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!

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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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!