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Pets. People. Personality. | Western Washington's Best

Meet Julie Austin


Award winning pet photographer

Julie Austin truly has a passion for pets. Since 2012, Julie Austin is proud to have been named Evening Magazine’s Best Pet Photographer as part of their “Best of Western Washington”.

Julie’s work was been awarded this distinction in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018! See why her clients keep voting her as the best in Western Washington now by booking a session.


What Makes Julie Austin Different?

She is as obsessive about your pets as you are

Don’t believe us, how about this for proof? All of Julie’s dogs have middle names. She can never sell her car because the dog smell out is permanent. Her dogs actually have better health insurance than she does.

She Can Photograph Any Pet

Most pet photographers focus only on dogs or cats. Not Julie, she specializes in photographing all types of pets. Have a special connection with your furry, or maybe even scaly, friend? Julie would love to capture your bond. any pet you have a special connection with (even snakes!).

She can capture the soul of your special relationship

You’ve got a zillion pictures of your pet on your phone, or maybe even your digital camera, but do any include you? It can be almost impossible to capture your special relationship. Most photographers will only take photos of you pets, but not Julie. She will include you as much of the session as you’d like for no extra charge.


How It All Started


It all started with photos of homeless puppies

12 years ago, working at a dog rescue, I started taking pictures of homeless pups to help them find their forever home. There, I learned I had a knack for bringing out an animals playful personality, especially those who’d been abused.

A year and a half later, I left and started my own animal care business. I started taking photos of clients pets for fun, and they asked if I could do private sessions. Even other rescue places started asking me to photograph their animals.


From pet sitter to pet photographer

I still loved my pet sitting business. But my artistic background; advanced art classes thru college plus a degree in graphic design, and 10 years of being graphic designer was screaming for an outlet. I found a small team of obsessed pet lovers to help run my animal care business so I could pursue photography full time. I have since sold my pet sitting business and can now devote myself entirely to my photography!


Animals + art = true love

Every day of my life has been spent with some kind of animal. I’ve had dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies, ducks, hermit crabs. I’ve also been an avid horse rider since my parents first put me in a saddle when I was in kindergarten.

My art and graphic design background taught me to appreciate light, composition, colors. Artists that have influenced me most are Georgia OKeeffe, Paul Gaugin. Even authors like James Harriott, Margeritte Henry and E.B. White (Charolette’s Web still makes me cry) have taught me the power stories of animals can have.