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Art & Life with Justice Castro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justice Castro.

Justice, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My photography story started in High School. My mother was going through Chemotherapy and it was a really rough time. I ended up taking a photography class at the high school I had gone to and I never wanted to put the camera down. I ended up getting a camera for Christmas, nothing fancy, but that was attached to me at all times. I started taking landscape photos because my family traveled a lot. So, when my family moved again in the middle of my high school life, my camera was my outlet.

I took photos of anything and everything, just for fun. Eventually, though I put my camera down. I had a baby and was going through some really terrible postpartum depression and just a lot of other rough things in my life. Not even my photography was helping me through it. I had taken a break from it for a few years and honestly, I think I forgot I even had a camera.

I eventually got married and I bought my first camera (Canon Rebel T5) and I used that to take photos of my son (and eventually my second son). When my husband deployed I tried to keep myself as busy as possible, so I was taking care of a newborn and a toddler, going to school, and doing real estate. I figured why not throw photography in the mix, so I called for some family models so I could do some portraits. At first, I loved it, but then I started to feel like something was missing.

My friends were getting married so I went along and took their photos. That’s what really brought everything together. I decided right there and then that I wanted to work as much as possible with couples and weddings. I adore those stolen glances and kisses.

Those moments of “I love you’s” and catching significant others just being themselves. It lit a fire inside of me that I forgot that even existed. Something about seeing the goofy and lovey side to each person just really makes me smile. I love every second of it and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I capture real life fairytales and love stories. I want people to feel real and raw and not the least bit fake. I love candid moments, so I put my couples and poses and then tell them something I want them to do, so while they’re going from point A to point B, it’s the in-between moments that I’m really after. I want people to believe in love again and to see that it exists. I want them to get emotional when they see the final product. I want to make people believe in real life fairytales.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think that conditions have become harder lately. Especially with the newer smartphones putting out better cameras on the phones because now everyone thinks they can just skip out on having a photographer and use their smartphones. You’re going to want a photographer to capture those special moments, you’re going to want those photos years from now. You might even look back wishing you would have gotten those photos. There are times where I do.

I think the most our city can do to help encourage and help artists thrive, is if there’s an artist that you love, look at their portfolio. Look at how much love and dedication they put into their work and book a session, or buy their artwork. Leave a comment on a photo about how it made you feel, or how much you love their photos. It brightens our day to see other people appreciate our work.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
All of my work is on almost every social media platform. Instagram and Facebook being my biggest.

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Image Credit:
Simply Jay Photography

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