"I sought out Julie because I love her work and found myself in need of a self portrait and other varied shots that really needed a creative twist. I myself am a designer and can see when others have an eye for design and Julie truly is one of those people. She is a joy to work with and is very accommodating. Julie had fantastic ideas about her vision and was very open to any and all suggestions I had to offer. I'm very pleased with the shoot and highly recommend her to others!"

-Amy Mauriello, Graphic Designer


"I have been looking at and loving Julie's photography for years. I was so excited to have her take my youngest daughters newborn pictures. While we were setting up a time Julie was more than accommodating to our families crazy schedule. When we arrived for the photo shoot she was amazingly wonderful with all of my 4 girls. Julie handled all the commotion with ease and wasn't rattled by their constant needs. When Genivyve wanted to be wide awake instead of sleeping, which I was hoping for, Julie was able to switch the plan and with her absolute creative genius she took amazing pictures of my little preemie both awake and asleep! I absolutely love all the images and I can not wait to work with Julie again!"

-Bethany Judge, Mother

"Julie came to where my bridesmaids and I were getting ready. I was feeling so overwhelmed about everything going on, I didn't even know what I wanted for pictures! Julie was able to step in and take beautiful candid shots. She even drove through the cemetery across the street to find the perfect tree to hang my dress from to get a better shot. I was amazed at the end result, and I would highly recommend her to capture your special day!"

-Donabeth Harvey, Bride

"I fell in love with Julie's photography long before I met her, and was ecstatic when one fateful day our paths finally crossed and I was able to talk to the genius.Her visions are so unique and I was eager to see what I look like through her eyes. The shoot was a blast and Julie tried out all of her ideas and was at the same time very welcoming of mine as well. She was hands-on and yet so respectful of my personal space. It was an absolute pleasure and adventure working with Julie."

-Leah Sweet

"I just looked at the photos and they are beautiful! You even made me look good!!! I am so thankful to you for doing this photo shoot for us, you just can't know how much. I am not looking forward to the day we lose my dear brother but thanks to you, your contest, and your amazing talent I will always have something to remember him by. It was wonderful how you spent time and the attentiveness you had with Charlie. I will always be greatful to you."

-Ruthe Gobin, A Winner of "Good People Giveaway" 2012.

"Julie was a pleasure to work with, great with Aubrie and the images came out fantastic. It was a great experience working with someone who recognized the importance of having fun, creative and a little off-the-wall shots combined with formal poses, and the mix really caught all sides of our personalities. She captured us as a family, a couple and as individuals so that the images became more than just engagement pictures. We all appreciate her flexibility and willingness to give us rein over what images we wanted, and the way they came out was incredible. I truly hope that we are fortunate enough to have her photograph our wedding as well! Thank you again for a great experience!" 

- Marissa Girard, Bride to be

"Julie has a gift for taking ordinary situations and giving them artistic flair. She is professional, enthusiastic, creative and energetic. During the shoot she was able to take charge when needed and at the same time make me feel comfortable and confident in my own skin. It can be intimidating having your pictures done, but Julie has a way of making you excited about every shot and anxious for the next unique idea she comes up with! I have recommended Julie to my friends and I would not hesitate to continue to recommend her. She is truly a fabulous photographer!"

- Molly Ricker

Singer/Owner, Vows to Lyrics

Vows to Lyrics

"When Will and I began planning our wedding, we decided to have our engagement photos taken so that we would be able to use them for our Save the Dates. For me the process of choosing a photographer was simple as Julie was the obvious choice. I had worked with her before and I knew that she would be precise in executing my ideas. Unfortunately, we decided to take the photos on what has thus far been the coldest day of the winter, so just trying to stay warm was something of a struggle! Julie consulted with me several times before the shoot and we discussed the type of pictures I wanted, and the various locations I would want to have my pictures done. The day we took the pictures, we ended up shooting for twenty minutes, warming up inside and running back outside to do it again. She was very patient with Will and I throughout the shoot even as the wind blew and the sun waned. The bulk of her work was in editing the images we chose for our postcard. She was in contact with me the entire time, sending me examples and giving me suggestions on how to make my Save the Dates perfect. In the end, I couldn’t have been happier with how the photos turned out, and I can’t wait to send them to our guests!"

- Nikki Nijhuis, Bride to be

"Julie is an artist with a clear vision. Before she started shooting it was very apparent to me that she had seen in her mind what she wanted to capture...she worked with me in very specific detail in order to capture on her camera what her mind had seen. Whether it be for artistic or portraiture endeavors, Julie's insight and experience will most certainly not disappoint, as her work is sure to be as timeless as it is thorough. It is an honor to work with her!" 

- Garrett Curtis

"I was referred to Julie by a mutual friend, so we had never even met before this shoot. Meeting and working with her for the first time was a fantastic experience. I had modeled for artists a few times previously, but only for close friends. I was a bit nervous working with someone who I had never met but who's work I had so admired for years. Working with Julie felt like modeling for a friend within the first five minutes. She is approachable, accommodating, and hilarious which made me feel instantly comfortable with her. In addition to being easy to be around she is also incredibly professional and talented. I was especially impressed with how communicative she is with her models. She has an idea in her head and will make that idea a reality, but all the while will explain exactly what she will ask of you, the cues she uses, what her vision is, and make sure you are completely comfortable throughout the process. I am eager to work with her much more in the future." 

- Alison Batty

"This was my first time working with Julie Hamel and after a few bad experiences with other photographers I was very impressed with how open and kind she was. I could tell right away that I was going to feel comfortable working with her, between her high energy and spontaneous ideas I was already getting excited to shoot! I am so happy to be apart of her work, Julie really does take creativity and art to the next level."

  -Suzie Demulder

"This shoot was so much fun and the pictures came out incredible! My son loves airplanes and Julie was able to capture that in these pictures. It takes a lot of patience to deal with a busy two year old especially when they are playing inside a Cessna! Julie definitely has that patience and she works with what she can at the moment instead of waiting around for a certain shot. This is where her genius creative mind comes into play! I will definitely recommend her to friends and family and anyone looking for someone to take photos of their children."

 - Molly Ricker, Mother

"When thinking about getting a professional portrait for my Avon business... to use on business cards, my website, etc... naturally, I thought of Julie. I cannot 'brag' enough about her! She is not just a photographer, but an artist. Extremely professional and a joy to work with. The photo shoot was so much fun. She had a vision, told me what she was doing the whole time, and made sure I was comfortable. I am happy she is not a cookie-cutter photographer and I couldn't be more pleased with how young and vibrant I look and feel when I see this picture...just what I want to portray in my Avon business! I highly recommend Julie Hamel Photography."

- Susan Hamel

Senior Executive Unit Leader


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