New business alert - Jules, Baby!

After working with some truly amazing businesses in Hong Kong, the time has come for Julai's two (very different) stables of work to live on their own. 

As of 1 October 2017, all family, cake smash and family sessions will live under www.JulesBaby.com

Julia is thrilled to have two distinct brands and continue her passions unfettered. 

JB xoxo

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Sabbatical - www.JuliaBroad.com

We Broads Three have said too many goodbyes lately. It has been a whirlwind few months, but perhaps for none of us more than our daughter - you may know her as The Czarina. 

Moving is hard, but being moved is harder.  She has been through alot, and I won't lie, a fair quantity of that has sucked. 

I will be focussing on settling into our new home and grounding our littlest member for the next few weeks, so, as much as I love it, photography will be taking a backseat for a while. 

Good news is we have found a beautiful home in Happy Valley, and are so excited to start our new lives in HK. 

To all of our friends and family, thank you for your support through this time. We literally couldn't have done it without you. 

JB xx

Coming soon.... Broads in HK, Ari in Oz.

After a very exciting (read nailbiting / scary / hectic) few months, I am OVERJOYED to announce the Broad Family will be relocating to Hong Kong!

Apartment hunting, getting used to public transport again, and walking up and down SO MANY BLOODY STAIRS have filled my past week. 

This however, comes at a price. We must bid farewell to our beautiful Fur Child Ari, who we have since he was 9 weeks old. 

We love you so much, even though you try and trip me up at least three times a day and I sometimes find you starring into space which makes me think we have a poltergeist and really freaks me out. 

Ari will be going to live with my wonderful parents in Gippsland, where he will no doubt dine on steak and be yelled at repeatedly by my father for jumping on the car. 

We Love you Bagheera. 

JB xx

 

 

End of an Era

After an incredible 3.5 years in the Philippines, it is time to say goodbye. 

To all of my dear friends, clients, colleagues - you have made this experience more special than I could ever have imagined. 

We will be repatriating to Australia at the beginning of July. 

When I know what happens next, so will you. 

JB xx

Travel - SYD - MEL - MNL

Gday all - already the year is off at breakneck speed. 

I'll be in Sydney / Melbourne / Latrobe Valley / Melbourne / Sydney / Latrobe Valley / Manila (that seems right?) between 8th & 28th March. 

For shoots and enquiriess, get me through the "contact" on my site, or on my Australian digits. 

Happy Easter!!! 

 

JB xx

Happy Holidays

As an expat, the end of the year is always a crazy mix of emotions. Excited, nervous, stressed (usually very stressed) and frantically trying to be in four places at once. 

So, from me to you - take it easy on yourself. Stop to smell the cinnamon / christmas trees / mulled wine. 

Merry Christmas all. See you in 2016. 

You are not "just" anything. You are SOMETHING.

It occurred to me, or rather, it was presented to me, that I make excuses for myself. A lot. Not because I'm in the wrong, but because I compulsively apologise. 

Not just in saying sorry, (for things that totally don't justify an apology - ie "I tried your phone but i couldn't get a signal - oh my god i'm so sorry!") but in the way i communicate. Lets just say for someone who identifies as an extrovert, i can skirt around an issue with the skill of a figure skater. 

This was made abundantly clear to me in two ways. The first was when I realised i tell people "I'm just a wife" or "I'm just a Mum" or "I'm just a photographer". 

The number of times i send an email with 
"Hi (insert name here),
Just getting in contact / just writing to say / just messagaing because"

Why the hell do i do this? What's more, I would find this so bloody irritating if someone were to communicate with me in said fashion. spit it out!!!  

The second way i discovered this habit was far more jolting. My daughter (aka the Czarina from my instagram) was trying to jump into the pool. She was scared (it's a pretty big pool). When coaxing and bribery proved fruitless, I decided to get down to brass tacks. 
"Sweetie - what's wrong? Why don't you want to do it?"

Her answer - "Because I'm just a girl". 

That tore it. Don't make excuses. Don't belittle yourself. Don't undermine who you are or what you do. 

You are not "just" anything. You are SOMETHING. 

I finish with this great sketch, which hits so close to home. God Bless you, Amy Schumer. 
http://www.someecards.com/news/really-sorry/amy-schumer-wrote-a-sketch-about-how-women-say-theyre-sorry-too-much-sorry/

 

JB xx

In response to October 6th Theme of the Week #Payatas

"Isn't this just "Poverty Porn"? 
I really hope not. Anytime there is a disconnect between an affluent audience and an underprivileged subject this phrase is used. It took me over a year to examine my motivations behind even wanting to photograph this area, and almost another year to decide to share them. My goal is to educate, not exploit. 


"I find these images confronting, i don't want to look at them".
You don't have to. I get it - it's not for everyone. But photographs have the amazing ability to show information and situations in a way words cannot. Through photographs we learn, we see the world differently, and sometimes we discover the world isn't a very fair place. Through images like Huynh Cong Ut, Napalm (1972) and Stanley Forman's Fire on Marlboro Street (1975), change was affected and the result of being shocked was reform and sweeping change. Ignoring the unpleasantness in the world won't make it go away. 


"Hang on - don't you normally take photos of kids and families and stuff?"
I sure do. And i love what i do, and am so grateful to all of my clients for allowing me to capture images of them. But photojournalism has been the love of almost a lifetime, and whereas my family portraits are for families stories through generations to come,  i hope this series becomes a story shared far and wide - because without awareness and knowledge, we have no chance of bettering who and what we are.

Thanks all. 


JB. xx


Welcome to Instagram - Take 3

After two failed / half hearted attempts at Instagram, I have decided to take the bull by the horns (and compete with my friends) to have an AMAZING Instagram account. 

Determined to make my third attempt stick and succeed, I went to and asked the advice of my learned friend and mentor "Google", and did some research on what makes a successful Instagram account. Check it out. 

1. Be consistent. 

None of this - 5 photos in 30 minutes then no one hears dicky boo for two weeks. Routine, consistency and a plan is apparently what keeps the punters coming back. 

2. Hashtag 

Yes, i used to find them ultra irritating, but they work. So, sorry, but I'm trying to make a name for myself here #pleaselikeme

3. Have a gimmick

I'm a photographer, so in a platform dedicated to photography, my job isn't so much a gimmick as "Derrr". So, after some lovely 2am brainstorming sessions I hatched a plan. I have a catalogue of almost 50,000 images taken since 2006. Who has seen them? More or less no-one. 

So, my "gimmick" is each week, the photos will be based around a central theme. Like a portfolio, each Instagram for the week will fit within the parameters of my #themeoftheweek or #totw for short. 

So - this is what I'm doing. You can follow me (pretty please)  on http://instagram.com/juliabroaddotcom and see what I'm up to this week. 

First up - #Japan. 

Thanks everyone!

 

JB xx