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Every single session starts out with nerves and uncertainly, followed by gradual trust, and ends with joy (and sweets for my littlest clients). If it’s your wedding, I want to work harder than expected to get the shot that you cherish forever. Your senior pictures? I want you to realize when we depart that you actually had a good time. If you select me to photograph your family, I want you to know how much I value you inviting me into your life.


When you get the digital first look, my goal is to spread a huge smile on your face and have you eager to see more! I want to exceed expectations and bring a light to your day; to capture life and spread a little joy.

testimonials below

Lauren Polston, High School Senior Portraits

Fredericksburg, Virginia

"Julie created a one-of-a-kind experience and gave me memories that I will cherish forever! My senior photo session was unique because Julie took the time to make me feel special and to capture the real me. Her creative eye and thoughtfulness gave me the best senior pictures I could have hoped for! She even captured my love for music because she knows that it plays a big role in my life. If you have any special moments to capture, Julie is the one to do it! Definitely using her in the future for many events to come!"

Kim Donaldson, Family Photography Session

Buffalo Mills, Pennsylvania

“Even though we'd never met, Julie put our big family, starting with our littlest, at ease. She was able to capture not just a family portrait, but my kids' personalities were allowed to shine in beautiful photos. I'm sure we will treasure these pictures for years to come.”

Kim and Rob Walker, Wedding Collection

Wiley Ford, West Virginia

“If you are looking for a natural talent to capture all the priceless moments of your wedding day, then Julie of Julie Anna's Joy Photography is your number one choice.

Julie’s down to earth and easy going personality made her an absolute joy to work with. She made a special trip out to our wedding site to calm my nerves when the forecast called for rain on our outdoor wedding day.  Julie assured me that whether the wedding was outside or would have to be inside, the pictures would be beautiful.  She was absolutely right!  The wedding ended up being indoors and the pictures were lovely. 


Julie and her husband Rick are a great team. They made sure every moment of our day was captured.  My husband and I, along with our family and friends, had a blast getting our pictures taken.  They have an amazing way of photographing people’s natural expressions and catching the moments most would miss. When we saw our final pictures, the words “stunning” and “beautiful” were repeated over and over again.  

We loved our experience with Julie and recommend her highly.”

Cassandra Steward, Masters Degree Graduate Session

Baltimore, Maryland

"Working with Julie was very easy and fun. We talked about what I wanted my pictures to capture and celebrate, and she did just that. I was nervous about taking pictures, but Julie did a great job coaching me, and everything flowed very nicely. I've known Julie for a few years now, and it was a pleasure to work with her in this capacity. I love my pictures, and could not have asked for a better photographer to capture this moment in my life. Thank you Julie!!"

Kelly Steele, Family Photography Session

New Windsor, Maryland

"Julie is a fantastic photographer to work with. She takes her time to find out what you are looking for, and has the patience of a saint working with little ones (and Mom’s) to get their “real smile”."

Val Milburn, Professional Headshot

Bedford, Pennsylvania

“Julie, owner of Julie Anna’s Joy Photography is amazing!! You made my time feel very comfortable and so much fun. Thanks very much for the outdoor portrait session. I had a blast!”

Adeline Eisentrout Bowers, Wedding Collection

Cumberland, Maryland

“My husband and I are SO thankful we chose Julie to be our wedding photographer! She took the time to meet with us in person before signing a contract, checked in several times during the months before the wedding, and even had us do a brief engagement photo session so that we would feel comfortable with her before the big day. Julie was extremely professional throughout the whole process, yet made us feel like family. Not to mention how beautiful the photos turned out we are so grateful for these amazing reminders from a perfect day!”

Ethan DeVore, Family Photography Session

Frostburg, Maryland

“It may be Julie Anna's JOY, but it is our GREAT FORTUNE to work with her! She knows exactly where to go and what to do to capture amazing shots that will last forever. I can't thank Julie enough for the time and thought she puts into each session!”

Damon Elliott, Engagement Session

Glassmanor, Maryland

"I told Julie we were clay people and she molded us into a harmony of our hearts delight. She's a wonderful artist. I highly recommend her services!"

Joy Wilt, Family Photography Session

Cumberland, Maryland

"Julie has a magical gift of making the experience fun and capturing the true spirit of a family. This is HIGH praise from a family who hates having their picture taken. My 11 year old son said, "it was painless!" These photos will always be treasured."

Sara Thomas Elkas, Wedding Collection

Arlington, Virginia

"Where do I begin - Julie and her husband Rick did an incredible job capturing our wedding day. Julie's professionalism is unlike any other - timely, creative, accommodating and she truly, TRULY enjoys every minute of what she does which is very obvious right off the bat. Multiple guests from my wedding commented on how lovely Julie and Rick are and how dedicated they were on that day to getting the perfect shots. The best part was, we got all the shots in we asked for but we were fully present at our wedding and able to enjoy every minute of it (which was very important to me). When looking back through the photos, I was amazed at how many moments they captured that I wasn't even aware of at the time. Our photos are so special and we have one of a kind shots to remember our perfect day. Thank you Julie and Rick, you were both such a pleasure to work with! Keep spreading your joy!"

Brian and Michele Boley, Family Photography Session

Romney, West Virginia

“Thank you Miss Julie for capturing our family photos. Once again, what a terrific job really capturing who we are! It’s awesome how comfortable and easy you make it. You make it fun for us all! The photos that come out of the session are pretty amazing!! We will definitely look you up again next year to capture more amazing moments!”

Brittany McMahon, Child Photography Session

Midland, Maryland

“When looking for a photographer who is friendly, compassionate, and an eye for a good shot, look no further than Julie Rando of JAJP. I have twin two year old boys who are full of energy and spunk. Julie was able to utilize her skill and talent to capture them in their natural setting. I will always cherish these photos of them at this exact age. I would encourage anyone to allow Julie to capture their family’s precious moments in time.”

Emily Lease, Family Photography Session

Cumberland, Maryland

“Julie is absolutely AMAZING to work with! She worked so well with my 2 year old daughter (who can be trying at times) and became best friends with her pretty instantly! She made our shoot so fun and relaxed! Highly recommend her to anyone in need of pictures!!”

Valerie Heath, Couples’ Photography Session and Family Photography Session

Waldorf, Maryland

“Let me tell you... Julie is beyond fabulous at what she does. She captured so many memories and moments with me and my family that I will cherish for a lifetime. I would definitely recommend her for capturing the most precious moments in your life. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures and I so can't wait to schedule another shoot.”

Diann Grove, High School Senior Portraits

Cumberland, Maryland

“My daughter, Kyler had a wonderful senior session with Julie on the Downtown Cumberland Mall and then again at her high school for her sports session. The pictures were phenomenal.”

Gina Karbowski, Engagement Session

Washington, D.C.

“Julie, you are truly a blessing to us in more ways than one. They say a photo is worth 1,000 words and your work absolutely justifies the saying. Looking through our pictures brought me indescribable feelings of happiness, laughter, and love. You were able to capture beautiful moments we will be able to look back on the rest of our lives. We can’t thank you enough! We couldn’t ask for a better photographer. You deserve to be recognized as one of the best photographers out there and huge thank you for being a part of our engagement.”

Lisa Romero, College Senior Portraits

Rockville, Maryland

"I worked with Julie on getting some last minute graduation photos done! And working with her was wonderful! She did such a phenomenal job with EVERYTHING. I was very satisfied with the quality of her work."

Christine Jenkins, Family and Couples Photography

La Vale, Maryland

“Julie photographed our family of 8, which included a one year old. I spoke with Julie about the type of portraits that I was hoping for and she went above and beyond. She took great care and time with the baby, and made sure he was comfortable and not overly tired. She pulled toys and tricks out of her bag and was always mindful of his patience level. Julie had great ideas for many different combinations and was always willing to add another one if someone mentioned another one. I was so happy with the way the photos turned out and Julie was able to capture everyone's personality!!!!”

Vicky Nelson, Wedding Collection

Deerfield, New Hampshire

"My husband and I are so thankful that Julie and Rick were there to capture our wedding day! We couldn’t have been happier with the outcome of the pictures – they are top quality. The pictures look completely natural (and felt natural while we were taking them) and capture an amazing variety of the big sentiments and subtle emotions. Julie and Rick are a phenomenal team; they are fun, professional, accommodating, helpful, and kind. They are two people you are glad to have around you throughout the day. Julie and Rick went to great lengths to help us get EVERY shot we wanted while making it a completely enjoyable experience. We couldn’t have asked for more skill and attentiveness from a photographer. Of all the decisions, we made about our wedding day, having Julie Anna Joy’s Photography capture the day was one of the very best decisions we made!"

Michele Boley, Family Photography Session

Romney, West Virginia

“We received our pictures from Ms. Julie on May 9th. First, we must comment that when we took the pictures it was very cold and windy. Ms. Julie took very good care of us and our children and even took the extra time to have a warm up break in our van in the middle of taking our pictures. Ms. Julie took the time to get to know us and our children and towards the end even our shy two-year-old was at ease with Ms. Julie. We marveled at the quality of our “sneak peek” and are even more impressed with the pictures that she took of us. Ms. Julie is a first class photographer and person and we look forward to another session soon. Above all thank you Ms. Julie, the experience was wonderful.”

Renne Curtis, Child and Family Photography Session

Taylorsville, Maryland

"I booked a family/first birthday session with Julie in hopes that she could capture my little girls' personality, and boy did she do just that! All of her work is natural and in no way shape or form staged! Before the date of our shoot Julie and I had never met, but you wouldn't have known that by the way my little girl just took to her. Julie absolutely has a way with kids, she understands that kids get tired and cranky, but she will work around that and produce some beautiful work. Everything about our session was relaxed, no pressure, and certainly no fake smiles. I walked away from the session knowing that Julie had captured my family in the most beautiful way. Julie was also very prompt about getting our photos edited and sent our way so we could enjoy. Thanks again Julie for your amazing work! I would absolutely recommend Julie Anna's Joy Photography ten times over to anyone that is looking for quality and reasonably priced photography!

Kristin Moore, Child and Family Photography Session

Frostburg, Maryland

"Julie did a fantastic job with our family photos. Our daughter responded to her bubbly personality very well. She took both action shots, silly and serious photos that we will treasure for a lifetime. She takes her time and makes sure her customer is pleased. Thank you!"

Cati Childers, Child and Family Photography Session

Mount Airy, Maryland

“Words cannot describe how amazing our experience was with Julie. I took my girls back to my college to get family photos done. Julie was exceptional with my girls (ages 4 and 6). The entire time I didn't feel stiff or posed. Everything was very natural and free, which I really enjoyed. Julie is so good with children. She has my girls laughing and smiling during our entire session.  The pictures are gorgeous and my girls have been asking when Miss Julie can take their pictures again. I would give Julie 10 stars if possible. I know I've found my family photographer for life.”

Kate Shook, Couples’ Photography Session, Maternity Session, and Family Photography Session

Cumberland, Maryland

“Julie will always be our first choice for a photographer. She is amazing and talented at what she does. She has a way of making you feel so comfortable and natural during photo sessions. She always captures so many great shots and memories that will last a lifetime. Her attention to detail is impressive. We can't wait to book another session with JAJP!”

Keri DiNicola, High School Senior Portraits

Cumberland, Maryland

“Just want to say what a great job Julie did with my daughter’s senior pictures. She went beyond my expectations and at one point was literally in the creek with her to get the best shot! Thanks JAJP”

Addy Mallery, Engagement Session

Westernport, Maryland

"Thank you just does not do it justice for the appreciation I have for Julie Anna's Joy Photography. Julie went above and beyond to truly capture the love and happiness we have together. I knew pictures at the fire house would be a little different, but Julie was willing to try. She learned about the fire house and how it worked and was able to make it come to life in our pictures. We didn’t need time to warm up and get comfortable, right from the bat she had us laughing and feeling like we were just hanging out, nothing felt staged. She was willing to do anything, from climbing up on ladders, to even lending me her jacket to cover a dressing mishap so we could continue on with our pictures. From start to finish Julie made it a memory in itself that we will cherish forever.

When I saw the first picture I was blown away, when I saw the next ten I was even more blown away. The pictures said a thousand words, and unless you see them I can’t do her work justice but all I can say is WOW. Julie went above and beyond, and with this being such an important part of our life I know I made the right decision choosing Julie Anna's Joy Photography to capture this part of our lives. Thank you for memories that will last a life time."

Denise Oberndorf, Family and Children Photography Session

Fairfax Station, Virginia

“Julie is an amazing photographer for family photos!  She is fantastic with children and all about capturing the joy of your family, naturally! A great experience; I highly recommend!”

Tracy & Bob Carl, High School Senior Portraits

Romney, West Virginia

“We were so blessed to have Julie do our son’s senior pictures! She was so accommodating with our schedule and location. Her easy, sincere manner helped give Kyler confidence and put him at ease right away. This led to amazingly genuine reflections of him!


The combination of Julie’s expertise and creativity provided Kyler with so many unique and fun settings and we were thrilled with all the pictures. We can’t wait to share them with our family and friends! If you want beautiful, stunning pictures that truly reflect who you and your family are, Julie should be your choice.”

Kimberly Dungey, Professional Headshots

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

“Thanks to the awesome Julie Anna's Joy Photography …. I was amazed at the results! Not only does she have a great eye for lighting and angles, but also for capturing the desired tone of her subject. Growing up Julie ALWAYS had a camera in her hand, and for more than 20 years has been the photographer of our friend group. I'm thrilled that she is now sharing her very natural talent with everyone else!”

Danielle Landrum, Family Photography Session

Frostburg, Maryland

"Julie is wonderful, she has a way of capturing life's moments in a flash. We love working with her and my girls adore her."

Lori Lerman, Family Photography Session

Potomac, Maryland

“Seriously, I cannot thank you enough for not only the easy, relaxed experience of the photo session, but the priceless moments that were captured so beautifully as well. Thank you!”

Kate Sines, College Portraits

La Plata, Maryland

"Julie is a great person to work with, an easy person to talk to as well. She is extremely talented and her photographs are phenomenal."

Heather Brady, Family Photography Session

Saint Leonard, Maryland

“Julie did such a great job with our family photos. She made the whole process fun for our kids. The boys were having so much fun playing in our back yard that they didn't even always notice her taking the pictures. It is so nice to have pictures or our family in action.”

Jennifer DeLong, Maternity and Family Photography Sessions

Owings, Maryland

"This is a long overdue review. I have had two sessions; one maternity, one family. Julie takes the required time to get the shots you want...even if going over the allotted time. She is EXCELLENT with children. She has a knack for getting them to feel comfortable, adults included. When looking through her portfolio, you will notice that much of her talent is in capturing that which is natural. Though I am not a photographer, I'd imagine capturing personalities, quaint moments and emotion is much more difficult than posed shots. Though I am a fan of her more natural shots, she is excellent with posed as well. Whatever you desire, she can do it and WILL see that you get it. If there is something you are not keen on, poses etc. just let her know and she will work with you. You can't go wrong by investing your money with photos from JAJP. She is worth giving a try. I am sure you will return for more!"

Beth Brant, Couples’ Photography Session and Family Photography Session

Cumberland, Maryland

“We had an amazing experience with Julie. She was fantastic with our kiddos (even though Kezia was only interested in the lollipops Julie brought for her)! She had wonderful ideas and our pictures were gorgeous!”

Hester Harbert, Family and Children Photography Sessions

Frostburg, Maryland

“It felt like Julie was part of our family!  She is amazing and so genuine-- she was so patient with our children and we never felt rushed during our session (even in the rain).  Julie had some amazing ideas that felt natural and fun. She was so quick at getting our gallery ready, which was presented perfectly. She even appreciated the needs of modern families by making electronic files easily available.  I highly recommend Julie to anyone that wants to capture life’s little moments in photographs.”

Addy Mallery, Family Photography Session

Mount Savage, Maryland

“I cannot even begin to express how talented Julie is. She is far from your ordinary photographer who is just in it to take good photos, she genuinely spreads joy. The photo shoot my family had with her will be a day we always remember, she brought so many smiles, and times of laughter. She was able to work through all the obstacles, of one of us always blinking, or that the temperature was freezing. She knew how to pose us to get the perfect picture, and show our personalities. I would recommend her as a photographer for any need you may have. She takes great quality photos but more importantly is an amazing person who makes the experience enjoyable. Thank you for spreading your joy with my family.”

Pepper Rae, Family Photography Sessions

Lake Butler, Florida

“Julie is wonderful with our kids, two are on the Autism spectrum. She will always be our #1 choice for a photographer. She also gets the most amazing candid shots. Those candid shots end up being my favorite ones.”

Casey Grenier, Family Photography Session

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

“I booked Julie for a mini Christmas session after realizing that it had been about 5 years since we'd had professional photos taken. Since my kids are 6 and 4...that's quite a long time! We've added a family member since the last session! I was nervous about how the pictures would turn out because I have trouble getting my kids to focus long enough to take a few good pictures.

Well, Julie started the session perfectly by telling my son her special secret, she keeps hidden sweets for the end of the session, but only if both kids are good. He was so worried about following her directions and keeping his sister in line that it was like having an extra helper there. Julie was fun, quick, and the session never felt forced or too silly. We just got our digital album today and the pictures are so beautiful. I know that we will treasure them forever. Thank you, Julie!”          

Chloe DiNicola, High School Senior Portraits

Cumberland, Maryland

“I totally recommend Julie Anna’s Joy Photography! She made sure my senior pictures were great and definitely memorable.”

Alison Jones, Couples’ Photography Session and Newborn Session

Bowie, Maryland

“We had our pregnancy announcement photo shoot with Julie and just received our newborn photo shoot pics!! Julie has a way of capturing photos that is simply amazing. We are impressed with how she was able to get such lively expressions from our 6-week-old. Looking forward to future family shoots!”

Tara DeVore, Family and Child Photography Sessions

Frostburg, Maryland

“We had a fabulous experience with Julie as our photographer. She was fantastic with our 1 year old, which is why the photos came out so beautifully! Normally photo sessions are a stressful event, but not today! We will continue to use her services again and again!”

Hannah Slavings, College Portraits

Lusby, Maryland

“Julie did such an amazing job and it was so much fun! So great at what she does!”

Crystal Polston, Family and Children Photography Session

Fredericksburg, Virginia

“Julie spent 2 hours with our family getting every shot you could think of. My kids are notorious for the fake smiles but she was able to get them to relax and capture their natural expressions. She was patient and creative and has a great eye for getting the best photos!”

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