May was a strange month as it has signaled the upcoming end of this project for me. My last portrait will be on 1st August which is not far away at all now! I have all my upcoming portraits planned out so I'm in a fun place of just getting creative with each new one



My name and I have a strong bond. I love it, I always have. I love that it's internationally recognizable but also not too common. I love the way it sounds and how it looks written down. I love that it was chosen from a song (by the Beatles; my dad's choice) and I love Jules, my shortened northern nickname. I found Julia an awkwardly beautiful name as a teenager and growing into it, owning it, makes me feel like I am who I was meant to be. 

I had this portrait subject planned for a while so couldn't resist staging it at the John Lennon Peace Wall when I saw my name among the graffiti! 🎨



Describing your own style is a hard thing to pinpoint. I know the things I am attracted to and I know the things that suit me and what I feel most comfortable in, but putting that into words or even a picture is tough! I was always an eclectic dresser, even as a child. I modeled myself off Clarissa explains it all but my parents often referred to me (somewhat rudely) as dressing like a ragamuffin. Then once I got into my teens and the Emo scene was going strong, there was no stopping me! I found that I expressed myself best through my weirdly layered colorful clothes and ever changing hair. As an adult, I’d like to think I still adhere to that slightly different sense of style... I’ve never stopped wearing vintage scarfs, oversized cardigans or playful sunglasses. I feel somewhat caught between wanting to wear everything and anything or curating the perfect minimal capsule wardrobe!


Twin Fire Signs
 I am a Leo and a Dragon - twin fire signs (is this what also makes me a Slytherin?!) I have all the fire, passion, loyalty, pride and drive that comes with this. But also the ego, stubbornness and fiery anger. The sun is my ruler, I bask and shine in it's presence and if every day was a summers day, I'd be my brightest self


Twin Fire Signs
It's a long standing joke in my family that I have a black, cold, reptilian stone heart. I can be cold, possibly a bit unsympathetic, definitely blunt and I openly love animals much more than people. But, when I do love, I love fully and fiercely. Deep in my ash charred soul are glowing embers for my nearest and dearest 💘


You can follow my progress with this year long challenge on Instagram under the tag - #julias52portraits


"52 portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal whom I am an affiliate for. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life."

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