Shea + Julien // Beloved.

Today is an exciting day. For Isaac and me, and for one of our couples. We get to share Shea + Julien‘s Beloved session photos from Keeneland–the world renowned horse racetrack in Kentucky but even more thrilling is that Julien will be racing the in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs later today. Julien is riding Union Rags and his race airs at 3:20pm PST on NBC. You should tune to be sure and cheer him on. Now onto their story…Being that Shea is one of Isaac’s dearest friends, I thought I would have him chime in about Shea and how she met Julien. Here’s Isaac…

Storytime: It was a Thursday during the first week of college. The musical theatre program I was in required me to go through a week of various auditions. And then, the powers that be would announce who made the group the following day. On this very special Thursday, I showed up to school early bright eyed and bushy tailed. [Now, please don’t get the idea that I was a good student…haha. Tardy was my specialty]. Moving on…so, I looked for a place to sit, I found an empty chair next to this girl that I swear looked fifteen years-old. Shea Mitchell. We got to talking about our mutual love for theatre and music, and blah, blah, blah. And suddenly, with the excitement of a child going to Disneyland, Shea blurts out, “I am auditioning for this musical theatre program! You should too!!!!” With the look of shock, I replied, “I’ve been in that audition room all week…!” To this day, it’s our favorite story to tell. Needless to say, we both made the program and became fast friends and quite inseparable. That is us. Now onto the juicy part of the story.
Shea practically grew up at the races and horse racing is something that is in Shea’s blood as she is the daughter of West Coast horse trainer Mike Mitchell. She spent countless days at the races with her family cheering along her dad’s horses. Enter Julien. He’s is an East Coast jockey and is originally from France. Being that they ran in the same circles, they knew of each other for years, but hadn’t really connected until Shea attended the races at the Keeneland. And in a dramatic turn of events, Julien flew over the rail during a race and broke his hand. But like the seasoned pro he is, he continued to ride in the remaining races. Via Twitter Shea wrote, “I hope you’re ok.” And thus, their love story began…Julien says, “it was the best fall of my life because it brought us together.” Cute right? These two are perfect together. I just love it.
Isaac and I will be shooting their wedding here in California in December, but they flew him out to Lexington, Kentucky to do their engagement session at Keeneland. Fitting, eh? Here’s our favorites from their shoot…







  • Jess - Jeff, you are incredible. Love these!ReplyCancel

  • Christy Tyler - This session is unbelievable! Absolutely stunning – and so much fun and joy!!!! LOVE. IT.ReplyCancel

  • Jana Marie - JOSH!! Oh.my.gosh… I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this session! What an adorable couple, adorable scenery, amazing creativity, love the details, and the clarity and the beauty! Wow…. what fun people to work with!!!

    I love you AND your work Joshua!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Ann - The derby was fun to watch, but I’d kill for these to be my pictures! wow!ReplyCancel

  • GingerM - JEFF… these are SO GREAT. Beautiful!! And so much fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Quilla - Absolutely charming. Best of luck to this beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Beatrice Violette - What a beautiful couple! I was smiling with all the pictures.
    Congrats,have a long happy life.ReplyCancel

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