Thursday, July 14, 2011

meet Savvy Sister Julie Afflerbaugh

Your Name: Julie Afflerbaugh
Location: Boulder, Colorado

How would you describe your style of photography?
 Classic, natural, sweet

What first drew you in to photography?  My love of travel at first.  Then in 2004, I got married and adored my wedding photographer.  I realized that I could be creative, do something I love and make a living.  I left a career in teaching to start my business.

Do you work out of your home or a studio? I have a detached garage next to my home that was converted into a sweet little natural light studio.

Tell us about your business before the Savvy workshop? Before I attended the workshop, I recently had my first baby.  I was feeling inspired about being a new Mom, but not so inspired about my business.  I was also feeling really overwhelmed about how to balance everything since I wanted to spend as much time as possible with Liam.

How has it changed since returning? I soaked up so much inspiration at the workshop that I came home ready to refocus on improving my work and getting back in touch with what I love about running my own business.  Melanie Mauer's presentation about creating a business that enriches our lives was exactly what I needed.

What do you think is the most important thing you learned from the Savvy workshop?  I learned how to be more successful at photographing newborns, how to make my brand more consistent, and how to streamline my business so I can spend more time with my family.

What was your favorite part? Meals were a blast.  I loved chatting with all the other women.

Fun facts we want to know about you:  When Sunset magazine arrives I read it in one sitting.  I never put my clothes away, but I like the rest of my house clean. Mountain biking is my favorite form of exercise.

Favorite Savvy indulgence: expensive dinners out

Favorite place to shop: anthropolgie

Favorite vacation spot: camping on a lake

Favorite blogs to visit: style me pretty, kiss the groom

Favorite subject to photograph: 9-12 month old babies

Favorite products you sell to your clients: books that tell a little story about their family

Favorite thing about being a photographer: being a part of really important times in people's lives

Describe your perfect day: I love sundays.  Riding bikes to brunch with family and friends. A lazy afternoon in the backyard playing with Liam. Cooking dinner with my husband. Watching Iron Chef before bed.




  1. julie, these images are stunning! so glad we finally had the chance to meet! warmly, -melanie-

  2. Lovely post! Beautiful images Julie and I love seeing sneak peaks of home studios. Such inspiration!