Chic Spotlight: Teal Gate Studio

Chic Spotlight: Teal Gate Studio

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A Northern Kentucky-based photographer is bringing women out from behind the camera and helping them feel beautiful in front of it.

Julie Lubbers, Owner of Teal Gate Studio (Photo: Lucia Harmon Photography)

Cincy Chic: What is Teal Gate Studio?
Julie Lubbers, Owner of Teal Gate Studio: Teal Gate Studio is a contemporary portrait studio located on a beautiful farm in Northern Kentucky, an easy 40-minute drive from downtown Cincinnati. Our specialties are portraits and personal branding for women at every age and stage of their lives.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to open Teal Gate Studio?
Lubbers: As women, we are often the ones behind the camera making sure everyone else is in the picture. We have hundreds of photos of our kids and very few of ourselves (and those we hate!). Or, we have a picture of ourselves we love from 10-20 years ago and nothing current. We hide from the camera because we are older and our bodies change and we don’t think we even look good in photographs. The purpose of Teal Gate Studio is to show women their beauty throughout their entire journey. Beautiful portraits have the power to transform how we see ourselves. We start loving ourselves more, and in turn, have more love to give. It is truly an amazing thing to witness!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the studio?
Lubbers: I am! My name is Julie Lubbers, owner and photographer at Teal Gate Studio. I fell in love with photography in 2008 and haven’t looked back! I live on a beautiful farm in North Pendleton County, Kentucky, with my husband, Charlie. He built my studio and is it beautiful! My clients say it is a peaceful retreat from city life! I love photographing women because I love showing them the best version of themselves at every age. I love hearing their stories and designing a portrait session just for them!

Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the personal branding and photography services at Teal Gate Studio?
Lubbers: Both personal branding and portrait sessions are individually designers for each client. I want to know how you want to be photographed. Each session includes professional hair and makeup the day of the shoot to get you camera ready and feeling great.

For portrait sessions, you will be photographed in up to five different outfits. Some clients wear evening gowns, some wear jeans. It is all about the style of person you are. This is a magazine-styled photoshoot starring you! I pose and light you in ways that flatter your body. You will relax and have fun in front of the camera, I promise! This can be a solo experience, or you may share a session with a girlfriend, family member, etc.
Personal branding sessions are focused on putting your best face forward in the business world. They can be highly stylized or very corporate depending on your needs. Do you need website photos, Facebook banners, or photos for press releases? I can design those for you. You can bring different outfits for different if you wish. I believe personal can be both beautiful and professional!

Finally, my philosophy is you only buy what you love! My job is to take such beautiful portraits of you that you want them all!

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about running your own business?
Lubbers: My favorite thing is to be able to impact the lives of women in such a positive way. We get way too many “not good enough” messages in the world. It is an honor to be able to show my clients that they are just perfect as they are now!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Teal Gate Studio?
Lubbers: I just started offering handcrafted folio boxes for my portrait collections from Graphstudio in Italy! Their craftsmanship is superb! I offer a leather and non leather option. These boxes will keep your portraits safe for years to come and the leather option even doubles as a stand alone display frame! They are truly beautiful!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Lubbers: You can check out my website at or you can follow along on my blog, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. If you want to schedule a session, call me at 859-667-4727.

For a behind-the-scenes look at Teal Gate Studio, watch the video below.