Curious About Me?
Here’s My Story.
It was an unused roll of film in my mother’s dresser drawer that first kindled my curiosity about photography.
Bradley Cooper digs my work. And I dig Bradley Cooper.
I was hired to photograph a movie premiere and blew Bradley away with clear direction, quick and efficient pace. I believe his words were,
'This obviously isn’t your first rodeo.'
I’m a dog mom.
Our 8 year old German Shepherd, Dexter, is our house horse, my baby and my little king. And he knows it. His little brother, Luke, joined us in February 2017 and is waiting to make his cameo on this page!
First photograph I ever printed was also my very first assignment in a high school photo class.
It was of the tree my cross-country team would meet at every day before practice. I've much improved both my photography and running since then. The print above scored a hot rockin' 73%.
Racing is in my blood.
My father came in first in a marathon when he was 18. I started completing marathons at 24. I love trails, mud and running in the rain. The smell of wet pavement reminds me of weekend road races and cross-country trails in the fall. I've taken a little time off in the past few years, and plan to get back into it soon with the San Francisco Half Marathon. Pray for me.
I have a slight obsession with MIT.
Ever since Good Will Hunting (one of my all time favorite movies) I've loved the idea of going to school at MIT. I've been able to make that dream a reality by taking some of their online classes offered via MIT OpenCourseware. Not only are they trailblazers of tech and science, they are also pioneers of free online education.
CoachArt has a piece of my heart.
I started volunteering with CoachArt because I fell in love with the organization while working at last year's Children's Benefit in San Francisco as a vendor. A few months later, at volunteer training we did an exercise about "What art means to you?" and I made the very classy drawing below (I don't have a B.A. in Fine Arts for nothing! Clearly :)). By sharing my love of art, I get to connect with people and give a piece of my heart to help enrich their lives through our time together. Beautiful, meaningful and memorable - that's the key to the work I want to bring into this world. Learn more about my adventures in volunteering on my JZ CoachArt Photo Fundraiser Page.
Ryan. He and I both knew.
Music, serendipity + love.
I met Ryan through a mutual friend who worked in the music industry. This part of my career lasted 9 glorious years. The experience sharpened my eye for perfect lighting, energy, and the ability to capture truly unique visceral moments on and back stage. And let me tell you, it wasn't always smooth sailing - there were crowds, mud, downpours, big scary security guys...Yet, worth every minute.
Long term musical relationship.
Back in college, I fell in love with Jason Mraz' music. Since then, I've been lucky enough to capture his live and private performances several times while on assignment.
I'm the other 'JZ.'
When I first started my photography business, I wanted to make my mark. So, I used the first four letters of my last name given at birth. That's where Julia Zave came from.
Ballet + Ballet Flats.
Both hold a special place in my heart. As a child, I was obsessed with becoming a ballerina. At one point, my mom even got me pointe shoes from the same store as the prima ballerinas from the Bolshoi Theater got theirs. I spent countless hours practicing at home and attended dress rehearsals at the Bolshoi Theatre as a guest. None of the graceful movement practice stuck very well. Today, the closest I get to ballet is by wearing Tieks exclusively at every shoot — the most adorable and comfortable ballet flats on the planet! All, so I can hover around gracefully pretending all life is a stage.