Born in Quorn, in the county Leicestershire, Julie is the youngest of five children, daughter of Harold & Vera Dermott. A Mother of two beautiful daughters, Jayne and Clare.
Julie became a full-time professional photographer over 20 years ago (September 1994) and was also a Lecturer and Internal Examiner at Loughborough College teaching City & Guilds Photography for ten years from 1996-2006.
Now the Editor of Creative Light Magazine, an electronic magazine for The Guild of Photographers. The magazine has gone from strength to strength since it was first launched in April 2014 and has now reached over 90,000 readers.
In 2013, Julie was awarded a very rare Fellowship in Wedding Photography by the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Julie is now the only woman in the UK to hold both a Master Craftsman and Wedding Fellowship with the Guild of Photographers and the BIPP.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK - CONTEMPORARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Contemporary Wedding Photography was the book concept by Angie Patchell of emergingART. Whilst visiting the Spring Fayre at the NEC, Birmingham in 2005 with a view to selling her former partner's landscape images as greetings cards, Julie met and started talking to Angie Patchell. A few days later Angie telephoned Julie to ask her if she would be interested in writing a book on wedding photography. Angie went on to say that she was compiling an illustrative book on wedding photography and after viewing her photography decided that Julie's wedding images was just what she was looking for.
Several months of planning by Angie, and meetings at her London home, the book was written with Angie's direction as a cross platform for both photographers and wedding couples.
Once the contracts had been drawn up and signed on 27th October 2005, there was just three months to complete the book by the deadline of 27th February 2006. It couldn't have come at such a busy time for Julie's business with the run up to Christmas. Due to Steve's lack of experience as a photographer, in full-time employment as a plate maker, it was agreed that he should type the text in an email and then send the text daily to Cathy Joseph, a copy editor commissioned by Angie.
Angie would telephone every asking for text, i.e. 600 words on photographing groups, or 1000 words on a posing a bride and groom, or 300 on detail shots. After the Angie's call, we would sit down, share a coffee and then Julie would describe the process of posing a bride and groom so Steve could put the words into text, once completed he would email the text directly to Cathy Joseph (Copy Editor) to correct his grammar and text. It was then sent to Angie for the planning process.
Julie, however, compiled Chapters Five, Six and Seven on digital imaging, marketing and album design. It was a tough few months, but very rewarding to see the book published the following year, December 2006. Author's reading this, I am sure, can relate to the process and the pressure of contracts.
Julie's image featured on the front cover of the book 'Contemporary Wedding Photography', has become known affectionately by both the bride Vicky and Julie, as 'wuthering heights', captured at Vicky's wedding in 1998. The image was very successful winning numerous awards with the BIPP and the MPA. The highest award the image achieved was the UK Classical Wedding Photographer of the Year UK in 1999.
View Julie's website: www.julieoswinphotography.co.uk