About Julie

I grew up with dogs and taking photographs around the world with my sister and Naval officer dad. I’m rarely without a dog or camera since my family’s years in Greece where I was in high school. I was photo editor of my college newspaper and majored in Communications with a specialty in photography. With a Masters in Urban Planning, I pursued a 30 year career in housing and community development finance using photography as a visual communications tool. Now I have the terrific opportunity to pursue my twin passions of dogs and photography!

I’m drawn to a documentary, journalistic viewpoint. I’ve photographed Beirut in pre-civil war days, the devastation of a Guatemala earthquake, the landscape of destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, and everyday life in Soweto in Mandela’s South Africa. Now I’m a volunteer at a local animal shelter, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA), as well as other non-profit animal rescue and training groups like Homeward Trails, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and Vets Moving Forward. In 2003 I co-founded a Healthy Pet Fund at the  AWLA designed to make animals more adoptable by providing funds for needed medical services including surgeries and dental care: The Woody and Mickey Healthy Pet Fund. Read more about the Fund and how to DONATE HERE.

My goal is to photograph your dog on location in ways that show the joy and spirit your pet brings you. I can include you and others in the photos – or not. I’ll customize each session and take the time to get to know your dog. I serve the Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland metropolitan area and other areas on request. I live in Arlington, VA with my four shelties: Baxter, Sammy, Eleanor, and Teddy!

Let’s go for it! Explore Sessions, my Gallery and my Blog.
Contact me directly at: Julie@BrightEyesPhotosDC.com.


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“She captured the true personality of our girls and how important they are in our lives. She worked with our entire family, created unique opportunities for poses and Ophelia and Waylan had a blast! ”

- Carol Breslau