frequently asked questions

Q: Did you study photography formally?

A: Yes. I took my first photography class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology when I was a junior, then continued in the field of Video/Film at the University of Miami. After graduating, I returned to Virginia where I took several still photography classes at Northern Virginia Community College while teaching photography and video at the secondary level.

Q: Do you guarantee a minimum number of photographs?

A: No. I could take 50 pictures of a chair and tell you I got you your minimum. Instead, I take photos that I feel are necessary: scenery, details, people having fun. You will usually end up with about 100 photos PER HOUR.

Q: Do you have liability insurance?

A: Yes. This is required by some venues.

Q: Do you have back-up?

A: Yes, and lots of it! I have three cameras, and lots of flashes, lenses, and memory cards.

Q: Do you work with more than one photographer?

A: I always bring an assistant to weddings to help me carry all my equipment, to help me load photos, and hold reflectors, and he/she usual ends up taking additional pictures. However, if you’d like a seasoned second photographer at your wedding, I do provide that for an additional charge.

Q: Do you show up early?

A: Another major Yes! I arrive in town two hours prior to my start time, and to your venue at least one hour prior.

Q: Where is your office located?

A: I have a consultation space that I share with Beckaboo’s Cakes, located at 139 N. Loudoun St. #3, Winchester, VA 22601. For those of you familiar with the area, we’re on the walking mall above the Dollar General. For those of you not familiar, here’s a map:

Parking is available in the Braddock St. garage at the corner of Braddock and Amherst Streets.

Q: Do you support marriage equality?

A: Absolutely!! Are you consenting adults? Do you love each other? Do you want awesome photos? Then I want to shoot your wedding :-) Julie Napear Photography supports gay, lesbian, and all LGBT weddings. I don’t have a lot of same-sex couples in my portfolio since Virginia only recently allowed same-sex weddings, but I hope that will change in the near future.

Q: Why do you use so many exclamation points (!) in your emails?

A: It’s the only way I can convey my excitement about photographing for you! I know that sounds cheesy, but if you’ve met me in person, you get it :-)