Then: A girl with an obsession for pictures, colors, patterns...lots of coloring books and that oh so wonderful box of Crayola crayons. The big box, you know the one, with burnt umber, maize, and orchid, and the built-in sharpener.
A girl who, on her first visit to North Carolina, begged to stop at each and every single scenic overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway to take pictures with her Kodak Instamatic. My poor grandparents. Bless their hearts.
Now: Different camera, a whole lot more colors than there were even in the big box of crayons, and an iPad and computer rather than a coloring book, but I'm back in those same beautiful mountains, and I still experience that same joy at the simple pleasure of capturing what I see and imagine. In the years between, life happened...Kenya, Ghana, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, school, server, chief cook and bottle washer, marriage to the most wonderful man on earth, beat reporter, freelance writer, food critic, jewelry artist...but in the end it all comes back to this: do what you love, love what you do.
So now, I borrow moments of time, preserve them forever in the form of a design, a pattern, a photograph, hoping to go beyond words to a place where color and shape, light and shadow tell a story...What story can I help you tell?
~ Julie McMillan Designer ~ Visual Artist ~ Lover of all things salty and sweet!
A brief bio for Asheville, NC photographer Julie McMillan - fine art, commercial and portrait photographer at Silver Birch Studio Photography