One shot interview with Justin Van Marle

May 11, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

One shot interview with Justin Van Marle 




What made you push the shutter button to capture this image?


Question one has two possible answers! Either a: The light coming through the window was just right due to the diffuser I’d put in the window frame and the 2m softbox that was lighting her from camera right (that’s the technical answer). 


Or b: Zoe is a mother of two that wanted to show that a still-breastfeeding mother could still be sexual. She commissioned me to take the images and we aimed to capture a vintage/analogue feel to them, without them coming across as cliched boudoir photography with nudity for the sake of it. They were designed to be elegant, rather than cheesy. I’d shot her wedding many years ago and we had a good amount of trust there already, so it felt really natural to be invited to take these images.


Is this image part of a wider project, if so what is the projects focus?


As above really. We spent the best part of the whole day creating a full set of images, and included two images of the youngest child actually breast feeding. It was never intended to be a part of a wider project, but I’ve had a few enquiries for similar shoots after Zoe (who is prolific in the online breastfeeding community) recommended that others might want to do the same. She loved the sense of empowerment that the shoot gave her.


Why is this image special to you?


I really like the feel and tone to this particular image and I think I nailed the lighting for the particular effect that I was after. There’s minimal post processing in there as well, which as a photographer who doesn’t like overly-processed imagery, hits the spot for me.


Is there any photography books that inspired you to capture this image?


Not particularly, but the best book I have ever read on my favourite subject (portraiture) is Chris Knight’s The Dramatic Portrait. I’ve honestly learnt more from that one book than every other I’ve had on my shelf over the years and the imagery it contains continues to inspire me.


What camera are you currently using?


I shoot a pair of Nikon D850’s and have more lenses than I reasonably need. An extensive Godox setup for the lighting.


Please tell us about yourself


I’m a commercial and wedding photographer living and working in North Wales, although my job takes me around the country and the world from time to time. I’ve been a full time photographer for the past 12 years now.


Links to your social media and website


@jvanmarledotcom (Commercial Instagram)

@fresh_photography_uk (wedding Insstagram) (commercial website) (wedding website)



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