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Editorial Photographer: Rethinking the Art of Living Green for Ottawa Magazine

Ottawa Editorial Photographer Justin Van Leeuwen JVLphoto

One of my favourite Editorial projects last year was a three-shoot series on “Rethinking the Art of Living Green” for Ottawa Magazine. It explored three different home-based (it was for the Interiors issues) lifestyles that are being explored in Ottawa. With a general theme on communal living, we visited an organic farm, a building in the city, and a farm-based development.


Commercial Photography: Kettleman’s Bagel Co. Food, Lifestyle, & Creative for print

Commercial Photography by JVLphoto Justin Van Leeuwen

I started the year taking commercial photography for Kettleman’s Bagel Co. Their new store, images of their staff at work, and even some food. The owner soon approached me with a really cool concept menu that he wanted to create. It was a highly visual in-store newspaper. Heavy on photography. LOVE. YES PLEASE. LET’S GO.


Un-Corporate Photography – MediaStyle

Corporate Commercial Photography by Justin Van Leeuwen - MediaStyle Ottawa

I’m hesitant to label the work I do for MediaStyle as “corporate photography” as their business has never seemed to follow a conventional corporate-commercial flow. Their own website says “We are a progressive public affairs agency. A Social Enterprise making Canada a better place.” And in the almost six years I’ve known and worked with Ian and his team, that’s exactly what they’ve done.


Portraits – Thirteen: A Social Enterprise

Parkdale Food Centre Thirteen by Justin Van Leeuwen JVLphoto

For the second year in a row I visited the Parkdale Food Centre to make portraits for a new batch of thirteen youths.

The “Thirteen” is a social enterprise for youth under the Parkdale Food Centre in Ottawa. The year-long project is an entrepreneurial training program for teens aged 14-18 with help and support by a team of mentors and other local entrepreneurs. The profits from their sales go toward their education. (Paraphrased from their website).


HA² Architectural Design & RND Construction – Stairway to Haven

Architectural Photographer Justin Van Leeuwen

Every Summer the Ottawa architectural, design, and builder community rushes to put the finishing touches on their GOHBA Housing Design Awards submissions. Of course, without the heroic efforts of the interior and architectural photographers who capture the finished project, they’d never be outside of their own neighbourhood. I personally photographed several projects for the Awards this year, and this one – Stairway to Haven – most extensively.