Justina Bilodeau Photography

Posted: December 23, 2015

Justina Bilodeau is an expert at capturing intimate celebrations and uses a mix of digital and film to wow her wedding clients.

How did you get started in photography? 
I actually started photographing when I was very young. My grandfather taught me the basics on a film camera. I remember he took me to a Native-American powwow and I was really overwhelmed with all the colors and movement, so I grabbed his camera and took photos of everything in sight because I just felt this need to capture a permanent impression of what I was seeing. Of course half of them came back blurry, but there were some that were surprisingly well-composed, and those few were enough to push me to learn more and fuel what’s become a lifelong passion. 
What do you love about wedding photography? 
I really love all of the details that are incorporated. Every wedding is different, so at each one I get to see different personalities and tastes reflected through details that reflect a couple on a personal level. And of course I love the fact that there is always such unbridled joy present at a wedding. The couple and guests get so giddy that there’ll be moments when they are just beside themselves with emotion—I adore those authentic, spontaneous moments!
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Pretending I’m not nervous!  I still always get so nervous before shooting, whether it’s a wedding or an editorial. But every time, once I get into the swing of the day, there’s a point where I will think to myself that there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.  
What should clients know about your style of photography?  
My style is definitely centered around a love of natural light, and lots of it. I shoot a mix of digital and film, and strive to make timeless images that evoke a mixture of elegance and whimsy. I only take on a few weddings per season, and they’re typically intimate affairs with a small guest list. Somewhere along the line, smaller events became my niche, and I love it!  
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do? 
I love to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee. 
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day? 
Something I used to be afraid to do was to “art direct” a couple. But over time I’ve realized that in order to stay true to my style while shooting a wedding there are times when it is necessary to give a couple a little direction—whether it be regarding timing for the best lighting, choosing the most ideal portrait locations, or posing. So it is always  helpful when a couple is open to a little friendly advice from their humble photographer.
How has your photography style changed over the years? 
I wouldn’t say my style has changed per se, its really just sort of matured. I’d say its cleaner and more refined. 
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera? 
Lately it’s food and locations. I am currently obsessed with food styling and finding unique spaces to photograph, so I try to take time to explore and take photos of whatever unique details I see along the way.