New Jersey

Home, a sense of belonging • storytelling family session in Princeton, NJ

I recently realized that a good chunk of my clients (maybe 80%?) are foreigners. They come from Brazil, Germany, France, Australia... or they have traveled the world, or lived in a different country, another culture. This always leads to interesting conversations about raising bilingual kids, traveling back to your native country or how to raise kids in a different culture.

If you are in that situation (well first hola, bonjour, guten tag, ciao, Asalaam alaikum, ni hau...) I highly recommend reading the book "Third Culture Kid (TCK), growing up among worlds" that explains the challenges of kids who live parts in their parents' culture like at home or through the school, and parts in the culture in which they are living. They develop a third culture that is a mix of everything but they make it their own. They have to deal with specific challenges like identity and how to cope with grief. The worst question you could ask to a TCK is: Where are you from? 

The concept now broadens to include cross-cultural situations like ethnic minority parents, immigrant parents, mixed race parents, parents who move often from one region of the U.S. to another...  This is probably one of the reasons why I shoot what I shoot. After 10 years in the U.S., home is everywhere and nowhere : I feel like a foreigner when I wander the streets of Paris and I will never perfectly fit in America. But I need a sense of belonging and reassurance that HOME provides. Your house is an intimate place where LIFE happens. Home is the epicenter of family life as I like to say. 

This family is no exception as the mom is American but dad is German and they navigate between families here in the States and across the pond in Europe. We bonded over "vacationing for weeks at your in-laws".... because seriously... who is looking forward to that? :) As they say, you are happy when you arrive and happy when you leave! 

This is a favorite topic of mine so share your thoughts, readings and tips anytime. I'm all ears. 

You can see another in-home family session here  (with twin boys!).

I am a documentary family photographer. I love to photograph families at home, the epicenter of family life, where childhood memories are formed. I will capture your story when you are fearlessly you: when you do the things you love to do in the places you love to be. I catch glimpses of your family's personality when you are in the moment enjoying the simple fact of being together.

I love to document the love (and tears) that goes into family life, or during a sweet reunion, or when you are managing your small business. My style is far from standard posing and cheesy smiles. Instead I capture a feeling, an emotion, a connection. My clients demand something different, something honest and true to real life. Let's get in touch. 

She turned 6 • Personal ongoing project

For the past 4 years I've been doing a personal project documenting my kids growing up. On their birthday month, I take 1 photo a day for the whole month and print them in a book (I use Artifact Uprising).
Because I can't commit to a 365 project (where you take a pic a day for a year), I thought this would be a nice idea to work on and push me to CREATE something tangible. It feels less intimidating and something I can totally do for 1 month. One year I decided to shoot black & white only but I try to keep it simple and to put not too much pressure. The goal is to portray my daughter/son in their daily activities and remember the places, the toys, the clothes, the friends, the activities they liked...

Getting the photo-book in my mailbox totally makes my day and I love to see all the little books stacking up. 

Inspiring maternity session • Maternity photographer Washington DC

I am very happy that my clients refer me to their friends (of course, who doesn't!) and that I got to meet Laura, who is expecting twins! And you're going to see a lot of her and her family as I'm going to photograph them all year long until the kids turn 1! How exciting!
She's due December 25 but it's likely the twins will be out sooner than that. I am looking forward to meeting with them soon with their grand-parents. 

We met in a beautiful park in DC a few weeks ago. The weather was warm and the place just perfect. I felt very inspired by Laura, the light and the surroundings. 

I keep you in my thoughts Laura,
Juliette xo

Are you expecting? let me capture you before everything changes ;) I love maternity sessions as they are very peaceful and quiet. 

Exist in pictures! And one day your kid will want to know and see that belly he used to be in. Seriously.

Paula, Daniel, Bernardo & Vinicius • Princeton family photographer

You will probably recognize the sweet faces of this lovely family I had the chance to photograph several times already. They are from Brazil and I love to see them growing as a family. We always ended up shooting in their house because they bought it recently and wanted to capture that (and also maybe because it felt less intimidating than going outside). But this time was different: we stayed just enough time playing around the house and documenting the first steps of Vinicius before heading to to the nearby park they go to as often as they can. 
It felt natural. Like an afternoon you spend with friends, catching up and chatting about being a family of 4 and raising bilingual kids. At the end, Bernardo felt asleep on mommy like he always do. I am glad we froze these moments to remember for ever. 

Around the 'hood with Charlie • Virginia Family Photographer

Katie contacted me to photograph her family: Charlie, her dog, Captain the newly arrived cat and her partner Andy. Almost in that order :) We had fun at home and Charlie showed us some tricks then we went outside for a lovely walk around their neighborhood like they do every day. It was totally laid-back and I loved hanging out with them. This dog has such a great personality. 

Pop-up Sessions • Maryland and New Jersey family photographer

Mid-April I had the pleasure to meet 9 kids and take their photos. It was the first time I organized mini sessions and I loved it. It was fun to see the different personalities and capture the sweet bond between siblings (and sometimes not so sweet but I got only good stuff that day!). 

Here is what Jen H. says about the experience: "Working with Juliette was such a treat! Her effortless manner makes you feel like you are hanging out with a friend--who just happens to be taking the most spectacular photos of your children. We did a session with our two girls and the resulting images captured the essence of their *very* different personalities just perfectly. Juliette also took gorgeous photos that speak to the absolute love between two sisters, something that is just magic to see. In this world of fleeting images and constant motion, pictures taken by Juliette are a treasure. She stops time for just a bit, and that is priceless."