Filmmaker // Photographer

Commercial • Documentary

Outdoor Adventure  •  Lifestyle  •  Environmental  •  Human Interest

 

Hi, I'm Julie!

I am a multimedia artist and storyteller––a commercial and documentary filmmaker and photographer who specializes in outdoor adventure, lifestyle, environmental, and human interest work. I am especially drawn to working with eco-conscious brands, B corporations, and companies that are committed to equality and the environment. 

Whether I am shooting a commercial, filming branded content, or documenting an individual's story, whether I am working in LA or NY or traveling across the globe, whether I am speaking or writing words to attach to visuals, I always seek to combine artistry and empathy.

Helping to tell stories with and show images of all ages, races, body types, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations is essential. I believe inclusivity and accessibility is not only important, but also vital. I strive to promote this honestly in both collaboration and casting. Not only do I want people to be able to see themselves in print and film, I want to actively work to break societal norms––to highlight individuals who fight against silencing and erasure in media and representation on a daily basis. 

I strive to encourage people to reach for big goals, look outside the box, to care for the world and people around them, and experience life in ways they haven't before.

 
 Banner Photo by  Miguel Gutierrez Jr.  Above photograph by  Bonnie Beth Burke .

Banner Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr. Above photograph by Bonnie Beth Burke.

Want to know more?

I was born and raised in Dallas, TX. My parents taught me to be a good steward of the land and to treat people with kindness. To this day they often call me by my nickname “juju” and I am still a connoisseur of BBQ sauce.

In 2005 I received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Afterwards, I began pursing film and received a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Florida State University in 2007.

In 2010, I went backpacking for the first time, attempting to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in one season. This was both a privilege and a transformative experience. This combined with my film and photo background is what has lead me to pursue telling stories that blend environmental advocacy, sustainability, equality, and accessibility both in the commercial and documentary realms.

After hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail I relocated to Los Angeles, CA, because I’d fallen in love with the west coast. I am currently LA and NYC based but will happily work anywhere around the globe. I am also a member of  the camera union, IATSE Local 600.

When I’m not filming, photographing, or eating dark chocolate, you might find me hiking through the mountains, walking through a city park, listening to a podcast, making travel plans, or dabbling in embroidery.

 Photo by  Gale Straub

Photo by Gale Straub

 
 
 

Follow Julie's day to day photo reel on Instagram @julieahotz