Photography by Lasting Memories by Marjean
Meet Julia. She is Beauty Revived.
Admiring the pictures of this Roy High senior from Utah evokes visions of a modern Snow White: An ethereal creature with “skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony.” Photographer Marjean Jolley skillfully captures the moments when Julia’s eyes flash with her own uniquely carefree and care-full spirit, not quite Snow White! In fact, Julia’s favorite movie is “Julie and Julia.” She was awed and inspired by the portrayal of Julia Child’s struggle, tenacity and confident joyful exuberance. Once you see Julia Harvey’s beauty revisited, the influence of the other Julia is abundantly clear.
Sophomore year Julia was injured during volleyball practice. Her head hit the gym floor, and her life was forever changed. Her serious concussion caused light sensitivity, dizziness, headaches, and short-term memory loss, just to name a few of the problems she faced immediately. The injury and missed classes resulted in her grades going from being a top student to dipping below the minimum GPA for being in student government. For the first time, she was put on academic probation, something that can happen only once and then the student is no longer eligible for student government.
Student Government is important to Julia. She is an old soul who instinctively understands the needs of those around her and strives to help every person she encounters. Being in student government gives Julia a vehicle to serve her schoolmates, and she is passionate about everything from the coat drives, to the thanksgiving dinner the high school provides for the community’s senior citizens. This Julia had a mission: she worked diligently. Arriving at school early to study and meet with her teachers, spending long afternoons working hard to reach her goal of getting off academic probation. Ultimately, she regained her 4.0 GPA and also lettered in volleyball as a sophomore! Julia Harvey is the embodiment of persistence and embracing Julia Child’s quote, “Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.”
Throughout Julia’s family life, she has been a source of support, as a comforter when needed, or as a taskmaster when necessary. For example, her sister Lexi was driving on the freeway to California and got so sick that she was unable to drive. Since it was just the two of them on a “sister road trip,” she pulled over and turned to Julia, a newly licensed driver, and asked her to drive. With Lexi resting in the backseat, Julia took the wheel. Once Lexi felt well enough, she glanced up to find Julia with stiff arms, white knuckles, and trembling just a bit, focused on cruising down the California freeway! Caring, tough, capable. Julia’s formidable determination and empathy are crucial factors in her mother’s journey to sobriety. Julia was relentlessly honest and vocal with her mother, driving her to get help. Once that process began, Julia became her strongest supporter.
Julia Harvey loves people and was born with an innate sense of fairness. Her defense of a classmate being bullied in grade school, her inclusion of all students in her school activities, and her equal treatment of everyone she meets is backed by a fierce strength that will not settle for anything less from those around her … which explains why everyone notices that they are better people when she is around. Julia Child once famously said, “Remember, no one’s more important than people – in other words, friendship is the most important thing, … And it needs to be nurtured.”
Unfortunately, life isn’t fair. That is why this kind, smart, warrior for peace and equality had to also, in her words, overcome her body. Yes, this young woman who can counsel and uplift friends and family with her unconditional love, could only see herself as imperfect…too big! Julia Child was unusually tall at 6’2”and said, “Being tall was an advantage …if you’re in a crowd, you’ll always have some clean air to breathe.” Only recently with wisdom, hard earned through overcoming adversities, and maturity beyond her years, has Julia Harvey understood that her own perfectly imperfect body deserves the same love, care, and acceptance that she freely offers to our perfectly imperfect world.
About the Photographer
Marjean Jolley is the owner of Lasting Memories by Marjean. I love capturing memories with my camera. I have been photographing beautiful people for 12 years and love every minute of it. I am a wife, mother and grandmother to all my favorite people in the world. Thank you for this opportunity.