Bio —

My name is Justine and I am a photographer living in Grand Rapids, MI, with my husband, François and our pup, Freyja. When we're not watching kung fu or stuffing our faces with bread and cheese, I generally have a camera attached to my face.

 
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, 2011
Kendall College of Art and Design
Grand Rapids, MI


Things You Should Know —

How I approach weddings: I am happiest when documenting versus styling. I prefer to focus on the individuality of the people I photograph and work to facilitate a space that feels comfortable to be in so that I am not giving too much direction outside of where to stand/sit/walk. I have found this to be the best approach to create images that feel genuine, recognizable, approachable and familiar. The only shot list I work with is for family portraits. However, I do welcome inspiration boards with open arms.

Booking process for weddings: I require a non-refundable deposit to reserve the date and a signed contract. The remaining balance is due 30 days before your wedding date. For extensive pricing information, contact me.

Booking process for portraits: I require a 50% deposit and a signed contract to book. The remaining balance is due on the day of the portraits.

Travel information: I love to travel for shooting assignments. Working in a variety of locations and meeting new people in new places keep me feeling fresh, focused and inspired. I do my best to keep travel costs at a minimum. I require airfare, two nights of accommodations (I have crashed on couches before), local transportation. My passport is current.

Turnaround times: For weddings, the contract will state between 4-6 weeks to allow for unpredictable life events, but I do my best to deliver as soon as possible. At peak season (June-September), I average at 5.5 weeks. Any other month, I average at three.

For portraits, no more than two weeks.

Custom albums: The art books that I provide lay flat at the seam, allowing for images to span an entire spread undisturbed.  More information, such as pricing, printing options, etc. is included in a pricing guide. To see photos, click here.

Fine art prints: All images are delivered via a private online gallery that is connected to a print shop. All prints are created with archival ink on archival paper, ensuring that they will last beyond a lifetime.

Black and white images: Most weddings are delivered with 80% of the images in color and 20% in black and white. B&W can make some images carry more emotional value or simply just be an answer to a technical problem within the image itself - muddy colors, poor lighting, etc.

Timeline assistance: Since I am often with my couples from the beginning of the day to the end, I have an intimate understanding of how a day really flows and know exactly what can cause a timeline to slow down and what measures to take to make sure everything runs smoothly or speed things up. I often try to create a rough timeline in the initial meeting so there's a frame to work with by the time other vendors start inquiring, but will make sure to solidify everything around one month before the wedding date.

Any questions? Contact me here.