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!

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!

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!

Engagement Session | Jon & Mary | Stillwater, MN

A beautiful Stillwater, Minnesota engagement session happened!!  There was dancing through the trails, playing in the fields, a romantic walk at a vintage farm house, cozying up in a blanket at the park on top of the hill, and finishing things off with a trip to the candy shop!! This engagement session couldnt have been more PICTURE PERFECT :)

Would you like to have your engagement pictures taken in Stillwater, MN? Are you planning a Stillwater wedding and looking for a local photographer?? Look no further!! CONTACT JULIA's HOUSE today to book your date!!!

Miss Minnesota International 2014---Gabrielle Taylor

A few years ago I had the honor and pleasure of photographing Miss Teen Minnesota International 2012--Gabrielle Taylor!!    This year she represented my hometown Stillwater, MN in the Miss Minnesota 2014 pageant & SHE TOOK THE CROWN!!!   Keep an eye on this one folks!! Your looking at the future Miss America right here!!!!  Also make sure to KEEP your eyes here for more pics of this lovely gal----Ive got a faux bridal portrait session planned with Miss Taylor this Summer!!!    





"Thank you Joanna Gail--for making me feel special! I absolutely love modeling and you give me the opportunity to do something that I love. When im working with you i forget that my arm is paralyzed, that i have huge scars all over my body from surgeries, and that somebody told me i cant. Thank you, thank you, thank you. For not only helping me feel normal for once in a really long time--but EXTRAORDINARY! I love you & your beautiful family and kitties too! You are amazing at your craft and i feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you twice now!! The pictures look beautiful. So happy with them!!"

--Gabby Taylor | Miss Minnesota International 2014


To read more about Miss Taylor's story click HERE

Are you looking for a Stillwater, MN portrait photographer?  CONTACT ME!


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