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Portrait of Britain 2020

A smile spread across my face when I saw Francesca Borisov sitting on a bench, looking happy and relaxed, wearing a bikini and drinking a can of beer in the sun. As a woman who has just turned 50 I love to see other women of 'a certain age' fully occupying their space in the world and defying traditional stereotypes set up for them.

"Shall I get rid of this?" she asked, shaking the can of beer, just as I was about to click my shutter..."No" I replied "I'll photograph you just as you are," and I did.

I'm so chuffed this portrait has been given a special place in the 'Portrait of Britain' book Vol.4 - published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide - selected from thousands of entries.

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Great Spotlight of my Brighton Peeps Portraits

Huge thanks to Brighton Argus for this featue online and in print showcasing my colab with Daisy O'Clee for Brighton Peeps 

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Hove Seafront snapshots as lockdown begins to ease.

Love this feature in The Argus, of my colab Brighton Peeps, with Daisy O'Clee.

Thanks to all the lovely locals who participated by sharing their lockdown experiences and giving us these beautiful portraits.

They are also featured over at

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Viva Brighton Magazine Feature

Huge thanks to the wonderful team at Viva Magazine Brighton for featuring my healthcare work in their recent publication. I've been a huge fan of this magazine ever since I first clapped eyes on it many years ago.

A special thanks to Lizzie Lower and Alex Leith for making this happen. I am so chuffed xx

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The Wandering Womb

Women's Health Nursing Past and Present.

I was thrilled to be asked to record this monumentally brilliant and fascinating event, I learnt so much and met some incredible people, including the fantstic team from The Vagina Museum  

Thanks to Frances Reed for the opportunity! It's always a huge pleasure to work with you.

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Rebuilding lives after Grenfell

Meet the nurse-led outreach team bringing hope for recovery to the community in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. It was an honour to meet these incredible people who make such a positive impact on people's lives. 

(Great work Leah Williams)

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I've been inspired...

To eat better and move more after spending a brilliant morning at the clinic of Modern Naturopathy with Rebecca Tanyar-Mead DipCNM mBANT mCNHC, she is truly inspiring and oozes health and well-being, I picked up lots of fantastic tips about how to better nourish myself and my family. Check out her website and Instagram page for lots of delicious recipes.

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Highlighting the kindness and courage of nurses.

On location with the Royal College of Nursing. I'm always blown away by the kindness and courage of nurses and grateful to the patients who are willing to assist us in highlighting the incredible work they do every day. I love clapping on my doorstep each weak to give thanks to all our Key Worker during the Coronavirus and of course I am staying home to keep safe.

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Rachel needed stylish images to promote her brand and feed social media content. "If anyone wants some incredible shots done for their business get in touch with Justine, she will make you feel amazing". Rachel Davis, Business Owner Lala Tigers.

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Royal College of Nursing

It was my absolute pleasure to be invited to RCN HQ to document the unveiling of Nurses WW1 Journals to their families for the first time.

Incredible work is being done by the RCN to create a new online resource showcasing the long lost stories from the First World War, by digitising scrapbooks and diaries, the project will build a bridge across the past century, connecting the stories of WW1 nurses to the tales of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Using the nurses' own words, sketches and photographs, the resource will reveal the true stories of defense nurses past and present, shining a light on the unsung heroes of the nursing profession

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National Ambulance Resilience Unit

I have been working closely with the National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) for a number of years recording training exercises with Police, Fire and Ambulance crews.

My job is to record what is happening throughout the exercise by putting myself in the centre of the action without getting in the way of the work that is taking place. Working with NARU I have had to squeeze myself into the smallest of places in their training facility, climb aboard a simulated train crash, climb up ladders and scaffolds, squeeze through tunnels and more. The work is always interesting and usually dirty!   

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Royal College of Nursing

Working with the Royal College of Nursing has taken me all over the UK to work with nurses in hospitals, surgeries, academia, schools and prisons. I am comfortable working in all environments. The imagery we are shooting may involve vulnerable people in stressful situations and part of my job is to gain their trust and consent for us to shoot and use the images, I do this by explaining carefully why we need the images and what they will be used for.

I am able to read a situation quickly and my approach is always considerate, my clients know that I can deliver the shots they need without upsetting anybody in the process. I am happy to work with clients on a shoot but I can also work alone to a brief.

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National Audit Office

The National Audit Office commissioned me to work on a project called 'Promoting Healthier Lifestyle for Prisoners'. We visited prisons throughout the UK and photographed staff and inmates.

One of my tasks was to encourage prisoners to participate and capture them in ways which would protect their identity, whilst also managing to deliver the key messages outlined in the brief.

I was also tasked to supply models and organise locations to make images in which we could show the subjects faces.

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain commissioned me to work on a project visiting universities across the UK to meet pharmacy students and profile their work.

I visited 12 different locations armed with a client brief, met the students and photographed them at work. The shots were candid in style goving potential students an insight to the work they would be doing on a Pharmacy course.   

A couple of days later my client was able to download and use the images.

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Ambulance Service Association

"The Ambulance Service Association commissioned Justine Desmond Photography to capture images ...from the first meeting Justine was brimming with ideas and enthusiasm. During the shoots, her professional approach and can-do attitude were instrumental in achieving some excellent results". Karen Gostt (Policy and Communications Manager)