Hi I'm Justine!
I’m a Vancouver-based photographer, light-chaser, and hockey mom to 2 energetic boys who love to get up before the sun does.
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY | STORYTELLING REAL MOMENTS
I want to photograph what's real. Real stories, real relationships and real personalities - the perfectly imperfection of it all. I photograph in a documentary style and I can really credit that to my kids. ha! When my oldest was a baby and I was still learning how to take an actual photo, I realized around the time when he was 6 months old that I was photographing all these set up moments and that really wasn't what our life was like during that time. As chaotic and messy as it was with a newborn baby at home and 2 very sleep deprived parents, it was also beautiful in it's own way. It might sound crazy, but it was that beautiful and chaotic mess that I wanted to remember. The realness of life and the love. So I started just simply documenting. I also hated the idea of constantly having to tell them to do this or do that and my husband was also defiantly not into posing for photos. It just seemed the natural way to go. And now looking back at those photos, I LOVE them and what they represent and the memories they bring up.
A lot of that 'why I shoot this way' has carried over to my family & wedding work (and of course birth, which really can't be anything but documentary). I LOVE watching how families interact and documenting those relationships. As humans, we're so complex and our lives our intertwined in so many intricate ways, especially in families. Trying to show that in photographs, that THIS here is your family is challenging and rewarding. And the same for weddings but on a bigger scale. The relationship between the couple of course, but also with everyone else attending - their siblings, and parents, and grandparents. Capturing a person's personality (especially when they think no one is looking or have forgotten about the camera) - who they are and their relationship with those closest to them is always something I'm thinking of when I'm shooting. What you end up with is this very honest record of the day- whether that be a wedding day or a 'day in your life' family session.