Jo, Nellie (Schnauze) & Annie (Tabby cat)
From the moment Julianna came into our apartment for the photo session there was a plan. Spending time to win the confidence of our pets she then let them be themselves. Her photography is a form of photojournalism that captures our pets beautifully how they are on their own and how they interact with us. The result is truly endearing.
See Nellie & Annie's session here.
Marikit by Kitty Choy (emerging knitwear designer)
Best Photographer EVER! JK captures the best photos - I used her for my very first lookbook. She helped me with concept and location from start to finish! She truly is a talent - not only for pet photography, but for any types of shoot. Have not met another patient photographer like her. Not only have I found my photographer for the rest of my fashion shoots, but have made a true friend xx Thanks JK!
See Kitty's project here.
Potts Point Veterinary Hospital
A year ago Julianna approached us to introduce herself and show us examples of her work, and we are so happy that she did. We were so impressed with Julianna’s photography that we commissioned her to document our journey from initial research & planning, site selection, demolition & building, through to opening the doors of our new veterinary hospital in Potts Point.
Building a new business can be a stressful time and we had decided that we would like real local images for our website rather than from photo stock, therefore having someone like Julianna capturing stunning images for us was just what we needed. Julianna was the full package, she did all of the leg work, discovering amazing pet models for our website and liaising with their owners and took the pressure off us. Julianna is a friendly and calm person with vision and eye for detail, suggesting and creating images both beautiful and unique. Nothing was too much trouble & Julianna mucked in work boots & hard hat for the messy on construction site shoots often helping out around the place above & beyond the line of duty!
Our initial impression was rewarded with amazing photographs by an expert in her field. We believe that the quality of the images we have been rewarded with, which show both our history and our aspirations, are solely due to her expertise. We will continue to use Julianna in the future & recommend her.
Thanks to working with Julianna we have a catalogue of wonderful images reminding us of an exciting chapter in our lives.
See Potts Point Veterinary's project here.
Debbie O, Pom Pom (French Bulldog)
I am the proud owner on a French bulldog called Pom Pom. I wanted to capture his beautiful features and personality while he was still young and before this mature personality and grey speckles of fur settled in. While I was scanning the Internet for pet photographers, Julianna's work captured my eye. I felt the pictures not only looked amazing but so many of them told a warm heartfelt story.
Julianna puts so much effort into researching the area in which we live. She listened to what I wanted to capture plus placed suggestions forward. She worked with us and Pom Pom so gracefully. Never any pressure to pose , just natural fun shots. It was a delightful shoot.
The end products were incredible. Juilanna manages to capture the story, relationship and love between animal and human. The hardest part is to choose only some of the photos from the amazing range she produces from you. Julianna was always on hand to offer professional advice in a very humble way.
Thank you for the amazing photos of Pom Pom which capture his beautiful personality and which I can now cherish forever.
See Pom Pom's portrait session here.
Lori S, Zac (Staffordshire)
Julianna, your photos of Zac are simply beautiful. He is a very excitable pooch and your photos captured his character perfectly. Thank you again for such stunning images.
Julie C, Gertie (Guinea Pig)
Well, well … my little supermodel has clearly hit the big time and is now an internet hit! I am most impressed. The prints from the shoot that you made for me are just stunning! Apart from your natural eye for shooting animals in all their cheeky, gorgeous idiosyncrasy, your attention to detail really stands out. The prints are mounted perfectly and are also titled. All in all, an excellent, ultra-professional job. These are prints that I will treasure for a lifetime. Highly recommended.
Amy Smith (puppy trainer)
I have been working with Julianna now for over 2 years. Her work is beautiful and she shoots most of my Puppy Classes and my clients are always very impressed. She is professional and has an amazing talent for getting the puppies to do what she needs in a posed shot or creeping around and capturing amazing natural photos.
I also had the pleasure of Julianna shooting the birth of my third baby, to say that we were ecstatic with the photos would be an understatement. Her documentary style of shooting really captured the whole journey of my third son's birth and I am truly grateful to be able to look back at that for the rest of my life.
Amy is the proprietor of Amy's Puppy Preschool, based mainly in the Northern Beaches of Sydney but travels throughout for consultations.
Image for news.com.au, published in local news running in newspapers – the Manly Daily (8 Dec 2012), Hornsby Advocate, Northern District Times, Mosman Daily and North Shore Times, commencing 10 Dec 2012.
Editor Marta Roca,
Although her work is commissioned by a wide range of people, Koh-Blackwell is not interested in staged set ups. “Basically, I just want to make good documentary images” she says frankly. Photoshoots can last up to two hours, with the photographer making herself almost invisible, a talent which grants her access to very intimate moments. Read more >>
Senior Associate Editor Lexy Savvides,
She uses her unique ability to connect with a subject to bring a freshness and sophistication — not to mention love — to pet pictures for her clients. Read More >>
Editor Serena Faber-Nelson,
I don’t know whether it’s because I grew up with the cute comic Fred Basset, but when I first saw today’s Photo Session by twoguinepigs Pet Photography my heart skipped a little beat. Read more >>
Today we have a fun and interesting ‘What’s In My Bag’ – the kit of a talented and multi award-winning pet photographer, Julianna Koh Blackwell.
Based in Sydney but (we loved this line) willing to travel as far as her ‘trusted employee’ a 1964 Beetle will take her, Julianna spends her days shooting animals and their owners ‘with attitude’.
As for her gear, there’s lots of the usual stuff, a dream for something new and a few of the unexpected – a maybe chicken or fish and always a blue cat… read on!
Published in SHOTS, Spring 2013, No. 119
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Published in White Magazine
Shiver our timbers we love this visual diary by twoguineapigs Photography. Why it makes us speak like sea-faring miscreants we don’t really know, but one thing is certain, it’s one of the coolest blog posts we’ve ever had the privilege of putting up. JK Blackwell (Julianna to her friends) has portrayed florist Antonia Georges in a manner so pure you can almost see the stills coming to life.
Published in White Magazine
What I love most about an early morning walk is the crisp air, natural beauty and quiet stillness…actually, let’s be honest – it’s what I think I would like most about early morning walks! The reality for me is that this stillness I dream about is more often than not broken by the sounds of a babies crying.
If, perchance, I was out for a walk in a field or a forest in the still of the day, I would hope to walk into something like this dreamy scene created and captured by the likes of Jonothan David, Julianna Koh-Blackwell, Blooms by Bethan, Liv Lundelius and Patrick Bell (names you need to remember).
Published in White Magazine
Thanks White Magazine peeps for featuring a bit of a shoot I did with Dalston the Havanese, Liv (from Liv Lundelius Makeup Artist), and Dave - kind words from you guys about all of us involved - I had a whole lot of fun photographing these charming people and its a bonus to see the result in this beautiful publication. Read on!