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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.


Environmental Portrait Photography: Shooting for the Crop

Environmental Portraits by Ottawa Photographer Justin Van Leeuwen JVLphoto

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Most of my photography work is corporate-commercial which means I’m often shooting environmental portraits, interiors, or whatever for a pre-determined output; like brochures, reports and, most commonly, websites. There’s no doubt that having a strong visual to accompany your website is an important factor of design, and sometimes the framework of that website needs the image to conform to very specific dimensions. This can become complicated as most cameras produce images within a 2:3 frame (some are 4:5), whereas a prevailing website design trend is moving towards very wide-format images. Cropped to a framework like facebook’s cover photo at 820×312 pixels which is more like 10:3. That’s essentially 1/3rd of an entire image taken with a 35mm SLR, so making sure you know the intended output beforehand is very important.