Approach —

"You have to get the stray gesture. You have to get the slightly wrong writing. I mean, the writing that isn’t perfect, isn’t exactly clean, precise, doesn’t always make sense. That’s some of my favourite writing because it opens up all these possibilities — the idea that you might be reading something that even the author of the story didn’t intend for you to read. Those accidents that happen in writing... you know, my sentences sometimes get away from me, and so does my logic, and I find myself surprised by what I’m putting down on the page. But I love that. I leave in a lot of mistakes because I think they’re revealing. I think it adds up to a quickening of the blood."

— Sarah Nicole Prickett, editor of Adult

Reality - the good, the bad and the weird - is beautiful and moving and deserves to be documented with appreciation and sensitivity.

People who work with me are open to collaboration. I invite them to be dynamic and vulnerable, to reveal their humor. They trust me to photograph this without judgment and with sincere honesty. My approach does not involve being a loud photographer with an arsenal of camera gear, telling people how to be; but rather, a quiet friend documenting a celebration of connectedness, a friend who appreciates quirks and understands the importance of preserving them.

This collaboration of willingness and understanding produces imagery that is familiar, intimate, meaningful and relevant. I seek to create photographs that affirm love in its many forms and ignite a string of memories in the generations of viewers that follow.

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.

personal work —

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

FAQs —

What is your booking process for weddings?

I require a deposit to reserve the date and a signed contract. The remaining balance is due 30 days before your wedding date. For an extensive guide including all of my pricing information, contact me.

What is your booking process for portraits?

I require a deposit and a signed contract to book. The remaining balance is due on the day of the portraits.

Do you travel?

Having the ability to easily travel for assignments is a huge perk of my job. 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. My passport is current.

What is your turnaround?

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.

Do you offer albums?

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

Do you offer prints?

Yes. 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.

Do you help out with the timeline for weddings?

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. 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.

I have more questions! 

Contact me here.