Behind the Lens: Fabulous Fiona! by Jules Holdsworth


In November 2017, I met Fiona’s parents at a tiny, local film festival a mutual friend of ours was hosting. I remember bonding with her mom over our shared love of sterling silver bracelets. Some time later, Fiona’s dad contacted me and asked me to photograph his daughter, who’d lost all of her hair due to chemo.

When I met Fiona, she was wearing a beanie that she’d knitted herself and we immediately bonded over our fondness for knitting. I spent the next few hours photographing Fiona in downtown Santa Cruz and on West Cliff. We had a great time.

This photograph was unexpected. We were leaving Abbott Square when Fiona walked passed the mirrored entrance to the MAH. I stopped her and shot this. We all loved it.

The MAH announced they were accepting entries for their See, Be Seen exhibit of portraits by local artists. I asked Fiona and her family if they would mind if I entered this portrait. They did not and my portrait was chosen to be part of the exhibit which ran from May – September 2018.

Fiona accompanied me to opening night at which time she shared with me that she was cancer free. I couldn’t have been happier.

It was such an honor to have one of my photographs hanging in the MAH. I went to see it several times during the exhibit. This is the first time it really hit me that my photographs might be good.

better iPhone photography for business by Jules Holdsworth

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Earlier this year, I was asked to give a NextTalk. NextTalks are hour-long talks given during lunch at NextSpace, sponsored by NextSpace and the Small Business Development Center. I gave my talk on May 14, 2019.

NextTalk: Better iPhone Photography for Your Business

Jules Holdsworth, of GoodTimes Santa Cruz and Jules Holdsworth Photography, presents a NextTalk on Better iPhone Photography for your Business! Everyone has a phone with a camera now, but not everyone knows the best way to use it.

In this NextTalk, Jules will advise you on how to get better photographs for social media and marketing, as well as some tips and tricks with filters.

Jules Holdsworth has been a photographer since sixth grade and is currently the photographer for GoodTimes Santa Cruz as well as a freelance photographer. In 2018 one of Jules' portraits was featured in the "See, Be Seen" exhibit in the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz.

You can download my presentation slides here.