Miss Hazen Beulah’s Outstsanding Teen | North Dakota Pageant Photography

Meet Katrina, Miss Hazen Beulah’s Outstanding Teen. This is her first title in the Miss America Organization and I am so thrilled for her. First, of course, because she is an outstanding young lady and I get the opportunity to get to know her a little better.
She is outgoing, smart, articulate and maybe NOT the girl you would expect to give pageantry a try. She is an athlete, specifically, a runner. Katie was inspired to give it a try after watching her sister’s experience as a local title holder.
She saw that there is more to being involved in the Miss America Organization that most people think.
Katie grew up in a family that emphasized community service and is not new to donating her time to different organizations, but when preparing for her first pageant, she had the chance to really think about
what she was specifically interested in supporting. Because of her passion and love for animals, she decided her pageant platform would be promoting the important of animal adoption.

Two memorable things Katie has said to me and have stuck in my mind are these:
1. Being in pageants and being an athlete actually have similarities – they both take dedication, preparation, and self motivation.
2. You don’t have to adopt an animal to support the cause….you can donate your time to organizations that do…like local shelters.
I’m sure Katie will have a fun and successful time at the state pageant, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with her future – its bright!

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North Dakota Pageant Photography

We’re getting close to State Pageant time for the the Miss America Organization. And I get to be the luck photographer working with some of the local title holders to create their head shots and some fun pictures to include in the program books. Dacia is Miss North Dakota State Fair’s Outstanding Teen, a title awarded to her by the Minot Scholarship Organization. I was actually at that pageant and saw her perform on stage, including her amazing gymnastics talent performance! And before that, I had the opportunity to get to know her and her family when she competed last year as Miss Roug Rider Day’s Outstanding Teen. Dacia’s platform is important and I hope she continues to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving – something we all need to be reminded of!
In this “inbetween” time – not winter and not quite green spring, is actually a super pretty time to do outdoor photos. I love the netural colors and the textures of the bare branches. It makes a lovely backdrop for colors to pop off of. And the added sparkle from Dacia’s sequined top just makes these photos all the better!
Best of luck to Dacia as she continues on to compete for the title of Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen!
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Some Time with my Girls | North Dakota Photographer

AimeeGrace and I were able to take a trip to Minnesota to see Delanie and see the show she was in. And while we were there, I made them take a few photos together!
Delanie took us on a little trip down a gravel road and we found a pretty little spot in the snow.  Along with some sisters pictures, we also knocked out some new head shots for Delanie.
It was a quick little photo shoot, only taking about 15 minutes. Maybe the best 15 minutes of the trip…(other than seeing Delanie on stage, of course)
AimeeGrace already has prints hanging in her room and I have some framed in the living room.
Moral of the story: take the time to take the photos! There will never be any regrets!

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5 Tips for Great Wedding Photos | ND Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to unveil my new Bridal Guide!  I have spent so much time putting together this 70 page magazine to help brides have the best photographic experience on their wedding day!  It is full of information from preparing for engagement photos to planning the wedding time line, and all the little details in between!  I can’t wait to share it with my brides!  And, of course, it features some of the prettiest photos of my past brides and grooms, their families and weddings!  It’s not just a PDF either – its a real life gorgeous magazine!  My gift to every one of my brides!

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Here are some of my basic tips for helping your Wedding Day photography be the best it can be!

Getting Ready:  Plan extra time into your time line.  It seems like 8 hours is plenty of time for photos, but it seems to slip by so quickly during the day!  I suggest adding in time specifically during your getting ready time.  From a million people asking a million questions, misplaced cuff links, or just getting the bridal veil attached correctly…the minutes slip by.  Add in some cushion so you aren’t worrying about it.

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Family Photos:  Remind all people in family photos to gather in one place and not to leave!  So many times we are ready for Uncle Harry and he’s left the scene.  Also remind everybody to have corsages are boutonnieres already pinned on.   Don’t worry about getting every last combo of grandparents, siblings and cousins. Stick to a few important shots.  If there is a particular photo you must have be sure to have it on a shot list for your photographer.

Gather the Goods:  When the photographer first arrives they are getting an idea of the space, meeting your wedding party and getting the creative ideas flowing.  Help keep the beginning of the day running smoothly by gathering all the bridal details that you want photographed into one place (a box or tub is ideal).  That way the photographer can get to work without hunting down each piece.

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Really consider the “First Look”!  Many brides want to stick with tradition and have their groom see her for the first time as she walks down the isle.  By doing a First Look before the ceremony you actually are gaining more photo time and actual images while reducing stress.  You can go directly from your ceremony to your reception and start the party! While I would never insist on a First Look, I would also be happy to talk to you about all the benefits!

Enjoy your day… things may not go exactly as planned…it may rain, the flower girl might melt down during photos, or your garter may get lost.  And its okay.  Enjoy your day…it will go by in a matter of hours but your marriage will be a lifetime!

wedding photorapher in bismarck ndPlease give me a call 701-748-5656 or email at justine@photographybyjustine.com to discuss all your ideas and plans for your wedding day!

I would be happy to send you a Wedding Experience Pricing Guide to get you started!  I truly look forward to hearing from you.




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North Dakota Teen Pageant Photos

One of my newer favorite things to do is photos for the local pageant title holders! It something that I’ve only learned about the past two years, but has found its way into my heart.
These girls are quite simply amazing. They are smart, articulate, talented and brave. Yes, brave. I think it takes a certain amount of courage to enter a pageant. These young ladies stand up in front of a panel of judges and an audience full of people and must express themselves in 5 areas of competition. So, yes, I will call these girls brave.
This is Miss Coal Country’s Oustanding Teen 2017, Danyka. This was her first pageant and she walked into the practice area in the morning not knowing a soul yet willing try something totally new and unknown! That takes courage!
And I can safely say that she walked out with a new group of friends!
She stepped out on stage and wowed the judges with her unique Ukranian dance and talked with the audience about her platform advocating for foster children.
It’s girls like these that are going to make the difference for all us – smart, kind, self motivated and courageous!

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