I am a photographer, filmmaker, and writer, meaning each art forms is bound to my heart in equal measures. I specialize in adventure, landscape, lifestyle, environmental portraiture, and documentary work. But the wheels in my head are always turning, so any project that requires creativity, a bit of gumption, and some sweat is the sort of task I seek to complete.

As a kinesthetic person I am obsessed with tangible concepts of pattern and geometry in nature, candid moments, and created worlds within reality. I am passionate about the outdoors, conservation, exploration, and sharing that joy with others. The fire of adventure fuels my soul and my work, and the technical photography/film and outdoor experience I have gained keeps me grounded and versatile.

Photograph taken by the illustrious Bonnie Beth Burke.

Photograph taken by the illustrious Bonnie Beth Burke.

My career is just part of the equation, as an avid long distance hiker I spend large chunks of time diving deep into the ritual of a simple life that moves forward one step at a time.  I strive to encourage people to reach for big goals, look outside the box, to care for the world around them, and experience life in ways they haven't before.

Sharing stories from around the planet is my aim, and to get there I will walk, run, hike, bike, climb, swim, ski, snowshoe, paddle, and chase light.

 

Julie received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography in 2005 from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  In 2007 she went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Florida State University.  In 2010, after doing extensive hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail she relocated to Los Angeles, CA where she has continued to work in the film industry.

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