Justin Jagare

Justin Jägare (Hunter) is an American photographer working in the northern part of Sweden. His beautiful, creative black and white photographs have attracted attention both in Sweden and abroad.

Justin got his start working for a print lab. He fell in love with developing black and white images and was printing his own images out of his bathroom that he converted into a dark room.

Justin has a degree in Media and Arts for film making and a minor in business. Shooting weddings kept him busy during the summers away from school.

After graduation and moving to Sweden, he decided to follow his passion and opened a photography studio.

Justin’s studio, danielphoto, is located in Luleå, Sweden, where Justin specializes in highkey, black and white children photography. The studio is known for its babyplan program, but like most photographers he also photographs families, students, and seasonal summer weddings every year.

How did you get started in the business?
I got my start working in a photo lab as a lab technician(printer). After I became the lab manager, I was encouraged to take photography classes at the local art college to learn more about photography and fell in love with it.

Who helped/guided/mentored you?
Like most mentors, I have learn from others. I also find inspiration from interior design and popular trends. Online forums have also played a huge part in my success. I have developed my own style based on what I have learned and found a way to be successful at it.

Special message or advice to attendees?
If you want to improve, you need continue your education and ask for advice…ask for honest feedback from mentors who’s work you admire and are where you want to be within your business…you never stop learning…surround yourself with creative people as often as you can, it will only make you a better photographer. If this is your first After Dark Event, I recommend you figure out what areas you need help with along with new things you want to learn and make your schedule accordingly.

How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?
5 – “My favorite moment came after After Dark Vegas…an attendee wrote to me to tell me that she had taken everything I taught her, implemented into her studio, and it was a huge success.”

What are the top 5 skills you’ll be teaching at After Dark?

Highkey maternity/newborn/babies first year photography
Baby Plan and package sales
Creative children sessions
HS Seniors