Justin Driscoll has been photographing fashion, hospitality, and editorials for magazines, corporate, and influencers and brings his lifetime of passion and experience across multiple industries to every image he captures.
Over the last 3 decades he’s become known for his dramatic approach to composition, color, and his versatility. He’s photographed in 32 countries from WWE wrestlers to high fashion and his work has been featured globally by brands like Ritz-Carlton, Macy’s, Google, and Harley Davidson.
Justin has spent his life practicing and sharing the art of photography and believes his secret sauce to delivering excellent work that stands out is his love of people. “This isn’t just a job for me, it’s a true passion. I love working with my clients and subjects; they become friends and family, and that connection is the real secret to how I do what I do.”
He’s a second generation photographer originally from New Jersey—now long-time resident of North Carolina, when he’s not shooting or editing Justin can be found enjoying quiet time on a lake, playing guitar and having sing-alongs with his twin daughters.
“What I love about Justin is how he tackles every job with enthusiasm, and he’s great at interpreting exactly what I’m looking for in each assignment. In addition, he’s a terrific communicator – he always keeps me posted on his progress and files assignments on time, if not early. A pleasure to work with!”Cathy Martin, Editor, SouthPark Magazine
“With Justin, the only problem we face is having an abundance of great photos to choose from! He’s not only become a favorite photographer, he’s become a friend. The way he is able to capture exactly what we envision is truly extraordinary.”Davide Di Giorgio, Now I Am Known
“Over the last 10 years I’ve hired Justin for graphic design work and to photograph more events than I can keep count. These events have ranged from parties, shops/art galleries and the occasional family portrait. I’ve used his images on Christmas cards and Pabst has used his pics on Instagram and Twitter and many internal and external presentations. Justin has always been professional and delivered quality photographs. What started out as a working professional relationship has evolved into a lifelong friendship."John Varvaro, Field Marketing Manager, Pabst Brewing Company
“Justin is our go-to photographer for headshots and corporate lifestyle images. His work has helped to elevate our website and overall brand. He is easy and enjoyable to work with, flexible with scheduling and quick on turnaround. We consider him one of our Preferred Partners.”Joya Pavesi, Sr. Vice President, RKW Residential
”Justin is an extraordinary photographer. He is very creative with his approach while maintaining a high level of professionalism. He provided a fast turn-around time without sacrificing the quality of the end product. I would highly recommend him.”Clara Baucom, MDT Medical Products
“Justin has been our go-to photographer for years. We've hired him for both in-house projects and client work, and every single time Justin is able to capture the soul of our work with his photos. His creative eye, honesty and professionalism make him one of the best around”Paula Bartlett, The Savage Way
How did you get started in photography?
Ever since I was a child I was fully immersed in art. My father taught me how to shoot on film at a very young age. Upon moving to North Carolina I taught myself how to use Adobe Photoshop as a kid. At the time I did this to facilitate the artistic needs for my musical projects. I had no idea it would spawn into a career one day.
Where did you take some of your first photos and how did you turn it into a career?
My teenage years and 20’s were spent traveling all around the World playing rock ‘n’ roll music and taking photos. After a Japanese tour I decided it was time to finish up my Bachelors Degree. I graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2009 (BSBA) and that’s when everything came full circle. Marketing, design and pro-photography all go hand in hand so I began to hone my skills. I became well versed with all types of studio lighting and learned how to adapt to every situation. Since then I’ve had multiple solo gallery exhibitions and have been published worldwide.
What are some of your most memorable photos and shoots?
Touring and photographing in China with a Wrestling team was a blast. After a few dates on the tour they made me part of the show. The “American Photographer” who helps the injured players out of the ring. We were all treated and received really well.
Working with the band American Aquarium on their music video for “Tough Folks” was a blast. We shot it at an abandoned NASCAR race track which I had previously snuck into on my own. It was a time capsule from when it shut down in 1996. Best part: they even let me take my Jeep on a spin around the track a few times.
In my free time I gently trespass into old abandoned mental hospitals and other weird and wonderful places. As a self-proclaimed history nerd, the vibe of old buildings really speaks to me and the thrill of the sneak-in is fun. I always wonder “What have these walls seen? What if they could talk…” While I’m not one for tall tales, I definitely know spirits and energy do exist; I have seen them and felt it. I may have also had to run from attack dogs, jump fences, dodge the police, and explain myself a few times. A few property owners who were initially not stoked that I snuck in ended up purchasing my photos afterwards. #worthit
What do you like to photograph in your personal time?
I sneak into a lot of abandoned buildings and document them for my “off the clock” photography. I like anything old and historical. I also like working with my friends. Spur of the moment type fun shoots, Cool outfits and fun concepts. As of lately my daughters are getting to an age where they will pose for me. I’ve been shooting them since birth but I am including them in different art and music projects.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
In my spare time I live quietly, spending time with my twin daughters, guiding them and facilitating their artistic skills. I play guitar and try my best to sing along with them. I am a music nerd through and through and an enthusiast of Jeeps, Harley’s and Pizza. I love tinkering with guitars and playing with my band.
What do you attribute your success to?
The repeating factors of my life have been application, discipline and focus. I pride myself on my work ethic, skill set, being easy to work with, and always meeting even the toughest deadlines. So it is basically a story of a lot of good opportunities, and taking advantage of those opportunities. Then working really damn hard, knowing that there was no choice for me other than to work hard. “The harder you work the luckier you get”
What do you want your future clients to know?
I’m just a normal, down to earth, easy to work with guy who has a cool job. I like collaborating on ideas with clients while keeping an open and fun environment. I want everyone to feel comfortable and a part of the process. I pride myself on my name and my work and I stand behind everything I do. I always strive for the absolute best finished product. I work great under pressure and I always meet the tightest deadlines.