Director. Photographer. Storyteller. 

Julia Schönstädt is an award-winning, commercial photographer and video director working between London and Berlin. She studied Photography Design at Berlin's iconic Lette Verein and was the recipient of a full scholarship to the renowned Goldsmiths, University of London, where she earned a Master’s in Photography with Distinction.

Her ‘16 Bars Project', a critical examination of the penal system in Germany, was recognised and awarded by The Guardian in 2014. Subsequently, in 2015, a book was published on the same topic by German-publisher, Asso Verlag.

As a passionate commercial photographer and videographer, Julia is uniquely equipped to function as both a still photographer and highly-skilled moving image director. Through a combination of her creative expression and commercial prowess, she helps brands and people alike to connect with their audiences using her signature cinematic and conceptual style. 

As an extension of her personal philosophy, Julia strives to collaborate and partner with brands that are committed to elevating the status of women, gender equality and female empowerment within the creative industry and beyond.


Julia is on the roster of SOPA Images, a documentary photography agency and Equal Lens, a non-profit championing the work of women and non-binary photographers so commercial photography can truly reflect the world we live in. 

Most recently Julia was amongst the winners of the 'Portrait of Humanity' award show, run by the British Journal of Photography and Siena Photo Awards 2021.