I met Justin in college where we both studied photography. Though most often found hiding behind his Hassleblad, I quickly became enamoured with his grounded style of portraiture and visually moving body of work, and have been creating excuses to hang around his set ever since.
Describe what brought you to what you're doing now.
Photography was always in the household - my dad was a photographer when we were living in Dubai and for a little while when we moved to Canada. Everyone that knows my family thinks that's what got me into it. It was actually a high school photography class that sparked the interest. I thought "My dad's a photographer, I'll ask him for help and this'll be an easy credit". Through experimentation in high school and college I knew I didn't want to shoot something if it didn't involve people. I discovered the creativity that could come with shooting fashion but didn't like the super glossy side of it. I liked it most when the character and body language was real and relatable, but framed by these beautiful clothes. I've only recently come to a point where I think I'm close to doing exactly that.
Being a photographer is not an easy career to pursue. What keeps you going?
What keeps me going is that I know I'm onto something. I don't know what it is but it's bubbling under the surface and I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't explore it to its fullest degree. Money will come and go and I'm currently at a low point in terms of income but I've never felt more driven to create things. My focus has shifted away from fashion a little bit and in the upcoming work and projects I'm taking on - my photography will look more like my own than it ever has.