I’m super duper excited about today’s post! I know I say this every time I post a Tuesday Chat With…. But it’s the reason I’m doing this series in the first place. To make contact with amazing women, doing amazing things and to have them share a bit about themselves so that others can get a glimpse of their amazing-ness.

When I first moved to Cape Town nearly 5 years ago, I didn’t know anyone in the local photographic community. Not personally anyway. As it happens though, you very quickly learn who the ‘Big Names’ are. The people who are either phenomenal marketers or phenomenal photographers, or a combo of both.

Among the growing list of ‘Big Names’ that I was steadily becoming familiar with, was Jules Morgan. Jules however, seemed to stand out from the rest of the ‘Big Names’.

Somehow she was always different from the flurry of hustling photographers doing their best to be the most popular, most ‘liked’, most followed, most adored.
My feeling was that she was always authentically herself,  regardless of trends, fads and online analytics, not to mention her amazingly creative work.
So I was like a giddy teenager when she agreed to be featured as one of the amazingly inspiring women that I feature on my Tuesday Chats With… series. And without further delay, find out more about Jules Morgan…
Please share a bit of your story leading up to where you are today…
I always loved photography but thought I would like to do advertising or fashion photography. When I was in the UK, I applied for a job as a trainee photographer at a portraiture studio, thinking it would be deadly boring but at least it was photography. I found that I loved working with people and kids and families and after that I started assisting a wedding photographer and loved that too. When I moved back to Cape Town seven years ago, I started my own photography business as I wanted to shoot my own way and in my own style.
1. Something that I’m…
…proud of…
giving birth to three beautiful babies
…scared of…
flapping birds indoors
…desperate to do again…
do a road trip across a continent
…trying to forget…
Being forced to do my drivers license again at the age of 35 due to living out of the country and South African Red Tape.
…about to change…
my home – we bought a ‘project’ of a house (dubbed ‘Our Slice of 70’s Heaven’) which needs a lot of work
2. Something I wish…
…I could try for the first time…
Paragliding or waterskiing which I’ve never done
…I could change…
My attitude. I’m my own worst enemy so much of the time
…for on a daily basis…
Simplicity, making time for what really matters and for a sense of humour
…people would…
be more tolerant of each other. Myself especially.
3. A lesson…
…I learned, which I’d share, is…
That everyone is going through something or has gone through something sad. You never know what someone else is going through so to try and be kind to people.
…I wish someone had taught me, is…
That adults are really just big kids and don’t ever grow up.
…I’m still learning, is…
Patience.. it’s not my strong point.
…that failure taught me…
Our failures/successes are not what is really important in life – what’s really important are the people you love around you.
4. The ‘someone’ I…
…turn to for advice is…
definitely my husband, Simon who is a major support for me.
…would return as, in a later life is…
Definitely a dog. You eat, play, sleep, be adored and repeat.
…would give my last Rolo to…
Probably my husband. I’m not that much of a chocolate person and he would have found it anyway.
…would love to be stuck in an elevator with is…
Bradley Cooper.
…have been most inspired by…
I am inspired by many different people – mostly people who have overcome tragedy and who manage to live joyfully; or people who do something when society told them they couldn’t.
5. The place I …
…dream of visiting is…
So many places – I would love to do a roadtrip across South America
…am most happy is…
barefoot on the beach or pottering around in my garden
…am most productive in is…
not sure about that one.. would have to be in front of my mac? Or behind a camera?
6. Things that…
…inspire me…
being in nature, nouveau movies, beautiful music.
…educate me…
My children. All the time. .
…entertain me…
Ditto – and my good girl friends.
…irritate/challenge me…
And ditto. Wow, motherhood really challenges the dark parts of yourself.
…calm me…
Exercise helps to keep me calm – if I haven’t exercised in a while I start to get a bit crabby
…keep me productive…
Exercise and taking some time out for myself between work and family life.
7. Things that make me go…
…mmmmm….
A good bottle of shiraz, balmy summer nights, cosying up to a fire in winter, baby snuggles
…ooh la la…
My husband in a beanie…. and nothing else.( Just kidding)
…yee haa!…
Dropping my kids off at school in the morning and knowing the house will be silent for a few hours.
…WTF?…
Capetonian drivers
8. My reason for…
…getting up in the morning is…
my beautiful little girls who wake up very bright and early
…smiling is…
realising how much I have to be grateful for. There is always so much to be grateful for.
…pursuing my passion is…
I love what I do. I really, really do. I would like to think that it matters to people somehow too.
9. My approach to…
…life is…
I always remember a bit of a cheesy quote from childhood ‘Do your best and let God do the rest’ – but I like the idea of it. Do all that you can and then let it go.
…business is…
I try and do the best for my clients and to work with clients who connect with my work on some level – that is really important.
…fashion is…
I’m not much of a slave to fashion – I love being comfortable but also feeling feminine if I have the time.
…health and beauty is…
I try and exercise regularly and eat healthily most of the time
…productivity is…
Somedays it’s not worth pushing productivity.. it’s just not going to happen. So sometimes it’s worth taking some time out and when you come back to work you will be invigorated. Most of the time I have very little time to get my work done though so when I sit down to work I am focussed as I only have a few hours.
10. My perfect….
…day starts with…
A good cup of coffee
…client is…
someone who is relaxed, loves life and trusts me to do my job and who gives me enough time to do so
…hobby is…
Writing and making a mess with paper and paint
Jules Morgan

Jules Morgan

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Jules Morgan

 photo credits: Monica Dart (B&W) & Lara Scott

 

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