International Photographic Competition Award Winning Images

Last month we shared our excitement over the results of Julia’s submissions to the International Photographic Competition. In an amazing showing of artistic talent, Julia earned Diamond Photographer of the Year and Platinum Master Artist! She also qualifies for Master Artist Degree and the Imaging Excellence Award which will be awarded at Imaging USA in January 2016. Over 1500 entries were received this year, and only 33 photographers were awarded the honor of Diamond Photographer of the Year. Seven of her images will be published in the 2015 Loan Collection Book. Quite a year and we are still over the moon proud of Julia’s achievements.

Today we are thrilled to release the images that earned her this distinction and a bit about the stories that inspired the art. Enjoy!


Open Category Award Winning Images

Diamond Case

“Breath Of Heaven”

Inspired by the color of the mother’s hair, Julia started painting this photograph in Corel Painter and the colors just started flowing through her. It is meant to represent the breath that God blows through a mother when she gives birth to a new child.


“Her Happily Ever After”

Something interesting about this piece that not many people know: the burlap beneath the print is quite intentional and meaningful to the story of this image. You can see how this woman has come from nothing, and then quite miraculously she has everything once she gives birth and becomes a mother. The burlap adds a layer to the story that hints at a Cinderella telling of this woman’s life.


“A Sketch Of Innocence”

Prior to completing this image, Julia had always wanted to learn charcoal. With the chalk and charcoal brushes in Corel Painter, she was able to give this image an incredibly realistic feeling and texture in digital form.


“In The Folds Of Slumber”

This image, which is perhaps Julia’s most well-recognized, was created in a fleeting evening of artistic energy. One night alone in the studio, in just two hours, Julia created this image of baby Cole to be used as a promotional image for her CreativeLive class The Creative Newborn Photography Studio.




Master Artist Category Award Winning Images

Platinum Case

“The Wardrobe”

This image has a lovely personal story. The child sitting on the shelf of the wardrobe is Julia’s son, Dean. He is at a very magical stage of life, just 3 years old in this image. The world is beginning to open up just as wide as his curiosity and playfulness. One of Julia’s goals is was to have an image of her son make it into the Loan Collection Book and with this, she has reached that momentous achievement. How fun it will be to look at this years from now with Dean! If you look closely at the panel,  you will see that there are 17 photographic components in this image. You will also see toys and trinkets that have been handed down generation to generation in the Kelleher family. From great-grandfather to grandfather to father, and finally, to this little son. Dean’s little “lovey” blanket also makes an appearance, a comfort he’s held close since the day he was born.


“A Difficult Decision”

Photography is, at its heart, all about powerful and emotional storytelling. This image, which has eight different photographic elements, tells a story of loss and life, love and heartache. If you look closely, you will be able to recognize Lauren, our studio assistant, who plays the tender role of mother in this story.


“Shepherd Of Her Heart”

One of our favorite clients and a very close friend of Julia’s models in this beautiful portrayal of mother and child.


“The Drought”

Our studio manager, Belinda, and her daughter Brooklyn helped to make this story come to life. You’ll notice that Belinda is pregnant in the image. She has since given birth to her second beautiful daughter Kinsley, who is now four months old.



And because we love to share behind-the-scenes, we dug up this shot of Julia on the side of the road, camera in-hand, atop her SUV. See that cabin there? This is the landscape of “The Drought” discovered at a moment least expected along a road somewhere in Central Oregon. As Julia says, “When you see it, you gotta stop and shoot it.”


Stay tuned for more award news when Julia heads to Imaging USA in Atlanta in January! To see more of her award-winning artwork, follow Julia on Pinterest. 



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Savannah Returns! 6 Months Old

Little Savannah is one incredibly special baby girl. She is loved beyond compare by her equally incredible and special parents, and now that she has entered a new stage of baby-hood (she’s 6 months old!), you can see the joy written all over her face.

Savannah came to us as a newborn and we can’t believe how much she’s grown! From a sleepy newborn to an energetic 6-month-old full of curiosity, giggles, strength, and the cutest baby chunks ever! Savannah is delivering happiness wherever she goes and we’re just thrilled that we’ll get to see this Bijou Baby Planner again soon for her 1st birthday session and cake smash, what fun that will be!

Background Papers by: Savage Seamless Paper

Wooden bucket: JD Vintage Props

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Sookie is a Cutie! | Newborn Photography

We love it when a brand-new baby shows us a ridiculously cute expression! Case in point, little miss Sookie. We just can’t get over the wink/yawn she gave us!

As you likely know as well, we love baby toes. We love baby toes much we devoted an entire Pinterest board to them. There’s something so incredibly special about baby toes. They’re so tiny and precious, so authentically baby-licious and delightful. One look at a set of baby toes and you’re guaranteed to smile bright and big! And someday, when baby Sookie is big and her feet have grown strong enough to support her first steps and beyond, mom and dad will count themselves very lucky to be able to look back and remember just how lovely it was to tickle and play with her toes when they were at their very tiniest.

From the look of their very first family photo though, mom and dad already know exactly how lucky they are.

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Julia Earns Prestigious Awards at #IPCLive

If you’re a PPA print competition fanatic like we are, you may already know the news because you’ve been watching the live stream of International Photographic Competition, #IPCLive. In case you haven’t been glued to your computers, big news! Julia earned Diamond Photographer of the Year and Platinum Master Artist! She also qualifies for Master Artist Degree which will be awarded at Imaging USA in January 2016.

Funny enough, Julia herself has not been glued to her computer screen for the live judging because she is on vacation with her family and friends, and her refurbished Airstream. She did get the news about her achievements however, and well, she’s excited, deservedly so! 


While we can’t share the titles or images that went Loan just yet, we can tell you a bit about the distinctions she achieved.

What is International Photographic Competition?

International Photographic Competition (IPC) is an annual competition put on by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). There are many reasons to enter your work in IPC, however, most photographers get very excited about the thought of 1) competing with highly skilled and incredibly creative photographers from around the globe, 2) participating in the IPC can help you earn your PPA Degree, and 3) if your image(s) go “Loan” they will be published in the annual Loan Collection book and exhibited at Imaging USA among the work of some of the very best in the world.

What is the Loan Collection Book?

The collection book of professional photography is a presentation of four-color reproductions of the exceptional images judged as examples of excellence, worthy of merit and eligible for exhibit as part of PPA’s annual “Loan Collection.”

“The Loan Book represents a selection of the best images submitted in Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition. Congratulations to all the image makers whose work is represented here as the Best of the Best!” -Quote from Susan Michal, past president PPA

Julia will have 7 images in the 2015 Loan Collection Book.

What is Diamond Photographer of the Year?

Diamond Photographers of the Year had all four competition images accepted into the PPA Loan Collection.

What is Platinum Master Artist?

Platinum Artist Medalists had three images from the Master Artist category included in the PPA Loan Collection and one image in PPA’s General Collection.

How can I watch the live stream?

The 2015 IPC is being live streamed August 3-6. If you are a PPA member with a log-in, you can watch the judging live as it happens. (Just be sure to clear your day first because you’ll get nothing else done!) You can log in and watch here.

Please join us in sending Julia a “Cheers to you” as she celebrates her art and hard work on the shores of a beautiful Oregon lake. CONGRATULATIONS JULIA!






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  • August 5, 2015 - 3:46 pm

    Stephanie - Julia,

    What a spectacular accomplishment. Great job! You deserve it. All the hard work does pay off.

    Thank you for continuous inspiration for pushing to work harder. And set goals and they will happen with the hard work put in.

    Hugs and congrats again.

  • August 5, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    Beckie Sibley - Congratulations on achieving extraordinary success. You are the BEST!

  • August 5, 2015 - 4:51 pm

    Sara Beaudoin - Hello Julia, Congratulations for all of your success.

  • August 5, 2015 - 11:03 pm

    Lorenia - I’m so proud of you .