Julia Bruns is a college student, photographer, lover of dogs, travel, and anything fantasy.

How did you become a photographer?

In the winter of 2015 - at least I think it was - I asked my Mom if I could borrow her Nikon and take pictures around the neighborhood. I was 15 years old, battling boredom and mental illness for the first time in my life - and I needed something to do. And I couldn't be happier I picked up the camera.

What inspires you?

It's really hard not to say everything, because sometimes ordinary things are the most inspiring. But usually, books and film inspire me - uniqueness in nature and structures, weird colors, quotes, and fairytales.

What is the best thing about being a photographer?

Telling a story by capturing just one moment. With planning, editing, and sometimes just pure luck, in a fraction of a second you could tell an entire story. One photo could contain paragraphs of thought and that is so exciting to me! I love thinking about how each person might interpret an image.

What's the most difficult part of your job?

Photoshop is always a force to be reckoned with - but I've found that thinking like a creative individual can be a challenge some days. It's so easy to go online and draw inspiration from dozens of other fantastic artists. And there's nothing wrong with that! But producing something one-of-a-kind is harder than it sounds sometimes.

How do you balance your creative work with client work and weddings?

This is still something I'm learning to balance! I love incorporating my love for fantasy and photoshop into my usual work! And at the same time, I love taking what I've learned from working with clients, and applying it to some of the creative work I'm so lucky to do. It's all about striking a balance between the two - finding time to feel creative and free while also capturing the magic of a wedding on the weekend!