my story


I am Julia. I am a (mostly) self taught photographer.

I guess you could say my online journey actually began on Instagram in 2013, when I started regularly posting images to my gallery. I have always loved photographs and being encouraged to explore photography by so many Instagrammers, I picked up my phone and started snapping.

Not so much later and feeling inspired to improve, I bought my first, very basic DSLR camera. I learned it inside out and began editing my photos with apps on my phone, later moving on to editing software on my computer. A camera upgrade and an awful lot of practice later, it is fair to say I adore photography. I find the immediacy of it immensely satisfying and capturing moments has become something I can’t imagine being without.

You see I am all about the moments in life. Even – especially – the simple moments are to be cherished as things move and change so fast don’t they?

In 2015 I began writing posts on improving photography and images for Instagram. I think photography is for everyone and it really doesn’t matter where you start. Or how much equipment you may or may not have.

I regularly share Instagram and photography related posts here. I’ve gathered a whole lot of thoughts about the ways of the Instagram app and its community over the last 4 years. These I write alongside practical advice to help make the most of your photography and Instagram gallery. I have created a series of free, downloadable resources with some more in depth online learning to come soon. You can find all the details here.

When not writing in my journal you may well find me over on Instagram as @humphreyandgrace . I also create content for brands both to use in my Instagram gallery and for brands to use for their own social media channels. For those who may be interested in working together, please pop over here.

Humphrey & Grace started life as a shop in early 2014, nothing big, just a small selection of the hand sewn items I make. However time and a toddler ran away with me so this space evolved into words and pictures, two of my very favourite things.

In my journal you will find more of the things I love, from family to travel to excellent people and things.

Oh yes, and if you were wondering who Humphrey and Grace are, it’s pretty simple. My husband has spent most of his working life at – is now a partner at – a company whose name includes Humphrey. Grace is my middle name. Him & me, H & G.

Whatever brought you to my website, welcome! Enjoy

Julia x