I've always loved photography and can't remember a time when I didn't have a camera in tow! There's something thrilling about making time stand still - capturing raw emotions, scenes, events that can be reviewed at a moments notice long after the day, event, even person has passed. Photos are portals in time that evoke strong emotional responses. Photos also have the power to make us laugh, cry, reflect and pause. My name is Julie Smith. I'm a graphic designer/photographer - I'm lucky to preserve special moments in time for clients and I'm the girl behind the lens, I'm a visual communicator.

I have photos and other media stashed in fire proof safes, stored on multiple hard drives and even backed up to cloud storage sites. Maybe it's just me, but I do a lot to protect my own personal memories, don't you? Photos obviously hold great meaning to me! So when photographing a client, I consider myself a spectator witnessing countless memories unfolding and quickly work my craft to ensure it's recorded. I pray for my eyes to be sharp, my fingers fast and each frame to be shot with precision. 

I began my journey in graphic design while in high school in South Carolina. My eye for photography was encouraged a wonderful technology teacher, and from there my path took shape. I went into journalism as a junior and became head photographer my senior year. I loved photographing and developing images for our award winning yearbook - it was my passion to capture moments that others could reflect on and smile. 

My college experience took me back to my home state of Michigan where I received an Associates in Business, majoring in Graphic Communications in 1996. That same year I married my high school sweetheart and we were stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota - the Badlands and The Black Hills were amazing! I worked for the 28th Services Squadron Marketing and Publicity Department as a Visual Information Specialist and could not have been happier serving our military. 

Honorably discharge in 1998, we returned to South Carolina and I spent several years working with some of the best graphic designers and publishers in SC & GA. From LifeSprings Resources in Franklin Springs, GA. to Print It! in Seneca, SC - in house graphic designing was my forte.  I loved working with clients, solving complex problems and taking ideas and transforming them to tangible marketing solutions. Input has it's place...suggestions are better, but SOLUTIONS get the job done!

For years, I owned and operated a photography studio (Captured Moments Photography) in SC. Studio work, weddings, event photography, product photography and graphic design highlighted studio work and I enjoyed working to create moments clients would cherish. As my family grew, so did my "plans". I was blessed to have the opportunity to stay home with my long awaited daughter, while continuing to freelance to a select group of clients. I began photographing and designing under JuJuGrafiks and have maintained many of those clients all these years! It has been a joy to watch their businesses flourish and I look forward to their continued success.

In 2012, I earned a Bachelors in Advertising from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh maintaining a 4.0. I strongly believe in continuing education but also believe in hands on learning - good old fashioned trial and error and troubleshooting make me tick. Learning something new DAILY is important for growth and I strive to meet that goal. I want to grow personally and professionally each and every day and hopefully pass that knowledge on to others. 
Today, I call beautiful Western North Carolina home and am happy to be in Caldwell County! Operating JuJuGrafiks has given me an opportunity to meet amazing people, volunteer for great organizations and work with countless business who need solutions. Whether it's a senior session, family event, a bride and groom on their big day, a large corporation with a marketing/print media need, or a business securing their online presence - you can count on the fact that JuJuGrafiks exists to provide quality photographic and design services! My skill set is vast but my passion is precise - to provide the highest quality photography and design services to those I serve. 

Please let me know how I may serve your visual communications needs today! 
Julie Smith
Logo Design · Promotional Marketing · Website Media/Marketing · Corporate Headshots · Product Photography · Architectural Photography · Weddings · Family, Wedding & Special Event Photography
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