Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Mettler.
Julie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I took my first photography class in the film days. When my youngest started school, I went back to college to learn the digital side. I knew from the beginning I wanted to be affiliated with a professional organization, so I joined the Professional Photographers of America and became a Certified Professional Photographer in 2010. This year, I was thrilled to find out that my International Print Competition case went 4 for 4, meaning each image will be on display as part of the general collection for the 2018 International Photographic Exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 20-22, 2019. On my days off, you may find me on the golf course trying to learn something new but, I often wish I had packed my camera!
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I studied art early on but have always loved working with children. Before opening Mettler Portraits, I was a preschool teacher. Photography is the perfect pairing of the two things I love. I enjoy all the milestone sessions no matter if it’s a newborn baby, birthday session or a high school student who is graduating but, I also love to create a little magic. I have had a lot of fun designing sets and costumes for fairy portraits and I am currently working on a mermaid set. I love creating wall art of children in the “believer” years. Their eyes light up when they talk to Santa or listen for the fairies and that comes across in the portraits I create. It’s an important stage to document because it’s so fleeting.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think artists today, especially photographers, struggle to convey value to the public. Parents are pulling out their cell phones and snapping away at no cost at all but without printing, we are in danger of being the forgotten generation. I am reminded of a relative who can no longer access his computer because he can’t remember his password. After we are gone will, our loved ones still have access to our digital world? Portraits tell our story. We don’t just have them taken to help ourselves remember a special time, but they are a gift we are giving to our children and grandchildren, so they will have a link to their past and that is priceless.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Besides my International Print Competition case that will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in January, I welcome appointments here at our Oswego studio. You can contact me through my website mettlerportraits.com. I’m always looking for new opportunities to create something special.
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