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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.


Ottawa Editorial Photographer – Kardish Health Food Centre for Grocery Business

Kardish Health Food Centre Robert Assaf by Justin Van Leeuwen JVLphoto for Grocery Business Magazine

It’s very rare that sitting at home, wishing you had more editorial photography assignments and portrait work, pays off. But that’s pretty much exactly what happened when the folks at Grocery Business Magazine contacted me to to photograph local entrepreneurs, co-owners of Kardish Health Food Centres, and brothers Carey and Robert Assaf. The creative agency, Boomerang Art + Design, was hoping to get something a bit more fun and energetic than the typical “people-standing-with-crossed-arms” cover photo.


Custom Stock for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

CIRA Custom Stock by Justin Van Leeuwen

It’s a testament to a good relationship when one of your favourite and oldest clients sticks with you when they’re working with an agency on their promotional photographs. I’ve been working with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority for almost six years and, this year with the help of Alphabet Creative, this year we were finally able to produce some “custom stock” for CIRA.