About Us


Julie Ambos loves

‘80s music and silly video clips.

She loves God, family, Southern food and long runs, preferably with a Disney theme.

Julie accumulates too much change in the bottom of her Kate Spade handbag (seriously, it’s heavy), but never ignores a client’s phone call. She loses her umbrella with alarming regularity, but can locate the nearest camera by touch without looking.

David Ambos prefers

his music unplugged and classic films.

He loves Mexican food, good whiskey, and the slap of water on the hull of his custom-made paddleboard.

David is good looking (he made me write that) and good in a crisis. He loves obstacle races, the muddier the better, and never goes anywhere without a Go Pro. In fact, it may very well be rolling around on the floorboard of his SUV right now.

Despite their differences, they share a huge love for photography. And each other. Of course.

This talented team of destination wedding photographers met in Savannah in their early teens and have been together ever since. They are easily the most sought-after photographers (wedding and otherwise) in Key West.

Julie Ambos’ fascination with photography started early. Hanging in her family home were two side-by-side portraits: one of her sister, perfectly coiffed and surrounded by carefully arranged stuffed animals; and one of Julie, tangled hair, one sock falling down and struggling to put on a pair of shoes. Julie passed those photos every day until the idea that people and character should be in photographs was as second nature as bee-bopping to ’80s music.

David Ambos’ passion for photography took a circuitous route through an interest in wedding videography, when that was a budding industry. During their brief stay in Louisiana, he learned and mastered the craft and partnered with Julie who edited the raw footage into a flawless story.

Fast-forward fifteen years and you will meet two self-made, successful, award-winning artists who, despite their interest in all visual mediums, have devoted themselves exclusively to photography in Key West. A gigantic portion of their business is wedding photography in the photojournalistic style.

Below the bubbly surface that will charm both bride and groom are serious professionals and incredible artists. They commit to the couple and bring their best selves to every event. Their services are thorough and timely — initial consultations, boudoir photography (the classy shots makes a great gift for the groom), wedding albums, framed portraits and more. Their appreciation of your story is boundless —groomsmen grooving on the dance floor under the disco lights to couples so clearly in love it’s palpable.

Julie and David say being a photographer is about much more than working a camera. It’s about being an emotional anchor, a willing and happy participant of the party, and a guide that can maintain order and flow. The best shooters have wedding etiquette committed to memory, can soothe cranky children, and leap over overbearing family members in a single bound. The best shooters capture the whole family at a precious moment of celebration in Key West. The best shooters coax the couple’s inner self and relationship into images designed to last a lifetime.

Of course, the wedding photography is just the tip of the Studio Julie iceberg. They also offer engagement sessions, boudoir packages, senior portraits, family portraits, newborn photos and their unique “Day in the Life” family albums.

Clients looking through Studio Julie’s portfolio often have one thing to say, softly, under their breathe … “ooooh, I want that.”

— Sara Matthis


Fearless Photographers Member