Julia DeFrank looked through a viewfinder for the first time at the age of two, and she hasn’t stopped since. She has a long history in photography from childhood to the present, from college courses to workshops, and one-on-one training sessions with brilliant mentors in the field. We love her work, and caught up with her for this week’s PicTapFeatured.

I’m a photographer. Photography. Is. My. Favorite. I also wished for a unicorn until my too-old-to-be-wishing-for-unicorns birthday. So there’s that.

What does mobile photography mean to you?

It’s the raddest invention since Frank’s® RedHot®. I’ve had a camera in my hands since I was 2-years-old, and I don’t know how many times I’ve said I wished that my eyes were a camera. So, what does mobile photography mean to me? It means I can capture moments that would otherwise be lost. I’d love to kiss whoever invented the first camera phone. Seriously, life changing. While I believe that living in the moment is ideal, it can hinder what our future family sees of our past. My mom passed at too young of an age, and without cameras to capture her life, I’d have nothing to show my amazing nephew or future tiny humans of my own. And to me, that’s unacceptable. So, the fact that photography is even more accessible now, made it so I could capture one of the last embraces between my mama and my brother, an embrace that would otherwise have been lost in my not-so-stellar memory. That’s completely priceless to me.

What is your favorite PicTapGo feature?

Ack! I L.O.V.E. PicTapGo. I feel like I’m using a mini digital darkroom right on my phone. My favorite thing about it is just that, I can decide the level of any edit I want. Not letting the camera or a preset decide how I want my images to look and feel is incredibly important to me. My photography is about what I remember from the moment, the day, of the person, the scene, how it felt, etc. Having an editing app that lets me show you my vision, oh man, that’s just magic right there.

Cory Ann Ellis