Today we’d like to introduce you to Justine Bumpers.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I have loved photography for a really long time. I started taking photographs when I was a kid. My cousin was a hobby photographer, so whenever I came to the states (We were living in Germany at the time) I loved watching him take pictures. Eventually, he got me disposable cameras and I started documenting all of our trips. That resulted in me studying photography. During my art school studies, I would do all sorts of photography gigs for extra income and eventually started doing weddings. However, this always felt like just a part-time side gig until I photographed an old friend’s wedding in Colorado. Something clicked and I realized I could make this a creative career I could love. I spent the summer after I graduated from the graduate program traveling ALL over the US photographing weddings in cities I hadn’t traveled to before. I’d go on Craigslist, post in the city I wanted to visit and waited till I got booked, it was so fun. Denver, Seattle, NYC, a small mountain town in Washington. I took the train from Seattle to Portland, it was an adventure and solidified for me that this was what I wanted to do. See places and photograph amazing couples. I initially thought I wanted to be a professor and although I still am very interested in teaching photography, I knew I wasn’t ready to settle for a set routine life just yet.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
No, after that summer of traveling, we moved to a small town in Virginia and I was struggling to get work locally so had to take on several jobs working in daycare centers that weren’t ideal. The town we lived in already had established and I did NOT fit in. I also struggled because I felt like I should be making art since I had graduated from a three years long art program but honestly wasn’t motivated and was drained from spending seven years being critiqued for every single thing I made. I still struggle with this but try to accept that I live a very creative life and am in a creative field and that is exactly what I actually wanted. I still plan to create just for the sake of creating, just have to find the space.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a wedding photographer! I am known for being able to create a calm environment for my clients, whether it’s during their wedding day or regular shoots. I work with ALL kinds of couples and really thrive in nontraditional settings and with nontraditional couples.
I also have my own in home boudoir studio and am very much body positive, as I find it extremely important that ALL bodies feel worthy of being photographed because… they freaking are.
Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
By following my Instagram www.instagram.com/capturesbyjustine or sending me a message via my website to collab! I LOVE creative projects and also am truly willing to travel ANYWHERE.
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- Website: www.capturesbyjustine.com
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