Justin Russo, a graduate of the Digital Photography and Imaging program, had the best seat in the house to cheer on the Blue Jays last year. Justin photographed 78 home games during the 2015 season, the team’s best in 22 years.
With a passion for sports photography, Justin takes every opportunity that comes his way. The chance to work for the Blue Jays came to him though a friend who connected him with the Jays’ official photographer.
Justin’s most memorable moment of the season was when the Jays were playing the Yankees. “The ball was popped up foul by one of the blue Jays and I looked up and it was headed directly down at me,” he recalls. “At the last second Mark Teixeira of the Yankees stuck his glove inches in front of my face and caught the ball.”
Justin’s favourite thing about shooting for the Jays is doing what he loves, having his camera in the action of the game. A Jays fan since he was a child, he treasured this “once in a lifetime opportunity.” He is honoured that the Jays picked him from the thousands of photographers in the GTA who would jump at the opportunity.
Justin credits the Digital Photography and Imaging program at Georgian with providing him with the fundamentals he needed to become a versatile photographer, including business acumen. In his opinion, the program was comprehensive and bolstered by faculty members who are exceptional industry experts.
Although his passion is shooting sporting events, Justin also has experience taking photographs at special and corporate events and weddings. He also enjoys taking photos of wildlife and nature.