Julia Kinnunen Photography

Seattle, WA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My work is genuine and authentic; I work closely with my clients to come up with a concept and shoot that works perfect with their style.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love making people feel like they're on top of the world while we're working together. I'm so fortunate to be able to love what I do, and make people feel like stars at the same time.

Location

Seattle, WA 98155

Background check

Complete

Years in business

9

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

27

Reviews

17 Reviews
  • Emma R. Jan 17, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Authentic and Gorgeous
    Julia photographed our wedding in September and I could not be more pleased with how it turned out. The photos turned out artful and beautiful without feeling invasive or staged, which is exactly what I wanted. She was wonderful to work with, and I would recommend her to anyone looking for gorgeous photographs with an organic, journalistic, not-your-run-of-the-mill approach. The wooden box with our favorite prints to sit on our coffee table was also a lovely touch. Thank you, Julia!
  • Gabrielle P. Apr 21, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I don't even know where to start - Julia is the most delightful person to work with! She made time to meet with me to discuss what I was looking for in a photographer (before I signed the contract and paid the deposit). She was super helpful and answered all my questions. Leading up to the wedding she was highly responsive to emails. She arrived at the venue early (with a second shooter, Meredith, who was also wonderful) and was non-intrusive throughout the event. Julia was with us for approximately 8 hours. The night of the wedding she posted a sneak peek photo on Facebook, three weeks after the wedding she posted a few of the photos to her blog, and a short four weeks after the wedding she sent us ALL our photos. We absolutely LOVE Julia's style and have gotten so many compliments on our wedding photos. She truly captured the joy on our wedding day and our photos look like something out of a movie. Julia, we can't thank you enough, you are such a talented and vibrant artist and we hope to work with you again!!
  • Phiona H. Mar 21, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Katie B. Nov 24, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I had my engagement session with Julia a few days ago and am so pleased with the outcome. Julia set me and my fiancé at ease and made the session so fun and effortless. Her ease shines through in her photos which she had up on her blog two days later! I cannot wait to see the images she'll capture on our wedding day.
  • Tracy J. Nov 1, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Julia's work speaks volumes. She listened to what our vision was and nailed it effortlessly! Not only is she extremely talented, she's down to earth and will make you feel at ease. We will definitely be recommending her services to family and friends! Thank you again Julia!!! You were able to fill in the blanks of our day and capture moments we'll be able to treasure forever! And that is priceless!
  • Kylee D. Oct 4, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Loved Julia! She's so sweet. Can't wait to see the rest of our photos!
  • Amber S. Sep 25, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Julia is SO amazing. Our wedding is April 2016, but we just finished out engagement session and got the photos back.. and she is so talented. The photos are amazing, the experience was so fun (we thought it would be awkward taking engagement photos.. but it was so fun!)So beyond happy so far. April can't come soon enough!
  • Rachel R. Sep 20, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Julia is awesome. Our pictures turned out great, she was easy to work with and very easy going. Highly recommended:)
  • Gina F. Sep 13, 2015
    Julia did a phenomenal job shooting our wedding--the photos turned out even more beautiful than we had hoped, and she was truly a joy to work with. She was very flexible, patient with my crazy family during family photos, she made sure to capture the whole list of photos that we requested, while also using her photographic eye to suggest good locations for lighting etc, and taking great shots that we didn't include on the list. When we took the photos of just the two of us, she put us immediately at ease, and got really great, natural-looking shots of us that we will always love. We chose Julia to photograph our wedding specifically for her photographic style--she captures real emotion in her photos, and looking back at the pictures we vividly remember the moments. The colors are vibrant and there is energy in each image. Many thanks, Julia!!
  • Samantha V. Sep 10, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Julia did an absolutely amazing job photographing our wedding. We have only seen a few sample pictures so far but from what we have seen we know we will love every picture she sends us! She also made us comfortable taking pictures even though we usually don't like to be in front of a camera and my whole bridal party loved her. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for an amazing wedding photographer!!!!
  • Jeri L. Sep 9, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We chose Julia for her exclusive talent of capturing rare moments of human expression. Each one of her photos tells a unique story of the individual or subject. Her natural approach made us feel comfortable and at ease during our photo session. Julia is flexible with location and was able to come up with a package to meet our wedding budget requirements. Julia made our wedding day complete!- Jeri Lynn DeVore
  • Rachel J. Sep 9, 2015
    Julia was outstanding! She is the best photographer I have ever had! I had a huge wedding party, which usually makes things very hectic, but it wasn't thanks to julia and she did great with making sure we got pictures with everyone in our wedding party. I loved her high energy and her ideas for different posse's in the pictures. Most of all I just love the photos she was able to capture on my magical day and loved how fast she got the pictures to me! It took her less than a week to send them all to me. I would definitely hire Julia again!
  • Elizabeth V. Sep 3, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Having moved to Seattle eight months before our wedding was scheduled we knew no industry professionals and crossed our fingers when we sought our photographer on Thumbtack. We struck a goldmine when we found the youthful and energetic Ms.Julia! Her work ended up being exceptionally beautiful, practically beyond our brightest dreams. Julia is bound to become a leader in her professional pursuits because of not just her innate talent, but also her vivacious and yet calming personality. Any bride and groom would be over-the-moon to have Julia capture their most precious wedding moments .
  • Emma I. Aug 26, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    When my Husband and I found Julia via Thumbtack, we immediately had the sense that she was someone we would love to work with. We loved the life, laughter and light in all of her images and we thought that her authentic approach to photography was refreshing and inspiring. Clearly, we could see that we was talented and lovely. But our first impressions were outdone by our amazing experience in person. Julia is a uniquely understanding and calming presence. Amidst the anxiety and stress of the day (which came not from the act of marrying each other but instead from the sheer audacity of hosting a destination event for 200 people when you are the center of it all) Julia was ever calm, ever present and ever pleasant. She was the most non-judgemental and easy-going person to have there possible. She made her work look easy even though it most certainly is not. She made us feel comfortable and natural in front of the camera. Even when we were taking portraits before the ceremony began, it was as if we were just being ourselves - having fun, spending time with each other. And she happened to be there documenting that. But nothing was forced. On top of that, she has an incredible eye for color, texture, composition, balance, juxtaposition, light, angle and balance. She not only took beautiful portraits of us and our families, but she also managed to capture all of the details that we had put so much effort into such as the flowers, the decorative elements, the scenery and more. Above all, we are grateful to her for immortalizing the all of the candid moments of love, joy and emotion that happened with so much style and beauty. We loved spending that day with her, because she was wonderful, but she gave us the even greater gift of these images that we get to keep forever. We absolutely love them - they are better (richer, more nuanced, more beautiful, more true to us) than we could have ever imagined. We have shared the images with a wide circle of family and friends and so many people have said that they have never seen such beautiful pictures. They love they way her images make them feel as if they were there (if they weren't) and as if they are there again (if they were). They think that she brought out the beauty and individual spirit of all those there and as if she was able to capture our essence in photos. And we feel the same way! From our first meeting to the moment we received our pictures, she treated us as people she cared about, not just as clients. We would recommend Julia to all not only as a talented professional who will exceed your expectations, but also as a wonderful person to be around (in general but especially on an important day such as your wedding)!
  • Courtney M. Jul 29, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Julia is the perfect photographer partner in any every sense of the idea. She quietly and comfortably integrates with the group and captures the moment naturally, without staged poses and arrangements. Julia is the only photographer I will ever work with going forward - because once you've met the best, why would you look anywhere else. Thank you Julia for being such an awesome element of our wedding! I cannot wait to see you again soon.
  • Leigh C. May 15, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with Julia was a dream come true, and we're so very happy to have met her! Being new to this area of the world, I didn't know what to expect or what to look for in a photographer. Those fears and uncertainties washed away quickly--everything Julia did for us was above-and-beyond, in my opinion. From an evening meeting at a Barnes & Noble Starbucks to get to know us, to shooting my best friends and I as we got ready, to walking down shaky docks and into the forest on our wedding day, Julia and Alexandra were fun, hilarious, intuitive and creative. They arrived on time, with positivity and light to share with everyone; had great ideas about what would make the most nicely composed shots; chased the best light; gave perfect direction; wrangled our crazy families. They were fluid and flexible, and totally engaged throughout the day's celebrations. Our families thought they were our friends--which now, of course, they are! If you are looking for total acceptance, professionalism, talent and someone to showcase how very unique you and your loved ones are, you need Julia. I can't wait to see how our story is told through these photos, and I'm already looking forward to an excuse to book a new project! Do yourself a favor and look forward to looking and feeling the best you ever have, okay?
  • Grace E. Oct 16, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with Julia was a great experience! I always thought that photographers just observed and documented the wedding through pictures. But Julia took great pictures AND added so much to our wedding day! Her great photo locations and friendly encouragement helped us relax and allowed us to appreciate the special day we spent so much energy planning. She is always prompt with communication, and always open to your needs. Furthermore, the editing on the pictures were uh-mazing! It fit our wedding perfectly and really captured the atmosphere of the day. Because of her pictures we will always remember our wedding day as it was: perfect.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm involved with a number of online photographers communities and am pursuing a degree in commercial photography.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I primarily shoot couples and families, weddings, engagements, boudoir, and senior photos. My career started out solely shooting actor headshots and model tests, and I've expanded my point of view from there over the last four years.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I'm one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. I love hearing the stories that my clients have to share about their backgrounds, their ambitions, and where they're at in their journeys.