Julyssa Schenk Photography bio picture

    Hola Y’all. I am Julyssa Schenk and I am thrilled you stopped by Julyssa Schenk Photography, Welcome! But enough about you, let me gush over me …

    I am an Arizona photographer of families, children, newborns and, on occasion, music bands and weddings. More than that, I am a mother to THREE beautiful children (no bias here!) and have been married to my STUD of a husband for ELEVEN self-discovering years!

    I LOVE piecing together my style from TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack. I am passionate about running long distances and challenging myself physically. And if you want to make me laugh, just turn on America’s Funniest Home Videos (weird, right?). Music of all kinds is a great source of pleasure in my life as is decorating. In the end, what brings me the greatest measure of joy is being surrounded with those family and friends who love me just the way I am.

    I look back at my life, a mountain of moments, a large collection of memories, some captured, some alive only in my mind and I wonder at it all … how fast it has gone, the ups, the downs, the accomplishments, the failures … and recognize it for what it is … a Journey.

    My “photo-journey” has helped me see the world differently, see myself differently, navigate emotions, and leave my imprint on the world. I want you to be a part of my journey as an observer, as a participant, in whatever capacity. So stay awhile and enjoy.

Gilbert, AZ Maternity Photo

July 8, 2014 - 3:22 am

Suzanne Grover O'Brien - Amazing Julyssa! Was just reminiscing over some Just Us pics and popped over to say hello. What an incredible session, you are so talented. Hope you’re having a great summer! xo

Gilbert, AZ Family Photographer

This is a fabulous family!

I’ve been friends with Cynthia for about 7 years.  We met when we had just our little girls and through the years our families grew and so did our friendship.  Cynthia has great style, but like a lot of women, she doubts herself so she asked me to come over and help her decide on her clothing for her portraits.  I had so much fun helping her plan and gather all the pieces together.  I even suggested some yellow bow ties … and she came through by making them herself!  I even ran to Target for her to get something for baby girl.


what’s left?

Why, printing these images for all to enjoy:)

LOVE your family Cynthia!

January 6, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Amy Sorensen Dayton - They are all so beautiful! You captured so many happy and natural expressions. And of course the clothes look great :)

January 6, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Amy Sorensen Dayton - They are all so beautiful! You captured so many happy and natural expressions. And of course the clothes look great :)

Beauty Portraiture | Phoenix Beauty Photographer

My husband is one of those people that I struggle to buy something for … mainly for the reason that he purchases whatever he wants.  He doesn’t really “wait” on justifying purchases for himself.  Lucky guy;) haha.  So this past Christmas, along with a few white-t’s, workout gear and a nice sweater  … I got him something that he couldn’t get himself.  I talked his mom into a 10 min session and captured something special for her and for her children and grandchildren.

The next time you have someone difficult to shop for … why not book a session?  They may not even realize they want one but once it’s over and they have their images … they will be so glad that they got them!  Trust me.

Just US | December 2013

The year has come to a close.

I’m so glad that my family and I made it through another year of monthly family portraits.  I told my family this would be my last year, but my oldest said … “Mommy, but we love it”.  Well, that just gave me the energy I needed to keep going for at least one more year.  I think they just enjoy the treat they get to have after the session.  haha.

I even got in to a few photos.  AND … it does feel uncomfortable to share … but I’m doing it anyways.  It’s going to be a new year … and lots more of me, as I take on a challenge to do some self-portraits for 2014.

Happy NEW YEAR friends!



what a difference a year makes!


Now go on and follow this link to my fabulous friend Suzanne O’Brien’s family.  She’s kept up all year too and it has been fabulous watching her family!

December 31, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Suzanne Grover O'Brien - Oh what a lovely family portrait Julyssa! And I love that your son is encouraging you to keep going. Can’t wait to see more of YOU in 2014, thanks for being my constant companion along this journey!

Phoenix Maternity Photographer

I had a great time photographing this beautiful couple as they were so close to welcoming their baby girl.  Dad contacted me about a session and was so sweet and so into their session.  As you will see … mom and dad were up for trying out anything and going along with some of my ideas.  What made this session so fun was that they really LOVE each other and it is so evident in these portraits.

When I received this message from them… it made me so happy that I’m able to do what I LOVE.

“I want to Thank-you so much for the shoot on Sunday.  Not only did we have a great time, I think we also captured some magical shots!;)  Alicia and I were very comfortable, and are happy you were able to take our pictures.”   – Boone Family