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About Justine Russo

I love to photograph love. Love between people who are light-hearted, a little bit goofy, who arent afraid to laugh at themselves. Those who cherish time outdoors, who arent afraid to try something new, and who believe that time spent with family, is the BEST time spent.
I genuinely believe a good laugh can cure any bad day. I am tall! (6foot1 tall!), I love to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of tea, I have a collection of blankets for my couch. My favourite season is usually whichever one is coming up next and I could never live where I cant see the mountains everyday.

Jeff and Tess: Granville Island Engagement

August 20th, 2014

I met them at their house and we drove into Granville Island together for their engagement photos. Over the course of their relationship they have spent many many many dates down there. Dinners, shopping, but mostly just exploring.

We got there after all the stores had closed dowm, it was neat being there when it was so quiet. The downpouring rain, and dark gray clouds added to the romantic feel and had Tess and me reminiscing about how excited we both were for Fall and Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

These two laugh together like no other couple I’ve seen. I absolutely LOVE it. To be able to laugh this hard and this freely with your fiance is the best. Tess lights up when she laughs. She has one of the best smiles and Jeff knows exactly what to say or do to bring it out! Tess and Jeff you both found yourselves keepers for sure!!

Thank you so much for suggesting Granville Island! I love how sentimental it is to you both, and it was amazing getting to explore (despite the rain!) after hours and hearing stories of how you both met, and all the time spent there together!



Joel and Kath: Langley Golf Centre Wedding

August 15th, 2014

Sneaking these two out of their reception was like a reality TV series challenge! Their guests were filled with so much love and kind words, we couldn’t walk more than 2 feet towards the door without someone stopping them for a hug, or congrats! We headed down to the golf course and chased the sun as it set across the green.

I have known Kath since Grade 8. Her and her bridesmaids!! It was so great to be able to see all these girls again! Kath was one of those girls in highschool who was friends with everyone, and everyone adored her. She has this quiet sense of humour that always leaves everyone around her smiling and Joel is the absolute perfect match for her.

Joel is so funny! He claims to be a bit awkward, but he’s not at all! He makes everyone around him feel special, and his entire wedding he made sure everyone else was enjoying themselves. He made us all feel so welcome!

Their day was so hot. I give MASSIVE kudos to the guys for lasting through photos!! I am not sure how we all made it through without having to do an outfit change….or atleast stopping to find a pool somewhere and jumping in!! A HUGE thank you to Laura for second shooting and running around like mad collecting sun glasses and water bottles!! You are the best!

Joel and Kath….it meant the world to me to be a part of your day! It was so good to see you again Kath, (you too Marie, Nikki, Lauren, Patricia, Loreen, Michelle, Alex, and Flannery!) and I had the absolute BEST time!! Love you two!





Manning Park Year #21!

August 12th, 2014

You could say it’s a bit of a family tradition. For 21 years now we have been heading up to Manning Park for our annual family camping trip!! With the craziness that’s been our summer, it was SO amazing to get away and have some much much slooooower time together. No phones, no internet, no TV, ¬†nothin! It was amazing!

The campfire ban was lifted just a few days before we left so we had campfires going almost all day! S’mores, roasted hotdogs, and apple crisp on the fire so delicious!

The next 3 weeks for us are pure craziness and I love it!! It’s jampacked with so much fun! We move in 3 weeks so we will be packing madly with country music blaring (and maybe some random dance parties!), I finish up business coaching (I am SOOOO excited to show you what I’ve been working my butt off on!!), I started a new workout program (so I am literally working my butt off!), I have 3 AMAZING weddings ¬†which I am SOOOO Excited for (two local and one away!), a whack load of portrait sessions and some pretty amazing end of summer BBQs!

More about our craziness later….here’s a peek at our trip to Manning!! :)

The stars at Manning are AMAZING! The Milky Way seemed to go right through our campsite!

If you look carefully you can see the Big Dipper right above the bathrooms!

Luca rode his bike for the first time without training wheels! He’s now riding around like crazy!










Derek and Lisa: Harrison Hot Springs Wedding

August 5th, 2014

This wedding had it all. An amazing background at Harrison Hot Springs Resort in the mountains and a bride and groom surrounded by so much love.

Lisa is a STUNNING bride. For her, their entire wedding was focused on the joining of two families. When we met for wine to go over her day, she stressed so many times the importance of this being a family affair. How important their kids were to them, and most importantly how excited she was to marry Derek. Watching her son walk her down the aisle had everyone in tears….he looked SO proud to be handing his Mom over to Derek.

The photos of Lisa and Derek was nothing short of adventurous. Lisa is my kinda girl! She loves getting all dressed up and focuses on the fancy details, but she HAPPILY climbed out on a log, surrounded by mud and the hot springs JUST to get that one photo of them on the log! It was a little touch and go at one point with the two of them balancing over the water, but thankfully a nearby onlooker helped Lisa off the log without any mud mishaps!! They live for adventure (as you can see if you creep her facebook page for photos of their honeymoon in Bora Bora!) and boldly goes after what she wants! I had the BEST time getting to know her and Derek and I wish I could do their wedding all over again! :)

Derek and Lisa, THANK YOU so much for having me as a part of your day. It meant the world to me, and I loved getting to meet your families and kids! You two have such a full life! :)

ps. A HUGE thank you to my ever AMAZING second shooter Laura. You’re the bestest!

ppss. Lisa found me through one of my other equally amazing 2014 brides, and she was at the wedding too!! Laura snapped a photo of the 3 of us!! (I had a BLAST closing down the dance floor with wine with you two!! Can’t wait for your wedding now Shannon!!!! I have a feeling a repeat performance is due!)





It’s about to get crazy….

July 24th, 2014

…and I LOVE IT.

I always thought I was a planner. Someone who needed things to be all laid out, and all the details in place perfectly….if it wasn’t it would stress me out. These past few months I have been taking business coaching, and I have come to realize it’s not the needing a plan that stresses me out it’s the having to plan in the first place.

This realization has given me freedom to have a crazy busy summer without knowing much of the details. I’m okay with that. I know when I leave and when I get back, but the middle part is open for adventure!

Tomorrow morning I leave for Cranbrook to photograph a wedding (I am so excited for these two! I have known them since college and am so excited to see them again!!), I have a couples session while I am there (with another friend from college volleyball!) and then I fly home, pack up for our annual camping trip and off we go!

I am so excited for a week of camping! No cell service, no wifi, no TV, no electricity at all. Just me, my family and campfires (the campfire ban was lifted YESTERDAY!!! because seriously what’s camping without that campfire smell?!) It’s year 21 for our family at the same campground. It’s my most favourite place in the entire world and it’s the PERFECT way to start off busy season!

After camping we head right up to Kelowna for another wedding….wedding #2 of an 8 weekend wedding marathon!! Oh and just to toss in the mix, we move right smack dab in the middle of it! :)

So today, I’m embracing this Fall like weather (as if it’s hard for me!), having a Pumpkin Spice Latte (yes I have the recipe!), and waiting for Marco to get home from work so we can cuddle and watch Netflix before our whirlwind continues.

Here’s a peek at where we are headed camping! :)



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