--creating memories you will cherish for a lifetime! MOMMIES MAKE THE BEST PHOTO ASSISTANTS!

Are you looking for a local Stillwater, Mn photographer to take pictures of your upcoming high school senior!? CONTACT US today!!  We are now booking summer & fall sessions for the graduating class of 2016!!  Availability is limited.

 Clicking on the images below will bring them up in a lightbox to view in full frame!!

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Everybody's FAVORITE little ice cream shop :)




If you are anything like us--then Nelson's Ice cream, Stillwater, MN is a big part of your summertime tradition here in the valley!  So...why not have it photographed, right??   Mini photo sessions of your trip to Nelson's Ice Cream are available weekdays every summer!! CONTACT JULIA'S HOUSE to book your very special ice cream date today :)  Last minute decision--to grab some ice cream with friends and family? Did you randomly stumble across this blog entry & suddenly get a hankering for some Nelson's??!!  no problem!   I'm local----ten minutes away by bike!!  gimme a shout!! I really truly would LOVE to photograph you & your loved ones!



Joanna Gail 

Lifestyle Family Photography Session | Stillwater, MN | The Gieble Family

The Gieble family invited me to tag along with them at their Stillwater, Minnesota home for the evening!  The most beautiful lifestyle photography session happened! LIFE IS ART!!

Are you looking for a lifestyle photographer in the Stillwater, MN area? Do you want family photos that you really will treasure always!!! CONTACT JULIA'S HOUSE and book your lifestyle session today!!!  I truly cant wait to meet you and your BEAUTIFUL family!