Introducing: Julia Croteau Photography
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Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I’m a full-service boutique photographer with a studio located in the El Dorado Hills/Lotus area and specialize primarily in weddings, families, boudoir, seniors and fur babies. My business found me. I always enjoyed art, and could visualize what I wanted to create but couldn’t draw, so I grabbed a camera many decades ago and realized I could create what my mind saw. When I look at the world, I see it as a framed print and how I can improve upon it.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
I’m involved with my local neighborhood groups, animal rescues, law enforcement and military. My studio is located on acreage in a country setting, which also helps me to be part of the community and close with my neighbors. I’m an avid animal lover, and will go above and beyond to help with raising needed funds, adoptions, fostering and pet care whenever possible. I also produce a yearly event in August called Forever Memories, where I provide a fun session for law enforcement families and give them their favorite 8x10 print at no charge.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
Losing 170 pounds about 20 years ago. My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all passed away early in life, and obesity played a major factor. I wanted to be the change in this generation, so I did just that—by watching what I eat and exercising.
Where do you go when the going gets tough?
I like to have quiet time with my husband and our three Labrador retrievers. If I’m stressed or worried, they always bring me back to my happy place.
What’s your favorite place to eat out locally?
Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse and Selland’s Market-Café.
Where do you and your family go locally to have fun?
We love to go to Apple Hill in the fall.