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GOHBA Housing Design Awards 2018

I was thrilled to be the photographyEvent Photography by JVLphoto Justin Van Leeuwen sponsor again at this years’ Housing Design Awards, not least of all to see all the many architectural and design projects I photographed through the year come up for awards. There were winners and, truly, all the finalists had fantastic projects; many of them I photographed. So while a dozen projects I collaborated on took home awards, I’m going to devote this blog post to all the finalists I worked with this year.


Wellington West: Business Improvement Area Commercial Photography

Twiss Webber environmental by JVLphoto

I photographed this series as a part of a creative campaign with Character Creative for the business’ along Wellington West in Ottawa. I enjoyed being able to create commercial photography in my own neighbourhood, with some of my favourite shop owners.

A Royal Kitchen: Kitchen Design Photography for Astro Design Centre

For their 20th anniversary, Astro Design wanted to do something special for the community, donating materials and kitchen design to the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Astro also leveraged their many suppliers to donate to the cause, I was happy to donate my own services in photographing this project.


Tiny Houses: Editorial Photography for Ottawa Magazine

Tiny Home by Justin Van Leeuwen JVLphoto for Ottawa Magazine

For the past year Ottawa Magazine has had me document the recent development of tiny houses across the region. It was a unique experience to get into the lives of people wishing to downsize their lives, and their homes. Editorial Photography is always full of challenges and surprises and this assignment was no different, with one project under construction I had to revisit it earlier this year to see the progress. Seeing the finished product from a small builder’s point of view also allowed me to see the different options available for those who want to buy-into the TinyLife™

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.