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Watch and learn how I direct my models, how I work with locations and what camera settings I use in my latest behind the scenes fashion photoshoot videos:

Outdoor Photoshoot with natural lighting + natural model posing

Working with models in natural light on the Canon 85mm f1.2 + photoshoot on the beach

How to plan a last minute photoshoot + behind the scenes from a shoot I planned and put together the day before!

And please subscribe to my YouTube Channel! I release 2 new videos a week including tutorials and more behind the scenes. I have so many fun videos still getting released until the end of the year.

j x
I’m so excited to finally have a bunch of photoshoot behind the scenes videos now up on my channel! Here are some of my favourites so far:

If you head over to my YouTube channel:… you can also check out a few more + a bunch of Photoshop and Lightroom Tutorials!

Please leave comments on my videos letting me know what you think and if you have any questions! And please subscribe to my channel! I upload 2 new videos a week 💕

j x
Yep you heard right! I just released a new FREE Photoshop Action for you to download from Digital Film Actions. Click here:… to download it, and watch my new Skin Retouching Photoshop Tutorial to learn how to use it:

I also released a new natural light fashion photography behind the scenes video from a shoot I did at a greenhouse in Poznan, Poland. See it below!

Please leave comments on my videos letting me know what you think and if you have any questions! And pleasse subscribe to my channel! I upload 2 new videos a week 💕

j x
I'm SO so excited to have released a travel film that Dan made while we were exploring snow-covered Yosemite! See it below!

And please subscribe to my channel! I upload 2 new videos a week 💕
Hey guys! I've been working away on my YouTube channel and have recently released quite a few tutorials and behind the scenes of my fashion shoots. Below are a few, but please check out and subscribe to my channel! I release 2 new videos a week :)

Enjoy! x
So I'm heading off on another adventure today and won't be posting any work for 2 weeks until I get back!

In the meantime, feel free to follow me on instagram: where I will be updating my stories every day and uploading new pictures of what I'm up to!

And please subscribe to my YouTube channel:… I am uploading new vlogs and tutorials TWICE a week 💕

So there's plenty to keep you busy until I get back!

x j
I've recently started blogging about my adventures through Europe - where Dan and I spent half our year traveling the world. With those new blog posts come new Lightroom Presets that I've created, each inspired by a different city or location. 

My first Lightroom Preset release is inspired by Gdansk, Poland which I have been posting photo diaries + travel guides on my blog here. Below you can see an example image of what the Gdansk Lightroom Preset looks like:

And you can find the preset if you want to have a look at some before and afters here!

I've also just finished blogging both parts of my El and the Sea blog posts series too! You can find them here: part i & part ii. Shot on a stormy summer’s morning in the first couple of days of the year. Just me and my camera, El and the sea. Here are a couple of images from those posts:

With this series I also just released two new sets of colours: Muse & The Sea.

The Sea is the Lightroom Preset I used to edit this series. Below is another example of what the preset looks like on a different image:

If you'd like to see more before and afters or purchase The Sea Lightroom Preset, just click here.

And Muse is just a pretty colour that I was too excited to wait to release! Below are some examples of what it looks like:

Again if you want to have a look at some before and afters and purchase Muse Lightroom Preset, click here!

Last but not least, the latest update on my blog is "What's in my camera bag"! 

Follow the link to read about what's in my camera bag - all my camera bodies, lenses, what I use to shoot particular things and why, backing up photos and SO much information that I wanted to share with you all because of the daily questions I receive asking me about my equipment. I hope you find it helpful!

If you love any of the blog posts I've linked above, please leave me some comments to respond to! 

And as always, you can also find me on other social media:

SHOP | instagram | facebook | twitter | blog

SNAPCHAT | jtrotti

x j
I was cleaning up my notifications and I accidentally deleted a link to an artwork someone painted of this photo of mine before I could click it to see it properly and comment:

bubble gum by vampire-zombie

If this was you, could you please link me to your wonderful work again?

j x
I receive messages all the time asking if my images can be used for drawing or painting references. To save a little bit of time, I thought I'd write a public journal entry stating - yes you may use my images for drawing and painting references (NO photomanipulations though) as long as you credit me for the original reference image whenever and wherever you post your artwork.

If you have created an artwork in reference to one of my photos, I would love if you could share it with me! I always love seeing the different ways in which my work is interpretated and re-created.

Also, seeing as I have a premium DeviantArt account now thanks to a very generous and kind-hearted nick-m, I thought I would feature some of my favourite artworks which you guys have created from my work over the years!

Photo Study - The Mermaid by serafleur The Mermaid - Process by serafleur 
dirt and bones by vampire-zombie
I absolutely love this final digital painting + process gif! That's my original image underneath.

Light in the forest (study) by JohnDervishi 20131219 01 by KoenVM
lonelily by vampire-zombie
where trees are born and where their branches by vampire-zombie

[ to you i belong ] by nicofey caught by vampire-zombie

swimming in rivers by vampire-zombie
<da:thumb id="457965889"/>  The Baptism by AlexanderSpencer A practise: drawing water by Niquesche  20140103 WIP by KoenVM
Level 04 by Dielven Sketching #1 by PaperbackWriter-mimi Free as A Bird? by archirsn
flower field by vampire-zombie Two woman staring at me by kennykhh
Connection by MarianelaOrdaz sails in the sea by vampire-zombie
dirt and bones by vampire-zombie
Emma Sabjan from vampire-zombie by Trucina  
wildflower by vampire-zombie
Pink haired by JuliaBullet doe-eyed by vampire-zombie
Nov 25 13 Grey Sunset (wilt) by scarletfame Oct 2 13 pink girl by scarletfame Dead Memories by drazhie
Ice Blue. by steph--95 Tanya(completed) by kennykhh
The Golden Hour by nancekievill

Hope you all enjoyed having a look! And again, please share with me any artworks that you have created :heart: I love seeing them! x
as a big thank you for a wonderful 2014, i am currently hosting a print giveaway competition on instagram!

all you have to do is head over to my profile: and see the instructions on this photo… to be able to enter.

to win, you need to repost (on instagram) any photo of mine that you would like to have a print of + add @juliatrotti and #juliatrottiprints in the comment. 3 winners will be announced on the first day of 2015! 

good luck x
i thought it was time to make a new journal entry! i recently updated my website and would love to know what you think:

also, i started up free curve friday again! so every friday you can expect a new photoshop curve free for you to download and use. here is this week's free photoshop curve:…

if you'd like to keep updated on free curve and upcoming tutorials i'll be posting onto digital film actions, you can follow my facebook page:…

do you have any requests for photography/photoshop/lightroom tutorials that you'd like to see on the website? request away and you might see one in the coming weeks!

that's all for now :) 

i was looking through my journals and realised i never made one about the re-release of my digital film actions website that happened a few months ago! i've been working all year to re-create my website, make it look more streamlined and to add many more colours that i take a lot pride in (they are like my babies!). and a few months ago, it was finally let out into the wild. you can see it all here:

here are some of my favourite photos after being edited with presets i have available!

edited with disposable film: still one of my favourite lightroom/camera raw presets! find it here:…

a pretty free lightroom 4 preset. you can find the download link here:…

a black and white lightroom preset i am currently obsessed with and am using to edit all my shoots with:…

softly spoken; a photoshop action that douses your images in a soft pink light. it reminds me of my time in london while location scouting through the typically english looking beautiful homes for a place to shoot the campaign i was working on:…

daisies, an incredibly moody set of photoshop actions:…

on top of all that, i put all my free curve friday's in the one spot! so now you can download all my photoshop curves very easily from the one place:…

there are so many other little bits and pieces that are part of the new website. i've always wanted to let digital film grow and i think it's finally happening! hope you like it and maybe you'll find a preset or two for yourself for christmas :)

im hosting another print giveaway on my facebook page just to say merry christmas and thank you for all the amazing and ongoing support for what i do <3

to enter, have a look here:

good luck!

i just woke up this morning to be greeted with my 5th daily deviation since joining deviantart on this image:…

i can't believe it, thank you so much!! xx
while dan and i were overseas, we filmed while running through the streets of london, wandering over bridges in paris and walking through beautiful forests in poland. here are our adventures of two short but amazing weeks:

should i leave my da username i made at sixteen as vampire-zombie, to remind me of where i started. or should i change it to juliatrotti to show where i am now?
on bloglovin' to see extra pictures and all my updates <3…

do you have a blog? comment with your link below!

this is something i have wanted to share with you all for a very long time. in fact, it's been a long time since i first picked up a camera and things were much different back then to where they are now. this post has been sitting in my drafts for weeks and today, right now, i feel like is the right time to press publish... this is a blog post without any photos (maybe even for the first time ever), just words. about how i started taking pictures.

for as long as i can remember i have always been artistic or creative in some way. i was a quiet girl with long, untamed hair and bruised legs from rollerskating falls. i was quite dark when i was younger. i think looking back on those days now, i understand why. i didn't know what to do with my thoughts or my creativity, i didn't really understand who i was or what i was meant to be doing. i would spend a lot of time alone, i didn't like talking to new people and i always quiet at school and would mind my own business. i think inside i knew there was meant to be something more for me, something that i couldn't find by doing what everyone else was doing; i needed to do it myself.

in 2005, i was fourteen years old when colour and art began to really spark an interest in me. i opened up a deviantart account under the name of vampire-zombie for lack of a clearer vision of what me or my art was about. from there i became obsessed at watching other people's artworks. the first thing i would do when i came home from school is log on and flick through the endless pages of inspiration in this new world i discovered. at first i gushed over the work of traditional artists; drawers, painters, people who used mixed media. that slowly grew into discovering the world of digital painters and slowly after, the world of photomanipulations.

about a year after opening my deviantart account i decided to take matters into my own hands and try my hand at some manipulations. at first i would use stock images from the internet and post them up online and ask people what they thought. i never got much of a response. i would put together digital wallpapers of my favourite bands and things i thought were pretty. but after a while i realised all that was not for me. the next thing i did was grab my family's digital camera, it was nothing special - just a little compact camera, but i took it with me everywhere i went and took pictures of everything. there was something about documenting the everyday things; the mundane, the usual, that captivated me. it seemed like a whole new world of remembering had been opened up for me.

i was too scared to take pictures of people. even of myself. i would take landscape photos, pictures of my dogs and i would stop on the side of highways just to look at the flowers close up. i was particularly inspired by the sky and created conceptual photos every now and then.

eventually i tired of taking photos of the same things and started to take self portraits. i would set my compact camera on the floor on a ten second timer and would get photos of myself running through fields or jumping in the air. at the same time i would ask my sister if i could take photos of her sitting on rocks or walking through the water at the beach. my photos even when i started, were natural and full of movement, i liked the quiet moments, the little nothings.

i took photos of my sister and i for half a year while saving up for my first slr. the pictures i took and posted online were sold as book and album covers, much to my bewilderment. but i still took every offer i had with appreciation even though i didn't quite understand what was going on. when i finally had my pentax k1000d in my hands, i spent time learning how to shoot manually, with confidence that i could finally take control over the images i wanted to create. i shot self portraits and pictures of my sister for a little while longer before i asked two of my friends if they could model for me. my first ever shoot with someone other than me, was an alice in wonderland shoot. we set up a table full of teacups and pills, walked down to the supermarket to buy cupcakes to shoot with and spent the afternoon living a mad hatter's tea party while i took photos.

i didn't do any fashion shoots with my pentax camera. i spent that time learning what my style was, learning how to shoot portraits and work with people in photography. it helped me realise that i loved taking photos of people; but not in the ordinary way that the photography magazines i bought told me to. i liked to take photos while they are doing something, jumping, lost in thought, exploring the wilderness, brushing a strand of hair off their face.

i started to save up for a new camera. the lens on my pentax camera broke and i had been using it with a $7 film lens i found at the markets which wouldn't screw onto my camera so it sat on the body taped up with electrical tape. the photos were lovely either way, but i wanted something more. i started to have dreams of seeing my work up on billboards and to create art that would be remembered forever. somewhere my passion for taking portraits evolved into the desire to shoot fashion. i wanted a new challenge, to take photos of people i've never met before, put teams together and shoot for a reason (although just shooting for yourself is probably one of the best reasons to shoot). i wanted to put all my concentration into shooting and using the camera rather than trying to juggle both photography and modeling for my photos.

when i finally got my hands on my new camera, the canon 5dmkii, it was a breath of fresh air, like i was rejuvinated with inspiration. i had ideas and absolutely nothing in my way of making them happen. i planned a few shoots with some pretty models i found online and the shooting started. i spent a lot of time still just shooting for fun, i blogged all the photos i took and continued sharing my work online. eventually people started emailing me asking if i could shoot for them for money. i got to shoot book covers, photos for bands, eventually i started shooting model portfolios and lookbooks for designers. all of that came with me growing in what i'm doing. i never really pushed for that side of things or even thought about it all that much. they happened and all i tried to do was put as much passion into those jobs as i did for my personal work.

along the way my family and dan have helped me endlessly and supported me. i know a lot of people don't have that luxury, but i am so appreciative to have the love of the people who are close to me and even their help and advice when i needed it the most.

since then until now it has all been a wonderful ride of experiences and learning and meeting new people that i never expected to happen. i feel so blessed to be living the way i do and being able to do what i love every single day. i know i worked hard and i've been doing this for a long time even though i am young. since the beginning, taking photos would be the first thing i thought about and the only thing i would do during the day and night.

i guess i'm writing all this, not just to share it with you, but for myself too. even after years of taking photos and being a photographer i still feel unsure about myself every now and then. sometimes old feelings crawl back under my skin and haunt me for a couple of days. sometimes something doesn't go right and i question what i'm really doing. but the answer will always be i'm doing what i love and what makes me most happy (more than anything).

it's okay to be uncertain sometimes, it's okay if things go wrong and it's okay if you don't know where you're going or how to get there. i still don't know.

all you need to know is that if you're passionate about something; follow those dreams and make them come true. all the hard work is worth it if you enjoy the journey and live a full life knowing that you're living for something you love.

original post on my blog:…

it's official: i am being flown out on monday to shoot a campaign in london. i am so excited!!!

i am staying there for two weeks and would like to do some test shoots while im there. does anyone recommend any particular locations for me to shoot at/visit? i pretty much like anything as you can see from my photos here! outdoors, indoors, natural, urban, rooftops, theme parks, etc. i'm going to come back with more photos to post than ever!

if you think i should follow you on deviantart or you have some favourite artists whose work you love seeing pop up in your news feed, please link me so i can follow more people here <3

i love everything! my favourite is portrait photography, but i also love conceptual and landscape photographers. i love traditional artists and digital artists too.

thank you!