Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Julie and I’m a photographer in Modesto, California. Photographing people is a life long passion of mine and it is such a huge part of my life. I’m also a recovering alcoholic. I have been sober for six years and a six months now. It has been quite the journey and I have learned to take it one day at a time! I’m a wife, a mother and a grandma.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
One thing no one really knows about me is I battle a mental illness. I have suffered from anxiety since I was a child and in my later years depression. I still battle both of those everyday.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Best advice ever received was to just be yourself and allow others the same courtesy.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
I would tell my 16 year old self to lighten up and not try to be perfect because perfection does not exist and you will lose yourself trying to be someone you are not.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear would be losing my family. I adore my family and they are so dear to my heart and soul.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
People have doubted me my whole life and some still do but I have learned that as long as I do not doubt myself what they think is not relevant.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Every woman should know that they are worthy and they are able to do the hardest of things. To be themselves and to never give up on becoming who they want to be. To not let the critics get inside of their head and their heart. Be your own cheerleader.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I love California because of the sunshine and our summers here are my favorite time of the year.
What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I’m strong. We truly never realized how strong we are until we look back at all the hurdles we have overcome and realize that we are pretty darn good at taking lemons and making some pretty good lemonade.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I have overcome a lot but one of the hardest things was 4 years ago when my only son who was 12 tried to kill himself and then came out as a transgender. That was crawling through the very depths of hell for me. I would not say I have overcome the pain that losing a son brought into my life but I have another daughter now that is alive and smiling. Being her true self with the love and support of her family.
What is biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
I have learned that I do not control anyone but myself and that controlling myself is hard enough!
What motivates you most?
Photography motivates me. Its my biggest passion. To capture a person being truly themselves is amazing.
What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is dinner and my favorite food is anything Mexican.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I read a lot of books! I walk and I meditate at night before falling asleep. Those things keep me as balanced as I can be.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in nature, my kids, my grandkids and in people that are so true to themselves. Those that are out there doing their best, Showing up for life and being honest.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
One thing people would be surprised to know is that I had a retinal detachment a few years ago and it really effected my vision. Being a photographer that was a very hard thing go through. I’m still clicking away though and doing what I love.
What is something on your bucket list?
I do not have a bucket list. I think if I did it would just be to live my life everyday and be present in the smallest of moments because life is fleeting and those moments will one day be a treasure.
Julie Delgado is a photographer in Modesto, California.