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.

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.  Please click here to see the albums in action. More information, such as pricing, printing options, etc. is included in a pricing guide. 

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.