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San Francisco's 7 best peaks for Instagram photos

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m a professional photographer and a San Francisco local. So what does that mean? That I know all the best places to shoot!

San Francisco's 7 best peaks for Instagram photos

Yoga is my spirit animal

Fun fact: I found yoga in ‘04, when I was 18 (this was before the internet was hugely popular and everyone knew everything at all times), and have practiced on and off ever since.

Yoga is my spirit animal

The truth about lash extensions

I've been getting lash extensions for the past year, and every time I bring it up in conversation, I always get a ton of questions. So here's a little personalized FAQ for my lash extension experience.

The truth about lash extensions

Where to eat in San Francisco if you're vegan + gluten-free

Ya'll know I've been gluten-free for years, but recently I added vegan to my dietary choices. I don't know if you've noticed, but it's actually not that easy to find restaurants that are both gf AND vegan - seems like most places offer one or the other. So here's a little guide of my favorite restaurants to grab gf/vegan healthy fresh meals in San Francisco.

Where to eat in San Francisco if you're vegan + gluten-free

Summer styles and sustainable fashion with Belvele

I'm sad to say that the concept of sustainable and ethical fashion is pretty new to me, but I jumped onboard as soon as I found out about it. We have to learn to be more intelligent consumers in all areas of our lives, and an easy way to start is fashion.

Summer styles and sustainable fashion with Belvele

Winter florals: My fave trend this season

Ya'll already know I love floral prints, and they were so in for Fall. So I figured... why not keep it going into winter?

Winter florals: My fave trend this season

My first year at Napa Valley Film Fest

Little-known fact about me: I'm not a huge fan of fiction in movies and books. Nor do I drink alcohol. So, Julia, why did you want to go to the Napa Valley Film Fest, you ask? Because: nature, gorgeous venues, documentaries, food presentations, and celebs ... duh.

My first year at Napa Valley Film Fest

Museum of Ice Cream, SF

Ya'll must know by now how much I love interactive art, so of course as soon as I heard that the Museum of Ice Cream was coming to SF, I knew I had to go there (duh!). MOIC LA didn't disappoint, and I had a feeling SF would be even better. And ... I was right! Here's a little peek into the experience.

Museum of Ice Cream, SF

Color Factory: An interactive art exhibit in SF

One of my favorite things in the world are interactive art exhibits, so when Color Factory opened up in SF, of course I had to go. As a former Burning-Man-attendee and a lifelong believer in fun and imagination, I find it to be the most amazing experience to step into someone else's creative landscape (how do people come up with this stuff?!).

Color Factory: An interactive art exhibit in SF

Don't be afraid to fail (+ my fave summer OTS top)

The cool thing is, if I've learned anything in life, it's that there's never a reason to give up on your goals. Even if you fail at completing your goals for months, or years, or even decades, you can pick up at any time and JUST. DO. IT. Just do it. It's that easy (Nike got it right). It doesn't have to be perfect. It doesn't have to be anything other than what you can put out there. But just do it. Because what's worse than failing? Never even trying.

Don't be afraid to fail (+ my fave summer OTS top)

Best nail salon in SF

This edition of Julia Recommends is ... (drumroll please) ... my nail salon! I usually just go for a pink/nude/grey color, but this week I was feeling extra saucy so I got this adorable (schizophrenic?) mixed canvas kind of deal. Take a look for yourself (and notice that pretty much anything I hold, ever, had to do with boba tea, obvs):

Best nail salon in SF

Blooms + tassels + first time bloggers

One of my favorite things to do is take photos of bloggers who haven't worked with a professional photographer before. The vibe is a mixture of excitement, anxiety, and endless possibility, which is intoxicating. It's so fun to answer questions and guide them through the experience, while also watching progress into getting comfortable, having fun, and finding the rhythm of being in front of a professional camera.

Blooms + tassels + first time bloggers

Mixing fashion with killer views

I love it when bloggers want to step out of the box and try something different, so when Christina (classtige.com) asked if there were any city views where we could shoot, I knew just the place!

Mom goals with Dita

I love working with new bloggers because I get to help them feel comfortable in front of a professional's lens for the first time, and to figure out their esthetic. Last week, I got the chance to photograph Dita, a young, super fashionable mom who recently moved to San Francisco from Stockholm (@sf.stockholm).

Mom goals with Dita

Winter in SF

Unlike my NYFW experience, winter weather in San Francisco is generally what you'd call Fall weather anywhere else in the country. So what does that mean? Sweaters and warm drinks and scarves, oh my! Amanda of Mela Moda wore the epitome of this season's winter sweater for this shoot. It was comfy over-sized, over-the-shoulder, neutral color, and had bell sleeves. What more could you want?

Winter in SF

Orange bell bottoms? Yes, you can!

I know that the 90s are back in style, but Kelsey brought it with a flashback to the 70s. Orange bell bottoms, huge sunglasses, and colorful fur, perfectly styled with white and gold accessories. What you can't tell from the photos is that Kelsey is actually short, but did she stun in this outfit anyway? Yes she did!

Orange bell bottoms? Yes, you can!

Going full time!

I've always wanted to be a full-time photographer, but it never felt like the right time to make that transition. When I was young, my family wanted me to be some kind (any kind) of doctor, so I went to grad school to get a doctorate degree. I've worked in offices since I was 16, entered tech in my early 20s -- I kept feeling the pressure to get further in my "real" career, to make more money, to be more financially stable and responsible and adult. ...

Going full time!