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Behind the camera


Only 15 weddings per year.

 

 

 

Julia Vanessa - the photographer

Based in Heidelberg, Germany. Traveling for portrait sessions, weddings, elopements and just because.

 

"I knew all along that finding truth is not the same as finding happiness. You aspire to see the truth, but once you have seen it you cannot avoid suffering, otherwise you have seen nothing at all." - Thich Nhat Hanh

 

"my mission in life is not merely to survive,
but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
- maya angelou

 

 
 
 
 

 

Photographer in summer.
Yoga teacher in winter.


 

wedding & portrait photographer + yin yoga teacher + minimalist #creating #healing #feelinglove

 

"Mein Leben passt in einen Smart"

 

I am currently enrolled in a yin yoga teacher training and living a minimalistic lifestyle with some work and lots of purpose and frequent travels.
#simplelife #minimalism #essentialism #journaling #intentionsetting #meditation #reading #gratitude #yinyoga #essentialoils #herbalteas #freshair #water #movement #mindfulness #rest #hsp #hashimoto #nostress #softness #speakingtruth #introversion #empathy #beinganempath #veggie


I love chocolate and I‘m a hugger.

 

And there is lots of love, in fact so much love and laughter and the feeling of belonging, stability and home, creating as a team whatever makes us feel grounded and connected, tons of sunshine, (European) road trips, birthdays overflowing with thought and care and joy, some ink, candle light and fresh linen, endless sunrises and sunsets, happy relaxed family christmases, homegrown and market greens and flowers, a lovely (self sufficient) home with few essentials, a fire place and a wooden table for gatherings with loads of yummy food and a close tribe of friends with beautiful souls and fire in their hearts truly caring for each other, lots of beauty, respectful mindful interaction and deep truthful conversations, Montessori (un)schooled free spirited worry-free kids, a (therapy) dog, water play-time and music and other tunes to be heard all over the place and lots of romantic, balanced, respectful, nurturing love, too.


 

With a degree in marketing, and almost a decade of experience in (wedding) photography,
this is my approach to life and what inspires me:

"Minimalism - A Documentary About The Important Things (In Life)"
"Walk With Me - A Journey Into Mindfulness feat. Thich Nhat Hanh"
"LUMIÈRE (About Finding The Light Within)"
And this is what currently inspires me: 

 
 
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Office Day

 

Contact, meetings, gatherings on appointment only, office day every other week, to keep my head free for creative work and real life, but if you book
your wedding with me you get a 24/7-exclusive-email-adress to get in touch whenever you feel like it.
To get access to that email address use the contact form "Wanna join the tribe?" down below.

Thanks for your understanding, it gives way more time and depth and appreciation to the relationships with the people I work with.

 

And no, I don't use WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger :)

 

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TRAVEL DATES

 

Residing in Heidelberg, Germany I love to travel and always have my camera with me.

So feel free to get in touch and book me for a portrait session or a wedding no matter where I'm at...

 

December @ Bali, Indonesia
January @ Heidelberg, Germany
February @ Bali, Indonesia
March & April @ Heidelberg, Germany
May until October @ Heidelberg, Germany with some stops in Portugal
Winter season 2017/ 2018 to be announced
for now California, Hawaii, Peru, Tahiti, Fiji, Melbourne and of course Bali and even Sweden & Iceland are currently up for debate..
or I will happily stay in Heidelberg and give yoga classes and enjoy life while going with the seasons <3

 

 

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Pricing


At the time of the booking for all bookings a 50% non-refundable retainer is needed to secure the date,
the rest is due four weeks before the actual date.


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"WEDDING DAy Documentary"  

2850 EUR

see description "what to expect as a wedding couple" down below

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"Wedding Day Documentary + Movie"

ON REQUEST

same as "WEDDING DAY - FULL DOCUMENTARY" plus a Best Of movie trailer of your wedding day
- moving images to support the memories of those beloved times

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"INTIMATE ELOPEMENT/ CIVIL CEREMONY"

1425 EUR**

same as "WEDDING DAY - FULL DOCUMENTARY" just a smaller amount of
time (up to 5 hours), guests (up to 50), images (50 per hour)
and print products (Heirloom album/ fine art prints in a linen box instead of fine art linen album)

- ideal for elopements to foreign countries capturing just the two of you (Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Provence, Tuscany, etc)
or couples that "only" celebrate their love through a civil wedding (Standesamt) with no big celebration afterwards (church/ free ceremony).
 

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"PORTRAIt Session"

300 EUR/ Hour**

1 hour portrait session incl. preparation and time for being on the day itself, as long as it takes til we have a great time and the results we long for <3
- for small businesses like yoga teachers, personal coaches and trainers, woodworkers, designers or other artists: 
incl. 50-100 photos per hour & rights of use for online, print, social media
excl. travel costs worldwide, excl. fine art album, Heirloom album or fine art prints in a box

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** As for this category to keep things small and simple I will only use one camera body and my 40mm pancake lens which is a wonderful lightweight tool, has the same look as the usual lenses I use, but it is easier to travel with and has one focal length, so perfect for an intimate wedding or portrait sessions where I don't have to catch guests in casual conversation from afar, but can interact closely and have the freedom to only handle one lens and travel light ;) For a full wedding day I will still have several lenses and a second camera body as backup with me, so I am prepared for all kind of situations and technical issues.

 

 


What to expect as ONe 

of 15 Wedding couples per year

 

 

All packages include, if not stated otherwise:



DURING THE WEDDING DAY

- 10 hours of photography or however long it takes capturing it all <3, using my way of light and camera
- yin yoga & or meditation session to calm the beating hearts ;) for bride & or groom
- high-end canon lenses and Canon camera body incl. backup camera and insurance, because you never know
(Canon Mark II & III, Canon EF 35/1.4, Canon EF 40mm, Canon EF 50/1.2, Canon EF 85/1.2)
- including travel costs worldwide


BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY
- get to know coffee/ tea/ dinner/ FaceTime/ Skype sessions to see if there‘s some love lost between us <3
- help with everything that comes along with the planning process (picking vendors and decoration, and everything else that may happen along the way ;))

 

AFTER THE WEDDING DAY
- 500+ photos sorted & edited for download in a high-res online-gallery with no watermarks
- personal rights of use for bridal couple & guests on- & offline
- embossed fine art linen album with thick museum archival quality pages in a lovely linen presentation box incl. gloves

 

AND A "WEDDING DAY - 10H+ FULL DOCUMENTARY" ONLY BONUS
- Add-On: for as little as 400 EUR the Civil Ceremony (Standesamt) will be covered, too**
- a free engagement session if we happen to be in the same place :)*

- a little gift to make the time leading to your big day even sweeter ;)

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* If we happen to reside in the same city e.g. Heidelberg during summer season or we travel the same places or you guys wanna come over somewhen before your wedding day we can do a free engagement session to get you used to the camera and my way of taking pictures and creating a real moment and just by the way capturing what is happening right there and then at no additional cost. And it also helps me getting to know you. You could also use the photos created in that session for your "Save The Date" cards or wedding invitations, if you like. Or you trade the free engagement session coming with your full "WEDDING DAY" for a brunch the morning after or rehearsal dinner photos the night before... possibilities are endless :)

 ** As for this category to keep things small and simple I will only use one camera body and my 40mm pancake lens which is a wonderful lightweight tool, has the same look as the usual lenses I use, but it is easier to travel with and has one focal length, so perfect for an intimate wedding or portrait sessions where I don't have to catch guests in casual conversation from afar, but can interact closely and have the freedom to only handle one lens and travel light ;) For a full wedding day I will still have several lenses and a second camera body as backup with me, so I am prepared for all kind of situations and technical issues.

 

 

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Important note

 

Only say aloha if you care about PHOTOGRAPHY and resonate with what you see and read.

For all the ones that trust in the artistic process and like the way I feel & capture the world,
I am so looking forward to getting to know you and find out what we can create together <3

 

Then, and only then, please:

join the tribe!

 


Each ONE of All 15 weddings per year

a special occasion

 

 

EVEN FOR ME, A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, SOMEONE WHO WORKS FOR THOSE SPECIAL DAYS,
MY BIGGEST WISH IS, TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING RECEIVES THE TIME IT NEEDS, TO FULLY UNFOLD.

 

 

 

 

CAUSE TAKING THE TIME MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.

AND BEING MINDFUL OPENS NEW REALMS OF ALIVENESS.