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.

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Hello :)  Hope you have enjoyed looking around the new site!!  Please keep in mind this is only the early stages in development--so check back later for more content & updates!!

This is my first post on the new BLOG & so many exciting things have been happening for our business that i just dont know where to begin!!

let me give it a whirl...

First off, we have officially changed our name to "Julia's House" and Ive already heard the buzz, "Julia? who's Julia? i thought her name was Joanna?".   Those of you still wondering who Julia is take a look at my welcome page :)

Secondly, I have been working day and night on our new website & still have alot to do--but all in all--I am very excited to be doing it myself!  It's another form of creative expression with a tech-savvy twist.  Our new website address is:

Next up, Julia's House (formerly Joanna Gail Photography) has always been a referral/word of mouth based small business but this year we have invested in some advertising with our profits from 2012!! (we had our best year yet!) Posted below is my ad for the Stillwater Area High School yearbook!!



ALSO-- we have become part of the WeddingWire Network!!  You can check out our profile by clicking on the WeddingWire icon below. The WeddingWire Network is the easiest online way to find local wedding venues, cakes, dresses, invitations & more.  It is the largest wedding network in the US and Canada, and it houses 5 of the top 6 wedding websites!! 

Now that we are on the WeddingWire network our "Julia's House" profile will come up in search engines for Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Wedding Bee,  Project Bride & many more!!!

Also we are now accepting credit card payments!!!!


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Last but not least a special thanks to everyone who lended in making this vision of mine a possibility.    GREAT BIG THANKS to my husband & children who have supported me through the creative process as well as days & days of countless hours of editing to bring this to a reality.   Thanks to Michelle Perrin for being a constant encouragement and light into my life.  You teach me so much!   Thanks to Corey Ford for your genuis technical support!!   Thanks to Adrianne Lenker for lending us your sweet voice, and truly inspiring song. Thank you to Stacy Craig who not only has shared our excitement & enthusiasm about this project-but for illustrating me and making me look so darn cute! Thank you to all my clients & friends, especially those in my earlier years who have supported & encouraged me unwaiveringly!!  Your words have taken root.  Thank you, Thank you <3 

Until I blog again!!


Ms Gail