James & Rachel: Expecting

she is the soft spoken sweetheart-of-a-woman that i had the privilege of working next to for the 4 weeks i teller’ed before my husband and i made the move to Seattle. and on my last day we chatted about life in the big city and all the amazing food there would be. she joked about her pregnant appetite and i laughed. while our time together was short lived i know that i will always have a friend in this wonderful lady.

i made the drive down to her home town Saturday and we spent the evening taking photos of her dashing husband, beautiful baby bump, and herself. and we had such a great time. her husband is as sweet as she and i left with a heart warmed and softened by their love and excitement for their precious little one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Engaged : Aaron & Catherine

When Catherine messaged me and asked if I was available to photograph her and her finance, Aaron’s engagement photos I was floored! And as we began planning the shoot I knew it would be nothing short of amazing. Catherine was the confident, lover of people who reached out to me when I first began attending my church in Oregon and Aaron & I went on a Spring Break missions trip together last year. As a few of the only “college age” brave enough to board the bus full of middle school & high school age students venturing to Camp Harlow & then to the GC conference Aaron & I had a lot of laughs. And as we went about the night, Chris & I photographing this amazing couple, we all shared lots of laughs and had an incredible time.

Aaron & Catherine decided where their shoot would take place and I LOVE it when my couples do this. Not only do they get photos that are 100% “them” but I also get to explore all sorts of new places and spaces,  and this couldnt make me happier.

I’m so excited for these two and can’t wait for their wedding this October… it’s going to be a party, no doubt!

Internet, this couple is incredibly photogenic and I had a very difficult time deciding which photos I wanted to share, so prepare for lots of them:)

The image on the left… GAHH… I’m IN LOVE with their adorableness!

Did I mention we had loads of fun?!

Aaron is a total shoe guy… so a shoe shot was a definite MUST!

We concluded our evening at Aaron’s family farm just as the sun was setting. It made for the most delicious light. YUM!

Camilo & Juri – Pre Deployment

my pre deployment photo sessions are ones that i hold most near and dear to my heart. as the proud wife of a soldier i know how incredibly difficult it can be for a family to be apart for months on end. and my goal as a photographer is to make it as easy as i possibly can on the families by providing them with images to cherish during the deployment months. so naturally i take advantage of every oppotunity possible to capture these military families.

we met up with Camilo & Juri in NYC while my husband and i were there vacationing for the week, and while the weather was less than cooperative we made the best of it.

i feel so blessed to do what i do and have the ability to provide them with these images before Camilo leaves, especially with the exciting news of their little bun in the oven!

Doug & Cortney – Pre Deployment

in less than 24 hours they say ” i do ” and in less than a month they will say goodbye as he leaves for Afghanistan. when Cortney moved up to Washington from Arizona I couldn’t wait to get them in front of my camera for their pre-deployment shoot. and when Doug proposed soon after i KNEW i couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture their overflowing love for one another.

We’re coming to Eugene!

life has been crazy lately! from starting a side job, to shooting my first wedding, and everything in between, i can’t help but feel there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. and when i look at the big picture, and all that i want to do, coupled with all that i have to do, i feel like i can’t breathe. while i aspire to be the carefree person that lives one day at a time, with no thought of the future; the perfectionist planner in me doesn’t allow it. thank you sweetbabyjesus for my amazing husband who brings me back to reality, helps me refocus my attention on the present, and even comes to my rescue when i find myself with my head in my hands; turning off my computer screen for me and sending me on a run to simply clear my head. i have the best husband ever. and in a week we are unplugging completely, heading to NYC, and enjoying some much-needed fun! one of the best parts? we will return to my sister marrying her best friend! followed by a week in eugene, hanging with the fam. while we are there i couldn’t pass up the opportunity to schedule some photo shoots:) so, for 3 days only, i’m offering mini sessions! if you would LOVE to have some great updated photos, what are you waiting for? let’s schedule your shoot today! email me at justine@justinecirullo.com 🙂

 

XOXO

Justine

Wade Stockton Rediger – 2 months

we had gone to church together for a couple of years but had never really talked. in fact, i don’t know that we could even say that we were acquaintances. we simply went to the same church. that all changed, however, when our pastor asked us both to accompany him to Hannah’s House once a month for an evening service he would be leading. she, her husband, our pastor, and i would car pool together one friday every month and in that one friday a month we formed a friendship that is so dear to my heart. i would talk to her about my crush (now my hubby, holla!) and she would talk about how crazy work was and the next getaway she and her husband were planning. i cherished those car rides and looked forward to them every month.

when i found out Jered & Myranda was pregnant my heart smiled so incredibly big! this had been the desire of their heart for years and when little Wade was born i couldn’t wait to meet him! so when Myranda contacted me to take some photos of her little miracle man i was thrilled! i hung out with mommy and baby this past weekend and while little Wade wasn’t a fan of mommy setting him down we just went with it. he loves his mommy and it was precious.

Myranda, you are an amazing woman and an incredible mom! Hope you enjoy your photos. XOXO

Travis & Carrie – Engaged

me: mom & dad are coming up the weekend of the 14th.. you guys should come too!!

brother: i’m pretty sure i have class that saturday… 😦

me: play hooky. problem solved.

brother: haha i can’t.

me: next weekend?! we have a 4 day weekend!

brother: like 6 days from today?

me: yup! and bring your HOT fiance!

brother: sweet. we’ll talk about it and get back to ya

(8 hours later)

brother: keep an open space for me on the floor and for my fiance in the bed next weekend!!!:) cool if we come up friday?

and just like that my brother and his fiance came up and visited for easter weekend. with chris being put “on-call” soon after we arrived home from our honeymoon we hadn’t seen them in what seemed like ages! we love our family and were missing them dearly so a visit came at the perfect time! and of course i couldn’t pass up getting them in front of my camera:) so i just stalked them all weekend and took photos wherever we went:)

 

if you know my brother at all you know that he is a total dork! thankfully, carrie was grace with the patience to take it in stride

yup, that’s my brother

be inspired – Rachel

on day two of Holli True‘s workshop oregon decided to bless us with rain. and not just rain, but rain coupled with temperatures that  meant surely it should have been snowing, not raining. luckily we were blessed with an amazing model that braved it all and rocked it out while im sure she was frozen to the bone! here is Rachel; isn’t she beautiful?!

we had no idea

one of the great things about moving to a different state is going through old boxes. in an attempt to organize my life i found myself on our living room floor one evening with my bin of scrapbooking stuff sprawled out everywhere (yes, I have a massive scrapbooking bin… no i have never actually scrapbooked. truth.). i found random pictures through the bin, from moments i wanted to remember, to moments im now grateful i didnt waste time scrapbooking. in the midst of all the randomness i found her photo. it was from her senior year of high school and on the back she had written me a little note. after reading it i quickly snapped a photo of it and sent it her way. she commented on her stellar denim outfit that was oh so stylish her senior year, and then in words that bring tears of joy and gratitude to my eyes, she wrote “i had no idea back then just how much we’d walk through together:)”

i had no idea back then that she would be the one to walking me through my first days as a new follower of Jesus, through the break up of my live in boyfriend, to asking where to start in reading my bible daily.

i had no idea back then that she would be the one that i would go to with my thoughts, concerns and need for accountability in areas i struggled.

i had no idea back then that she would be the one to lead me through one of the most intensely amazing years of my life as i went through lit.

we had no idea back then that i would stand by her side on her wedding day as she commited her life to her best friend.

we had no idea back then that she would giggle and laugh with me as i told her about my crush on my hubby.

we had no idea back then that she would be the one i would go to for strength and encouragement as i endured 4 longs months of Chris being deployed.

we had no idea back then that she would stand by my side on my wedding day as i commited my life to my best friend.

and i had no ideaback then that 11 years later i would have the amazing opportunity to photograph her newborn and her growing family.

rachel, there are hardly words to describe the amazing influence you have had in my life. you are an amazing woman and i am so blessed to have been able to do life by your side. you and isaac make the most beautiful couple and little miss phoebe annalise attests to that:) i love you both!

i feel like im losing my mind… and i wouldnt have it any other way

leaving my phone at home has become a joke in my family. there were moments in my life; very recent moments, that i would leave my phone at home at least once a week. i tend to be the spacey and forgetful one in my family and we have all come to terms with it. however, with the addition of a boyfriend turned fiance in my life, my phone seems to make it into my purse on amore regular basis. but saturday was an exception. i was almost to my destination, 30 minutes away, and realized i had forgotten my phone. luckily i was 30 minutes early to the photo shoot i was doing with my sister and her boyfriend so i simply turned around to get it, knowing i would be cutting it close but that the extra drive would be worth it. i was surprised at how quickly the drive went and i was off again to my destination. i reached the same general location that i had reached during my first trip when i realized that i didnt grab my camera. while this isnt something that goes with me everywhere like my phone does (although i may make a habit of taking it everywhere with me) it was very much a necessity for the day, if i intended on taking photos of the lovely couple i get to call family. this, even for forgetful me, was unusual and as my sister can attest, i was a bit frazzled. luckily, they graciously agreed to meet me in the middle so that i would not be driving out to meet up with the for the third time that morning and the rest of the shoot went amazingly well.

i never imagined that i would be planning a wedding in 3 months. i neverimagined that i would be planning a wedding with out my fiance by my side. but i could never imagine planning a wedding any other way. even if i more often than not feel as though im losing my mind, i couldnt imagine it any other way.

And for your viewing pleasure… a sneak peek that i captured on my iphone from our shoot on saturday. taylor, you are gorg!