Julie Koeth is the Production Director & Makeup Artist for J2 Photo Productions. She pulls from her years of experience to insure all projects run smoothly. As she says, "It's all about the small stuff for the big projects."
Her career began as a retail sales cosmetic manager. She then worked for Physician's Formula Cosmetics, becoming their top sales rep in the United States. When Pierre Fabre of France bought the company, Julie was flown to Paris to consult in the development of their new marketing strategy.
Following a break in her career to raise a family, Julie returned to the industry in 1997 - this time as a make-up artist. Her reputation quickly grew as she worked with many of Arizona's leading photographers and film crews. As one of Arizona's top make-up artists and private consultant, her clients include many of the most influential names in Arizona and the country.
The great depth of knowledge acquired working on movie sets, video productions, and still shoots has sharpened her skills for dealing with the details of production coordination and time management. She is able to quickly identify the clients' needs and efficiently coordinate all the elements of a production.
It is her vivacious personality, on-set rapport and make-up technique that has gained Julie great respect as a make-up artist and clothing stylist.
Julie speaks to audiences on the different aspects of cosmetics, fashion and personal image. She continues to freelance consult for her very high-end and exclusive clients.
John Beckett is the Creative Director & Photographer for J2. He began his career as an illustrator and art director. It was his strongly developed skills in conception of ideas and composition that made the move into photography an easy transition.
He opened Beckett & Beckett Photography in the mid-70's with studios in Chicago and Milwaukee. The range of assignments included shooting fashion, hair, beauty and ad campaigns for many of the countries leading companies. Photo projects have taken him to some of the world's most exotic locations.
In the mid-90's he began shooting celebrities for magazines and advertising, including Oprah Winfrey, who personally selected John as the photographer for her Harpo Studios promotional campaign, and her cover shoot for USA Today Magazine.
John speaks to professional photography organizations around the country and has taught various college courses in the creative arts. He was invited to lecture on photography in Tokyo, and Osaka, Japan.
With a move to Arizona John expanded his photography expertise to include shooting interiors, photo illustration, and human interest editorials for publications throughout the western United States. Through the work with many of the countries leading advertising agencies he has been the recipient of numerous awards including Addy's and Clio awards.
Beckett is well known for his calm, soft spoken manner on shoots. John is a cofounder of APA-Milwaukee. J2 Photo Productions is currently sponsored by Photoflex Lighting Equipment.