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About Me

"Julia Sternau Photography is about capturing the most beautiful parts of life's moments and saving them for posterity, so that they can be remembered long after the moment is gone." ~ Julia Sternau


I recently beat cancers butt ( praise god) and am living life to the fullest. <3


I love horses, everytime I see one I get goosebumps on top of my goosebumps.


I am country to the core and you will here it in my southern accent so it's ok to say huh at least 5 times but no more , after 5 just insert your own word ( lol)


I love long walks and my kids but the real fun is my granddaughters, they are my way of paying my daughter back for her childhood ( insert wicked evil grin here)


I love love love love to laugh joke and cut up.


now my hates... I hate bees, snakes, spiders and bugs, and yes I am an outdoor photographer... oh and horse flies ... eeeeeeeek... and yes I live in the country on a farm ;) If I see a bee, I will only leave you until it's gone, but I'll be bak! ( eventually ) hehe



I love being behind the camera and bringing out each persons individual self , ensuring to capture who you are as an individual in a portrait, after all it is YOUR portrait.


I am not the run of the mill photographer ,I like each piece of my art being a little different from the other, none of this typical stand by a tree, stand by a wall, instead lets put you up in the tree, lets drag a grand piano with us on our shoot ( yes I do this) I love being silly and goofy and making people feel at ease so that it's more than just a portrait session, it's fun and an expierience you will never forget. Guys.. I love when guys come to shoots with their spouse or mom, everyone knows most guys don't like portraits and don't want to smile.. I guarantee you I will get at least one from this type of guy. Why? because i set things on fire ... "for real" :) I hope to meet you and share the experience with you that is so much more than just getting portraits done.


Located in Columbia, Illinois down a windy road called "Mule" road and trust me it kicks like a mule too.