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MorePhotos Radio - JuliAnne Jonker discusses The Portrait as an Art Form Workshopat Imaging USA


ANNOUNCER:  Welcome to the More Photos’ Radio Photography Spotlight brought to you by helping professional photographers with all their internet needs world wide. Also brought to you by Finally, an e-commerce solution for professional photo labs that makes sense. Now here’s your host, Damien Allen. 
DAMIEN: Good afternoon and welcome to More Photos Radio. My name is Damien Allen and today on the telephone with us is award winning photographer, JuliAnne Jonker of Jonker Portrait Gallery in Apple Valley, Minnesota. JuliAnne is the artist and photographer in residence. She has extensive training in both photography and fine art and has attended various schools and workshops across the country and in Europe studying with some of the worlds finest artists. She continues to study both fields as wells as sharing her knowledge with her peers through speaking and teaching at photographic schools and events and that’s why we have her on the program today. Good afternoon and welcome to the program, JuliAnne.
JULIANNE: Hello. Thanks for having me.
DAMIEN: You’ll be speaking at the upcoming conference at Imaging UAA with a workshop called The Portrait as an Art Form.  Could you tell us what this is all about?
JULIANNE: I’ll be sharing about how my fine art background has influenced my portrait photography business, and I’ll be talking a lot about who my inspiration has been. Like the old masters in painting and then some of the masters in photography, both living and not living and how that all integrates into our business as portrait photographers.
DAMIEN: What day and times will your class be held during the conference?
JULIANNE: Monday the 11th at 7:00 a.m. It’s going to be in the Presidential Ballroom AB at the Radisson Opryland.
DAMIEN: How did you get started with Imaging USA?
JULIANNE: I started going to their conventions. They have only called it Imaging for the last few years, but I’ve gone to the PPA convention since I started…even before I was a photographer. I was an artist working for photographers, and I went to the national convention as an artist. So I’ve gone since my business started and I’ve learned so much, met so many people, and have so many friendships due to going to Imaging.
DAMIEN: What do you hope participants in your class will learn from you?
JULIANNE: I’m hoping people will get inspiration from my program from introducing them to the art that I plan to share, I am hoping they will be able to take some of that and take it home with them and then integrate it into their sessions with their clients.
DAMIEN: Besides what we’ve already discussed, what else inspires you to do such beautiful, artistic work?
JULIANNE: My clientele comes to me because they are looking for something different than just a snapshot of what something looks like at the time so I’m actually inspired by my clients and some of their ideas and some of what they want to do as well as all the art I’ve studied. And there is also many current photographers that aren’t in the PPA circle, you know, with the internet available to us, you could just spend days looking at cool photography, artwork, advertising. I’m always looking in magazines. Just so many different places from the music world. I just try to get inspiration wherever it comes.
DAMIEN: As you combine both artistic and photographic skills in your fine art portraiture, can you share one or two tips with our listeners?
JULIANNE: I think one of the things that is really important to me for those that use Painter which is a software you can use to paint your photographs, when you do that and then we usually have them print it out onto a canvas, because of my background if I can come up to an image and touch it with my hands and it’s just a flat piece of canvas, it’s not finished. So I paint on the painting even after it’s been printed so that it has real paint on it to and real varnish, and I think that really changes the look.
DAMIEN: It adds a new texture to it.
JULIANNE: Yep. It makes it actually be three dimensional instead of the illusion of being three dimensional.
DAMIEN: What’s going to be new for JuliAnne Jonker in 2010?
JULIANNE: Well I’m going to be doing more traveling and teaching than I have in the past. Our youngest just went off to college so I have more freedom to teach. I’ve always done workshops here at my studio, but now I’m going to do more out at other conventions.
DAMIEN: What are some of the other featured workshops that you are going to be working on this coming year?
JULIANNE: I’ll be at the Wyoming State in February. That’s February 28th and March 1st and that’s at the Casper Holiday Inn, and I think the town is Casper. I’ll also be teaching; I’ll be one of the mentors at the After Dark in Miami and that’s March 28th – 31st and After Dark has a very hands on approach to learning and teaching. It’s a real different type of convention and there is like a whole bunch of bays in a row and there’s lots of shooting. They called it organized chaos, but I loved it. I was at the last one in Austin and it’s also called After Dark, because the classes go till 2:00 a.m. which I love, because I am a total night owl, and they don’t start before noon. So there’s many reasons why I love what’s happening with After Dark, but that’s going to be in March. I’ll also be having a creativity retreat here at my studio and it’s either going to be late April or May. I’m trying to decide whether I want to wait until the gardens look good, but then I don’t want to get into people’s busy season so somewhere in that realm, and I’m only going to take 8 students and it will be a three day workshop called Creating the Masterpiece from Conception to Unveiling. Those will all be fun things coming in 2010.
DAMIEN: Very nice. If someone wants to take a look at a sample of your work or they want to contact you to do a shoot, could we please have your website address and your contact information?
JULIANNE: The website is and my email is The phone number at my studio is (952) 891-2286, and I don’t mind if photographers call. I almost prefer it to emailing.
DAMIEN: We’d like to thank you very much for talking with us today, JuliAnne. 
JULIANNE: Thanks for having me.
DAMIEN: Thank you very much to Burrell Colour Imaging who is JuliAnne’s sponsor at the Imaging USA show. We encourage all our listeners to attend the JuliAnne Jonker workshop: The Portrait as an Art Form and also to attend the Imaging USA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, January 10th – 12th of 2010. You are listening to More Photos Radio. I am Damien Allen. Everybody have a great afternoon and Happy Holidays.
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