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  • WELCOME!

    Hi there! My name is Justine, and I'm a professional photographer offering services in wedding, commit ceremony, and civil union photojournalism & on-location portrait sessions including engagements, children, maternity, pets, families, fashion, head shots, senior photos,
    boudoir & more!

    I call Maine my home, but I will (gladly!) travel to wherever you may be. My passport is ready and waiting. :)

    You can contact me directly at justine@justinejohnsonphotography.com OR give me a call at 207-807-1379!

Hannah & Matt | Engaged! 08.27.10 | Walden Pond Engagement Session | Massachusetts Engagement Photographer

How is it that I am lucky enough to hang out with people like Hannah and Matt every day for my job? It blows my mind sometimes. I started talking to Hannah at the end of July about their July 2011 wedding (which I am also photographing! yay!). I could tell right away that they were a super cute couple (they’re getting married in their garden – how much cuter does it even GET?) and so we planned an engagement shoot for the end of August. We spent the morning first in the most delightful little pick-your-own farm, and then headed to the Codman Estate to take some photos of Matt’s 1981 Mercedes (that he converted to vegetable oil!) before taking a walk around Walden Pond, which was MAGICAL. Hannah and Matt met in San Francisco while both working on the No on Prop 8 campaign, which really struck a chord with me. Awesome, awesome couple.

Erin & Jill | Committed! 08.21.10 | Asticou Azalea Garden Wedding | Maine Wedding Photographer

Oh man. Where do I even start with Erin and Jill? Erin and I started talking back in April and I pretty much knew it was true love right away. She said the vibe they were going for in their photographs was “like if Steven Soderbergh made an indie movie and then you had the stills from the film” – guh. How about you just commit yourself to ME instead? Unfortunately in this otherwise great state of Maine, same sex couples cannot be married, so Erin and Jill instead had a commitment ceremony/festive party — and it was, indeed! We first took some photos of just the two of them at Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine, and then headed down to board the Sea Princess which sails out of Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island. It was a fantastic little booze cruise, with such a beautiful, loving ceremony on-board (performed by Erin’s father, Senator Damon, who is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage — go Senator Damon!!). Then we headed to The Neighborhood House right down the road for a freaking adorable reception! It was truly a beautiful thing to see two people so very much in love and I consider myself lucky to be able to photograph commitment ceremonies like this. It breaks my heart (and, honestly, makes me very sad and angry) that these two could not be married simply because of their gender. But that’s a discussion for another day — for now, enjoy the photos!