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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…

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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!

in anticipation of the release of my new lightroom 4 light leaks preset, i thought i would hold a little competition! i've never done this before, so it should be fun!

5 lucky winners will be chosen at random to win my new lightroom 4 light leaks preset. here is a little example of what it looks like:

light leaks contains two different presets, with two varying light leaks to add colour to your image. it hasn't been released yet, so the winners will be able to use these presets before anyone else. see more examples in my latest blog post, aurora.

the winners will also receive a free unreleased photoshop action that i was going to put up on digital film but decided to make an exclusive prize for this competition. but that's not all! on top of that, you get to choose one more product from digital film actions of your choice to be all yours.

now, onto the finer details of the competition!


- a free copy of the lightroom 4 light leaks preset before it is released on digital film actions
- a free unreleased & exclusive photoshop action
- one free copy of anything from digital film actions

how to enter:

- submit your photos edited with the colours from free curve friday or presets and actions from digital film actions to this blog:
- every entry must include your full name and the name of the action, curve or preset of mine that you used to edit that photo
- like my facebook photography page (so i can match your entry name + notify the winners)


- the competition will run for 7 days, starting today! (saturday, 23rd of february)
- submissions close on saturday, 2nd of march. no submissions count after midnight (EST - sydney, australia time) on this date
- if you don't like my photography facebook page, i will have no way to tag you/be able to notify you that you've won
- if you don't include your name in your entry, i won't be able to match your name up through the likes on my photography page and notify you if you win
- submissions that don't include the name of the curve, action or preset used to edit them will be disqualified
- 5 winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on my facebook photography page + an edited version of this blog post
- you can enter as many times are you like!

how to submit your photos to the blog:

- go to
- click on the 'submit' link on the top menu
- choose your competition entry
- add your name + the name of the colour preset used to edit the photo
- accept the terms of submission
- press submit!

your entry will be published no longer than a day after it was submitted if it follows all the rules!

don't forget to have a look through all the other submissions on the blog. i see this blog as a lovely collection of work from creatives just like you and me! so please try to support other photographers just like you'd like to receive support from them!

good luck! x

click here to see the official and original place the rules of the competition were submitted:…
i've always been a lover of the ugly pretty. i don't mind shooting in harsh sunlight or when my model is looking the other way or has a tangled mess of hair on her face. my camera clicks when someone takes a deep breath in or are tying their shoelaces on the side of the road. this year i want to shoot that more than ever. i want to shoot knees with bruises and hands rubbing tired eyes with dirt underneath plain fingernails. i want to run around barefoot in the forest with the wild bird i am taking pictures of in the few minutes of blue light after the sun sets and before the night sets in. i want to shoot designer clothing in the ocean and climb trees in dresses. i want to breathe life into my photography like it breathes life into me.
please comment with your twitter username so i can have some new accounts to follow :)

mine is

i wrote a little blog post on the last day of twenty-twelve and recounted little stories of interesting things that happened and posted lots of unseen pictures of new things to come. you can read about my adventures here:… and also, here are a few of my favourite pictures from the post.

spending some time talking and photographing with kiara rose. a lovely soul who lives close to me and is a beautiful creative and talented person.

a portrait i took of kiara rose.

behind the scenes of fashion shoots.

self portraits on rainy christmas day.

pretty sunsets while photographing weddings.

shoots on the side of the road (this is emma sabjan) where police drove past and put their sirens on to scare us. they drove away laughing when we all jumped and screamed.

wise words on the street-side.

this is just a tiny bit of the whole lot of pictures i posted, so make sure you have a look through them! has anyone else written any 'goodbye 2012' blog posts? please share them with me, i would love to read them and see what you got up to last year and what you're hoping to do this year!

i have something very exciting to announce, i have finally released Digital Film, a website where you can find my personal raw presets and photoshop actions that i use on my own photos! 

i have also created a new blog where it is up to YOU to fill it up with pretty pictures edited with the actions and presets on digital film and the curves from free curve friday.

go to the blog here and click *submit* to upload your edited photos!

here's a little example of what you can find on the site:

edited with 'dragonfly' photoshop action.

edited with 'harsh black and white' lightroom preset

edited with 'film black and white' photoshop action

edited with 'light leaks' photoshop action, available for free download again

edited with 'dragonfly' photoshop action

edited with 'white lace' lightroom raw preset

do you prefer editing your photos using photoshop actions, or curves? levels, textures, maybe you edit your photos with lightroom or gimp?

let me know!

so since a few years ago when deviantart was bubbling with life, i was just wondering: how many of you are now living off photography, how many of you are working towards the dream of being a full time photographer, who just does it for a hobby and i guess the silence will let me know who doesn't go on da anymore :)

in the time i've been gone i've managed to create my dream of being a full time photographer come true. i live on my own with my boyfriend dan and my life in now a beautiful cycle of shooting and editing.

something i get asked a lot about is how to shoot in direct sunlight without a reflector or an extra light source. so i thought i'd put together a quick blog post with some image examples to give you ideas on how to position your model against the sun to achieve a certain look to your photos. i've noted the times in which the photos were taken, most of them range between 12pm - 6pm. between 12 and 2 is usually when australia has the harshest light of the day.

hopefully this blog post will inspire the thought that you can take beautiful photos in the middle of a sunny day, with nothing but natural light and your camera, and give you some ideas to try it too! click here to read the rest of the blog post :)

which way do you prefer?
i had some fun a couple of weeks ago playing around with photoshop, something i love but hadn't done in a very long time. i created both the images in this blog post from original portrait photos, finding extra sky and trees from other photos taken on the day and stitching them together. there's something slightly unusual about a photo tied together at the edges rather than simply cropping it to a square. hopefully i'll be doing a few more of these over the next few months!

i also recorded while i was editing the top picture. the original video is an hour and a half long, so i've shortened it for you to see here on my youtube channel.

hopefully you all like my newest deviation too! it took me about two hours to create. i extended the background, added all the splashes of water from about ten different images also taken on the day and played around with the colours a bit.



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