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Meet Justin James Muir

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin James Muir.

Justin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I received my degree in Visual Communication Design from the Hartford Art School. I worked for a few years as a designer for various companies on the east coast but ultimately went freelance. During which time, I was also a touring musician. After touring stopped, I worked as an art director for about six years. During that time, I became interested in photography while working on sets and directing photoshoots. I then just started shooting for fun and got obsessed with anything and everything photography related. Spent every second figuring out how every aspect of my camera worked and how to achieve images that I would see from other artists or that were in my head. I started getting small jobs here and there and in 2013, I left my full-time position and transitioned into photography full time. Since then, I have been shooting none stop and growing my business each year.

Has it been a smooth road?
To be honest, it has been pretty smooth road. But I am an optimist. There are obvious struggles that I believe most freelance artists deal with. Am I getting the jobs I want? Am I progressing enough? How do I get to the next level? Am I going to make enough money this year?

I do struggle with how much I work. This pandemic we are dealing with now has made me see how much I relied on work and how many hours I actually put into my work. Having it all taken away quickly will make anyone reflect a bit. If I step back, my career has been very fulfilling and I am super proud of the work I have done this far.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Justin James Muir Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a portrait photographer. I specialize in editorial and commercial portraiture. I’m not sure what I am most known for but, but would like to think that my work speaks for itself. I try and bring a quiet power to each of my images and subjects.

I am most proud of the progress I have made over the past eight years. Building a life while working for yourself isn’t always easy, but is wildly rewarding. I have gotten a lot of breaks and would like to think I took advantage of them when they came.

I feel what sets me apart is subjective. All I know is I work my ass off and I create images that spark something in me.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I don’t think anyone can truly answer this question. The photography world has changed so much in the short time I have been a part of it, I can only imagine where it will be in 10 years. As technology grows, content will become easier and easier to get, So artists that will survive need to have something to say, and they need to say it better, differently and more personally than anyone else. I think that has been true for a long time and won’t change.

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All images by Justin James Muir

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