About Feather And Root

Julia C. Wagner, Lifestyle & Commercial Photographer

As a seasoned photographer and creative director, Julia works with entrepreneurs, artists, and healing practitioners to hone their vision and orchestrate the elements for their best stories to unfold. She is known for her collaborative approach as a commercial photographer, attention to detail and her keen ability to create that trusted, inspired space for your genius to play. In so doing, she helps you discover those distinctly authentic expressions that engage your audience—both current and new—and stand the test of time.

Traveling through the pages of National Geographic as a kid, Julia quickly began to focus her curiosity and love of diverse expression on the people and places around her. With her father’s trusty Nikon F1 in hand and natural lighting as her muse, she found she connecting to a 6th sense through the lens—an intuitive ability to see the light and depth emanating from faces, figures, and landscapes. Her collection of images and indeed her approach tell a story of individualism as well as universality — a life force, a noble spirit throughout existence.

She cultivated her passion, working for her sister (a high-end wedding photographer) in gorgeous venues throughout New York and New Jersey, as well as through her personal work, traveling to Peru (a lifelong dream), where she was particularly moved by the indigenous people, landscape and of course…the llamas. In her 15 years of assisting, photographing and studio managing, Julia has become versed in every aspect of the business from shooting in both film and digital, digital post-production, and marketing (print & online). Her work has been published in Quest Magazine, New Jersey Bride, The Knot New Jersey, and can be seen online in the well known Style Me Pretty Blog.

My greatest joy is to reflect back my clients’ gifts and grow your business so that together we make the impact we desire to see in the world.

“On Juneteenth, we celebrate our capacity to make real the promise of our founding, that thing inside each of us that says America is not yet finished, that compels all of us to fight for justice and equality until this country we love more closely aligns with our highest ideals.” Former President Barack Obama #juneteenthcelebration #juneteenth #blacklivesmatter #blackvoicesmatter #blackdreamsmatter ...

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I love to take a walk with clients, it allows them to relax in between and I love to hear more about their story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It also helps me keep my creative eye sharp. I am always looking for the perfect setting and inspiration. To most this setting wouldn’t have seemed appealing, the glass didn’t appear green and it looked like construction. But I loved the gentle blue green color the glass took on at that angel, the steel and cement acted as a natural light reflector and hidden behind some sea grasses the colors in the afternoon sun just worked! Of course a fabulous model and great conversation always makes the job easy!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Movement makes an image! The shore breeze catching the delicate silk layers captured my eye. I love the way this color looks on Catherine and just adore her signature haircut and color! So chic! Nina did a beautiful job creating the perfect custom lip color for our shoot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I love a mix of vibrant color images and striking classic b+w images. It adds depth and a sense of timelessness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Nothing makes an outfit like a classic Louis Vuitton bag and a fabulous pair of Jimmy Choo heels! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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There is something so elegant about b&w photos at the beach. Having a gorgeous model inside and out always helps too! @catherineharrison_model and hair and makeup by @perfectfacesbynina
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I am always looking for backgrounds that compliment. These colors were just perfect together! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When I work with a client there are a lot of factors that go into a shoot. Helping with wardrobe and styling. Knowing which colors compliment and the best angels, which light works best for the mood. ⁣
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But the most important part has nothing to do with me, it’s my client. Knowing what drives them, what makes them feel comfortable, how they connect with people.⁣
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Being see is a vulnerability that I know too well. Being in front of the lens is not just your physicality, it’s something deeper. It is an intimate position to be in. Women especially struggle with “being seen” and I have come to realize it has much less to do with insecurities and much more to do with not wanting to shine their light.⁣
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So when I come across those who are ready to be seen, to me it is a celebration! A celebration of all that makes that person a unique light in the world. A celebration of strength, courage, and inner intimacy. We need to celebrate ourselves and each other more often. There is so much pain in the world, we need every light to shine at its brightest.⁣
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A moment in time......
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Love shooting at this location and Lisa was such an amazing subject! @goldalamode and @homestudiolist⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Fresh flowers and afternoon sun.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sometimes it's all about a classic portrait in a beautiful setting. @goldalamode and @homestudiolist⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I love to play with contrast in a session and I loved the softness of the image before this and this tougher, edgier side.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Awesome mural by @jamesvancestudio for @woodenwallsproject on the Asbury Park Boardwalk.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The softness of the colors and the beauty of this pose are almost like a whisper across the water. Beautiful mural by @theartofpau for @woodenwallsproject on the Asbury Park Boardwalk.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I love to see someones creative process laid bare. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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All the feels..... My sister is getting married to a man who adores her, supports her, challenges her, and grows with her. Someone who makes her glow from the inside and someone who she feels completely herself around. I am so blessed to have been there at their engagement at Spring Lake beach and to be there behind the lens at her wedding this fall. Congratulations to the happy couple! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When we open ourselves up to everything we are, all of our beauty, all of our strengths, all of our flaws, all of our wounds, when we come raw, honest, humble we are in our power. Often we think of power in terms of brute strength, but there is nothing as powerful as a woman who is unapologetically herself. My sister reminded me yesterday that part of this wisdom and ability to be brave enough to live our lives free from the expectations, judgements and need for approval from others comes simply with time. In some ways it is a well earned gift to be unapologetically you. #unapologeticallyme #njlifestylephotographer #brandphotography #brandphotographer #personalbrandingphotography #njcommercialphotography #njcommercialphotographer #commercialphotography #commercialphotographer #brandingphotography #brandingphotographer #advertisingphotography #advertisingphotographer #empoweringwomennow #monmouthcountyphotographer #monmouthcountynj #asburyparknj #njlifestylephotographer #asburyparkphotographer #nikonartists #savvybusinessowners #womeninbusiness #womeninspiringwomen #communityovercompetiton #creativlyfound #portraitperfection #nikonartist #nikonphotography #lifestylephotography #lifestylephotographer #babesinbusiness💕 ...

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