We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Maloof Verderosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I have the ability to make my subjects, regardless of their species, feel safe, confident, and beautiful. My goal is to show my clients the best incarnation of themselves, with kindness, and quiet celebration.
It always feels like some sort of a elemental magic occurs between myself and who I’m focusing on, the camera as the conduit between us.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Two things excite me in my work:
The first; When beginning with a new client; what will we discover together about you? I love the process of making that special connection happen. Whether it be a celebrity, a baby or an animal, I’m equally excited to see what we can create together.
The second; animals fill my heart with joy. I photograph portraits of humans as well of course, and love it, but I adore photographing animals. In the wild, or one’s living room, they are majestic otherworldly creatures.
Recently I was offered the chance to exhibit a body of work at a local bistro, I decided that my animal portraiture would be the most fun to exhibit . It also allowed me to set aside a percentage of any sales or commissions for donation to a local rescue. This is something I continue to do for all animal related work.
As a direct result of that show, I now partner with local pet store Petwants South Orange. I take “Pop Up Pet Portraits” several times a year to benefit local rescues and shelters. This is a hilarious and love filled experience with animals of all kinds coming in for their 10 minutes of fame.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Spend a long weekend in Maplewood NJ;
Day one: Lets meander through Memorial park, beautiful landscaping, so all seasons are eye candy. We’ll treat ourselves to lattes and scones at Able Baker for breakfast.
We’ll pop into shops like Perch and 165 for the perfect gift, treasure hunt in Maplewood Mercantile for vintage finds, or Paper Hat for art supplies. Shoot to South Orange for the best pet products and pet food at PetWants South Orange. Back to Maplewood for lunch at Palmers.
For dinner, fancy eats at Bistro D’Azure in South Orange, Lorena’s in the heart of Maplewood, or to Arturos for the best brick oven pizza anywhere.
Day two: Day trip to down to Ocean Grove Beach, in summer dive into the gorgeous clear blue of the Atlantic, or in winter take the boardwalk down to Asbury Park’s Grand Arcade of Convention Hall for Hot chocolates and check out the “makers and shakers” at the Bazaar.
End your day, winter or summer with a fancy dinner at Stella Luna.
Next time, we’ll head up to Cape Cod for a few days, my second home…but lets save that for another article.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Number one shoutout is to my parents.
My mother, Carole Buttner Maloof was a semi professional opera singer. She has a God given talent that makes her one of the most amazing artists I know. She chose her children over going completely professional, but always encouraged us to pursue our artistic dreams and to never settle for a life without creativity.
She, and my father, ( also creative, and a lover of the arts), made it possible for me to travel, study and live in Europe just as she did.