You might remember Kendra from her maternity session and Leila from her newborn session. I photographed Leila almost a year and a half ago when she was only a week old. Its so incredible to see how much she has grown and her personality. One and a half is one of my favorite ages to photograph. It’s all about exploring, toys, figuring out what the camera is and laughter. Leila is already an independent gal. She isn’t afraid of much and loves to get her dance on. She was a Mama’s girl at our session, but Kendra told me she goes back and forth depending on the day. I love the looks she would give me, just adorable, not to mention the cute ponytail. She will just make your heart melt!

Just love!


Time to go up!


Some cuddles with Dad.

Waving to all the cars! Bye, bye!

Jeff + Karen

Karen and Jeff are the couple you see walking down the street holding hands. She loves to say goofy things to make Jeff laugh. Jeff lights up with Karen by his side. They are a pair. One of those couples that you see in the supermarket and just watch them interact. Their love is unique, different, filled with smiles and laughter.

Their wedding day was full of emotion from the vows they said in front of their family and friends in Spanish to their first look. It was a beautiful moment when Karen cried as she read her vows to Jeff. When she finished, he hugged her and held her close.

What you will see is Karen’s beautiful big smile and Jeff smiling right back. These two families, one from Peru and one from Nebraska starting a new life together.

Thank you Karen and Jeff and your family for letting me spend such a perfect day with you.:)

Cinematography: Cue Motion (they are fabulous!)

Photographer: Julie Branyan Photography

Cupcakes: Kimberly’s Cupcakes

DJ: Complete Music

Dress: Davids Bridal

Officiant: Beyond Illusion Wedding Officiants (They are fabulous too!)


Her fabulous bridesmaids helped every step of the way!

The moment before the first look. One of my favorite parts of the day.

I love this moment!

Karen is just fabulous. Look at that beautiful smile!


Another favorite. Love this moment.

The chicas were so much fun!

The guys… well… they are just ridiculous!

Just love


Jeff’s mom is adorable. She was so sweet.

This little guy knew how to dance!



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101 in 1001: Quitter

I walked into the Starbucks in Lincoln to perform my pre-wedding ritual of enjoying a veggie breakfast sandwich and grande black tea. I like to sit in the store for an hour to relax and get my thoughts together for the day.

It was a gloomy day but the planters outside were filled with beautiful brightly colored flowers which made the grey skies disappear. I watched the adorable couple in front of me, he was listening to his ipod and she was painting. Carefully she would put her brush to the paper to draw a perfect curved line. She would take breaks to pretend to brush paint onto his face. It was an epic battle full of laughter and her finally winning by putting a little dot on his nose. I smiled as I watched them.

To my right was a guy who was intently reading a book. Every couple of pages he would stop to think about the words that he had just absorbed. This made me curious about the type of book that was holding his attention. I knew immediately it had something to do with his dream. I attempted several times to see the cover. All I could make out was a chair. Finally he got up to get a refill of his coffee. The title Quitter appeared, what could this book be about?

Phone in hand I got on Amazon to find out the story. The description hit me like a truck, especially when I read, “From figuring out what your dream is to quitting in a way that exponentially increases your chance of success, Quitter is full of inspiring stories and actionable advice. This book is based on 12 years of cubicle living and my true story of cultivating a dream job that changed my life and the world in the process.”

I thought about the book all weekend. Before boarding my flight back to Phoenix, I grabbed my kindle and downloaded it as fast as possible. I wasn’t able to put the book down and read it in a day. I got to the end and was teary eyed. It opened my whole world and I felt the author was speaking directly to me.

I can say this book has already changed my view of my Dream and of my Day Job. I wish I would have read this 3 years ago when I started my business. I would have changed the way I ran both jobs and quit in a better way.

Why did I love this book?

This book was speaking directly to me. It helped me see the positive in what I’ve always seen as a negative. I realize I need to access myself, my family and my business before I take a huge leap. Most importantly it reminded me not to give up.

What changes will I or have I made?

“Measuring Hustle”

- Wake up early to work on my dream job. Yes, 5am is programmed on my phone everyday and I will track everyday I follow   through.

-Track what I accomplish in a week

- Be Picky – Enjoy the time where I can be picky about my clients and photography goals.

Fall into like with my day job

- View my day job as an “advocate for my dream job.” It allows me to support pieces of my business that my dream job is unable to.

- Appreciate the difficult things about my day job that will make me a better person and better prepared to handle the situations that occur with my dream job.

In the end I’ve taken risks, some stupid looking back, but I’m where I need to be. When I returned from Omaha and arrived at the Phoenix airport I realized for the first time, in a long time, that I was home.

Just for kicks, I will be giving away two copies of this book. It is so amazing I just want to share it with as many people as possible. Hopefully you will have the same feelings and experience. To enter: Leave a comment below and tell me your dream.:)For an extra chance to win become a fan of Julie Branyan Photography on Facebook. It won’t hurt you if you are already a fan. Winners announced on Monday, June 6th. *Contest is Closed*

*Winners – Susie Joyce and Jenna Reichert. Send an email to julie@juliebranyan.com and I’ll get those books in the mail.

Jenna Reichert - I am about to start my dream job…full time photographer. I just put in my notice with my “day job” two weeks ago. I am nervous and scared but so excited at the same time. I figured…if I don’t do it now and take the risk I will never do it!

Erika Valentour - Love this Julie! I read this at the exact moment I needed it. My dreams are in stages now… heal quickly and be pain free soon. Start training again. But ultimately, the CA dream is the one! ;)

Scarlett + Brett

Brett loves Scarlett’s energy, her sense of humor and her kindness.

Scarlett loves Brett’s sense of humor, his laid back attitude and his competitive side.

They are opposites who make each other laugh. Who value each other. And are travel companions.

Their wedding day was filled with beautiful moments that they stopped to soak in. Their family surrounded them with support and love as they started this new journey. One beautiful moment of this day was when her father spoke at their wedding. It was filled with encouragement for them to remember no matter what they face ahead they have love and support to guide them.

They are on an adventure in their marriage. They are moving to Pennsylvania, where Scarlett starts a job as an Associate Professor and Brett will be starting at a new university. They are a pair who sees the world as a better place when they are together.

I wish you both the best time on your honeymoon! Thank you for everything!

Ceremony: Wilderness Ridge

Reception: Chez Hay

Cake: Sweet Art Wedding Cakes

Hair Stylist: Serenity Salon

Dress: Ellynne’s Bridal

Florist: Blooms and Bouquets

DJ: Prime time Music and Events

Photographer: Julie Branyan Photography



Thank you to the fabulous Jaime for second shooting and capturing this beautiful moment.


One of my favorites. Love this moment.

There was so much emotion during the slide show.



Erin McFarland - beautiful work Julie!! xoxo

Amara and Derek

She walked into his family dealership, looking for an SUV to handle the cold Nebraska winters. He was working the salesroom floor when he stopped to notice this beautiful woman walk around the room. He knew he had to find a way to talk to her. They exchanged information and he couldn’t wait to talk to her again.

Amara purchased the car and was driving it back to her hometown, Alberta, for the summer. Derek was lucky enough to go on the 24 hour drive with her. They talked, laughed and enjoyed being together the whole way from Nebraska.

After a summer of keeping in touch as much as possible, Amara returned to Nebraska to finish school. As soon as she arrived they began dating. They dated for a year and then their journey took them to Arizona. Derek knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Amara, laughing and enjoying life together. On a trip back, he proposed to Amara where it all started, at his families dealership.



They are so happy together.

Favorite. Their love is so sweet!

Erin McFarland - love this session Julie! awesome color and emotion captured! :)

Emily Snitzer - Beautiful! Love the light and colors!

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