Julia Altork, superwoman of photography, on a quest to capture moments
Updated: Mar 27, 2019
Where are you from?
Nampa, Idaho by way of Scottsdale, Arizona.
How long have you been in the Carolinas?
Almost 15 years.
How did you find yourself behind the lens?
I’m a portrait photographer. My three kids (ages 3-15) have always been the original driving force behind my photography. It grew out of my desire to take better and better photos of them.
What is your dream career?
This is it. I’m doing it. This year, I’m excited to have opened my new studio in The Village of West Greenville, it’s truly a dream come true. Every morning I wake up and think, “I can’t believe this is what I get to do.” There is just nothing quite as powerful as being able to tell a story that can’t be put into words; the constant quest to capture a moment, I can’t explain it any other way. It’s just the way it makes me feel to be behind a camera.
How did you learn photography?
One of the first things people notice about you is your signature blue hair. Is there a story behind the color?
Once again, my kids are the inspiration there, too. It happened on sort of a dare and then me attempting prove to my two sons I was still "cool." Neither one of them said I had the "guts" to color my hair after mentioning I thought it might be fun. That was a few years ago and I've never looked back. Once my youngest son, Luke (who was nine at the time) told me I looked like I had "superhero hair," I was sold. I have no intention of changing it back anytime soon. My three year old daughter wouldn't know me any other way.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I can milk a cow and churn butter. My family has a cattle ranch in Idaho, where I grew up. It’s been in our family for five generations. This year it will receive the Idaho Centennial Ranch award from the state historical society for having been established 100 years ago. Also, I’ve never had a cavity.
What do you love about the Carolinas?
Fall for Greenville! I plan my whole caloric intake around that one weekend because I love to indulge in good food.
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