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Ottawa Photographer Portraits

Portrait by Justin Van Leeuwen JVLphotography

I’ve always been a photographer whose style reflects his client’s needs. While I certainly put my own creative and technical spin on everything I do, it’s rare that I take the time to create images that are reflective of what I’m purely interested in. So, despite the popularity and praise I receive for my interior and architectural photography, I chose to focus on people. I love working with people, the complexity of photographing human subjects is not so much a technical feat (as it can be with kitchens), but an emotional one. Tasked with making a connection and, hopefully, producing good images in what always feels like too-short-a-time. That said, I made it a bit easier on myself by working with some of the kindest people I know, and those who maybe don’t spend too much time in front of the camera either, as they’re all photographers themselves.

Commercial Interior Photography for Parallel 45

Epocal by Parallel 45 - Commercial Interior Photography by JVLphoto

The architecture and interior I work for many of Ottawa’s home-builders often gets all the attention, but commercial interior design – offices and work-spaces – is just as important a part of our daily lives. I’ve worked with the women of Parallel 45 for a number of years now, watching their firm grow and even re-brand. This year had some of their best work yet; a variety of projects from dentists, to doctors, and more.


Ottawa Headshot Photographer – People & Portraits

Ottawa Portrait Photographer Justin Van Leeuwen JVLphoto
Portraits and Headshots have long been one of my favourite parts of photography. I enjoy the challenges of taking photos of people on-location and trying to work through someone’s own potential inhibitions in having their photo taken. I try create a portrait that represents them as a person, but also is useful to them in a professional capacity.

Ottawa Interior Photography: Kitchens by Astro Design

Ottawa Interior Photography by Justin Van Leeuwen JVLphoto

The National Kitchen and Bath Association awards were just announced and I’m happy to say I photographed some real winners this year for Astro Design. Interior Photography can always be a challenge, but working with great designers always means that the results are worth the effort. With varying budgets and styles, each kitchen is crafted to meet the needs of it’s owners, while carrying signature styles of the designer resulting in a unique and beautiful space.


Commercial Portrait Photography for Hendrick Farm

Commericial Portrait Photography by Justin Van Leeuwen JVLphoto

After waking Fred up for sunrise at my Ottawa Magazine Hendrick Farm photoshoot, he must have thought “I want to do that again” as they brought me back in to work on their custom commercial portrait photography for the team. And, what started off as a dismally foggy day, with delayed portraits, ended as a lovely golden sunset with tonnes of photos for their website.